Tony Blair, an international war monger who has thus far managed to escape being tried for “crimes against humanity”, is the author of the doctrine justifying the “regime change” wars and “color revolutions” which have caused the deaths of millions since he first announced it in a speech in Chicago in April 1999. What he proposed was a “doctrine of the international community” to justify “humanitarian interventions” by NATO forces. Under the name “Responsibility to Protect”, it has been used to legitimize murderous interventions in Iraq, Libya and Syria, among other operations.
In elaborating on this in March 2004, to defend the war that destroyed Iraq, Blair said that what is needed is a different philosophy than that of the 1648 Treaty of Westphalia, which ended the 30 Years War based on recognition of the principle of sovereignty, and acting for the benefit of the other.
The adoption of this doctrine by U.S. Presidents Bush and Obama, at the behest of Tony Blair, has repeatedly brought the United States into military adventures abroad, to no positive effect. The fact that Donald Trump as a candidate pledged to end that policy was a major factor in his election in 2016.
Insight into the Trump Administration’s insight into the issue today was given by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on May 3 in an address to State Department employees, the contents of which was scarcely reported on in the mainstream media. He began by making a clear distinction between values and policies, stressing that Western values cannot be imposed from the outside, and that attempting to do so could be counterproductive. While U.S. foreign policy is guided by our “fundamental values” — which he identified as “freedom, human dignity, the way people are treated. Those are our values, those are not our policies, they are values.” Policies can and do change, values do not, he said, they remain constant.
Recognizing the failure of trying to dictate values to others, he went on:
“If we condition too heavily that others must adopt this value that we’ve come to over a long history of our own, it really creates obstacles to our ability to advance our national security interests and our economic interests. It doesn’t mean that we leave those values on the sidelines. It doesn’t mean that we don’t advocate for and aspire to freedom, human dignity, and the treatment of people the world over; we do… But I think it’s really important that all of us understand the difference between policy and values.”
He further explained that “I hear from government leaders all over the world, ‘You just can’t demand that of us. We can’t move that quickly, we can’t adapt that quickly.’” So, we need to “advance our national security and economic interests; and our values are constant….”
The Secretary of State also gave a lengthy explanation of the Trump Adminstration’s policy toward China, which is based on deepening the dialogue between the two countries, and on both sides taking “a fresh look at where is this relationship going to be 50 years from now.”
Tillerson’s comments present a perspective for close collaboration between the U.S., Russia and China, in addressing both present and future strategic crises. It is that potential that the overwhelming hype against Trump and against Putin has been intended to disrupt.