Category Archives: Foreign Policy

UPDATED: Trump Rattles Demopublican Foreign-Policy Establishment. GOOD.

China, Donald Trump, Foreign Policy

That’s why we elected him. To overthrow the Establishment that has taken America to one war after another, with zero gains for anyone but that Establishment. A phone call with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen has rattled the Cabal. Kudos.

VIA The Hill:

[The] conversation that breaks decades of U.S. protocol and risks a clash with China.

Trump’s transition team confirmed late Friday that the president-elect had spoken by phone on Friday with Taiwan’s president, the first conversation between a U.S. president or president-elect with Taiwan’s leader since 1979, when the two countries severed diplomatic ties.

Trump later tweeted that Tsai initiated the conversation.

The Taiwanese leader “offered her congratulations” to Trump and the two leaders “noted the close economic, political, and security ties exists between Taiwan and the United States,” according to a statement from Trump’s team.

Tsai’s office said in its on statement that the pair spoke for about 10 minutes and also discussed the regional issues.

“During the call President Tsai and President-elect Trump, besides having an intimate and relaxed conversation, also shared their views and concepts on future important policy points,” a translation of the statement read. “In particular, to promote the domestic economy and strengthen national defense, allowing the people better lives and a guarantee of security. The two briefly exchanged opinions on the situation in the Asia region.”

The White House was not given advance notice about the call, according to an administration official.

The phone call will almost certainly infuriate Beijing, which sees Taiwan as a breakaway province. …

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UPDATED (12/2): Will TRUMP’s Appointments Disappointment?

Ann Coulter, Donald Trump, Elections, Foreign Policy, Hillary Clinton, IMMIGRATION, Iraq, Islam, Left-Liberalism, Neoconservatism

UPDATE (12/2):

UPDATE (11/29):

Elaine Chao, not good:

Drain the swamp, don’t hire it or pardon it:


Petraeus and his posse are poison:

One good appointment:

Sanctuary Cities:

Lefty’s moment of lucidity:

My book recommended Democrat Tulsi Gabbard be tapped by Trump:

My book recommended Democrat Jim Webb be tapped by Trump:


Kris Kobach is a must in a Trump Admin:

First you’re against the Iraq War, then you think of hiring its architects?

The right refugees:

The right anti-Islam people:

No to Nikki Haley:

No to Mitt Romney:

Neocons orbiting:

Will America come first?

UPDATED (11/15): A Trump Foreign-Policy Doctrine Must Put ‘America First’

Constitution, Donald Trump, Foreign Policy, Neoconservatism

Too many Republicans cozying up to President-elect Donald Trump, or orbiting him for positions in his administration, are talking up an interventionist foreign policy. You hear non-stop chatter about, and I paraphrase, “How Trump understands that a peaceful world is contingent on America’s active role in the world.” However, “the foreign policy views [Trump] espoused,” warns Pat Buchanan, “were as crucial to his election as his views on trade and the border”:

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.

What should Trump say?

“As our Cold War presidents from Truman to Reagan avoided World War III, I intend to avert Cold War II. We do not regard Russia or the Russian people as enemies of the United States, and we will work with President Putin to ease the tensions that have arisen between us.

“For our part, NATO expansion is over, and U.S. forces will not be deployed in any former republic of the Soviet Union.

“While Article 5 of NATO imposes an obligation to regard an attack upon any one of 28 nations as an attack on us all, in our Constitution, Congress, not some treaty dating back to before most Americans were even born, decides whether we go to war.

“The compulsive interventionism of recent decades is history. How nations govern themselves is their own business. While, as JFK said, we prefer democracies and republics to autocrats and dictators, we will base our attitude toward other nations upon their attitude toward us.

“No other nation’s internal affairs are a vital interest of ours.

“Europeans have to be awakened to reality. We are not going to be forever committed to fighting their wars. They are going to have to defend themselves, and that transition begins now.

“In Syria and Iraq, our enemies are al-Qaida and ISIS. We have no intention of bringing down the Assad regime, as that would open the door to Islamic terrorists. We have learned from Iraq and Libya.”

THE REST: “A Trump Doctrine — ‘America First’”

UPDATE (11/15): Rand Paul is on it, too.

Why Can’t Trump Campaign On His America-First Winning Issues?

Donald Trump, Foreign Policy, Hillary Clinton, IMMIGRATION

Even MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, no well-wisher of Donald Trump, is frustrated by the candidate’s inability to campaign on his winning issues:

CHRIS MATTHEWS:

Whatever you think of Donald Trump, I mean, whatever you think of Donald Trump, you have to wonder, why isn’t he doing it? Why isn’t he running for president? Why isn’t he spending every hour asking the voters again and again do you like way things are? The way they’ve been headed in this country? Do you like the continued destruction of our manufacturing base, and the jobs that went with it?

Do you like the uncontrolled illegal immigration? Do you like the string of stupid wars from Iraq to Libya to Syria? If you want to say yes to all of that, if you want to keep all this way it is, vote for Hillary Clinton. If you don’t like the way things have been headed, you have have a chance to really shake the system to its roots. And if you wake up the day after the election, and if it is the same as it is today. If it’s the same four, five, or eight years from now, remember you had the chance to change it but you were too dainty to do it.

If Trump were to win the election, those would be the reasons listed right at the top of the newspaper the day afterward. So why doesn’t he say now what would win him the election? Why doesn’t he fight and create stupid headlines with his battles with Megyn Kelly and Dana Bash?

He seems to devote everyday day after day to fighting fights that make people forget the reasons he started running for president, reasons that continue to carry the shrinking chance he has to win this thing. I say this not because I want Trump to win, but because I can’t stand politics being practiced so pathetically.