Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Trump Doctrine: A ‘Principled Realism’ Of War and Profit

Saudi Arabia suits President Donald Trump. They fêted him, they flattered him, they ensured not a scintilla of negative wafted in the air. King Salman and the Saudi royal family are absolute rulers, able to create the perfect environment to greet the self-absorbed president and give him exactly what his ego demands.
Some in the media think it’s a calculated strategy, but more likely, it’s that someone like Trump suits the Saudis better than any American president, possibly since FDR. They both favor political singularities.
That makes Trump’s articulation of what may be his most clear foreign policy since he read that “America First” speech from a teleprompter last August all the more surprising. In his Riyadh speech, Trump plagiarized and cherry picked from former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, while formulating his own brand of fighting evil through war and profit.
Invoking God nine times, Trump spoke of blessings, prayer, good and evil. But the real crux of his speech was power and war and sovereignty. Trump believes in order and the sovereignty of nations to pursue their own interests. If those interests conflict with America’s (or Trump’s personal version of them), then they’re “evil.” To the extent those interests align with America’s, they can be leveraged for profit and benefit to the U.S.
Trump dubbed this approach “Principled Realism.”
For our part, America is committed to adjusting our strategies to meet evolving threats and new facts. We will discard those strategies that have not worked—and will apply new approaches informed by experience and judgment. We are adopting a Principled Realism, rooted in common values and shared interests.
Read the rest from Steve Berman HERE and follow a link to a related story below:

Trump Seals $350 Billion, Ten-Year Weapons Deal With Saudi Arabia

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