foreign policy

Trump and Tone

Roger Kimball, American Greatness

It would be a good thing, not a bad thing for us to have good relations with Russia. I think it is good that he chats up the chubby dictator from North Korea even as he maintains a punishing regime of sanctions on the hermit empire. I think it is a good strategy to dispense some honeyed words in President Xi’s direction, to tell the world what an impressive leader he is, while imposing billions in tariffs in order to encourage the Chinese to play fair. Where there is no alternative there is no problem. What’s the alternative to Donald Trump on any of these issues? Joe Biden? Elizabeth Warren? Bernie Sanders? To ask the question is to answer it.

On War With Iran, It’s Trump Versus the Founding Fathers

Doug Bandow, The American Conservative

The possibility that the chief executive might rush or be pushed into such a disastrous war is exactly why the Founders obliged presidents to go to Congress for approval. The Constitution places the power to declare war in the hands of the legislature. Yet modern presidents routinely claim monarchical powers, using the military without proper authority. Legislators often avoid taking responsibility for wars that might turn unpopular. But neither unconstitutional nor irresponsible behavior justifies chief executives doing the same. Trump has proven no more faithful to the Constitution than his predecessors.

Who Wants This War With Iran?

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Who wants us to plunge back into the Middle East, to fight a new and wider war than the ones we already fought in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, and Yemen? Answer: Pompeo and Bolton, Bibi Netanyahu, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the Sunni kings, princes, emirs, sultans, and the other assorted Jeffersonian democrats on the south shore of the Persian Gulf. And lest we forget, the Never Trumpers and neocons in exile nursing their bruised egos, whose idea of sweet revenge is a U.S. return to the Mideast in a war with Iran. That, they think, will finally bring an end to the Trump presidency.

Joe Biden Cuddle Studio Franchising Opportunity

Cuddle studios advertise they provide nourishment for the soul through laughter, compassionate listening, and above all else, an incredible grounding energy. However, the competition in the nascent cuddling industry is about to become even fiercer with the entry of a new market-maker: The Joe Biden Cuddle Studio franchise operation.

Bolton’s War Whispers Sounding More Like Battle Cries

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Taken together, the Bolton-Pompeo threats add up to an ultimatum that any attack by Hezbollah in Lebanon, the Houthis in Yemen, or Iran-backed militias — on Israel, Saudi Arabia, the UAE or U.S. forces in Iraq, Syria or the Gulf states — will bring a U.S. retaliatory response on Iran itself. Today, Trump's approval rating in the Gallup Poll has reached an all-time high, 46%, a level surely related to the astonishing performance of the U.S. economy following Trump's tax cuts and sweeping deregulation. While a Gulf war with Iran might be popular at the outset, what would it do for the U.S. economy or our ability to exit the forever war of the Middle East, as Trump has pledged to do?

Venezuela: What Should America Do?

Should the United States stay out of Venezuela, or should we act to enforce the Monroe Doctrine and drive the Russians and Iranians out of the Western Hemisphere? We want to know what ConservativeHQ.com readers and friends think about this important topic. Please leave your most thoughtful and succinct comments below.

The Democrats’ Mean Girls Problem

Few voters outside college campuses and the liberal Twitterverse are attracted to angry white feminists, sneering liberal arrogance, smug elite condescension, Hillary Clinton-style flip-floppers and scary socialist commissars – which pretty well sums-up the females in the Democratic field.

Lunch Bucket Joe And The Mafia Hit Man

As Joe Biden announces for president it is worth recalling he has a long, friendly, and somewhat dark history with the Teamsters, or, more accurately, a mafia hitman, the late Frank Sheeran, who also happened to be the president of Teamsters local 326 in Delaware and helped make Biden a U.S. senator.

Trump’s best move forward: ignore the Dems, focus on policy

Michael Goodwin, New York Post

In practical terms, Trump should admit to himself that his policies are more popular than his personality. He can help his cause — and the country — by finalizing strong trade deals with China and Europe and keeping the pressure on North Korea and Iran — while keeping American soldiers out of big wars. The home front will be more difficult because Dems control the House, and their harassment will be impossible to ignore. But the president must resist the temptation to respond to every insult from Adam Schiff, Maxine Waters and Jerry Nadler and instead play the long, substantive game.

Bernie Steals the ‘No More Wars’ Issue From Trump

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Trump may have just ceded the peace issue in 2020 to the Democrats. If Sanders emerges as the nominee, we will have an election with a Democrat running on the “no-more-wars” theme Trump touted in 2016. And Trump will be left defending the bombing of Yemeni rebels and civilians by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia. Does Trump really want to go into 2020 as a war party president? Prediction: by the primaries of 2020, foreign policy will be front and center, and the Democratic Party will have captured the “no more wars” political high ground that candidate Donald Trump occupied in 2016.

Biden: Uneasy, Gross, and Confused

Joe Biden’s actions toward women, as documented in numerous photographs, videos and published recollections are indeed bizarre and discomfiting, but what should really make Americans feel “uneasy, gross and confused” are Lunch Bucket Joe’s 40+ years of being wrong on every issue and using shameless lies and the politics of personal destruction to promote himself.

Why the President’s Emphasis on America First Makes Sense

Doug Bandow, The American Spectator

Surveying the world demonstrates how relatively unimportant it is to America’s basic well-being. That is, a global superpower has interests everywhere, but few are important. Most are of minor consequence. Although confrontations, conflicts, and crises abound, they rarely are noticed in the U.S. The U.S. should remain the world’s most powerful nation, well able to defend itself against all comers. But Washington should abandon social engineering as its chief foreign policy principle. And stop subsidizing prosperous, populous allies.

The Establishment Goes Trump on China

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

The establishment would like to fool itself that it came to its growing about-face on China thanks to a natural exhaustion of patience, or new data, or brilliant new exegeses. And that evolution may be in part true. But far more likely, Trump’s early and relentless hammering on Chinese mercantilism, systematic cheating, and illiberality finally made the old status quo unsustainable in the face of mounting evidence. The establishment is adopting Trump’s once-renegade stance toward China, and yet trying to immunize it from him all the same.

Trump the Diplomat-in-Chief

Betsy McCaughey, The American Spectator

Trump is by no means the first president to seize control of diplomacy in a personal way. In 1972, President Nixon shocked the establishment with a surprise visit to communist China, a dramatic first step toward opening diplomatic relations between the rival powers. And who can forget President Ronald Reagan’s personal dealings with Mikhail Gorbachev, which contributed to ending the Cold War. Face it, Trump’s personal diplomacy is controversial because he’s controversial. But look beyond his swagger and judge the results.

The Face of Imperial Overstretch

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Today, the U.S. maintains a policy of containment of Russia and China, which are more united than they have been since the first days of the Cold War. We are responsible for defending 28 NATO nations in Europe, twice as many as during the Cold War, plus Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, Australia and New Zealand. We have troops in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, and appear on the cusp of collisions with Venezuela and Iran. This is imperial overstretch. It is unsustainable.

Trump Should Call Congress’s Bluff on Our Endless Wars

W. James Antle III, The American Conservative

Trump should dare legislators to do their jobs and vote to authorize continuing these wars—or he will end them. Put the onus on the House and Senate to fulfill their constitutional duties. Up until now, Trump’s big fight with the establishment has been over immigration and the border wall. Amid his belated turn towards the more populist parts of his program, he should not forget to spend political capital on America’s wars as well. Trump now says Republican congressional leaders misled him on the wall. It has been even worse on foreign policy.

On Syria Donald Trump Finally Acts Like President Trump

Washington’s overall objective should be to bring peace to America, not micro-manage other nations’ conflicts. Washington policymakers come up with long lists of objectives which are not worth the cost, in this case essentially permanent war. Withdrawal from Syria is long overdue.

Forever Nipping at His Heels

George Neumayr, The American Spectator

Normally, liberals would cut a non-interventionist president some slack on a dubiously obtained Vietnam-era medical deferment. Not Trump. His withdrawal of troops from unwinnable conflicts and his overtures to enemies leave liberals decidedly unimpressed. Suddenly, they have turned hawkish — they now favor a perpetual presence in the Middle East — and forbid dialogue with dictators. Earlier this year they told us with great confidence that Trump’s irenic North Korean policy would empower Chairman Kim and loose him upon the world. Never mind that the North Korean crisis has disappeared from discussion for months. Where did it go?

Who Lost the World George H.W. Left Behind?

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

The establishment won the great political battles before 2016. But how did the democracy crusaders, globalists, open borders progressives and interventionists do by their country in these decades? Did the former presidents who sat beside Trump at National Cathedral, and the establishment seated in the pews behind them, realize that it was their policies, their failures, that gave birth to the new America that rose up to throw them out, and put in Donald Trump?

Elizabeth Warren goes first on foreign policy and serves as a warning to the rest

Editors, Washington Examiner

In the face of the threats we face from states such as China, Iran, North Korea, and Russia, this is not a good moment to cut defense spending. Warren has at least put a foreign policy outlook on the table for others to pick over. For that, she deserves a lot of credit. But her foray into this topic should serve as a warning to other Democrats that they're going to have to do better, and that that might not be so easy to do if they intend to keep their left-wing base happy.