Never Give It Up is an American motto that is unlikely to fade, as US secretary of state Hillary Clinton disclosed in prepared comments on Wednesday. She repeated what US statesmen have been saying for long: The US remains “the best hope in a dangerous world”. It’s an old idea, perpetuated by the US for long.
Take this passage from the speech, meant for an audience at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington: “When old adversaries need an honest broker or fundamental freedoms need a champion, people turn to us. When the earth shakes or rivers overflow their banks, when pandemics rage or simmering tensions burst into violence, the world looks to us.”
Her words ring hollow, for the world has changed. US foreign policy is facing intractable challenges in Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan. An aggressive China is already stealing its strategic space in Asia.
It’s a difficult world and the US needs to take note of the changes.