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Trump’s ‘America First’ Foreign Policy Vision – Washington Speech

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Contradictory at times, long on criticism and short on detail, GOP frontrunner Donald Trump’s foreign policy speech on Wednesday nonetheless focused on the idea of “America first.” He outlined his strategy on Iran, Israel, ISIS, nukes and ‘outdated’ NATO.
Since entering the presidential race last June, Trump has caused outright panic in the US foreign policy establishment with a series of positions which no one in Washington previously dared to advocate, including dismantling NATO and banning Muslim immigration. He elaborated on those pronouncements in Wednesday’s speech at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC, saying his policy would “replace randomness with purpose, ideology with strategy, and chaos with peace.”

“My foreign policy will always put the interests of American people and American security above all else. That will be the foundation of every single decision I will make. ‘America first’ will be the major and overriding theme of my administration,”Trump said. Much of the speech was taken up by criticism of the “Obama-Clinton” foreign policy following the end of the Cold War, clearly taking jabs not just at Hillary Clinton’s tenure as President Barack Obama’s Secretary of State, but with the foreign policy of her husband, President Bill Clinton. Arguing that the Obama-Clinton policies have resulted in the US being disrespected by rivals and enemies, mistrusted by allies, and weakened by a series of failed wars, Trump vowed to rebuild the US military might while abandoning the nation-building crusades around the globe.

Sowing chaos in the Middle East

In the 1990s, Trump said, the US spent more energy on getting China into the WTO than reacting to terror threats from Al-Qaeda, even missing a chance to take out terrorist mastermind Osama Bin Laden. The result of this approach were the 9/11 terror attacks in 2001, Trump argued, calling that event “worse than Pearl Harbor,” the 1941 attack by the Japanese fleet that drew Washington into WW2. Trump also blasted the 2003 invasion of Iraq led by the Republican President George W. Bush as well as Obama’s handling of the region since 2008, however. “Our actions in Iraq and Syria have helped unleash ISIS,”Trump said, while the US has “done nothing to help the Christians, and we should be ashamed.” “We made Middle East more chaotic than ever before,” he added. Calling efforts to remake the Middle East into Western-style democracies a “dangerous idea” that resulted in trillions of dollars and countless lives “horribly wasted,” Trump said his priorities in the region would be to defeat terrorists and promote regional stability. “We’re getting out of the nation-building business,” Trump announced.

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