After Bolton, Trump World Goals Remain Unrealized

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President Donald Trump Photo By: White House
President Donald Trump Photo By: White House

USA -(Ammoland.com)- The sudden and bitter departure of John Bolton from the White House was baked in the cake from the day he arrived there.

For Bolton's worldview, formed and fixed in a Cold War that ended in 1991, was irreconcilable with the policies Donald Trump promised in his 2016 campaign. Indeed, Trump was elected because he offered a foreign policy that represented a repudiation of what John Bolton had advocated since the end of the Cold War.

Trump wanted to call off Cold War II with Russia, to engage with Vladimir Putin, and to extricate us from the Middle East wars into which Bolton and the neocons did so much to plunge the United States.

Where Trump demanded that NATO nations and allies like South Korea and Japan start paying the cost of their own defense, Bolton is an empire man who relishes the global role and responsibilities of America as the last superpower and custodian of the New World Order.

Trump saw in the hermit kingdom of North Korea an opportunity to end its isolation and bring Kim Jong Un into talks to persuade him to give up his nuclear weapons, in return for a full readmission and welcome into the world that Pyongyang turned its back on after World War II.

In Trump's passive acceptance of Kim's resumption of short-range missile tests last August, Bolton surely saw signs of appeasement.

To Bolton, Trump's trashing of Barack Obama's Iran nuclear deal was the first step toward a confrontation and clash to smash the Tehran regime. To Trump, it was a first step to a Trump-negotiated better bargain with Iran.

Bolton's hawkish stance of confrontation, and conflict if necessary to impose our will, from the Eastern Baltic, to Ukraine and the Black Sea, to the Middle East, Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, the Korean Peninsula, today finds almost no broad support among the American electorate.

It is only among foreign policy elites in Beltway think tanks, the generals who ran the national security state, liberal interventionists in the media and the hierarchy of the GOP that we find echoes of Bolton.

The rest of the country has moved on. They want an end to the endless wars and to put America first again.

In the Democratic debates, climate change — the melting ice caps of the Arctic and Greenland — represents the real “existential threat.”

Only Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has made foreign policy her focus. But she is the antithesis of Bolton, an anti-interventionist who wants to end the wars and bring the troops home.

Yet, after Bolton's departure, Trump's problem is this: What he promised in 2016 he has been unable to deliver.

Rather than summits with Putin, the U.S. and NATO under Trump have sent additional forces to the eastern Baltic. We have let the U.S.-Russian strategic arms agreements lapse. We have sent lethal military aid to Ukraine to fight pro-Russian rebels in the Donbass.

Bibi Netanyahu, not Trump, holds the meetings with the Russian president, is in Moscow again this week, and has plastered a huge poster of himself and Putin at his Likud Party's headquarters in Tel Aviv.

We blacklist Putin, while Bibi relies on Vlad to help bring home the Russian-Jewish vote in Israel's election next week.

We still have troops in Syria and Iraq and are closer to war with Iran than the day Trump took office. Such a war would become the defining event of Trump's presidency and leave this country tied down in virtual perpetuity in the Middle East.

Trump's hopes for a negotiated withdrawal of all U.S. forces from Afghanistan by the end of his first term has been dealt a crippling blow with the cancellation of his Camp David summit with the Taliban.

Indeed, ex-Defense Secretary James Mattis threw cold water this week on the very idea of bringing our troops home. We must keep “boots on the ground” in Afghanistan, said Mattis, we cannot leave the Afghan forces alone to fight the terrorists and hold the country together:

“We're going to have to stick with those countries that are not yet ready to do it on their own and keep … enough boots on the ground not to … turn the ground back over to the very enemy that attacked us before.”

What Mattis is saying is that Trump's goal of extracting us from the “forever war” entails too great a risk, and U.S. troops in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan will have to soldier on, indefinitely.

North Korea continues to test missiles that may not be able to hit the U.S. homeland, but they could hit U.S. troops and bases in South Korea and Japan.

If, by 2020, Kim Jong Un still refuses to give up his nuclear weapons, Iran is back to enriching uranium, the Taliban atrocities continue unabated, and U.S. troops remain in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan in the same numbers they are today, what does Trump do? What does Trump say?


Pat Buchanan
Patrick J .Buchanan

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of the new book “Nixon's White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever.”

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buzzsaw
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buzzsaw

Most of these foreign issues aren’t our problem. Or, at least they shouldn’t be. Although now, it will take time, the best way to fight terrorism is to not piss people off in the first place. And the best way to do that is to simply leave them alone and let them be. George Washington warned us about the dangers of foreign entanglements. He was right, then, in our fledgling republic. Now, that Republic is arguably the mightiest nation that has yet existed, and amazingly enough, his words still ring true. I would like to see our foreign policy be… Read more »

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@buzz, The US became the most prominent country in the world because our industry was not ravaged by war. Shortly after WWII, our government decided to solve “foreign issues” on their soil rather than let those “foreign issues” come here.
Terrorists that come here are trying to reverse that situation.

buzzsaw
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buzzsaw

You are right about our industrial rise during and after WWII. However, in 1953, we took down a democratically elected government in Iran because they were going to nationalize their oil production. They were doing this because everyone was benefiting from Iranian oil production–except the Iranians. We installed our despot, the Shah, who ruled with an iron fist until the Revolution in 1979. The rest is history. Unfortunately, their Revolution went bad. That happens sometimes. They are still under tyranny, but at least it’s their tyranny. In short, we seriously violated a nation’s sovereignty and subjected it’s people to decades… Read more »

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@buzz, I do not know if what you offered is a correct recitation of history or not. It is not my area, but I do know that there a lot of conspiracy theories, and the only way to find out for sure would be to talk to whomever ran the Iran desk in 1953, if one could get them to tell the truth.

cav2108
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cav2108

Pat, you make some good points there about Bolton, but (as usual) the article devolves into more of your regular Trump bashing. I’m as tired of that (from you and your RINO pals) as I am of the leftist media garbage that never stops.

PMinFl
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PMinFl

When all of these warmonger politicians lead from the front lines then I might support them. It’s easy to send someone else or someone else’s son into battle, send your own.I support the Wounded Warriors and Paralyzed Vets but I wish the politicians wouldn’t make so many wasted lives. GO THERE YOURSELF.These sewers will revert back when we leave so make it sooner than later.

MICHAEL J
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MICHAEL J

People who have been in government for decades only know one way, theirs. The world never changes and it’s the same BS and business as usual. Lifetime career politicians are prime example of doing it the same way and never changing. President Trump cannot be bought and no other president has endured as much criticism over anything and everything.
Staying home on election day is sure way to ensure the demise of our Republic.

Ansel Hazen
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Ansel Hazen

Well Pat, here’s the thing. I didn’t vote for Trump in 2016 because I wanted him to fix the world. I really don’t give a rats patootie about NOKO or Russia or Iran or Syria or any other shithole. I voted for Trump to fix OUR PROBLEMS.This country’s problems. Jobs, Crime, Illegal Immigration, Corruption in the FBI and the DOJ. Parts of this country could be mistaken for any of a dozen third world sewers and it’s a disgusting thing to see. Not a single person involved in the biggest election scandal ever to occur in this country has been… Read more »

Bill
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Bill

Thank you Ansel, I am precisely where you are at. I have t the IED to keep my eyes fixed on the broader issue and not be a single issue voter, something I criticized my employer for over the tariff “war” with the ChiComms but screw EVERYBODY, I’m voting on the gun issue and nothing else this time. I’m sick and tired of being lied to and used. I’m not going to help the other side but I’ll be damned if I’ll help him either and like you said, I’m ready to let the pot just boil over and get… Read more »

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@Bill, Yep, I’m with you the issue of government gun grabbing is going to be my one and only voting issue, too! We all hate being lied to and used, and we are really going to hate being stolen from!

Will
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Will

When I think of all the positive things President Trump has accomplished in three years it really is amazing. When you consider the obstruction and bullshit the socialists have/and continue to put Trump through,it really is amazing. TRUMP 2020 !