Today Donald Trump presented his first proper foreign policy speech. He was speaking at the invitation of the Center for National Interest. Significantly, his audience included the Russian ambassador. For me, the key is at a specific point in the address:
It all began with a dangerous idea that we could make Western Democracies out of countries that had no experience or interest in becoming a Western Democracy. We tore up what institutions they had and then were surprised at what we unleashed.
Predictably, the Left and his Republican detractors immediately derided the speech and made childish comments about teleprompters or supposed contradictions where there were none. However, if readers have not by now realized that these folks are almost always wrong in the matter of Trump, then realize that he has consistently confounded all their predictions. The reason for that is to be found in the fact that he thinks differently from the way they all do. Their own inability to think strategically or look in the mirror and see the truth has been their undoing at every turn in this election process. Their own infantile reaction to his speech says more about them than about Donald Trump.
If it were not for the fact that I know that I have not supplied him with a copy of the book AmaBhulu, I would swear he has read it. The back cover of the book, formally titled AmaBhulu – The Birth and Death of the Second America, states quite clearly,
The West has finally realized that “bringing Democracy” to the Middle East and Southwest Asia is not necessarily in the best interests of Western Civilization. Radical Islam is hijacking its plans and making a mockery of Democracy itself.
In South Africa, an earlier experiment in “Bestowed Democracy” is failing under a burden of abuse. Much taken with its own role in undoing apartheid a full generation earlier, the West prefers to look away. It appears to treat the plight of Western people in that country as a form of penance. In the process, it indulges what is in effect a corrupt One-Party State Kleptocracy run along the Party Congress lines of its original mentor, the defunct Soviet Union.
To me, Trump’s speech was at just the right level to provide strategic clarity. It tells me what kind of response might be expected to various stimuli in the Foreign Policy arena. It will be possible to negotiate with the USA, but be aware they will be out to get maximum benefit– not true under Obama. It will not be possible to attack the USA without an intense and powerful counter strike— not true under Obama. You’ll be able to count on America, but you’ll have to pay for it — not true under Obama; he cannot be trusted. If you are an ally, you can expect to get support, but not a free ride; under Obama allies are deserted, lambasted, and sold out. Russia will not be treated as an enemy but as another place with a stong leader, unless they choose to make themselves an enemy. Trump is a New Yorker. They are loud and they are direct and they are “in your face”. He will not hit first, but if you take a swing at him, he’ll turn on you and he won’t stop until you are pulp.
Unlike the American critics, I believe the Russian ambassador was listening very carefully. Strong leaders can deal with one another. But when one of the countries has a visibly weak leader like Obama, it invites problems. Just ask the lame impala in the herd……and ask the lion stalking it.
But, above all else there towers the statement quoted above that makes it clear that the US under Trump will not go around the world forcing ill-fitting one-man one vote solutions on countries based on some infantile belief that it is a magic cure for all political problems. This simple strategic statement on his part is VASTLY more profound than any listing of specific actions critics appear to desire.
Perhaps the critics can grow up, go look in the mirror, and understand how their country has screwed up on Foreign Policy ever since 1975 when the Democrat dominated US Congress approved the Clark Amendment, forcing the Ford Administration to desert its allies on the field of battle in Angola. The rest of the world took note, as may be read in AmaBhulu. After all, the United States inherited 9-11 as a consequence.
Who knows, with Trump as president, the United States may very well look at South Africa and realize the truth that one man one vote has unleashed a disaster there as well.