Trump’s Doctrinal Problem

Trump’s Doctrinal Problem, by Srdja Trifkovic.

President Donald Trump’s speech to the U.N. General Assembly on September 25 was met with audible disrespect from some of the assembled globalist cognoscenti (representatives of many barbarous regimes included), and with blind hostility from the media and commentariat. This was unsurprising, because the opening segment of his half-hour address sounded like the summary of a sound, conservative foreign-policy doctrine.

“We reject the ideology of globalism, and we embrace the doctrine of patriotism around the world,” Trump declared. Responsible nations must defend themselves against threats to their sovereignty from all forms of coercion and domination …

Unfortunately, all was not well with the President’s speech. … Trump’s own team — not to mention the bureaucratic apparat through which it functions — is not attuned to his declared grand design. …

The second group of problems … is illustrated by the administration’s unprecedented decision to sanction the Chinese government — specifically the military procurement agency and its director — for buying Russian fighter jets and the Russian-made S-400 air defense missile system. … China’s defense-ministry spokesman said that China’s decision to buy fighter jets and missile systems from Russia was a normal act of cooperation between sovereign countries, and the United States had “no right to interfere.” Such haughty U.S. behavior defies belief. Hostile to both Russia and China in equal measure, it reflects a hegemonistic mind-set on steroids tinged with plain stupidity and the absence of strategic sense.

The most formidable obstacle to the President’s U.N. speech developing into a “Trump Doctrine,” however, is the solid resistance of the Swamp (a.k.a. Deep State, Permanent State, etc.) to its ideological foundation and practical implications. This is truly unprecedented. …

The Department of State, the FBI, and the CIA are all wasps’ nests of Trumpophobic zealots. Most of his closest aides are neocons and global hegemonists. It would be in the American interest that he carry out a great purge, which would make the Trump Doctrine of Sovereign Realism possible. Tragically, two years after Trump’s election victory, that possibility appears increasingly remote with each passing month.


hat-tip Stephen Neil