Sound advice from the conservative right, that wishes to prevent a further deterioration of relations between Russia and the United States.
In a post entitled “A Trump Doctrine – ‘America First'”, Pat Buchanan provides the words and phrases that President-elect Donald Trump should use in order to “reconfigure U.S. foreign policy to the world we now inhabit, and to the vital interests of the United States.”
Trump should move expeditiously to lay out and fix the broad outlines of his foreign policy, which entails rebuilding our military while beginning the cancellation of war guarantees that have no connection to U.S. vital interests. We cannot continue to bankrupt ourselves to fight other countries’ wars or pay other countries’ bills.
The ideal time for such a declaration, a Trump Doctrine, is when the president-elect presents his secretaries of state and defense.
Buchanan places focus on Russian-US relations. Here is what Trump should say to Russia, and the world…
“As our Cold War presidents from Truman to Reagan avoided World War III, I intend to avert Cold War II. We do not regard Russia or the Russian people as enemies of the United States, and we will work with President Putin to ease the tensions that have arisen between us.
“For our part, NATO expansion is over, and U.S. forces will not be deployed in any former republic of the Soviet Union.
“While Article 5 of NATO imposes an obligation to regard an attack upon any one of 28 nations as an attack on us all, in our Constitution, Congress, not some treaty dating back to before most Americans were even born, decides whether we go to war.
“The compulsive interventionism of recent decades is history. How nations govern themselves is their own business. While, as JFK said, we prefer democracies and republics to autocrats and dictators, we will base our attitude toward other nations upon their attitude toward us.
“No other nation’s internal affairs are a vital interest of ours.
“Europeans have to be awakened to reality. We are not going to be forever committed to fighting their wars. They are going to have to defend themselves, and that transition begins now.
“In Syria and Iraq, our enemies are al-Qaida and ISIS. We have no intention of bringing down the Assad regime, as that would open the door to Islamic terrorists. We have learned from Iraq and Libya.”