In doing so, Barack Obama resists the idea that either the US or Indonesia should be free to solve their own problems.
While spun as a story that Barack Obama resists Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate change agreement, he was really encouraging Indonesian rulers to stay hopeful that the American system of bribing other nations will continue after this unwelcome but brief interruption. American “leadership” in a non-binding agreement only meant that
- The U.S. government impoverishes American citizens with higher energy prices to set an example to other governments and increase the revenue streams of oligarchs
- The U.S. government plunders American taxpayers and future taxpayers to bribe governments, like the one that rules Indonesia, to marginally reduce their carbon output—or pretend to do so.
Also, more generally, Barack Obama resists the idea that America or Indonesia should be free to solve their own problems. Instead, these problems are amalgamated in global issues that “we” must all deal with “together.” Obviously, if this global “partnership” were a dog, Indonesia would be the tail and the U.S. deep state would be holding the leash. If the Indonesian government doesn’t realize this, it is because they owe their power substantially to U.S. foreign policy at the expense of the Indonesian people.
Thus, Bloomberg spins reports, “Obama in Indonesia Takes Swis ipe at Trump on Paris Climate Accord.”
Trump said last month he would withdraw from the pact and seek to negotiate a better deal, in a move that attracted widespread criticism from counterparts in Europe and elsewhere. The decision by Trump to walk away from the 2015 agreement was also criticized by business leaders, with some describing it as a setback for the environment.
“In Paris, we came together around the most ambitious agreement in history to fight climate change,” Obama said Saturday in a speech at the opening of the Fourth Congress of the Indonesian Diaspora in Jakarta. He said it was “an agreement that even with the temporary absence of American leadership will still give our children a fighting chance.”
“The challenges of our times, whether it’s economic inequality, changing climate, terrorism, mass migration; these are really challenges and we’re going to have to confront them together,” he said.