Donald Trump has a chaotic mind. That conclusion is buttressed by everything he says and does. Most recently, that chaos was evident in Trump's statement on international security. Tom Walkom writes:
This particular document appears to reflect the foreign affairs logic of one wing of the Republican Party. But it doesn’t always reflect the stated views of Trump.
Whether it ends up guiding the foreign affairs policy of the U.S. administration remains an open question.
The strategy begins with Trump’s dystopian view of America as a nation that has fallen behind. The reason (and again this is pure Trump) is that feckless U.S. presidents, such as Barack Obama and George W. Bush, allowed other nations to take advantage of Washington.
The main problem with the document is that it does not echo the platform Trump ran on:
The document suggests that Russia and China pose a greater threat to the U.S. than even terrorism. But all are involved in “fundamental contests between those who value human dignity and freedom and those who oppress individuals and enforce unanimity.”
This is language reminiscent of the Cold War. It is also language that Trump does not usually apply to Russia and China.
Indeed, at times Trump has actively praised both Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping. His beef with China is more economic than political. And while Trump’s ministers routinely decry Russian intentions in Eastern Europe, he himself usually does not.
At bottom, the statement is rooted in the Social Darwinism of the Republican Party. All states are viewed as "competitors:"
In fact, the security strategy says that the dog-eat-dog nature of foreign relations requires America to be willing to confront China and Russia everywhere.
In one sense, this is not at all surprising. Trump views everyone as his enemy. But, in another sense, it is yet again a warning: Trump is completely unreliable. Betting on his reliability is a losing game.
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