As someone who spends his time analyzing and researching foreign policy I am a bit taken back by the new kid in town, DC that is……
During his run up to his election as president I was in Trump’s corner on some, and I repeat SOME, of his foreign policy statements. I did not care much for his domestic rhetoric but some of his rhetoric on international situations were spot on…..you will notice that I use the word “were”…..his actions speak nothing to his rhetoric.
But since he has taken the helm of this nation and its foreign policy I have been trying to get a handle on just what it is that he wants to accomplish internationally.
He, Trump, has gutted our diplomatic corps which in my opinion does little to protect Americans worldwide. How does he hope to formulate a policy when he is missing those people that are “experts” on the many different regions?
At best his foreign policy has been hit and miss loaded with bravado and out right bullshit. Not much makes sense….most of it sounds like a third grader taunting a playground rival.
Basically, to me his words and his pseudo policies are nothing but a smoke screen for is impotency in the foreign policy arena.
North Korea and Syria are prime examples…….
So far President Trump’s foreign policy has been nearly impossible to predict. As we saw this past week, some of the President’s choices, particularly the decision to strike the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, have created strange bedfellows among America’s foreign policy watchers. Traditional foreign policy thinkers on the right and left, the so-called “Establishment,” publicly lauded the strikes, albeit for somewhat different reasons. Meanwhile, Trump’s core supporters, who rallied around his isolationist campaign promises, have been sharply denouncing the strikes as warmongering. Everyone in Washington appears to have been caught off-guard by the President’s decision to intervene in the world’s most protracted conflict, while analysts, journalists, and policymakers are scrambling to determine what it all means. The President’s speech after the strike, as well as statements from the White House, argue this decision was tied to Syrian regime use of chemical weapons late last month.
His staff is not much better although there are a few that could formulate an adequate policy……but Trump seems to want it his way and his thoughts….I am hoping that someone with an adult brain will finally assert themselves and a true foreign policy will emerge.
The big question is…..will it emerge?
The Institute of Defense Studies published a paper asking if Trump’s foreign policy was shaping up?
April has been an eventful month geopolitically so far. President Trump carried out a much-trumpeted-about Tomahawk missile strike at the Syrian regime, held responsible by him for a nerve-agent attack on the village of Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib, a province largely held by rebels. Trump has changed his mind on China, which he previously accused as a ‘currency manipulator’. He has also changed his mind on ‘resetting’ relations with Putin and US-Russia relations are at their ‘lowest point’ in years. Trump has issued a harsh warning to North Korea to stop missile and nuclear tests. There are signals that Trump would scale up the US military engagement in Afghanistan. Trump has congratulated, with alacrity, Turkey’s President Erdogan on his referendum victory. Are all these developments related to one another?
All we can do is hope…..before it is too late.