Republican front runner Donald J. Trump delivered a foreign policy summary that was cogent, disciplined, and on-target. From my perspective as a national security/counterterrorism professional and student of diplomacy, the speech immediately identified the problems and prescribed the formula needed to achieve a solution. A review of my former essays and editorials will attest I have advocated and called for this approach many times throughout the entire Obama Administration.
The Trump policy first order of business was to reject the status quo and all of the current Administration’s advisors, pundits, wonks, and analyst that either shaped or supported the present foreign policy. So it is no surprise they would be the first to rush to the Cable shows to dismiss it.
The Obama/Kerry/Clinton foreign policy have been an utter disaster as described by DJT. So those who crafted it and those who did not oppose it, must be purged from the circles of power that would be entrusted with advising the new President or crafting policy, be they in the Pentagon or State Department, a fresh team must be brought in with the new Administration.
The most pressing national security threat facing this generation of the United States is a failed economy and collapsed currency. The strongest global weapon ever produced by American labor is the U.S. Dollar. DJT is the only candidate that addressed this threat as part of foreign policy because it is directly linked to debt, bad trade deals, and foreign entanglements created by a long term policy of globalism. Trump announced a foreign policy shift that rattled everybody because he said “No” to the globalist agenda. Where all Americans should agree with him is nation-building nor an integrated common market will no longer be pursued under his Administration.
He cited the North American Free Trade Agreement as the prime example. Precisely correct. NAFTA must be dismantled because it is a framework for a European Union style configuration that would eventually dissolve the United States as we know it today. It is a threat to American interest and our national sovereignty. DJT is the only candidate to denounce NAFTA.
The solution to a sagging economy and strained currency is a strong dollar. A strong dollar defends the Constitution, builds our military, creates jobs and wealth. Peace through prosperity is not a slogan, it is a historic truth. Trading partners who make each other wealthy, rarely engage in nuclear war.
Diplomatically, his call to bring the Russians to the table in a step toward a humanitarian alliance in defense of Christians can lead to military cooperation. Mutually beneficial economic trade between Washington and Moscow would be a step toward the goal of peace through prosperity. A cessation to the current hostilities between the U.S. and Russia is worth a try.
When Trump announced we must “protect the Christians”, he was the first and only candidate to utter those words. When Trump said the enemy of Muslims and Christians is radical Islam, he was the first to announce their utter annihilation as a foreign policy mandate. He also made it crystal clear that the Iranian Mullah’s must never attain a nuclear weapon of any type. How that will be reversed remains to be seen, but at this point, there are limited options; be they economic, diplomatic, military or a combination thereof.
Trump was spot on target when he reaffirmed that the nation/state has been and will continue to be the surest way to protect the ideals of individual liberty and economic prosperity. That statement was another out right declaration he will put an end to the agenda driving globalism. Trump is the only candidate to send a message to friends and foes alike, that the United States will be a reliable ally. He said the U.S. would reciprocate loyalty and generosity to loyal and generous friends. He repeated that he would put a stop to the insane globalist policy called “nation-building”. He decried the imposition of western style of government. The reversal of a nation-building policy will be forcefully opposed by the foreign bank lenders and foreign currency traders, precisely because they and the morticians were the only entities prospering from it.
Already, the globalist propagandist are attempting to twist his words of putting “Americans first” as something insidious. Ask yourself, if the President of the United States has not been putting the interest of Americans first, then whose interest is he serving if it is not our national interest? The answer is Globalism. The U.S. has been fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq, nearly longer than WW2, Korea and Viet-Nam combined, costing the U.S. more in blood and treasure than anytime in modern U.S. history. DJT is the only candidate to openly say it.
On NATO, Trump is the only candidate who correctly pointed out that it is time to re-evaluate that foreign treaty and re-organize it because it is no longer viable as a defense pact. The lack of contributions from the member states, the Obama/Clinton mis-use of NATO against Libya and Syria, to include Turkey’s illicit coddling of ISIS; are but three compelling reasons to advise President Trump to withdraw from it, if we cannot properly re-tool it.
This is a thinking persons policy assessment whose prime directive begins on the foundation that restoring U.S. “economic might” is essential to the national security of the United States. A President that believes U.S. policy should be to help Americans make money, instead of the government printing it, as a solution to the challenges facing this generation, is a clear cut description of the Trump doctrine that is worthy of support by all Americans.