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In 2016, Donald Trump ran a campaign that denounced the foreign policy views of the establishment wings of both the Democratic and Republican Parties. Calling his perspective “America First,” Trump insisted that it is not the role of the US to go around the world changing or “improving” the governments of other countries — especially given how many unmet needs Americans have at home. This view had similarities with the long foreign policy view on the left called “anti-imperialism.” Yet now, large numbers of supporters of each party seem eager to interfere in and alter the governments of a wide range of countries — from Russia and Iran to China and Cuba to Venezuela and Qatar — on top of all the countries the US is bombing, arming, funding or otherwise interfering in. Can any of this be reconciled with Trump’s “America First” vision or the left’s “anti-imperialism” principle? It is hard to see how.
This video was produced Glenn Greenwald and published on his Rumble channel on November 30, 2022. We republished it today on our channel to raise more awareness about this issue – locally and internationally. Join Glenn Greenwald’s channel on Rumble by clicking here.
To read the transcript of the interview: How Many Different Countries Should the US Now Be Fixing, Changing, and Interfering In?
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Glenn Greenwald is a former constitutional lawyer, a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist, and the author of several bestsellers, including No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State (2014) and Securing Democracy: My Fight for Press Freedom and Justice in Bolsonaro’s Brazil (2021). Acclaimed as one of the 25 most influential political commentators by The Atlantic, one of America’s top 10 opinion writers by Newsweek, and one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers for 2013 by Foreign Policy, Greenwald is a former constitutional and civil rights litigator. He was a columnist for The Guardian until October 2013 and a co-founder and former editor at The Intercept, which he left in 2020.
He is now an independent journalist writing at Substack. He has won numerous awards for his reporting, including the 2013 Polk Award for national security reporting, the top 2013 investigative journalism award from the Online News Association, the Esso Award for Excellence in Reporting (the Brazilian equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize), the 2013 Pioneer Award from Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Vladimir Herzog Special Prize in 2019 for his work in the Vaza Jato series. He also received the first annual I. F. Stone Award for Independent Journalism in 2009 and a 2010 Online Journalism Award. In 2013, Greenwald led the Guardian reporting that was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for public service, and his work was featured in the 2014 film Citizenfour, which won the Academy Award for Best Documentary.