About one thing John Maynard Keynes was right. “Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influences, are usually slaves of some defunct economist.”
Leaders are driven by worldviews, whether they know it or not.
From their actions, we can see that President Obama was primarily driven by Jeremiah Wright’s doctrine: “White folks’ greed runs a world in need.” Obama tried to liberate the world from the arrogance of America and its white Christian predecessors.
President George W Bush was driven by the doctrine that if we liberated people from oppressive tyrants we could help them increase life, liberty and happiness. Sadly, this doctrine proved mistaken.
Bush’s error was compounded by the Pottery Barn Rule: You break it, you own it. This effectively allowed only total intervention or none at all.
President Trump’s doctrine is: Unapologetically advance American interests and values.
To pursue this strategy, he hires the best generals and executives. And Mike Flynn.
He rejects his predecessors’ doctrines and their Utopian, totalitarian, and Manichean implications.
He follows the Ugly doctrine: When you have to shoot, shoot, don’t talk.
And the Shaw doctrine: Usually we’re just haggling over price.
Trump will not hit Syria with a brutal blast of adverbs. And he won’t take American ownership over the problem. He will let his generals pursue powerful strikes to nudge nations to consider our interests and values.
His MidEast “peace” gambit will not have the Utopian goals of an Israeli embassy in Riyadh and a joint Netanyahu-Abbas statement that the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is fully and permanently solved.
Instead he will focus on military and economic alliances to pursue common goals and fight common enemies. This will likely include massive US arms sales to Saudi Arabia and a reduction in the Arab boycott and demonization of Israel.
Will he move the US Embassy to Jerusalem? Depends what price each side is willing to pay.
We’re not going to sing kumbaya. We are going to advance the interests and values of America and her allies.
If he can stop Tweeting long enough to not get himself impeached.