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The Trump doctrine: Only I can fix the world

Posted on September 20th, 2017 at 16:45 by John Sinteur in category: News -- Write a comment

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If one were to believe Donald Trump’s speech before the United Nations, in his short tenure as president he has already fixed the domestic problems he outlined in his “American Carnage” inaugural address, and is now prepared to apply his methods to the rest of the planet. One might even call this speech “Global Carnage.” Trump described a Hobbesian world in which decent countries everywhere are under assault from “small regimes” trying to undermine their sovereignty and destroy their ways of life. Or, as he elegantly phrased it: “Major portions of the world are in conflict, and some, in fact, are going to hell.”
This was very much the way he described America on the day he was sworn in. It too was a desolate, dystopian hellscape of smoldering ruins and abandoned cities, where bands of foreigners and gangsters roamed the land, raping and pillaging and leaving carnage in their wake. He promised to take the country back (reclaim its sovereignty, if you will) from people who were trying to impose their values and culture on the Real Americans. He told the world on Tuesday morning that he had largely accomplished that task.
Contrary to popular belief among the chattering classes, the people who loved his promise to “make America great again” were undoubtedly pleased to see him pledge to get the world in order as well. Trump was saying that it’s none of America’s business how you treat your own citizens (unless it interferes with business) and we are not going to honor any international treaties, laws or institutions that we don’t like. But that doesn’t mean other countries can do the same. We are a sovereign nation  but we are also the richest and strongest superpower on earth, and we will decide when and where other people are allowed to exercise control over their own countries.

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