No damn secret that I spend a lot of time read, researching and writing about our foreign policy mostly those policies that effect our direction in the Middle East.
I admit it…I have NO idea what the foreign policy of Pres. Trump is exactly……hard words for wars….hard words for foreign leaders…..the embrace of long time adversaries……and a general waffling on most policies.
I have become totally confused on his, Trump, intents around the world….what is this person doing to our foreign policy?
WHEN DONALD Trump delivered his first and only major foreign policy address of the 2016 campaign on April 27 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, he indicated that it was time for a fundamental change in America’s approach to both its allies and adversaries. Now that the 2020 presidential campaign has begun in earnest, it’s worth looking back at that speech to measure how far he has met the goals that he set. Has Trump profoundly altered the course of American foreign policy? Or has he been a study in inconsistency?
At the outset of his 2016 speech, he declared that it was time to “shake the rust off America’s foreign policy.” He proposed to remove it by pursuing a policy of America First that would usher in a shiny new nationalism. To be sure, Trump pointed to the Cold War as an era of American greatness. But he argued that the very triumphalism that had emerged after the fall of the Berlin Wall set the stage for the disasters that ensued in the Middle East, when the George W. Bush administration set out on a quixotic quest to transform the region overnight into a bastion of Western-style democracies. The problems were only compounded by President Barack Obama’s intervention in Libya. According to Trump, “each of these actions have helped to throw the region into chaos and gave isis the space it needs to grow and prosper. Very bad.” He also noted that these actions had created a vacuum that allowed Iran to expand its reach and influence.
Thanx to Trump we have a total disruption in our foreign policy and our national interests….but why?
Disagreement and conflict plague our foreign policy discussions in the same way confusion about the nature of justice makes it difficult to make ethically informed personal decisions. Foreign policy consensus is rare in America, just as moral consensus is the stuff of fairy tales. However, difficulty in reaching agreement is no excuse to succumb to relativism or blind fatalism. Government officials, military leaders, and diplomats must still make decisions and pursue foreign policy goals despite the lack of clear, unambiguous guidance. Indeed, many disagreements in the foreign policy community arise not from a lack of clear goals, but rather from their overabundance. Prioritizing them, deciding where to dedicate significant resources and which to abandon—these are the subjects of never-ending debate in public discourse.
I am an old fart…..plus I am an aging antiwar activist and I see the only way out of this cycle of ignorance in our foreign policy can only be saved by the Millennial Generation……(if they are up to the task)…..
In mainstream media outlets, Millennials (a generation with shockingly little wealth) have spent the last decade on a multi-industry killing spree. Now Millennials, along with neighboring Gen X and Gen Z, are coming for your politics.
In both the 2016 and 2018 elections, Gen X, Millennials, and Gen Z have combined to cast more votes than Boomers and older generations. In the 2018 midterm elections, Millennial turnout nearly doubled from the prior 2014 midterm election. Still, Millennials haven’t taken over: while 42 percent of eligible Millennials voted, that still lags behind the 64 percent of Boomers who trekked to the polls.
But as Millennials and younger generations of Americans claim a larger share of the electoral pie, the issues on which they differ from older Americans become more salient. And there are many. As Pew says in their 2018 report, “The Generation Gap in American Politics”:
To illustrate the direction that young would travel in foreign policy look no further than those young reps in Congress……
The plan calls for the U.S. to cease the “go-it-alone” strategy that has dominated the country’s foreign policy for decades and to instead seek rapprochement with other countries and to prioritize human rights and other areas of global cooperation.
Path to PEACE includes seven pieces of legislation calling for Congressional approval of sanctions, the end of arms sales to human rights violators, and instituting policies aimed at protecting and promoting rights of children, among other issues.
“The United States can be an agent of peace and end the global refugee crisis if we elect members of Congress who will make this a priority,” tweeted Jetpac executive director Mohammed Missouri.
For those interested in her plan for our foreign policy…..https://omar.house.gov/sites/omar.house.gov/files/wysiwyg_uploaded/OMARMN_067_xml.pdf
This plan will get my support…that is until they corporate owned Reps start “tweaking” the plan….and then I will withdraw my support…..
One last thought on Trump foreign policy……from the Orange County paper…..
President Trump campaigned on ending America’s endless wars in the Middle East and Afghanistan. Three years into his presidency, we’re not only engaged in the same dubious entanglements, but now at greater risk of conflict with Iran following the president’s killing of Iran’s Qassem Soleimani.
On Jan. 3, an American drone strike killed Soleimani, a top Iranian general, and others. Purportedly, according to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the strike was necessary to prevent imminent Iranian attacks against the United States. While Trump administration officials have variously defined “imminent” as meaning attacks days or weeks away, some congressional Democrats, including Sen. Tom Udall, have cast doubt on the threat.
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“lego ergo scribo”