Domestic policy will trump foreign policy under America’s newly-elected president. It’s a change in thinking poisonous to Washington’s political elites. Such change could drain the swamp in DC
National interest, not historical baggage, will drive President-elect Donald Trump’s agenda. Columnist Patrick J. Buchanan says Trump has an opportunity to set forth a foreign policy path for decades in the US. Buchanan’s thoughts on Trump from WND:
Trump promised an “America First” foreign policy rooted in the national interest, not in nostalgia. The neocons insist that every Cold War and post-Cold War commitment be maintained, in perpetuity.
Trump made it clear nostalgia shouldn’t drive future policy.
Sunday on “60 Minutes,” Trump said: “You know, we’ve been fighting this war for 15 years. … We’ve spent $6 trillion in the Middle East, $6 trillion – we could have rebuilt our country twice. And you look at our roads and our bridges and our tunnels … and our airports are … obsolete.”
Cries from the Hill to fight Russia, China and half the Middle East on multiple fronts don’t sit well with Trump.
In none of these places is there a U.S. vital interest so imperiled as to justify the kind of war the War Party would risk.
Trump has the opportunity to be the president who, like Harry Truman, redirected U.S. foreign policy for a generation.
Buchanan believes that, “The opportunity is at hand for Trump to reconfigure U.S. foreign policy to the world we now inhabit, and to the vital interests of the United States.”
The “Trump Doctrine,” as Buchanan labeled it, has the chance to hold other nations accountable for their own interests, reveal to the American people that no other nations’ conflicts are of vital interest to the US, and that the US will destroy terrorist organizations without collapsing nations they infect.
Then Trump should move expeditiously to lay out and fix the broad outlines of his foreign policy, which entails rebuilding our military while beginning the cancellation of war guarantees that have no connection to U.S. vital interests. We cannot continue to bankrupt ourselves to fight other countries’ wars or pay other countries’ bills.
The opportunity is at hand for Trump to reconfigure U.S. foreign policy to the world we now inhabit, and to the vital interests of the United States.
Trump made history in upsetting his favored opponent. The nation and the world weren’t expecting it.
Trump is the man who can use his surprise rise to the White House to effectuate real change. His foreign policy changes can protect America, and its allies, without breaking the backs of the American people who pay for it all.