I know that there are some out there that do not appreciate the word “Liberal”…..they see it as some sort of political illness from which no one recovers.
For about 70 years the US has been the leader of what is known as “the Liberal World Order”…..but recently that leadership has begun to wane…
Richard Haass has written about the death……..
After a run of nearly one thousand years, quipped the French philosopher and writer Voltaire, the fading Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire. Today, some two and a half centuries later, the problem, to paraphrase Voltaire, is that the fading liberal world order is neither liberal nor worldwide nor orderly.
The United States, working closely with the United Kingdom and others, established the liberal world order in the wake of World War II. The goal was to ensure that the conditions that had led to two world wars in 30 years would never again arise.
To that end, the democratic countries set out to create an international system that was liberal in the sense that it was to be based on the rule of law and respect for countries’ sovereignty and territorial integrity. Human rights were to be protected. All this was to be applied to the entire planet; at the same time, participation was open to all and voluntary. Institutions were built to promote peace (the United Nations), economic development (the World Bank) and trade and investment (the International Monetary Fund and what years later became the World Trade Organization).
I was hoping that Trump had been telling me the truth about his foreign policy stands….but like most everything else he has lied and lied….
If he keeps up his charade as a world leader then this country will lose all standing in the world….Trump needs to back off the rhetoric and take a crash course in diplomacy.
Not damn likely!