“We have a vision of a new partnership of nations that transcends the cold war: a partnership based on consultation, cooperation and collective action, especially through international and regional organizations; a partnership united by principle and the rule of law and supported by an equitable sharing of both cost and commitment; a partnership whose goals are to increase democracy, increase prosperity, increase the peace and reduce arms.”
“We stand together, prepared to swim upstream, to march uphill, to tackle the tough challenges as they come not only as the United Nations but as the nations of the world united.”
“We need serious international cooperative efforts to make headway on the threats to the environment, on terrorism, on managing the debt burden, on fighting the scourge of international drug trafficking, and on refugees, and peacekeeping efforts around the world.”
-George H.W. Bush, address to the United Nations, October 1, 1990
Further illustration of the differences in approach between the father and the son. One gathered a massive multi-national coalition with the approval of the United Nations, the other believes international bodies and treaties pose a threat to American sovereignty; pulling out of the I.C.C. to the point of specifying that the U.S. will invade Holland in order to “rescue” any personnel from I.C.C. custody, ignoring the U.N.’s disapproval of the Iraq invasion, making the rebuilding of Iraq a “members-only” club… Along with foreign policy and international diplomacy, I hope W. can follow in his father’s footsteps as a one-term wonder.
This posting was prompted by some of the speech being quoted in an article at The Nation, “The Character Myth,” which attempts to explain the psychology behind Bush’s still widespread support in the U.S.