Reprinted with permission from Creators.
The Trump administration is full of people who think that if you’re making the rest of the world mad, you’re doing something right. “It was a blessing to go into the U.N. with body armor every day,” said Nikki Haley after announcing she will leave her post as America’s representative to the international body. Foreign disagreement is taken as vindication.
This is not a new phenomenon. President Bill Clinton defended American unilateralism at the U.N. in 1993 and refused to sign the international treaty banning land mines. His secretary of state Madeleine Albright once bragged, “We are the indispensable nation.”