Apparently, the Trump administration is pretty eager to move away from this whole democracy…thing.
The Washington Post got ahold of an internal State Department email that shows Secretary of State Rex Tillerson as exactly the sort of guy who would have his people pick through documents and eliminate one of our core values from the department’s mission statement and other areas.
Currently, the Justice Department’s mission statement is clear about the sort of world America wants:
“The Department’s mission is to shape and sustain a peaceful, prosperous, just, and democratic world and foster conditions for stability and progress for the benefit of the American people and people everywhere. This mission is shared with the USAID, ensuring we have a common path forward in partnership as we invest in the shared security and prosperity that will ultimately better prepare us for the challenges of tomorrow.”
In the revised version, we’re also clear. We just don’t care about “justice” and “democracy” any more. Via the Post:
- The State Department’s draft statement on its purpose is: “We promote the security, prosperity and interests of the American people globally.”
- The State Department’s draft statement on its mission is: “Lead America’s foreign policy through global advocacy, action and assistance to shape a safer, more prosperous world.”
- The State Department’s draft statement on its ambition is: “The American people thrive in a peaceful and interconnected world that is free, resilient and prosperous.”
“The only significant difference is the deletion of justice and democracy,” says Elliott Abrams, deputy national security adviser for global democracy strategy under George W. Bush. “We used to want a just and democratic word, and now apparently we don’t.”
“That change is a serious mistake that ought to be corrected,” he added. “If not, the message being sent will be a great comfort to every dictator in the world.”
“It’s a worldview similar to that of Putin, who also thinks that great powers should focus exclusively on self protection and enrichment, rather than promoting democracy,” says Tom Malinowski, who served as assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labor under President Obama. “By removing all reference to universal values and the common good it removes any reason for people outside the United States to support our foreign-policy.”
This is not normal. This is the sort of sh*t dictators do. This is America under Trump.
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