President Trump and the Neoconservative Establishments March Towards War
President Trump came into office wanting to reset relations with Russia and go after China on trade. The reset with Russia has been hard fought by the neoconservative establishment from even before he took office. The establishment has wanted to militarily attack and destroy Russia for the last several years. President Trump’s grand reset is dead and now we are looking at possibly a war on two fronts at the same time. One with Syria backed by Russia and the other with North Korea by China, both governments openly challenges our leadership hegemony in the world. The outcome from President Trump’s choices with these two countries could have a lasting and permanent effect on our standing in the world.
North Korea and China
President Trump starts his summit with President Xi of China later today. Will he keep his campaign promises on going after China on trade? Has President Trump started shifting his policies more towards filling the swamp rather than draining it? In the last few weeks alone President Trump has made some dramatic statements about China, North Korea, Syria and Trade. He has started shifting his inner circle removing Steve Bannon from the NSC.
Today ahead of meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, President Trump told Fox News, “We have not been treated fairly on trade for many, many years.” According to the Jerusalem post, President Trump stated earlier today when asked about his willingness on acting alone against North Korea, “Certainly I would be but I think China will want to be stepping up.”
Syria and Russia
Secretary of State Tillerson stated at his press conference, “…very important Russia’s government should consider carefully their continued support for the Assad regime,” when asked about organizing an international coalition to remove Assad he further stated, “those steps are under way… considering an appropriate response…it a serious matter it requires serious response”
Today Senator John McCain released the following statement, “We agree with the President that Assad has crossed a line with his latest use of chemical weapons. The message from the United States must be that this will not stand. We must show that no foreign power can or will protect Assad now. He must pay a punitive cost for this horrific attack.
“In addition to other measures, the United States should lead an international coalition to ground Assad’s air force. This capability provides Assad a strategic advantage in his brutal slaughter of innocent civilians, both through the use of chemical weapons as well as barrel bombs, which kill far more men, women and children on a daily basis. The U.S. military, together with our allies and partners, has the capability to achieve this objective quickly, precisely, decisively, and in ways that control escalation. Ultimately, the grounding of Assad’s air force can and should be part of a new comprehensive strategy to end the conflict in Syria.
“This is a test of the new administration, but also for our entire country. Assad is trying to see what he can get away with. The rest of the region and the world is also watching to see how our country will respond, and what that means for them. There is plenty that Democrats and Republicans in Washington disagree on. But in this instance, we must show the world that we are still capable of putting aside our differences and doing the right thing. If the President is willing to take the necessary action, he deserves broad bipartisan support, and we will help build it.”
Will President Trump follow his own advice from 2013 about attacking Syria during President Obama’s administration? When, where and who the US decides to attack first still remains to be seen. The repercussions from any action or inaction taken by this administration could be greater than our governments planners or pentagon strategists could have possibly conceived. Hopefully, we do not stretch our military across multiple geographical armed commitments that cannot be easily tactically fought or controlled.
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