I have been a critic of our new master about his ideas and his actions in the field of international relations…..I have been watching what he does and so far I still have no idea what his agenda really is….of course we all know what he has stated as his agenda but actions do not bear out those statements.
I have been reading lots of sources to see if anyone has an idea of the direction our foreign policy will eventually lead…..these two sources that I felt I needed to share for those that are in the same state of confusion as me……
Tomorrow, German Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet face-to-face with President Trump for the first time, each to take the other’s measure. Mr. Trump has previously criticized Mrs. Merkel for her open-door immigration policy and, by implication in his criticism of NATO, for Germany’s paltry defe…
Trump has forced many long time bureaucrats, those that actually know what is what, to resign or has fired outright.
The problem is that we have a civilian run government and Trump has replaced many of those civilians with generals……where will this lead?
Here we are, two months into the Trump Administration—that’s approaching 5 percent of his first term—and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis remains the only Trump-tapped Pentagon poobah.
He’s the lone confirmed civilian appointee inside the Defense Department, according to a nifty job tracker from the Washington Post and the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service that’s tracing 53 senior Pentagon positions.
The Army secretary is listed as “WITHDRAWAL PENDING” and the Navy secretary is branded “FAILED.” Last week, reports surfaced that Trump’s choice to oversee the Air Force is in trouble. Forty-eight of the 53 posts carry the label “NO NOMINEE.”
How long can this country’s national security be held in balance without those people that keep it so? People that have been trained and have the experience of moving through the wheels of government….there is a time when amateurs are not the best way forward…..
There is a good reason that civilians are needed in the mix for foreign policy…..military men were not trained to do so……they are trained for war not avoiding it.
According to retired Army colonel and bestselling author Andrew Bacevich, the American military is today being used to solve problems it was not designed to solve. Current U.S. foreign policy, he said, is “based on a fundamental misunderstanding of the efficacy of military power, particularly American military power,” which leads foreign-policy elites to select objectives that do not align with our frequently misunderstood strategic reality. As a result, Bacevich concludes, “we engage in wars that are unnecessary and counterproductive, notably in large parts of the Islamic world.”
I know Trump won the election….big f*cking deal!
He needs to buck up and do something to help secure our security and to sure up our foreign policy….slogans are NOT the answer. Did you understand that? Solutions need more than some cute slogan on a hat.