foreign policy

The Forever War?

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Terrorist attacks in the West grow in number and lethality every year. The new normal. Now, second-generation Muslims within Europe seem to be converting to a violent version of Islam. To fight them, we are being forced to circumscribe our sovereignty and empower police and intelligence agencies of which free men were once taught to be wary.

How Hillary Clinton Killed 22 Kids In The Manchester Concert Bombing

Salman Ramadan Abedi detonated the bomb that killed 22 at the Manchester concert and maimed dozens more, however, in creating an ungoverned space in Libya and Syria and, loosing Islamism from the suppression of secularists like Muamar Gaddafi and Bashar al-Assad, Hillary Clinton is just as guilty of the deaths.

Abroad, Trump acts like a competent, conventional president

Michael Barone, Washington Examiner

My tentative conclusion is that Trump is more of a conventional president than he promised or than his critics fear. His early-morning tweets are unnerving; his propensity for unrehearsed ad libs is potentially dangerous; his taste in interior decoration is appalling. Now the question is whether Trump, after acting like a president abroad, can start doing so at home.

Obama Holdovers Successfully Sabotaging Trump's War Against ISIS

Until President Trump rids himself of those officials and advisers who do not share his foreign policy goals the internal coup against him will continue to the detriment of our war with the Islamic State and the broader success of his administration.

South Korea Elects the Anti-Trump: Whither the Washington-Seoul Alliance?

The policies of newly elected South Korean President Moon Jae-in vary sharply from those of the Trump administration. Many of Moon’s proposals would undercut, even obstruct, Washington’s objectives.

What Is America's Goal in the World?

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Since 1991, we have lost our global preeminence, quadrupled our national debt, and gotten ourselves mired in five Mideast wars, with the neocons clamoring for a sixth, with Iran. With the New World Order and global democracy having been abandoned as America’s great goals, what is the new goal of U.S. foreign policy? What is the strategy to achieve it? Does anyone know?

The Trump Administration’s Human Rights Conundrum

Washington obviously can do little to “fix” any of these nations. But America could at least affirm the principle that governments should protect their people’s lives and dignity.

The Rise of the Generals

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Before President Trump proceeds along the path laid out for him by his generals, brave and patriotic men that they are, he should discover if any of them opposed any of the idiotic wars of the last 15 years, beginning with that greatest of strategic blunders—George Bush’s invasion of Iraq.

A Trump Alliance Strategy

Daniel Henninger, Wall Street Journal

The Mattis-McMaster foreign policy taking shape looks like a flexible strategy born of military experience in fast, fluid circumstances—our world. It is based on both formal and mobile alliances with partners willing to use diplomatic, financial, political and, if necessary, military pressure to establish stable outcomes. The word “abandon” doesn’t fit here.

Trump Won’t Be Punked By Foreign Dirtbags Like Obama Was

Kurt Schlichter, Townhall

It’s again clear that if you are thinking about getting uppity with the U.S. of A, you are rolling the dice. Of course, the liberals whine, which is good because the volume of their yelps is a terrific metric for success. The more they cry about it, the better an idea it is. May they weep long and hard, because America has got its feck back.

The Trump Presidency Begins

Daniel Henninger, Wall Street Journal

We have arrived in the foothills of the Trump presidency, and warnings no doubt abound. Not least is the Republican obsession with the sport of cliff-diving over dry land. What’s important is that a presidency that was almost too much fun has taken a turn for the serious.

The World on January 20, 2017

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

Lead-from-behind Obamism proved to be little more than allowing the United Nations and the European Union to redefine American interests as something akin to Davos globalization. What, then, is a Jacksonian Trump approach? Trump seems none of the above. But he is inheriting a world that is imploding, an electorate that has no belly to fix it, and a military that for the present is in no shape to do so even if it wanted to.

The First Casualty In The Deep State’s Coup Against President Trump

There is an anti-constitutional coup taking place in this country. And on Monday the coup plotters registered their first kill: LTG Mike Flynn, President Trump’s national security advisor. In this must-read article we offer conservatives a definitive analysis of how and why the deep state took out General Flynn.

Democrats And Establishment Republicans Try To Torpedo Gen. Mike Flynn

Gen. Mike Flynn committed an unforgivable sin in the eyes of Democrats and the Republican national security establishment; he wrote a book proving what they have been doing for twenty-five years hasn’t been working. Even more unforgivably, he then managed to place himself next to a President who agrees, and is prepared to take his advice and examine whether the United States can have a new and more productive relationship with Russia.

Why ‘America First’ Resonates

Robert Merry, The American Conservative

Americans favor a measured, cautious foreign policy for America that also incorporates a recognition that the country must continue to play a major role in the world. America could do worse—and has in recent years.

Donald Trump Has a Coherent, Radical Foreign Policy Doctrine

George Friedman, RealClearWorld

If we ignore rhetorical flaws and look at the substance of what Trump has said, he has a coherent and radical foreign policy. Trump is proposing a redefinition of U.S. foreign policies based on current realities, not those of 40 years ago. It is a foreign policy in which American strength is maximized in order to achieve American ends.

The Audacity of Trump

Robert W. Merry, The American Conservative

In the end, it’s all about performance. In delivering a speech that emanated directly from his campaign, Trump chose to speak almost exclusively to those who voted for him and placed him upon that inaugural platform. But he can’t govern that way. Ultimately he will have to expand his base if he wants to govern beyond his current allotted four years. Campaigning is fun; governing is a fearsome challenge.

Trump Needs to Drain the Swamp at the Obama Pentagon

The neo-con counter to Trump’s “Make America Great Again” seems to be shaping up to be “Make Russia Evil Again.” If President-elect Trump wants to drain the swamp in DC, and formulate a new national security policy focused on winning cyberwarfare battles and eradicating ISIS and militant Islam, he should start by draining Obama’s Pentagon.

What's Trump up to on foreign policy?

Michael Barone, Washington Examiner

Maybe Trump knew what he was doing with his campaign strategy. It seems to me that like many rich men, he has original insights that, together with hard work and good luck, have made him successful, even while showing boundless ignorance or mindless delusion about other things. Trump's foreign policy needs to be examined in that light.

Mr. Trump: Remember the Snake? #NeverRomney #NeverCorker

History tells us that the idea of bringing your political enemies into your inner councils is the pathway to failure. Donald Trump must make a clean break with the Republican Quislings, like Mitt Romney and Bob Corker, who enabled Obama to advance his agenda.