Saturday, October 06, 2018

Trump is reshaping US foreign policy and winning at every turn?

Ok, the title is a bit of click bait but the article below points out quite a few wins for the guy and for all intents and purposes makes the statement found in the title.

via Free Beacon.
FOREIGN POLICY: President Trump is slowly and steadily re-orienting U.S. foreign policy to face the central challenge of the twenty-first century: the rise of China to great power status. Beginning with the national security strategy released at the end of 2017, and continuing through today's announcement of a landmark review of the defense industrial base, Trump has accomplished the "pivot to Asia" that the Obama administration so often talked about. What the pivot looks like is a policy of containment—one that should have been pursued decades ago. Trump has made this move while sanctioning Russia, getting tough on Iran, ending the farcical Middle East "peace process," and attempting to defuse tensions on the Korean peninsula. Yes, his belief in personal diplomacy has led to missteps such as the Helsinki press conference and his overly florid treatment of Chairman Kim. These lapses should not disguise the fact that Trump is establishing facts on the ground that constrain the despots' freedom of action.

Trump has achieved all of these gains, in such disparate areas of policy, through totally unorthodox means. He brags, he intimidates, he pouts, he jokes, he insults, he is purposefully ambiguous, and he leaves no criticism unanswered. He is unlike any postwar American president, though he shares some qualities with LBJ and Reagan. He is frenetic and polarizing, a showboat and a salesman. His methods are over-the-top, combative, and divisive. In place of the politics of consensus he adopts the politics of confrontation. Where others mindlessly repeat politically correct clich├ęs, Trump unequivocally challenges them. He has ushered in a new era of American politics by dissolving the varnish that for so long obscured fundamental cultural divisions between and within the parties. He is president of a country that is wilder, zanier, and more unpredictable than before. It is also stronger.

Donald Trump is putting the finishing touches on one of the most remarkable weeks of his presidency. For Republicans, it doesn't get much better than this.
Story here.

Read the entire article but they make a pretty compelling case that Trump has his detractors reeling.

I still hold the opinion (and yes its fringe) that Trump has been subjected to one of the most intense, coordinated and sophisticated DOMESTIC psychological/propaganda/political campaigns ever waged (want another fringe opinion...I think they probably had a couple of psych boys work up profiles on him  in Langley, MI-6 and probably whatever the Aussies call their Intel Agency..other players are definitely in the game..China, Russia, Israel, Germany..the list goes on...and those are the pros, I haven't even tried to think of the Corporations, News Orgs etc...).

He is not only facing off against Democrats, but also establishment Republicans, the majority of the News Media, a whole slew of Foreign Govts and Deep State Operatives (in reality the bureaucracy that we've allowed to grow out of control in the Federal Govt).

Quite honestly I'm surprised he's still standing.

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