President Donald J. Trump is the once-in-a-generation leader America needed to reorient its foreign policy.
President Trump charted a new direction in American foreign policy — and upending the status quo has made him the best commander in chief America has had in decades.
Following the end of the Cold War with the Soviet Union, the political establishment in Washington, D.C. pursued a reckless foreign policy doctrine that prioritized aggressive interventionism over common sense.
The pragmatic realists responsible for implementing the "peace through strength" mentality of the Reagan administration were replaced by power-hungry ideologues who sacrificed American lives to wage open-ended crusades all over the planet.
But as Washington became more invested in endless foreign conflicts, America became less prepared to address emerging geopolitical challenges.
The Obama-Biden administration, for instance, was completely blindsided by the economic and military rise of China, which was a direct result of Cold War-era machinations carried out by establishment politicians like Joe Biden.
The Obama White House had no answers to Iran or North Korea, either.
Instead of fighting to secure a deal that would prevent Iran from building nuclear weapons, the Obama administration brokered a weak diplomatic agreement that gave the theocratic regime major strategic concessions in exchange for briefly pausing its nuclear advancement.
Meanwhile, team Obama-Biden didn't even attempt to negotiate with the North Koreans, allowing tensions on the Korean Peninsula to escalate to dangerous levels.
When Donald Trump ran for office four years ago, he boldly reimagined America’s foreign policy, vowing to end our country’s entanglements in endless conflicts overseas, leave the disastrous nuclear deal with Iran, contain China’s aggressive geopolitical expansion, and much more.
Remarkably, despite relentless resistance from the entrenched foreign policy establishment in Washington, President Trump managed to keep his promises to the American people.
One of the first orders of business for Donald Trump was to use the power of diplomacy to stabilize the Korean Peninsula, cultivating lines of communication with Pyongyang and key U.S. allies in the region, especially Japan.
"[W]hen I met with Barack Obama, we sat in the White House, right at the beginning, had a great conversation," President Trump explained during the final debate with Biden, adding that the former President warned him that "The biggest problem we have is North Korea," and that the likelihood of a costly war was very high.
Although the foreign policy establishment shrieked that our new president’s approach was increasing the risk of nuclear war with North Korea, it turned out to be exactly the right approach, defusing tensions and making the entire world more safe.
"[W]e’re not in a war," President Trump pointed out. "We have a good relationship. People don’t understand [that] having a good relationship with leaders of other countries is a good thing.?
The Trump administration has also made major progress toward lasting peace in the Mideast, spearheading historic peace deals between Israel and a growing list of Arab states that now includes Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Sudan. This strategic coalition will help to both preserve peace in the turbulent Mideast and contain Iran’s ambitions of regional dominance.
The U.S. approach toward China has also changed under Donald Trump.
Whereas the Obama-Biden administration adhered to the outdated Cold War playbook of facilitating new economic opportunities for America’s biggest geopolitical adversary, President Trump imposed strategic counter-tariffs on China in retaliation for its history of trade abuses, espionage, and intellectual property theft.
The Washington establishment made dire predictions of economic devastation and waning American influence, but in the end it was Beijing that buckled under the pressure, signing a "Phase One" trade deal at the beginning of this year that included a number of significant concessions.
Most importantly, President Trump stayed true to his pledge to end costly foreign conflicts without compromising key U.S. foreign policy interests.
While some interpreted the president’s aversion to foreign military entanglements as pacifist or isolationist, he proved those critics wrong by defeating ISIS and taking out terrorist leaders like Iran's Gen. Qasem Soleimani, and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
The Trump administration is even safeguarding U.S. interests across new domains of warfare. The newly-established Space Force, for instance, will help America secure technological and military dominance over the final frontier — the most effective way to prevent space from becoming a dangerous new battlefield.
Likewise, the White House has pursued a campaign to modernize U.S. cybersecurity capabilities in order to protect the U.S. economy from emerging threats in cyberspace.
President Trump outraged the foreign policy establishment in Washington, D.C., but jolting America out of its obsolete Cold War-era mindset has proven to be exactly the right strategy for securing peace and stability in today’s world.
Jason D. Meister is an Advisory Board Member of Donald J. Trump for President Inc., and frequently appears on national television and radio broadcasts, including various interviews on: Fox News, Fox Business Network, Wall Street Journal Live, Bloomberg, One America News, Sky News, Newsmax TV, Huff Post Live, and Sirius XM. Mr. Meister is a successful investor, developer, and published op-ed author. He has written for various publications including The Epoch Times, Washington Examiner, The Daily Caller, Townhall, Fox News, Fox Business, Newsmax, Real Clear Politics, Real Clear Markets, American Greatness, Tennessee Star, The Ohio Star, and the Minnesota Sun. Twitter: @jason_meister. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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