MEAN­WHILE OVER­SEAS

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

De­spite neg­a­tive press and par­ti­san push­back, Pres­i­dent Trump has done much in the over­seas arena.

“Trump has over­come in­ter­nal re­sis­tance and ex­ter­nal pres­sure to de­liver an as yet un­in­ter­rupted string of for­eign-pol­icy suc­cesses: North Korea’s Kim Jong-un hasn’t launched a rocket in ten months; Amer­ica’s NATO al­lies are fi­nally start­ing to de­liver on pledges to in­crease de­fense spend­ing to­ward the 2 per­cent of GDP tar­get agreed in 2006; Mex­ico has seem­ingly come to terms on long-over­due NAFTA re­forms; the United States has stayed out of the Arab world’s in­ter­minable wars in Syria, Libya and Ye­men; and the U.S. em­bassy in Is­rael moved to Jerusalem in May with­out spark­ing the Third In­tifada pre­dicted by Trump’s op­po­nents,” writes Na­tional In­ter­est an­a­lyst Sal­va­tore Babones.

“The se­cret to the Trump team’s suc­cess is its em­brace of prin­ci­pled re­al­ism: in its sim­plest terms, the faith that Amer­ica’s goals are just and Amer­i­can power should be ex­er­cised to sup­port those goals. Since tak­ing of­fice a year and a half ago, Trump has force­fully ap­plied Amer­i­can power — while avoid­ing his pre­de­ces­sors’ equa­tion of power with mil­i­tary force. As a re­sult, Amer­ica is get­ting its way on the world stage, gen­er­ally with­out putting Amer­i­can lives at risk to get it. That’s about as win-win as things come in in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions,” Mr. Babones notes.

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