Trump re­minded that US un­der­pins the world

The Myanmar Times - - World -

US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama made a stri­dent case for his suc­ces­sor Don­ald Trump to re­tain Amer­ica’s sup­port for a lib­eral world order, warn­ing world peace and pros­per­ity de­pended on it.

“The main ad­vice that I give to the in­com­ing pres­i­dent is the United States re­ally is an in­dis­pens­able na­tion in our world order,” Mr Obama said in Peru as he wrapped up his fi­nal for­eign visit.

The United States’ abil­ity to up­hold “in­ter­na­tional norms and rules – that’s what’s made the mod­ern world”, Mr Obama said, ad­mit­ting that Wash­ing­ton had not al­ways ful­filled its own ideals, but re­mained vi­tal to global se­cu­rity.

“Here in Latin Amer­ica there’s been times when coun­tries felt dis­re­spected and on oc­ca­sion had cause for that.”

But he ar­gued his­tory served as a warn­ing for those imag­in­ing or flirt­ing with a re­vised global order.

“Take an ex­am­ple like Europe be­fore that order was im­posed. We had two world wars in a span of 30 years. In the sec­ond one, 60 mil­lion peo­ple were killed. Not half a mil­lion, not a mil­lion but 60 mil­lion. En­tire con­ti­nents in rub­ble.”

“We’re not go­ing to be able to han­dle ev­ery prob­lem, but the Amer­i­can pres­i­dent and the United States of Amer­ica, if we’re not on the side of what’s right, if we’re not mak­ing the ar­gu­ment and fight­ing for it even if some­times we’re not able to de­liver it 100 per­cent ev­ery­where, then it col­lapses.

“There’s no­body to fill the void. There re­ally isn’t,” he said. –

Photo: AFP

Two vol­un­teers take a selfie in front of a screen broad­cast­ing US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s press con­fer­ence at the Asi­aPa­cific Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion Sum­mit at the Lima Con­ven­tion Cen­tre in Lima, Peru, on Novem­ber 20.

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