"The president embarked on his first foreign trip with a clear-eyed outlook that the world is not a “global community” but an arena where nations, nongovernmental actors and businesses engage and compete for advantage. We bring to this forum unmatched military, political, economic, cultural and moral strength. Rather than deny this elemental nature of international affairs, we embrace it." McMaster & Cohn
This oped appeared in the WSJ on 30 May. I missed it.
Listen up, pilgrims! This is important! Even Fareed Zakariya, the ultimate Globalist took note of this paragraph on his weekly Sunday call to the faithful to rally to the left. It is interesting to watch him discuss Islam as though knew little of it. It is interesting because his father is a Sunni 'alim back at the home ranch in India. Does anyone know anything of Zakariya pere?
The sentiments expressed in the McMaster/Cohn oped are a radical departure from globalist internationalism. Wow! The world is an "arena" and not a "community?" No wonder DJT talked trash to the NATO bosses! He sees them as his competitors, not his henchmen. Yo momma! He's from NY City. He could have "gone there."
Logically, this set of attitudes leads to competitive mercantilism and withdrawal from blocs that do not directly improve US economic and military power positions. Israel is probably safe. They have a stranglehold on both major political parties, but all the other people looking for love in the US had better be useful in this brave new world.
Will the American people like this phenomenon? I think they will outside the territory of the bi-coastal elites. Fox News interviewed some people in a diner in Plainfield, Connecticut, a town of 15,000 in the NE part of the state. SWMBO (my genealogist) tells me that some of my ancestors founded the place in the early 17th Century. I took an internet tour of the town. There doesn't seem to be any source of employment in the town except for the Connecticut Turnpike (toll takers and maintenance) and a little company that makes cast iron wood burning stoves for the cutesy crowd in Boston. etc. who probably voted for Clinton. The old folks in the diner all voted for Trump. pl