foreign policy

Saved by our bold disrupter

Michael Goodwin, New York Post

Trump’s approach to national security leverages America’s strengths instead of being paralyzed by potential pitfalls. He is not, like his predecessor, “leading from behind” or doing nothing under the guise of “strategic patience.” Instead, he is proving to be the same bold disrupter on the international stage that he is in domestic politics. Trump's message is: We stick with our friends, and we stick it to those who would do us harm.

Trump is putting the US back on top

Michael Goodwin, New York Post

It’s premature to declare the death of the foolish idea that America is in permanent decline and must accept a lower rung on the global ladder. It is already clear that American Exceptionalism is making a comeback, and you don’t have to support President Trump to appreciate the benefits of his policies. These changes are still in the early innings and could collapse in a pile of false hopes. But the fact that they are on the table and moving forward marks a dramatic turnaround from the recent certainty that the post-World War II order America had fashioned and policed was kaput.

Trump leads in a different direction

Editors, Washington Examiner

Today, as the leaders on the Korean Peninsula call for a Nobel Peace Prize for Trump, as Trump has unified Sunni nations in a counterterrorism effort, as he begins work with Ukraine and the Baltic nations to counter Russia’s aggression, and as he fosters a bond with France’s Emmanuel Macron, it’s impossible with a straight face to call Trump an isolationist or say America has retreated from the world. Trump’s foreign policy record is one of America continuing its role as global leader — even if we’re leading in a direction that displeases John Kerry.

Not Being A Wimp Works

Kurt Schlichter, Townhall

There’s a lesson there. It’s a lesson that was never learned by our betters like Ben Rhodes and Susan Rice and all the other bloody-handed fools who managed to hobble the most powerful nation on earth for nearly a decade at the cost of hundreds of thousands of American and foreign lives. The United States is powerful because it is strong, but only when it is ready, willing, and able to use that power to serve America’s interests. The world saw Barack Obama was weak, feckless and afraid. It sees that Donald Trump is none of those things, so it fears him.

Trump Seeks Middle Ground in Foreign-Policy Balancing Act

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

The loyal Trump voter says not to intervene. The rabid Trump haters say to intervene. And the fence-sitters will eventually offer judgment based only on the success or failure of the mission. For now, Trump should keep quiet, stop tweeting his intentions, and give no indication of what he might do next. If he decides to act again in the future, then he should do it unexpectedly, with overwhelming force, and with the intention that he won’t have to do it again very often.

Trump Vastly Better than Obama at Foreign Policy

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

Trump, as he has demonstrated, has little use for ideology or even consistency. In a constantly changing world, he may be right. Those who are looking for some sort of Trump Doctrine may be looking for something that is actually outmoded. So far he is being more successful than Obama and all the neo-Marxist works of Marcuse, Gramsci, etc. combined.

Fear, loathing and John Bolton

Wesley Pruden, Washington Times

Bluster is an effective weapon in the hands of someone who knows how to use a weapon. Mr. Bolton, like the president, has never been interested in being polite to the imams in Tehran or to Rocket Man in Pyongyang. He has never been a fan of nation-building, particularly when it means deconstructing the nation and everything about it, from its history, culture, even its religion. He’s not a fan because it can’t be done.

Syrian Showdown: Trump vs. the Generals

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Will we defy President Assad with the possibility U.S. planes and troops could be engaging Syrians, Russians, Iranians and Shiite militias, in a country where we have no right to be? Trump is being denounced as an isolationist. But what gains have we reaped from 17 years of Middle East wars — from Afghanistan to Iraq, Syria, Libya and Yemen — to justify all the blood shed and the treasure lost? And how has our great rival China suffered from not having fought in any of these wars?

Is Trump Assembling a War Cabinet?

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Trump was nominated because he promised to keep us out of stupid wars like those into which folks like John Bolton and the Bush Republicans plunged us. What is Trump, who assured us there would be no more stupid wars, thinking? Truman and LBJ got us into wars they could not end, and both lost their presidencies. Eisenhower and Nixon ended those wars and were rewarded with landslides. Once Trump seemed to understand this history.

German Populists Shut Out: Establishment Parties Risk Terminal Decline

“If the mainstream parties don’t cover key subjects such as security and migration, they will be captured by radicals from both the left and right.” Disenfranchising those who are frustrated and angry is unlikely to deliver the kind of prosperous, peaceful future that most of us desire.

Saudi Charm Offensive Doesn't Excuse Religious Repression And War In Yemen

Washington’s relationship with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is embarrassing, counterproductive, and unnecessary. The Kingdom is as much foe as friend of American principles and interests. The U.S. should tell the Saudis that in the future it will deal with the Kingdom when convenient, without any pretense of friendship.

It's Time for a New American Foreign Policy

Sen. Rand Paul, The National Interest

When neoconservatives accept that a government large enough to fight perpetual war requires taxes and debt so extensive as to be to inconsistent with individual liberty—then will the schism heal. When that time comes, libertarians and neoconservatives will gather in Williamsburg and raise a pint to our common heroes: Jefferson, Paine, Madison, and yes, even John Adams. That will be a glorious time, a time when liberty is no longer divided and we can all celebrate the great American experiment in Liberty.

President Trump hits global reset button from Paris to Pyongyang

Sebastian Gorka, The Hill

Outside of our borders, in relations with other nations and organizations, there are very few sacred cows, especially if the matter at hand clashes directly with promises candidate Trump made to the American people. That is why, for example, despite howls from the establishment and even members of his own team, President Trump was never going to cave on recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of the eternal Jewish state or renege on his promises to American coal miners and steel workers.

Will War Cancel Out Trump’s Triumphs?

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

For whose benefit all these wars? The Korean War finished Truman. Vietnam finished LBJ. Reagan said putting Marines into Lebanon was his worst mistake. Iraq cost Bush II both houses of Congress and his party the presidency in 2008. Should Trump become a war president, he’ll likely become a one-term president.

What Should We Fight For?

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

What we are witnessing in Crimea, across the Middle East, in the South China Sea, and on the Korean peninsula, are nations more willing than we to sacrifice and take risks, because their interests there are far greater than ours. What America needs is a new national consensus on what is vital to us and what is not, what we are willing to fight to defend and what we are not.

General Mike Flynn’s Only Crime

In Afghanistan and at the DIA Mike Flynn proved that his adversaries were shallow, small minded and incompetent against America’s greatest enemies, but in their shallowness, small mindedness and incompetence they were still vicious enough and tenacious enough to get him.

Will Trump's Greatest Triumphs Be in Foreign Policy?

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

Trump may have received setbacks by proxy at the ballot boxes in New Jersey and Virginia, but in the realm of foreign policy he is achieving signal success.  Who knew this would be the area of his greatest accomplishments, the area where he appeared to have no prior experience whatsoever?

Trump Makes The DC Establishment Crazier Every Day

So, who’s crazy? President Trump, who is trying to undo the national security disasters shady Senator Bob Corker facilitated on behalf of Barack Obama, or establishment Republicans, like Michael Gerson, who take the side of the shady Senator from Tennessee?

Steve Bannon Isn’t Going Away

Walter Russell Mead, Wall Street Journal

Leveraging the Breitbart media empire and his own star power, Mr. Bannon seeks to play the role of a latter-day Paul Revere, riding through cyberspace to warn the American people that the Chinese are coming. The goal is to create conditions for a new domestic political alignment and a fundamental shift in American strategy abroad.