Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Has President Trump Taken The Democrat's Top Foreign Policy Issues?

U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks regarding the Administration's National Security Strategy at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington D.C., U.S. December 18, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua RobertsReuters

Michael Hirsh, Foreign Policy: How Trump Stole the Democrats’ Best 2020 Foreign-Policy Stances

From trade to troop drawdowns, some Dem presidential contenders may have a hard time contrasting their views with the president’s.

Like U.S. President Donald Trump, Joe Biden once wanted to get the United States out of Afghanistan as fast as possible—or at least to dramatically scale down the U.S. presence there. Indeed, back in 2009 it was one of the few arguments that Biden, then a freshly minted vice president, lost with his boss, President Barack Obama. In internal discussions Biden argued forcefully against Obama’s troop surge and in favor of a pared-down approach to Afghanistan that no doubt would have gratified Trump’s isolationist instincts 10 years later. Biden wanted to discard Washington’s costly, troop-intensive counterinsurgency policy and its pretensions of democratic transformation, admit that the Afghan government was all but useless, and focus mainly on killing terrorists with special operations and drones. His approach even had a name: the “Biden Plan.”

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WNU Editor: I do not think President Trump "stole the Democrats best 2020 foreign-policy issues", but there are many positions where both sides are in agreement.


Anonymous said...

There was an ad 10 or 20 years ago. Maybe it was a Superbowl ad. Sorry, I cannot narrow it down more.

It takes place in a meeting room or board room. Execs are gathers around a long conference table. A shorter, balding guy pitches an idea. the idea falls like a lead balloon. A few seconds later a a young suave, debonaire guy makes the same exact pitch. Everyone applauds.

American politics is like that. People are like that in general. American politics and politics everywhere are that partisan.

Yes, there is or should be common ground, but...

Anonymous said...

Fed Ex Stolen Idea

The commercial is true, because there is a kernel of truth in it.

People behave this way and politics is for high stakes, lots of money, and big egos.

It is why Skynet would feel totally justified.