Peter Beinart: Trump’s Establishment Approach To Syria

I pretty much agree with this:

“Why did Donald Trump, who won the GOP nomination, in part, by bucking his party’s interventionist foreign policy establishment, thrill it on Friday by launching missile strikes against the government of Bashar Assad? Why did the most unconventional of presidents respond to his first foreign policy crisis in such a conventional way?

The recent history of American foreign policy shows why it’s not that big a surprise. Even unconventional presidents tend to surround themselves with conventional advisors. Presidential candidates often promise to rethink the foreign policy assumptions that guided their predecessor. But as governors, senators or real estate developers, they generally lack experience in making foreign policy themselves. So they seek advisors familiar with America’s military and intelligence bureaucracies, and with foreign governments. And those advisors often espouse the very establishment assumptions their boss derided on the campaign trail. …

So on Thursday night at Mar a Lago, Trump mulled the biggest foreign policy decision of his young presidency alongside a Secretary of Defense, a Secretary of State and a National Security Advisor who did not advise him during campaign and have no stake in the pro-Assad, anti-interventionist statements he made during it. …”

In the end, the #MAGA movement, the “America First” platform, the whole campaign and all the promises that were made to his supporters proved to be less important than the people Donald Trump surrounded himself with virtually all of whom were throwbacks to the W. years. Even after neocons like Bill Kristol were decisively repudiated by the Republican electorate, they still got their way on foreign policy. They finally got the war and conflict they have pushed for all these years.

Note: I’m certain Steve Bannon explained to Trump the political consequences. He was undoubtedly overruled by Kushner, “Mad Dog” Mattis, McMaster and all these other establishment figures.

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  • Foreign policy definitely biggest risk as achilles heel; enemies have been salivating for this moment, especially considering that Russia narrative was so ineffective against him. Baiting him, via foreign policy, is the absolute best angle for taking him down.

  • When Trump let Flynn down i knew it was over. Mc Master is a whore. He
    doesnt even see islam as the enemy. And Pence is a neocon. Only Bannon
    is left of the real populists and he may be gone soon, too. The deep
    state took office. The left and the neocons are in charge.

  • Will Trump be the first sitting President to be defeated in the Presidential primaries?

    • He very well could be.
      Although I am very pessimistic about what Trump appears to be becoming, I will hold off on final judgment until this Syria nonsense plays all the way out.
      If Trump proves to just be another Bush, NONE of the masses who were chanting “BUILD THE WALL” at all his rallies will even show up to vote next primary cycle.
      The GOP will nominate a typical establishment neocon and in 2020 the voters will have a choice between a traitor and a traitor.
      So depressing.

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