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Trump Has Assembled America First Foreign Policy Team

Trump Has Assembled America First Foreign Policy Team
John Bolton, national security advisor, from right, Jim Mattis, U.S. secretary of defense, and Mike Pompeo, U.S. secretary of state, listen during a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump and Jens Stoltenberg, secretary general of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), not pictured, in the Cabinet Room of the White House May 17, 2018, in Washington, D.C. (Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images)

By Wednesday, 30 May 2018 05:13 PM Current | Bio | Archive

There is little doubt President Trump and his foreign policy team are interested in affecting a regime change in Iran. With the addition of former UN Ambassador John Bolton as national security adviser, the president is moving forward in a decisively hawkish manner.

Bolton joins newly sworn-in appointments Mike Pompeo at State and Gina Haspel at CIA. Add Defense Secretary Jim “Mad Dog” Mattis and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley to the mix and you have Trump’s foreign policy team. It is clearly a bullish group.

The president’s team is a mixture of solid experience and a pro-American military attitude not been seen since the Reagan years (1981-89). They voice Reagan’s theme of America first.

It is no accident Trump compiled his foreign policy people from mostly non-political backgrounds. Granted, Haley and Pompeo have held political office, but the emphasis is on specific job qualifications. They didn’t get there donating millions to his campaign.

This group is sending a clear message to America’s adversaries. It resonates, “Which side of history do you wish to be on?” It is a message to existing governments, but also to their political opposition. Iran is a prime example.

By tearing up the Iran nuclear agreement, Trump has taken the road less traveled in recent years; America alone. While the Europeans and other countries of the world mull over the effect of Trump’s move, he is challenging America’s enemies to deal with a leader who will not buy their allegiance. Trump is unafraid to use military strength as a bargaining chip.

This boldness is the main reason the North Koreans are stepping up to the negotiation table. This is a president who will not be bullied or weakened by domestic pressures. He is showing the Irans and North Koreas of the world that he means business. The past foreign policy of appeasement/containment are changing within this new American government.

Trump’s open vision of regime change in Tehran has emboldened our allies in the region; specifically, Saudi Arabia and Israel. There is a new confidence in American power that will back them in the region. There is little doubt they noticed how quickly Trump and the military dispatched ISIS.

Unlike Trump’s more cautious approach with China’s surrogate, North Korea, he is far more flagrant and open in his hostility towards the Iranians. It his foreign policy team’s belief that Iran’s number one ally, Russia, does not have the means or resources to protect them militarily.

Moscow has but one military base outside their borders. Granted, it is in Syria, but open hostility on a scale that Trump’s portrays as a possibility is no match for what the Russians can offer. Both sides know it. Putin enjoys being a part of the Mideast equation, but he is nowhere near powerful enough to stand toe to toe with American military might.

As it stands now, Iran is basically one step away from open warfare with Israel. Minus the possibility of nuclear weapons, it would be a short and decisive win for Israel. Iran is overmatched in every way militarily possible.

The Iranian mullahs talk a big game, but they are wary of any significant military confrontation. Russian is in no hurry to challenge the local military power of Israel and their massive ally, the United States.

Trump is a pragmatic man. He understands the bargaining chips on the table. He is aware his chips are far more meaningful than Russia’s one military base. They are a secondary power in the Middle East.

As for the North Korea situation, much depends on the Chinese attitude. They have grown tired of the man-child Kim Jong Un and do not appreciate his nuclear saber-rattling. It only inspires the U.S. to hold firm in South Korea and deepen an American presence in a region China considers their sphere of influence.

The bargaining before any summit is more China and the U.S. than North Korea and anybody. If the U.S. tones down their presence should North Korea give up its nuclear toys, will China stop building artificial islands and militarizing the South China Sea?

Dwight L. Schwab, Jr. is an award-winning national political and foreign affairs columnist and published author. He has spent over 35 years in the publishing industry. His long-running articles include many years at Examiner.com and currently Newsblaze.com. Dwight is an author of two highly acclaimed books, "Redistribution of Common Sense - Selected Commentaries on the Obama Administration 2009-2014" and "The Game Changer - America's Most Stunning Election in History." He is a native of Portland, Oregon, a journalism graduate from the University of Oregon, and a resident of the SF Bay Area. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.

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There is little doubt President Trump and his foreign policy team are interested in affecting a regime change in Iran. With the addition of former UN Ambassador John Bolton as national security adviser, the president is moving forward in a decisively hawkish manner.
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