- Trump is signaling an end to a world in which US allies depended on America for their defense and for the stability of the global order, writes Christopher Preble
- We can celebrate or lament that turn of events, but we shouldn't be surprised -- the only puzzle is that the old model lasted as long as it did, Preble writes
Christopher Preble is vice president for defense and foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.
(CNN)In his address to Congress on Tuesday evening, President Trump affirmed that "America respects the right of all nations to chart their own path." In that spirit, he continued, "My job is not to represent the world. My job is to represent the United States of America."