A glance at Trump's tough foreign policy!

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NATO emblemThe BBC reports Europeans are quite alarmed (“a nightmare for Nato’s European countries”) because Donald Trump has stated that if elected president he may withdraw a guarantee of protection to Nato countries that do not “fulfill their obligation” to the US.

First, let’s categorically affirm that the United States should unconditionally come to the aid of Nato countries under attack as to fulfill our treaty obligations under Nato. Nevertheless, what Trump said to justify this policy makes a lot of sense.

Second, Nato was established with the US for the collective defense of European countries threatened by the Soviet Union during the cold war. The Soviets and their central and Eastern European allies subsequently formed their own defense Warsaw Pact. But the Soviet Union and Lenin’s Russian communism and collectivism have already been discarded to the dustbin of history. Despite Vladimir Putin’s saber-rattling, there is as much authoritarianism and definitely more collectivism in the European social democracies than in Russia today. Besides Nato, some European nations are part of the EU, and they should be investing more in their own defense and protecting their borders, than in thinking and dreaming economics and the EU.

Third, the US has been urging Europeans to increase military spending for their own security, but instead their budgets are fat on socialism and extravagant domestic social welfare programs they cannot afford. Instead, American taxpayers are saddled with burdensome taxes for our own profligate NATO military budget 2016social programs, as well as defending the pusillanimous Europeans and other nations that should be doing more for their own defense. Of Nato’s military budget of $893 billion dollars, the U.S. contributed $650 billion, more than two-thirds of the budget (other Nato members contributed the remaining $243 billion; photo, right). And we also police most of the world, thus shouldering a third of total global military spending! Trump wants the Europeans to share the financial burden more evenly, if they are to be defended by the U.S., while reducing America’s exorbitant defense spending.

Fourth, on top of the Western and Central European pusillanimity, we hear again and again, the irksome criticism of America’s alleged “gun culture.” The Europeans want to have it both ways. They are militarily helpless and beg to be protected, but then they mock us and criticize us for our Second Amendment and our guns!

And fifth and last, the EU needs to get its house in order before it meddles and criticizes allies and even member nations for doing what is in their best interest. Nato and the EU have been helpless to stem the tide of refugees pouring into Europe and to protect the border of EU members.  Instead, the EU has set immigration quotas for members states and forced compulsory resettlement of refugees that have been understandably rejected by many EU countries. The EU has been injudiciously critical of member nations, and not only in immigration matters, but also in internal matters seriously affecting national security.

So, I also agree in part with Trump’s opinion related to the failed coup d’etat in Turkey in which at least 290 people were killed and over 1,400 wounded, when a faction of the military attempted to overthrow the government on July 15, 2016. Trump supported Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan in his vigorous response against the coup participants. For its part, the EU has criticized Erdogan and EU spokesmen said that they were “concerned” about the “unacceptable” measures taken by the Turkish government. All the while, the EU cannot protect its porous borders from Islamic Jihadist terrorists pouring into seemingly defenseless and helpless Europe.

Likewise, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was critical of Erdogan for the crackdown in the wake of the coup attempt. I wonder what Kerry would say if the attempted coup had taken place in the US and his own life had been in danger? Has Kerry forgotten the conflagration that took place in Waco, Texas, by our own government against American citizens, ostensibly for violation of gun laws under the watch of another Democratic administration and an Attorney General named Janet Reno?  It is the same hypocrisy we hear repeatedly from the Democrats in selectively criticizing other nations that supposedly do not “maintain strong democratic principles.” We have seen what “democracy” has wrought in Iraq after the U.S. tumbled Saddam Hussein. As the refrain warns, one size does not fit at all!

But let’s not stray from the Europeans; they need to do more for their own security — share the financial burden and military obligations, and stop whining and criticizing others, as when a member acts and does what it needs to do to uphold law and order and national security, and preserve its border! If not, the US should renegotiate the antiquated Nato treaty or leave the alliance, just like the Brits courageously left the meddlesome and national sovereignty-eroding EU!

Written by Dr. Miguel Faria

Miguel A. Faria, M.D. is a retired neurosurgeon and author of “Cuba in Revolution Escape from a Lost Paradise” (2002). His website is haciendapub.com

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A similar but unillustrated version of this article also appeared in GOPUSA.com on July 25, and in the Macon Telegraph, August 8, 2016

Copyright ©2016 Miguel A. Faria, Jr., M.D.

 

 

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Projected US and Russian power in Syria & the Mediterranean

Re. Debka 750, March 31, 2017

The ongoing peace process between Israel and moderate Arab states is proceeding according to Debka’s time table since last Fall. The American media is not reporting on this but on "fake news" they themselves concoct for sensationalism or for promoting their liberal agenda. But developments of cooperation between Putin and Trump in Syria in the one hand and Israel and moderate Arab states, such as Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Yemen, in the other — are very good news. The thing that continues to bother me has been the push by the Arab states to get more and more land from Israel at every peace negotiation. As it is, Israel is the smallest state in the region and surrounded by hostile enemies. Why is the tiny nation to cede more & more land and risk its security, as happened in the Yom Kippur War of 1973, when Israel faced near annihilation?

Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, King Salman of Saudi Arabia, and El-Sisi of Egypt (and possibly also King Abdullah of Jordan, who should be the one ceding land for Palestine) may all end up sharing a well-deserved (unlike Obama’s) Nobel Peace Prize!

Continued cooperation between Putin and Trump is, as I had expected and noted in various articles, and I hope it holds. Consider Debka’s words about Trump giving the Russians a "free hand" in Libya and the observation about the Europeans:

He [Trump] is therefore not averse to letting Russia through the Libyan door and putting European noses out of joint, especially when they [the European Union] still refuse to respect him as the duly elected US president. Furthermore, Russia is fully supported in its Libya venture by Egypt, whose president is closely coordinated with Moscow and Washington alike.

Needless to say, Russian plan for military bases in Egypt and the offensive submarine and naval base in Tartus, Syria, tilts the balance of power in the Mediterranean towards the Russians. As I have said before, Putin is doing what the Soviets attempted and backfired; while Catherine the Great and Potemkin, and their successors only dreamed of doing — project Russian power with solid bases in the Mediterranean that could challenge the Western powers.

If Russia continues to increase its influence in Syria, Egypt, Libya, and continues to build military ties with Iran (e.g., an airbase has just been re-offered to the Russians by the Iranians in exchange for support of a railroad to be built through Syria for the Iranians to gain access to the Mediterranean Sea). The U.S will need more allies in the region besides Israel and Jordan. Turkey’s Tayyip Erdogan should be that natural ally. Russia has been for century the natural enemy of Turkey for geopolitical reasons — namely influence in the region and free passage, if not possession, of the straits between the Black Sea and the Mediterranean. In the Crimean War (1853-56), France and England supported the Turks, and fought Russia and Tsars Nicholas I and Alexander II, to preserve the straits in the possession of the flagging Ottoman Empire, then “The Sick Man of Europe.” Trump and his advisors need to know the history, the best estimate available for us mortals to prepare and be ready for the most likely future scenario based on predictable human and national reactions. ---MAF

White Russia / Belorussia / Belarus

A bit off topic, but I always laugh when liberals speak of Trump aligning himself with Putin as part of some kind of sinister world wide fascist takeover.

If he was going to do that, he would have a better ally in Belarus President, Alexander Lukashenko, who has made far more statements expressing his love of Hitler and his racial ideologies. I'm not even aware Putin ever made any. Lukashenko, who has said he would like to see a reunification of all of the former Slavic populated SSRs, and ONLY the Slavic.

Sure, I understand how little power he has outside Belarus, and I also believe that although he isn't really a very nice guy, he is not the Stalin the press sometimes portrays him as.

What I also understand is Lukashenko is no Nazi. If you are not a nutty liberal and have a bit of intact perception, you could see right away that he is an old Soviet bureaucrat from the Brezhnev era, who is not a man I would want ruling me, but no Hitler. --ARB

Trump & the Europeans

inluminatuo (GOPUSA, July 25, 2016): The reason European country’s budgets are fat on socialism and extravagant domestic social welfare programs they cannot afford— is because they do not pay the expense to defend themselves whose bill when it comes due is footed by WE THE PEOPLE of the United States who allow them to safely reside under our military umbrella of safety. All we have succeeded in accomplishing is to free money the Europeans SHOULD be spending to defend themselves— that now allows for these SOCIALIST countries to try more Un-American, non Self-Governing failed experiments to go on in Europe, then travel to the United States to corrupt our own society, just like an unhappy Muslim on an economic Jihad. Yes, Vladimir Lenin was right in that we Capitalists would provide for and pay for the very rope which hangs ourselves. Thank God Trump can see the details and the Big Picture through the fog of political correctness. He has my vote.

bcsbug (GOPUSA, July 25, 2016): Brilliant commentary. What a revolutionary thought — that these countries who have caught a free ride on the US’s defense budget should be expected to actually PAY for some of their countries’ defense.

That’s part of what Trump — as a lifelong businessman — will work to fix. No more freebies to countries who criticize us every time we breathe. Funny thing, though, folks are still trying to get into the US, so we must not be TOO bad!

zeitgeist (GOPUSA, July 25, 2016): Nato membership and our commitments for active defense and funding definitely needs to be re-evaluated. The U.S. is paying 73% of the Nato budget? That’s a 650 BILLION dollar gift to the EU and others. Another item that has been left off the radar (due to the conventions?) is that Turkey, unlike Egypt, has a failed coup that will turn that (semi) secular country to full, flat out Islamic theological control. The leadership of Turkey has accused the coup attempt by the military as originating from the U.S. base at Incirlik. All the top brass (I assume only Turkish) have been removed and replaced.


According to the LA Times, Turkey (a Nato participant): “The Incirlik Air Force Base in Turkey has some other iconic American assets: several dozen B61 thermonuclear warheads.” Do we trust the current CIC to protect these devices from falling into the hands of extremists? What is being done? Where is O and where is the MSM or the Congress?

NATO and Trump

Interesting comments. I agree with Trump and Miguel that these nationals should pay their share for their protection. The United States is no longer a wealthy nation that can afford to carry the burden alone. As Miguel says, the EU certainly can pay its share.

Russell L. Blaylock. M.D.