The Trump Doctrine: Peace Through Strength

I am behind Donald Trump’s Peace through Strength policy 100%. Mr. Trump was nominated for The Nobel Peace Prize for his Peace through Strength position. Younger generations may not realize that Republican’s used to be the party of non-intervention.

“In 1920, America was exhausted from WW1 and the ambitious interventionist agenda of Woodrow Wilson. Wilson had invaded the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Mexico, and Nicaragua. Republican Warren G. Harding won a landslide victory by calling for a “return to normalcy.” Harding espoused the doctrine of non-interventionism, exclaiming: “America should be a party to no permanent military alliance. It can enter into no political commitments, nor assume any economic obligations which will subject our decisions to any other than our own authority.”

With a respite during WWII, the Republican Party was the party of non-intervention and peace for a generation. Harding’s Republican successor, Calvin Coolidge was a signatory to the Kellogg-Briand Pact that renounced war “as an instrument of national Policy.” His Secretary of State Frank B. Kellogg won a Noble Peace Prize for his role in writing the treaty. Herbert Hoover instituted the Good Neighbor Policy of non-intervention in the internal affairs of Latin America, and subsequently withdrew U.S. forces from Nicaragua. In 1940 the Republican Party’s platform stated: “The Republican Party is firmly opposed to involving this Nation in foreign war.”

After WWI, U.S. Senator Robert A. Taft (R-OH) became the public face of the Republican Party. Nicknamed: “Mr. Republican,” Taft was a steadfast non-interventionist and an opponent of the military draft. He also opposed the U.S. entry into NATO for fear that it would antagonize relations with the Soviet Union and he also opposed U.S. involvement in the Korean War.”

The National Interest’s Peter Navarro has an outstanding article that explains Donald Trump’s Peace through Strength strategy. Here are some highlights:

Those who insist Donald Trump has no foreign policy are simply not listening. The “Trump Doctrine” is a page right out of Ronald Reagan’s playbook: peace through economic and military strength.

Trump knows the key to keeping America safe in an increasingly dangerous world is to “make America great again” through economic renewal. America must have the fiscal firepower to end Pentagon’s budget sequestration in order to fund the military the U.S. needs for adequate defense. Cutting the corporate tax rate and cracking down on unfair trade practices to increase America’s GDP growth rate are just as demonstrative of national might as the F-35. Here is how President Trump would use a newly empowered economy and military confront our rivals abroad:

Defeating Daesh

The best way to kill ISIS is to cut off its own financial head in two ways: first,target any oil fields that it may be using as a cash register and “follow the money” through the Internet and expropriate it. Trump is probably aware of Nietzsche’s admonition to beware that “when fighting monsters, you yourself do not become a monster.” Trump also knows that when you are facing an enemy willing to bomb your sons and daughters and behead prisoners, you must strike equal fear into the heart of that enemy. Under a Trump Administration, no ISIS member will be safe, the cells of Guantanamo will be fuller, and America will be safer.

Overturning the Iran Nuclear Deal

Trump believes, as the strange bedfellows of Saudi Arabia and Israel are wont to do, that the Obama administration has made a terrible deal with Iran. Removing sanctions will allow this fascist, terrorist state to restore it economy and continue to develop capabilities to deliver nuclear warheads as near as Riyadh and Tel Aviv and as far away as Brussels and New York. President Trump will abrogate that deal the day he takes office. As commander in chief, he will exert both economic and military pressure on Saudi Arabia, our quasi-enemy that has pledged to destroy Israel and dreams of ruling a new Middle Eastern caliphate. As far as Israel is concerned, however, Trump appears to regards this democratic state as America’s most important ally in the Middle East. But Trump, along with most Americans, disagrees with hardliners who insist there can be no deal brokered between Israel and the Palestinians. A deal is possible, but you cannot have peace unless you are willing to negotiate.

Sharing the Burden of Defense

Trump has made headlines about revamping America’s alliances—from NATO to our allies in Asia. Trump knows the problem here is not that these alliances are not useful to the defense of the American homeland. Rather, Trump is tired of the U.S. having to pay the lion’s share of the bill to protect wealthier nations unwilling to spend the requisite funds to defend their own homelands.Consider that while the U.S. spends fully 3.5 percent of its GDP on defense, Japan is at a measly 1.0 percent, Germany is at 1.1 percent, and even South Korea, with an absolute madman on its border contributes a measly 2.6 percent. As president, Trump will demand a better deal for American taxpayers.

Read in full The Trump Doctrine: Peace Through Strength at The National Interest