On September 25, 2018, President Trump delivered his highly anticipated second address to the United Nations General Assembly. Experts from across Brookings offer their comments on the speech.

Comments

tomsilo
tomsilo
a year ago

"Inside everyone in this great chamber today, and everyone listening all around the globe, there is the heart of a patriot that feels the same powerful love for your nation, the same intense loyalty to your homeland.

The passion that burns in the hearts of patriots and the souls of nations has inspired reform and revolution, sacrifice and selflessness, scientific breakthroughs, and magnificent works of art.

Our task is not to erase it, but to embrace it. To build with it. To draw on its ancient wisdom. And to find within it the will to make our nations greater, our regions safer, and the world better."

This part at the end, where he links nationalism to security & peace, doesn't ring true to me and could easily be used to justify any range of despotic actions. Also seems to dovetail with Putin & Xi's justifications for some of their crackdowns on civil liberties.

corrie
corrie
a year ago

Would have liked to see more debate on this point--could be that all the commenters just agreed with that assessment.