Arguing that President Trump is working appropriately to confront “bad actors” and to exercise American global leadership, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered a major policy speech declaring Trump to be forging a new, liberal world order that would drive Western civilization forward.
Much like past such American efforts, this newest of world orders is envisioned chiefly for the purpose of picking fights with nations the US perceives as rivals or enemies. Singled out in the speech were Russia, China, and Iran.
So it’s Western civilization against the world, once again, and this time more than ever, the US wants to make sure they are given unconditional dominance over the efforts, so as to eschew any international objections.
To that end, while Pompeo praised the long US-dominated NATO, he went after other international bodies like the UN, the European and African Unions, and the OAS, saying they no longer serve the world’s interests, and declaring post-Cold War multilateralism to be a failure.
The message here is that the alternative to failure is US hegemony, and anything the US can’t exercise near absolute control over is simply a relic. Pompeo went so far as to suggest that if the post-Cold War financial system were really working properly, China wouldn’t have made so much money in international trade, and says the current system is powerless to stop China.
Pompeo concluded that US unilateralism is going to reform the world in a proper, US-driven image, saying America will lead “now and always” and that international bodies need to reform themselves to help the US goals “or be eliminated.”