If any further proof were needed that the United States has descended into the realm of magical thinking, there could be no clearer example than Donald Trump’s speech to the UN General Assembly on 19 September 2017.
In 40 minutes of what can only be described as a barely coherent and dangerous rant, Trump revealed how the United States has totally lost its grip on reality. Some brief extracts from the speech illustrate its essential horrors. Trump argued that:
America does more than speak for the values expressed in the UN Charter…..America’s devotion is measured in the battlefields……..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 emerged 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.
Trump and the neocon clique that dictate American foreign policy probably believe that nonsense. It is delusional in the extreme. The US, for example, was a latecomer to World War 2. What fighting it did in the “deserts of the Middle East” or the “jungles of Asia” is unclear. The total western contribution to the war was no greater than 20% of the total, and much less in terms of casualties. The great battles and the vast bulk of the casualties were incurred on the Eastern front between Germany and Russia, and in Asia between Japan and…