Trump raises five good foreign policy questions

donald_trump006_16x9nationalinterestStephen F. Cohen, professor emeritus of Russian history at Princeton and NYU and a contributing editor of The Nation, said in a broadcast that Donald Trump is the only major-party candidate who raises certain fundamental and urgent foreign policy questions:

  1. (First) why must the United States lead the world everywhere on the globe and play the role of the world’s policeman, now for example, he says, in Ukraine?  It’s a question.  It’s worth a discussion.
  2. Secondly, he said, NATO was founded 67 years ago to deter the Soviet Union.  The Soviet Union ended 25 years ago.  What is NATO’s mission?  Is it obsolete?  Is it fighting terrorism?  No, to the last question, it’s not.  Should we discuss NATO’s mission?
  3. Thirdly, he asks, why does the United States always pursue regime changes?  Iraq, Libya, Ukraine, and now it wants a regime change in Syria, Damascus.  When the result is, to use Donald Trump’s favorite word, the result is always “disaster.”  But it’s a reasonable question.
  4. Fourthly, why do we treat Russia and Putin as an enemy when he should be a partner?
  5. Fifth Trump asks, about nuclear weapons – and this is interesting.  You remember he was asked, would he rule out using nuclear weapons – an existential question.  He thought for a while and then he said, “No, I take nothing off the table.”  And everybody said he wants to use nuclear weapons!   In fact, it is the official American nuclear doctrine policy that we do not take first use off the table.  We do not have a no first use of nuclear weapons doctrine.  So all Trump did was state in his own way what has been official American nuclear policy for, I guess, 40 or 50 years.

Source: John V. Walsh | Counterpunch

I think Bernie Sanders’ heart is in the right place.  I don’t think he is as eager for war and military confrontation as Hillary Clinton is.  But I don’t see that he questions the basic assumptions of American foreign policy.

I don’t think Donald Trump has the temperament or integrity to be a good President of the United States, nor do I think his statements indicate what he’d do if elected.

But the questions Stephen Cohen mentions are important and generally ignored.  I don’t think the Obama administration or the neo-conservative Republicans have good answers to them.

LINKS

Only Donald Trump Raises “Fundamental and Urgent” Foreign Policy Questions: Stephen F. Cohen Bemoans MSM’s Dismissal of Trump’s Questions by John V. Walsh for Counterpunch.

U.S. ‘Information War’ and the Embryonic Kerry-Lavrov Detente by Stephen F. Cohen for The Nation.

The Real Reason Neocons Are So Upset About Donald Trump by James Carden for The Nation.

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3 Responses to “Trump raises five good foreign policy questions”

  1. williambearcat Says:

    All good questions but Donald already has the answers. He also was in favor of regime change in Libya in 2006.

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  2. Lisa the Infidel Says:

    Reblogged this on The way I see things … and commented:
    “Donald Trump is the only major-party candidate who raises important foreign policy questions:

    (First) why must the United States lead the world everywhere on the globe and play the role of the world’s policeman, now for example, he says, in Ukraine? It’s a question. It’s worth a discussion.
    Secondly, he said, NATO was founded 67 years ago to deter the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union ended 25 years ago. What is NATO’s mission? Is it obsolete? Is it fighting terrorism? No, to the last question, it’s not. Should we discuss NATO’s mission?
    Thirdly, he asks, why does the United States always pursue regime changes? Iraq, Libya, Ukraine, and now it wants a regime change in Syria, Damascus. When the result is, to use Donald Trump’s favorite word, the result is always “disaster.” But it’s a reasonable question.
    Fourthly, why do we treat Russia and Putin as an enemy when he should be a partner?
    Fifth Trump asks, about nuclear weapons – and this is interesting. You remember he was asked, would he rule out using nuclear weapons – an existential question. He thought for a while and then he said, “No, I take nothing off the table.” And everybody said he wants to use nuclear weapons! In fact, it is the official American nuclear doctrine policy that we do not take first use off the table. We do not have a no first use of nuclear weapons doctrine. So all Trump did was state in his own way what has been official American nuclear policy for, I guess, 40 or 50 years.”

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