Skip to comments.Donald Trump and the mythmakers
Posted on 01/12/2020 7:33:09 AM PST by American in Israel
The more successful Trump's reality-based policies towards Iran and Israel are, the harder it will be for the foreign policy establishment to restore their delusion-based policies when he leaves power.
For the past 40-odd years, two narratives have guided American Middle East policy. Both were invented by the Carter administration. One relates to Iran. One relates to Israel.
Both narratives reject reality as the basis for foreign policy decision-making in favor of delusion. Over the past two months, President Donald Trump has rejected and disavowed them both. His opponents are apoplectic.
As far as Iran is concerned, as journalist Lee Smith explained in Tablet online magazine this week, when Iranian "students" seized the US Embassy in Tehran in November 1979 and held 52 Americans hostage for 444 days, they placed the Carter administration in a dilemma: If President Jimmy Carter acknowledged that the "students" werent students, but soldiers of Irans dictator Ayatollah Khomeini, the US would be compelled to fight back. And Carter and his advisers didn't want to do that.
Best President Ever...
Original article here also:
I enjoyed the perspective that Regan went along with it, whereas Trump did not. That is why the “Best President Ever” remark.
The REAL threat to the pompous members of the American deep state...
A very good article by Caroline Glick. Thanks for posting. HOORAY Chief.
Battling ideologies is way bigger than even Donald J. Trump.
An obvious example is Nidal Malik Hasan.
No justice, no republic.
Yep - President Trump has changed the meme from subjugative appeasement to one of facing the Truth that Evil is real and it is in our interests to oppose it....the Left hates that.
MAGA - KAGA
The Lerf hates it because the Left IS evil.
The left loves chaos
I enjoyed the perspective that Regan went along with it, whereas Trump did not.
Even if you believe that perspective (which I do not), I dont know why you would say you enjoyed it!
In three years, President Trump has already far surpassed any of the other Presidents mentioned in the article, and he may yet surpass Ronald Reagan - we will have to wait and see.
National Defense is a balancing act. Truth-based foreign policy and peace through strength are the main pillars - but a President also needs to sell it to the American people.
Ronald Reagan did that, and Donald Trump is off to a very good start.
After watching Trump grow into his job I believe it is fair to say Trump is Reagan on steroids, or put another way Reagan was Trump light.
What is most amazing about the Presidents successes is he had the steepest of learning curves and had extraordinary opposition every step of the way. Despite this he is/has overcome all the obstacles and is now the most consequential and successful President I have ever witnesses and I am well into my 70’s.
I have deep respect and admiration for Reagan...and I agree with your post.
Trump has taken on numerous third rails that none others dared to tackle and hes knocked them out of the park.
Immigration. Border Wall. Moving our embassy in Israel. Helping our Veterans with the expansion of the VA Act. Slashing regulations. USMCA. NATO. Many more.
Yes, yes and yes and he is just getting started.
You know what I look forward to the most? The book he will write after he leaves office in 2025. I believe it will be the blockbuster to end all blockbusters and will be by far the best selling political novel ever written...and it won’t even be close.
The actual Narrative that has guided US Mid East policy for the past 40 years has been that worm Henry Kissinger’s “Arc of Crisis” ideology. Google it.
And from Ronald Reagan to Barack Obama,,, every president kept faith with Carter’s decision not to hold the Iranian regime responsible for the acts of aggression,,, it carried out against America through proxies.....
While I agree with the overall theme of the author, I disagree with her opinion of Reagan.
I don’t see where Reagan refused to hold Iran responsible. There were contingency plans on the shelf for Iran. He took out their navy when they got out of line.
For the most part Iran was too preoccupied with their war with Iraq to cause much trouble for the US at the time. If they would’ve lost the war, problem solved. Why would the US have gotten involved with that?
Excellent article well worth the time to read the entire thing.
Arc of Crisis isn't and wasn't an idealogy, and it was from Zbigniew Brzezinski, not Henry Kissinger.
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