posted on 03 May 2016
Written by Frank Li
Last Wednesday, April 27, 2016, Trump delivered a major speech on foreign policy (see video in the end). Overall, it was a very good speech, both in style and in substance! Who will be the biggest loser of Trump’s foreign policy in execution? The neo-cons (e.g. war-hawks) and the MIC (Military-Industrial Complex)!
Unfortunately, it was also a partisan speech carefully crafted for his Presidential campaign. For example, for the current chaos in the Mideast, Trump mentioned neither President George W. Bush nor his administration, but slapped the Obama-Clinton team and even President Bill Clinton! As a result, the speech was not only incomplete with some major contradictions (e.g. more spending on military vs. minimal interventionism), but also inevitably misleading, very unfortunately …
While complimenting Trump’s speech, I will take this opportunity to provide a high-level overview of America’s post-WWII foreign policy, in a non-partisan way with political correctness notwithstanding, since I am not soliciting your vote!
America's post-WWII foreign policy can be separated chronologically into four distinct periods:
Let me elaborate on each ...
2. 1945 - 1991: the Cold War period
Let me briefly highlight this period in three points:
2.1 Truman Doctrine
Here is an excerpt from Wikipedia - Truman Doctrine:
2.2 President Dwight Eisenhower
2.3 President Ronald Reagan
President Ronald Reagan will prove, if not already has proven, to be the best American President after WWII. Unfortunately, the MIC grew amok on his watch. Very notably, he has been given too much credit for ending the Cold War. Two points:
3. 1991 - 2000: the post-Cold War period
This is primarily the Bill Clinton period. For a summary of Bill Clinton's Presidency, read: The Myth of The Bill Clinton Presidency. Here is an excerpt:
4. 2001 - 2008: the Bush II period
This period was dominated by the 9/11 attack and the two subsequent wars (i.e. War in Afghanistan and the Iraq War). It was a total disaster for America as well as for the world! I have already published extensively on it. Two examples:
In short, our reaction to the 9/11 attack was much worse than the attack itself!
Trump's speech has very well covered this period, though without explicitly calling out President George W. Bush.
Bottom line: Bush II was a total disaster, even judged by his own party! Need proof? Consider these two simple facts:
He will again be a no-show at the forthcoming GOP convention, guaranteed! What is causing the distance between Bush II and his own party? He has been an absolute liability for the GOP!
5. 2009 - 2016: the Obama period
It is obvious President Obama has neither the knowledge nor the skills to handle the complex world he inherited! Because of that, he has made a bad situation much worse! I have also published extensively on it already. Two examples:
Bottom line: both Iraq and Afghanistan are becoming, if they are not already, like Vietnam to America, in which America won [almost] every battle, but lost the war! President Obama has no plan and no end-game! He has been simply showboating, until the next administration takes over! Meanwhile, many more American soldiers will die in vain (Islamic State kills U.S. Navy DEAL in northern Iraq)!
Simply put, America’s post-WWII foreign policy can be described in two words: “endless war”!
Because of that, America has been, by far, the most “terror county” in the world! Two facts:
Worst of all for America, it has developed a culture of war at home, which will eventually destroy America from the inside out! For more, read: America: A Culture of War.
Now, let's focus on five main subjects:
Let me be absolutely clear on this: Presidents Bush II and Obama created ISIS in the first place! Specifically,
As a result, not only was ISIS born, it has thrived throughout the entire region!
Trump highlighted ISIS in his speech, with a promise to defeat it with his secret plan! Let's give him a chance!
6.2 Islam bashing
Stop blaming Islam for ISIS! Two main analogies:
In a nutshell, in America, Islam bashing today is no different from slavery 200 years ago, which is the worst form of race bashing (or racism)!
It took us a civil war to address the slavery issue. It would be foolhardy to start a new one over religion, be it Islam or Buddhism!
Bottom line: no policy or law in America must be based on religion or race! Church and state do not mix!
6.3 The MIC
The MIC is totally out of control, requiring "enemies" to sustain itself. So after communism, terrorism was selected as the enemy! The MIC is the root cause of many of our problems.
The Republican Party is more responsible for the MIC than the Democratic Party!
Trump has shown some promising signs to address the MIC issue. So let's give him a chance! For more, read: Fixing the Military-Industrial Complex!
6.4 China bashing
Trump has been bashing China for a few years, and this speech was no exception. Why so much China bashing? It’s popular and it’s inconsequential (unlike Mexico bashing, for example)! Unfortunately, most points Trump has raised against China are invalid. Two examples:
China bashing will not solve America’s problems! The image below highlights the key difference between China and America.
Finally, while the Chinese are amused by Trump as a Presidential candidate, they respect him as a successful businessman. They will also have more respect for him as the President than his two predecessors!
6.5 Russia bashing
America has been way too rough on Russia since 1991, when the Cold War ended. For example, NATO has expanded all its way to Russia’s front door! Russia had to put up with everything until 2014, when the Ukraine crisis occurred. The Ukraine crisis was instigated by the West, and Russia fought back for two main reasons:
For more, read: Crimea, Ukraine, Russia, and the U.S.
Militarily, however, Russia was never weak. As a matter of fact, today, Russia’s military is even stronger than the former USSR! Two informative readings:
In other words, America has not been the only military superpower left on earth after the Cold War ended in 1991 - not even for a single day!
Why is there such a big impression in America that it has been the only military superpower on earth since 1991? A result of the MIC propaganda!
What, then, should America do with Russia – a new arms race? No - It’s MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction)! Instead, America must learn to share power with Russia (and China). For more, read: Three New Kingdoms.
Unlike many American politicians, who are obsessed with vilifying President Putin, Trump obviously respects him (and vice versa), which is a solid foundation for a healthy America-Russia relationship! For more, read: Top 10 American Misconceptions about Russia.
Back to Trump’s speech ... Once again, overall, it was a very good speech … and the biggest loser of Trump’s foreign policy in execution will be the neo-cons and the MIC! Still wondering why the GOP establishment is so afraid of Trump? Wonder not!
Trump is absolutely correct on this one: “America first”! No, America can no longer afford to save the world, while bankrupting ourselves at home!
Now, just sit back and enjoy Trump's speech in its entirety!
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