A Senior White House Official Defines the Trump Doctrine: ‘We’re America, Bitch’, by Jeffrey Goldberg

Here is a unique take on President Trump’s foreign policy. From Jeffrey Goldberg at theatlantic.com:

Many of Donald Trump’s critics find it difficult to ascribe to a president they consider to be both subliterate and historically insensate a foreign-policy doctrine that approaches coherence. A Trump Doctrine would require evidence of Trump Thought, and proof of such thinking, the argument goes, is scant. This view is informed in part by feelings of condescension, but it is not meritless. Barack Obama, whose foreign-policy doctrine I studied in depth, was cerebral to a fault; the man who succeeded him is perhaps the most glandular president in American history. Unlike Obama, Trump possesses no ability to explain anything resembling a foreign-policy philosophy. But this does not mean that he is without ideas.

Over the past couple of months, I’ve asked a number of people close to the president to provide me with short descriptions of what might constitute the Trump Doctrine. I’ve been trying, as part of a larger project, to understand the revolutionary nature of Trump’s approach to world affairs. This task became even more interesting over the weekend, when Trump made his most ambitious move yet to dismantle the U.S.-led Western alliance; it becomes more interesting still as Trump launches, without preparation or baseline knowledge, a complicated nuclear negotiation with a fanatical and bizarre regime that quite possibly has his number.

Trumpian chaos is, in fact, undergirded by a comprehensible worldview, a number of experts have insisted. The Brookings Institution scholar (and frequent Atlantic contributor) Thomas Wrightargued in a January 2016 essay that Trump’s views are both discernible and explicable. Wright, who published his analysis at a time when most everyone in the foreign-policy establishment considered Trump’s candidacy to be a farce, wrote that Trump loathes the liberal international order and would work against it as president; he wrote that Trump also dislikes America’s military alliances, and would work against them; he argued that Trump believes in his bones that the global economy is unfair to the U.S.; and, finally, he wrote that Trump has an innate sympathy for “authoritarian strongmen.”

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7 responses to “A Senior White House Official Defines the Trump Doctrine: ‘We’re America, Bitch’, by Jeffrey Goldberg

  1. Pingback: A Senior White House Official Defines the Trump Doctrine: ‘We’re America, Bitch’ | Western Rifle Shooters Association

  2. David Wheeler

    “Obama’s doctrine was cerebral to a fault”? Are you fxxking kidding me — Oh, it’s Goldberg… go figure

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  3. thanks for the link, but this article has a giant rhetorical hole, placed approximately where the ‘israel first’ rationalizations go.

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  4. The spring before the color revolution of 11-8-16, it hit me what Mr. Trump was, “The Great Fuck You” of the dirt people. This BS artist Goldberg still dont get it. Its right in his face. Handed to him on a golden platter, and that right there defines the whole thing, that the Goldbergs and their pals are exactly what the Great Fuck You is directed at. They have ruled our Republic one way or another for longer than a century, and have created an unmitigated disaster out of the best thing ever to happen to people. And they can’t see it. It doesn’t matter if they do or dont.
    MAGA Bitchez!

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  5. goldberg. Writing for the atlantic. Color me shocked.

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  6. I later asked another senior official, one who rendered the doctrine not as “We’re America, Bitch” but as “We’re America, Bitches,”

    That part cracked me up

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  7. I wish Goldberg had given some indication of what he means by “Trump is pursuing policies…that demoralize freedom-seeking people around the world.” Who are these poor demoralized souls, and why should President Trump be responsible for their morale?

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