Evelyn Leopold: Never missing a chance to rain scorn on “globalism,” Trump told the United Nations: “If you want freedom, take pride in your country. If you want democracy, hold on to your sovereignty. And if you want peace, love your nation.”
Lawrence Wittner: Internationalism has long been anathema to the political Right, where a primitive tribalism and its successor, nationalism, have flourished for many years.
Kristin Christman: Ignore how the CIA, Agency for International Development, and National Endowment for Democracy subvert foreign societies through coups and pre-coup planting of false propaganda, riot instigation, character assassination, bribery, campaign funding, and economic sabotage.
Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies: Whether in Iran, Venezuela, Cuba, North Korea or one of the 20 countries under the boot of U.S. sanctions, the Trump administration is using its economic weight to try to exact regime change or major policy changes in countries around the globe.
Thom Hartmann: The Democratic Party must return to its pre-1992 progressive/protectionist/union roots and steal this issue right out of Trump’s mouth, saying that he’s not protecting American workers’ jobs well enough or fast enough.
Lawrence Wittner: The reaction of the American public to Trump’s withdrawal of the United States from key international agreements has been hostile.
WJ Astore: Suggesting the French were learning German because they couldn’t or wouldn’t fight is more than insulting: it reveals Donald Trump’s utter ignorance of history.
Tom Hastings: The Art of the Deal? Feh. The US, the people of planet Earth, and future generations have never had such a poor negotiator who puts his ego ahead of everything.
John Peeler: When Trump calls for nationalism for everyone, everywhere, he can’t be serious. What he really wants for the rest of the world is the fraudulent nationalism of Vichy France, or the South African bantustans, or Duvalier’s Haiti.
Stacy Bannerman: Women talk about gender, racial and economic justice. But anti-war messaging is still missing from the resistance movement—and there can be no justice without peace.
Jack Gil: From a diplomatic perspective, the EU must make an example of the UK so as to set a good precedent in case another country would consider to follow in Britain’s footsteps.
Jack Gil: The weight and validity of the so-called “special relationship” between America and Britain has recently been called into question, primarily due to US President Donald Trump’s populist, fiery rhetoric against immigrants and international trade
John Peeler: The values implicit in Trump’s foreign policy are, in short, economic nationalism and political authoritarianism, both essentially antithetical to the values of the American-sponsored world order of the last eighty years.