Trump Is No Realist

But what is meant by “Realist”?

If we are talking about it in the context of philosophy then……

a. The scholastic doctrine, opposed to nominalism, that universals exist independently of their being thought.
b. The modern philosophical doctrine, opposed to idealism, that physical objects exist independently of their being perceived.
But what if we are talking about the situation as it relates to International Relations……
A particular view of the world, or paradigm, defined by the following assumptions: the international realm is anarchic and consists of independent political units called states; states are the primary actors and inherently possess some offensive military capability or power which makes them potentially dangerous to each other; states can never be sure about the intentions of other states; the basic motive driving states is survival or the maintenance of sovereignty; states are instrumentally rational and think strategically about how to survive.
That brings us to Trump’s views on foreign policy……

In his speech in Riyadh, President Trump said his administration was adopting “Principled Realism”—capitalized in the official White House version of the speech, as if to make a statement that there is a distinct doctrine being followed, one worthy of the term realismSome commentaries seem to have taken him at his word, with the main reference point being a contrast with the two previous U.S. administrations, which, in very different ways, placed greater importance than Trump does on the extent to which liberal democratic values prevail abroad.  The contrast is based more broadly on Trump’s overall lack of concern for human rights overseas.

But slapping away any interest in democracy and human rights does not define realism.  And we certainly have enough experience now with Trump to realize that his declaring he is doing something may have little relationship to what he actually is doing.

Source: Trump Is No Realist « LobeLog

I Think that his ideas in foreign policy are unrealistic…..he disses diplomacy and embraces a larger more power military and he hugs and compliments petty dictators and monarchs……

President Donald Trump has failed to reassure members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) that the United States was fully committed to the alliance. When pressed about the importance of Article 5 of the NATO charter—which obliges members to ensure collective defence—Trump dithered. No clarity was possible. He wants NATO members to increase military spending. It is something the U.S. needs little prodding to do by itself.

Trump wants the U.S. to spend over $700 billion on its military, which is astronomically higher than any of the other NATO states. The U.S. expenditure is two-thirds of the total the 28 NATO states spent on their militaries. The U.S. spends 3.6 per cent of its gross domestic product (GDP) on the military, almost twice the 2 per cent standard asked of NATO states. The U.S., by itself, is effectively the military arm of the NATO.

Source: Trump Believes in a World Order Based on Brute Force—and Much of Europe Is Surprisingly Willing to Go Along with It | Alternet

Trump has started the US  down a path that it does not need to travel…..and could very well end badly for the country.


13 thoughts on “Trump Is No Realist

  1. When he was running for office, I recall talk of reduced spending on an overseas military presence, and isolationist-style policies that would ‘make America great again’. What happened to those?
    Regards, Pete.

    1. I said then that I did not particularly like the candidate but that he did have some foreign policy stands that I could support….but as always they were just campaign promises….chuq

  2. Humans have such a tendency to try to find patterns in chaos that they see things that are not really there. Sometimes a clueless moron is just a clueless moron. 😎

  3. Chuq, North Korea has been reported, by the DEA, to have miniaturized warheads, capable of fitting into their ICBMs Nukes on hand range from–just a few to 60. We need a hero again. Here’s the comment I added to the WaPo article:

    Meanwhile, the U. S. hasn’t begun to have one message, and delivered through one person. Trump, who seems to be totally hands-off in everything except lies, intrigue and disruption, needs to stay out of it completely! And yet, the Amateur Hour is running our National Security Policy.

    Rex Tillerson is inexperienced and has been emasculated by Donald Trump, he’s blaming James Mattis for Afghanistan not ending fast enough, after 16 years, and H. R. McMaster is under attack by Steve Bannon, and other War Hawks.

    This is worse than in 1973, when Nixon was drinking heavily during watergate, the Yom Kippur War had started, and our Missilemen were in “Prepare to Launch” mode, vs. the Soviet Union. At that time, Henry Kissinger and James Schlessenger took charge. Who does Trump have? Ivanka and Jared?

    Remember, as well, that our National Security Apparatus is engaged in its dalliances in: Afghanistan; Iraq; Syria, Yemen and has been talking about bombing the Abu Sayyef in Southwest Philippines.

    Time to dig those bomb shelters!

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