3/26/2016, NY Times, parag. 7: "Mr. Trump struck similar themes when he discussed the future of NATO,
which he called “unfair, economically, to us,” and said he was open to
an alternative organization focused on counterterrorism."...3/26/16, "In Donald Trump’s Worldview, America Comes First, and Everybody Else Pays," NY Times, by David E. Sanger and Maggie Haberman (March 27, 2016 print ed., page A1)
Trump again cites NATO's lack of focus on global terrorism: "NATO has
not been prepared to deal with the threat of international terrorism."
1/16/17, "Trump’s Remaking of US Foreign Policy," Consortium News, Gilbert Doctorow
Trump is outlining a foreign policy that rejects the interventionist
tenets of Washington’s neocon/liberal-hawk establishment and puts
U.S.-Russia nuclear arms control at the top of his agenda"...
"Over the weekend, President-elect Trump received two journalists from mainstream European print media — The Times of London and the German magazine Bild
— for a joint interview in New York City’s Trump Tower. The event was
videotaped and we are seeing some remarkable sound bites, particularly
those of interest to the British and German publics.
For the government of British Prime Minister Theresa May, nothing
could have sounded sweeter than Donald Trump’s statement that she would
be invited for talks in the White House shortly after he is sworn in on
Jan. 20 and that he seeks very quickly to reach agreement on a bilateral
free trade pact. The effect of the pledge itself, even ahead of its
successful implementation, assures the British that the sting of
severing ties with the European Union will be greatly offset by new
commercial possibilities in the world’s biggest economy; in this way, it
strengthens May’s hand enormously as she enters into talks with the
E.U. leadership over the detailed terms of what will apparently be a
Further adding to her leverage with the E.U. were Trump’s remarks
suggesting that the E.U. will face stern trade pressure, beginning with
Germany and its automobile industry, to do more to manufacture in the
U.S. That precisely raises the relative importance of the U.K. market,
which the E.U. will otherwise lose if it imposes severe penalties on
Britain in negotiations over Brexit.
For the general public’s consumption, Donald Trump used the interview
to explain his special affection for Britain, speaking about his
Scottish mother’s delight in the Queen and her watching every royal
event on television for its unequaled pageantry. But we may expect that
Prime Minister May will find there is a bill to pay for the “special
relationship” with the U.S. under President Trump.
Rather than the British media’s early speculation that Prime Minister
May would be the one to set the misguided Trump straight about the
nefarious Vladimir Putin, she may now have to become a leading European
advocate for détente with Russia at Trump’s behest. In this connection,
British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson’s advice to Congress during his
visit to Washington last week that Official Washington “stop demonizing
Putin” may well have been a straw in the wind.
For the Germans, Trump also offered a bit of flattery, saying how
much he respected their Chancellor Angela Merkel. However, as he went
on, he virtually flattened the Iron Lady’s reputation by calling her
open-door policy of admitting migrants into Germany and the E.U. a
catastrophe. He noted that Merkel’s controversial position had swayed
the election results in Britain on Brexit and may lead to the departure
of other countries from the E.U. Given his staff’s consultation with
Marine Le Pen, a visiting French candidate for the presidency from the
right-wing Front National, Trump’s list surely includes France.
Finally, among the sound bites that will be featured in media
coverage of the interview, we hear Donald Trump describe NATO as an
outdated organization that needs overhaul. However, apart from his
reiterated insistence that Member States must pay their fair share,
which he claims only Britain and four others from the 28 Member States
are currently doing, the interview offers no specifics on what kind
structural change, if any, he seeks for NATO. We only hear that NATO has
not been prepared to deal with the threat of international terrorism.
Views on Russia
But it was in another area, Trump’s remarks on Russia and the terms
he named for possibly lifting sanctions, that we find convincing proof
that the President-elect’s approach to foreign affairs is not just the
sum of isolated tactical considerations but a complete reinvention of
the guiding principles of U.S. foreign policy. What we are witnessing is
a shift to a new strategic, geopolitical paradigm.
In the past couple of decades, going back to the second term of
President Bill Clinton, the ideology of neoconservatism with its stress
on “democracy promotion” as being the whole of national interest,
dictated policy decisions that amounted to the tail wagging the dog. The
Baltic States were admitted into NATO in its 2004 enlargement because they wanted it. The
decision to station U.S., German and other NATO brigades in Poland and
other states along the Russian border taken last July in Warsaw and
implemented, in the case of Poland, by U.S. forces in the past several
days, was justified by the anxiety of these countries over the
possibility of Russian aggression, even though NATO’s action has been
highly provocative vis-à-vis Russia and brought the major nuclear powers
ever closer to direct confrontation.
In the interview, Trump changed entirely the metrics by which
sanctions on Russia would be lifted. Instead of fulfillment of the Minsk
Accords over Ukraine’s ethnic Russian Donbas region – which nationalist
hardliners in Kiev had the power to block – Trump conditioned the
relaxation of sanctions on progress in curbing the nuclear arms race and
moving toward significant nuclear disarmament, issues that are fully
within the power of the Kremlin to implement.
To be sure, these issues today are more complex than they were in the
heyday of disarmament talks. The recent obstacles include the U.S.
anti-ballistic missile installations in Poland and Romania, the forward
stationing of NATO human and materiel resources in the former Warsaw
Pact countries, and the standing invitations to Ukraine and Georgia to
enter NATO. So any negotiations between Washington and Moscow will be
But Trump’s statement shows that he is focused on the big picture, on
the triangular relationship between Washington, Moscow and Beijing that
he believes to be of vital importance in keeping the peace globally,
rather than on some amorphous reliance on expanding democracy globally
on the unproven assumption that democracies among themselves are
These elements in Donald Trump’s thinking, quite unexpected in a
businessman, bring him very close to the Realism of Richard Nixon and
Henry Kissinger, while his setting nuclear disarmament as a key goal,
aligns him with Ronald Reagan and — strange to say — with Barack Obama
at the very start of his presidency.
If Donald Trump can stave off the jackals from the Western mainstream
media and the U.S. foreign policy establishment – a combination that
has formed a snarling circle around him even before the takes office –
he may have a chance to make historic changes in international relations
toward a more peaceful world."
"Gilbert Doctorow is the European Coordinator of The American Committee for East West Accord Ltd. His latest book, Does Russia Have a Future? was published in August 2015."
Comment: A "peaceful world" would put the US foreign policy establishment out of business.
Sept. 2015: With Trump, it would no longer be assumed that US taxpayers are global slaves:
9/7/2015, "Traitor to His Class," Julius Krein, Weekly Standard
"What Trump offers is permission to conceive of an American
interest as a national interest separate from the “international
Nothing is more terrifying to the elite than Trump’s embrace of a tangible American nationalism....The
critical question, however, is not the source of Trump’s popularity but
rather the reason his popularity is so shocking to our political
Trump shows that what is
most in demand...is not ideological purity but patriotic zeal....
alone appears to understand that politics is more than policy and