This article was originally published by Ron Paul at the Ron Paul Institute
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.
“Meet the new Boss, same as the old Boss”…
Won’t Get Fooled Again – The Who, 1971
Well said. Trump needs to fire all the experts (must be the same experts that said we needed to invade Iraq) and get the troops out of Afghanistan and all the other sh*tholes around the world. There is no winner in a war with Russia except the elites. Who cares about Ukraine? Most of the American people most likely can’t even find it on a map.
He’s not doing the same thing with North Korea. Not going to be a Russia-Ukraine war.
More fake news. Ron Paul wrote this? Really? Sounds like hyperbole, Ronnie.
God bless you, anyways.
We’re be a lot better off if we had followed Ron Pauls advice. Following the Neo-Con course can very well obliterate the earth.
Trump is bypassing the neomongers.
The former military people around him are not confrontational types.
They want a strong military, as does Trump, but they are not pushers of regime change.
With the exception of Bolton and soon to be gone Haley, he is not in that camp.
While I have always respected Ron Paul, I don’t believe Trump is doing more of the same thing foreign policy wise. Even Paul in this article pretty much admits that Trump is doing the opposite of the Kenyan Muslim idiot. Trump’s policies seem to be working. When was the last time ISIS was in the news?
The origin of ISIS is Langley, Virginia.
Much of what they do is beyond the scope of this current administration.
Trump’s foreign policy is Israel first. There is no benefit from such a policy to the citizens of the U.S. ………..
Our ‘biggest’ enemies are Israel, China, Russia and England. Followed by all Islamic countries.
England, of course, is our oldest and best ‘frenemy’.
The ‘Chosenites’ of the ‘Yiddish-Empire’ have subjugated ALL of our past allies.
Russia, Germany, China………..
And “we” helped them every step of the way.
Here’s the link to the Pat Buchanan article.
It’s a little more explanatory.
THere can be little doubt that NeoCON-Directed USSA is the GREATEST FORCE FOR EVIL on Planet Earth.
The US is following the money mob men dictates. You don’t become president opposing such orders, just JFK’d, RFK’d if you step out of line. Foreign entanglements the NWO way. So all politicians serve foreign masters. Voting is a farce that keeps everything from changing as actual freedom never existed.
Trump Foreign Policy: Doing the Same Thing and Expecting a Different Result
Wern’t people saying he deserved the Nobel Peace Prize a few months back for the great strides that have been taken in regards to North Korea?
Isn’t Trump making NATO countries start footing the bill for the military in their own countries?
Didn’t Trump destroy ISIS in about 8 months and Obama could not / would not in 8 years?
What flag flies over Crimea is none of our business.
Didn’t Russia murder 30 million Ukrainians just prior to WWII?
What ever happened to “Never Again”
Never again seem to have changed the meaning to “Coming Soon”.
“Didn’t Russia murder 30 million Ukrainians just prior to WWII?”
No, the USSR did. They dissolved in 1991.
Didn’t the US have slavery? Long time ago too.
The US overthrew the democratically elected government of the Ukraine. Their gold was stolen. The US does not wear a white hat.
You honestly think Russia is going into the Ukraine and starving to death civilians as Stalin did? The reality is that the Ukraine is a main pipeline hub, a manifold, for Russian Natural Gas exports. It’s all about that. Russia will not stand by and have its economy destroyed. Thats survival.
Anyone who thinks that Republicans are any better than Democrats truly does not understand the forces that are enslaving them. Hint: Google ‘a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism’. Silly me, of course your agenda trumps reason and character.
Lost to you are the words of Patrick Henry, “it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts.”
I have no interest in Saving Sodom. Real hope lies in NEW REPUBLICS WITH NEW BORDERS. Think ‘liberty’. Remember liberty? Hell, do you remember thinking?
Business as usual.
All Presidents (with the exception of Martin Van Buren), are related to one another, and all are the descendants of King John the 1st (John Lackland).
Kind of destroys the myth that anyone can grow up to be the President.
Trump is surrounded by members of the Trilateral Commission, members of the Council On Foreign Relations, and the Bilderberg group.
German born homosexual and venture capitalist Peter Thiel, is a member of the Bilderberg’s Steering Committee, and was a member of Trump’s transition team.
For more than 100 years, certain groups infiltrated government and have directed the take over and destruction of our national sovereignty.
Trump is merely a figure head, as was Obama, as was Clinton, as was Bush numbers 41 and 43, as was Reagen, as was Carter, as was Nixon, et al.
President Trump basically has no state department as its ranks are chockful of globalists and democratic neocons. The chief executive has no one to back up any foreign policy he wants to implement. This is hardly a secret.