FOR ANYONE concerned with human rights, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's speech to State Department employees last week was disheartening.
Tillerson's broad theme was: "How does this administration's policy of 'America First' fit into our foreign policy?" His answer was a bloodless statement of realpolitik. US diplomats "really have to understand, in each country or each region of the world that we're dealing with, what are our national security interests [and] what are our economic prosperity interests." Only then, if possible, should "we . . . advocate and advance our values."
To be sure, freedom and human dignity are fundamental American ideals, said Tillerson. But they aren't necessarily principles we expect other nations to uphold. . . .