Mon Mar 20, 2017, 01:51 PM

Why Has Donald Trump Abandoned the Foreign Policy That Won Him the Election?

President Trump is drifting further into Neoconservative land, and very soon there will be no turning back.
Although you wouldn’t know it from the US media blackout – the US has quietly deployed upwards of 4,000 combat troops in Syria – in total violation of both US and international law.Upon closer examination, however, Trump’s foreign policy is fast resembling Israel’s foreign policy. This is exactly what candidate Trump promised he wouldn’t do…

Candidate Donald Trump offered a sharp break from his predecessors. He was particularly critical of neoconservatives, who seemed to back war at every turn. Indeed, he promised not to include in his administration “those who have perfect resumes but very little to brag about except responsibility for a long history of failed policies and continued losses at war.” And he’s generally kept that commitment, for instance rejecting as deputy secretary of state Elliot Abrams, who said Trump was unfit to be president.

Substantively candidate Trump appeared to offer not so much a philosophy as an inclination. Practical if not exactly realist, he cared more for consequences than his three immediate predecessors, who had treated wars as moral crusades in Somalia, the Balkans, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria. In contrast, Trump promised: “unlike other candidates for the presidency, war and aggression will not be my first instinct.” Yet so far the Trump administration is shaping up as a disappointment for those who hoped for a break from the liberal interventionist/neoconservative synthesis.

The first problem is staffing. In Washington people are policy. The president can speak and tweet, but he needs others to turn ideas into reality and implement his directives. It doesn’t appear that he has any foreign policy realists around him, or anyone with a restrained view of America’s international responsibilities. Rex Tillerson, James Mattis and H. R. McMaster are all serious and talented, and none are neocons. But all seem inclined toward traditional foreign policy approaches and committed to moderating their boss’s unconventional thoughts. Most of the names mentioned for deputy secretary of state have been reliably hawkish, or some combination of hawk and centrist—Abrams, John Bolton, the rewired Jon Huntsman…

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Mon Mar 20, 2017, 02:01 PM

1. Looks to me that the Republicons are going to save the Democraps and make their

allegations have some minor legitimacy. All part of keeping the two party charade going. Not much different to when the democraps had all three Executive, Senate and Congress in 2009 and gave them up to their republicon colleagues. There's a reason both parties send members to attend AEI Summits on Sea Island. They both work together to keep the American people fighting, divided and fooled. Gotta keep that money train rolling. Without a nemesis, its tough to get synthesis (rich).

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Mon Mar 20, 2017, 03:10 PM

2. I don't like Trump's Syria actions at all, or Yemen for that matter,

John McCain and the other establishment war criminals in the GOP are a real threat to Trump, so I think his hands are tied for now. He can't fight democrats, the MIC and the GOP at the same time. This also give him a place of compromise with the Russians for once- after Obama's pussy hat wearing red line.

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