Obama (2009): "The world must stand together to demonstrate that international law is not an empty promise, and that treaties will be enforced."
Obama (2016): "The mindset of sectarianism, and extremism, and bloodletting, and retribution that has been taking place will not be quickly reversed ... (We must remain) united and relentless in destroying networks like ISIL (Daesh), which show no respect for human life."
Trump (2017): "From the beaches of Europe to the deserts of the Middle East to the jungles of Asia, it is an eternal credit to the American character that, even after we and our allies emerge victorious from the bloodiest war in history, we did not seek territorial expansion or attempt to oppose and impose our way of life on others."
No True Vision
Neither president had a true vision, either. For no honest assessment of the present and a meaningful vision for the future can be achieved without self-introspection and serious acceptance of responsibility. Instead, their "visions" were mostly rehashed, romanticized language of no correlation to reality.
Obama (2016): "We must respect the meaning that people draw from their own traditions -- from their religion, from their ethnicity, from their sense of nationhood..."
Trump (2017): "We want harmony and friendship, not conflict and strife. We are guided by outcomes, not ideologies. We have a policy of principled realism, rooted in shared goal, interests, and values."
Based on the obvious logic above, it should not be too difficult to predict the general rhetoric of Trump's last address to the UN General Assembly; alas, more threats, grandstanding, romanticizing war and another desperate attempt at keeping a dying world order standing, even if for a bit longer.
(Romana Rubeo, an Italian writer, contributed to this article.)
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