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After a week of insisting that a meeting with Putin on the sidelines of the G20 meeting in Argentina was going to happen, President Trump at the last minute sent out a Tweet explaining that due to a Russia/Ukraine dispute in the Sea of Azov he would no longer be willing to meet his Russian counterpart.

According to Trump, the meeting had to be cancelled because the Russians seized three Ukrainian naval vessels in Russian waters that refused to follow instructions from the Russian military. But as Pat Buchanan wrote in a recent column: how is this little dispute thousands of miles away any of our business?

Unfortunately it is “our business” because of President Obama’s foolish idea to overthrow a democratically-elected, pro-Russia government in Ukraine in favor of what his Administration believed would be a “pro-Western” and “pro-NATO” replacement. In short, the Obama Administration did openly to Ukraine what his Democratic Party claims without proof the Russians did to the United States: meddled in a vote.

US interventionism in Ukraine led to the 2014 coup and many dead Ukrainians. Crimea’s majority-Russian population held a referendum and decided to re-join Russia rather than remain in a “pro-West” Ukraine that immediately began discriminating against them. Why would anyone object to people opting out of abusive relationships?

What is most disappointing about President Trump’s foreign policy is that it didn’t have to be this way. He ran on a platform of America first, ending foreign wars, NATO skepticism, and better relations with Russia. Americans voted for this policy. He had a mandate, a rejection of Obama’s destructive interventionism.

But he lost his nerve.

Instead of being the president who ships lethal weapons to the Ukrainian regime, instead of being the president who insists that Crimea remain in Ukraine, instead of being the president who continues policies the American people clearly rejected at the ballot box, Trump could have blamed the Ukraine/Russia mess on the failed Obama foreign policy and charted a very different course. What flag flies over Crimea is none of our business. We are not the policemen of the world and candidate Trump seemed to have understood that.

But now Trump’s in a trap. He was foolish enough to believe that Beltway foreign policy “experts” have a clue about what really is American national interest. Just this week he told the Washington Post, in response to three US soldiers being killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan, that he has to keep US troops fighting in the longest war in US history because the “experts” tell him there is no alternative.

He said, “virtually every expert that I have and speak to say if we don’t go there, they’re going to be fighting over here. And I’ve heard it over and over again.”

That is the same bunkum the neocons sold us as they lied us into Iraq! We’ve got to fight Saddam over there or he’d soon be in our streets. These “experts” are worthless, yet for some reason President Trump cannot break free of them.

Well here’s some unsolicited advice to the president: Listen to the people who elected you, who are tired of the US as the world’s police force. Let Ukraine and Russia work out their own problems. Give all your “experts” a pink slip and start over with a real pro-American foreign policy: non-interventionism.

(Republished from The Ron Paul Institute by permission of author or representative)
 
• Category: Foreign Policy • Tags: Donald Trump, Neocons, Russia, Ukraine 
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  1. MEexpert says:

    Well here’s some unsolicited advice to the president: Listen to the people who elected you, who are tired of the US as the world’s police force. Let Ukraine and Russia work out their own problems. Give all your “experts” a pink slip and start over with a real pro-American foreign policy: non-interventionism.

    I second that.

    For God’s sake, somebody tell Trump that he is the President not the experts.

  2. Ron Paul is right again. Me thinks he would make a great secretary of state. He’s the guy all along that Trump should have had in mind to formulate his foreign policy of ending the wars.

    Trump’s Russian troubles, has reinforced the deep state to reenact the same old tired policies for the war profiteers. The US is not the world’s army or police. Trump should give the deep state the finger by making Ron Paul the Secretary of State.

  3. yurivku says:

    Well here’s some unsolicited advice to the president: Listen to the people who elected you, who are tired of the US as the world’s police force.

    Crying in the rain.
    Whom for are these wails ?
    Nobody needs your advices. Just eat this and keep silent or do something real eg. like Yellow Vests are doing in France.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  4. What flag flies over Crimea is none of our business. We are not the policemen of the world and candidate Trump seemed to have understood that.

    exactly

    and the American people have never been asked if they wanted to be policeman of the world if it meant they’d have to spend $700 billion/year on”defense” instead of a more reasonable $300-$400 billion/year

    • Replies: @MarkinLA
  5. Realist says:

    But now Trump’s in a trap. He was foolish enough to believe that Beltway foreign policy “experts” have a clue about what really is American national interest.

    Ron, that’s bullshit and I think you know it. Trump is complicit in all this belligerent war mongering.
    Trump is not in a trap. He hired all the assholes in his administration, Bolton, Pompeo and the rest.
    Trump is playing ‘good cop’ to the war monger’s ‘bad cop’. My belief is that Trump planned it this way from the beginning….he played a fast one on his supporters. He talked big and served the Deep State.
    No wall, huge increase to the War Department, and a big tax break to the rich.

    • Replies: @dvorak
  6. MarkinLA says:
    @Rabbinical Rube

    I worked in defense during the Reagan years. We were still building, designing and proposing weapons that would never have seen the light of day if there was a war between the US and the USSR. The idea that US and Soviet troops would ever be close enough to use shoulder fired anti-armor weapons is ridiculous. Everything seemed built around the idea of a high tech WWII redo. Outside of the strategic forces, most of the defense budget was only useful for bullying third world countries.

  7. CalDre says:

    We are not the policemen of the world and candidate Trump seemed to have understood that.

    Bless Ron, but he always couches it in these terms.

    If he were not petrified of speaking truth to power, he would write instead: “US needs to stop being the global despot and bully, and candidate Trump seemed to have understood that.”

    The term “police” presumes (1) that there is some law being enforced (there isn’t – it’s just US interests, or more particularly, globalism, including global government), and (2) that this law is being applied objectively (it isn’t – see above).

    US is a lawless, rogue regime spreading death, deprivation, and destruction wherever it goes.

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    , @Tulips
  8. dvorak says:
    @Realist

    No wall, huge increase to the War Department, and a big tax break to the rich.

    And a one-term presidency.

    • Agree: Realist
  9. “But he lost his nerve.”

    Nonsense. He has enough “nerve” to flirt with WW3, right?

    Obviously, orange clown’s whole campaign was a calculated “bait and switch” fraud from the beginning. The perfidious orange clown never had any intention of following through on his campaign promises/pre-election intimations.

  10. anonymous[340] • Disclaimer says:
    @CalDre

    “ … pretended to have understood that.”

    All for the consumption of the gulled American voter, who then sits back and waits for … the next election.

    It’s December 26, kids. Santa isn’t coming down the chimney. Why not get dressed and go outside to play?

  11. Tulips says:
    @CalDre

    Very astute comment on correct use of language. “World’s policeman” should be “global bully”. “The elite” should be “the oligarchs”. “Trump presidency” should be “Trump regime”. “North Atlantic Treaty Organization” should be “Neo-cons’ Aggression & Terrorism Organization”. The labels we use should correctly describe the actions.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  12. lavoisier says: • Website

    He said, “virtually every expert that I have and speak to say if we don’t go there, they’re going to be fighting over here. And I’ve heard it over and over again.”

    Isn’t that the same bullshit line Bush used to justify our endless wars?

    That he would use the same excuse for these endless wars on behalf of Zion makes it clear that he is a certifiable moron.

    • Replies: @anon
  13. KenH says:

    ….that he has to keep US troops fighting in the longest war in US history because the “experts” tell him there is no alternative.

    The same Trump who mocked said “experts” on the campaign trail is now putty in their hands and doing everything they tell him. That isn’t what we voted for. We didn’t vote for the continuation of a deep state and militantly pro-Israel foreign policy yet that’s exactly what Trump is giving albeit in an ever so slightly lesser degree.

    Now he’s morphed into Dubya by telling us that we must fight them over there (Afghanistan) so they won’t come over here to steal our freedom. It’s deja vu all over again.

  14. anon[281] • Disclaimer says:
    @lavoisier

    Isn’t that the same bullshit line Bush used to justify our endless wars?

    That he would use the same excuse for these endless wars on behalf of Zion makes it clear that he is a certifiable moron.

    when you get a hot tip from Cue Ball or 8-Ball down at the Burger King you gotta act fast

  15. @KenH

    I’m quite sure orange clown was always putty in the hands of his masters; he merely pretended not to be (during the campaign) to fool us and steal our votes.

  16. @yurivku

    I gather from your grammar that you are not an American (or from any literate English-speaking country). There’s nothing too much wrong with that, Mr. Yurivku, but you then would probably not know much history of American government, especially regarding the esteemed Dr. Ron Paul.

    Ron Paulhas done more to (try to) stem the American slide from a Constitutional Republic into the totalitarian anarcho-tyranny it exists as now than 99% of Americans. This guy up there was known for most of his 3-decade time in the US House of Representatives as Dr. No. “Why?” you may ask. It’s because he voted against any bill that was not Constitutional. That’s a good thing. Had a hundred or two more Ron Pauls been in the legislature, the US would still be a shining beacon of liberty.

    Dr. Paul is a little bit old to take your advises and go out into the street wearing a yellow vest. However, these “advises” are probably good for a lot of the readers. Americans will come around, I think. They still have (or think they have) too much to lose. That’ll change when the dollar goes down the toilet.

  17. @KenH

    Yeah, I just read that he’d started that “or fight them over here” shit somewhere this morning, Ken. It’s sickening. Just as Dr. Paul wrote in this excellent column, and Peak Stupidity has written repeatedly (including this Part 1 of Ronnie vs. Donnie*), Trump has no faith in his own principles, if any. He has taken the completely wrong type of people, beltway regulars, into his circle of advisors and cabinet heads. That’s just plain stupid.

    * Comparisons of President Trump to President Reagan, since the former, in his usually bragging style, just got done comparing himself favorably to the Gipper.

  18. @Tulips

    AGREED! (with both of you, of course.)

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