Trump Returns Reagan Doctrine: Peace Through Strength

The Reagan Doctrine of Peace Through Strength returns with Donald Trump, which he said should be “the center of our foreign policy,” opening a speech he delivered today at the Union League of Philadelphia. “I am proposing a new foreign policy focused on advancing America’s core national interests, promoting regional stability, and producing an easing of tensions in the world,” he said. Yesterday, 88 Generals and Admirals endorsed the Trump campaign.

“The current strategy of toppling regimes, with no plan for what to do the day after, only produces power vacuums that are filled by terrorists. Gradual reform, not sudden and radical change, should be our guiding objective in that region,” he said.

Key Strategies

  1. Generals to submit a plan to defeat ISIS within 30 days of Trump taking office.
  2. Promote our system of government and our way of life as the best in the world. No apology tours.
  3. Immigration Security: “We only want to admit people to our country who will support our values and love our people.”
  4. “Diplomacy, not destruction.”

Clinton Unqualified, Unfit to Serve

Trump said Hillary Clinton is neither qualified nor fit to serve. “Hillary Clinton’s legacy in Iraq, Libya, and Syria has produced only turmoil and suffering,” he said. The combined costs of Iraq and Afghanistan could total $6 trillion, with the Middle East left “in more disarray than ever before.”

“Meanwhile, China has grown more aggressive, and North Korea more dangerous and belligerent. Russia has defied this Administration at every turn. Putin has no respect for President Obama or Hillary Clinton.” He called Clinton “trigger-happy,” “unstable,” and reckless.

He spoke about her private email server, the deleted and bleachbitted emails, the 13 phones smashed with a hammer to “to cover her tracks and obstruct justice,” her inability to recall important information on 39 occasions, among other things.

“She can’t even remember whether she was trained in classified information, and said she didn’t even know the letter ‘C’ means confidential. If she can’t remember such crucial events and information, she is unfit to be Commander-in-Chief,” he said.

As in prior speeches, Trump gave a before-and-after Clinton synopsis of the state of the Middle East.

He spoke about the Obama cuts which are decimating our military. “We currently have the smallest Army since 1940. The Navy is among the smallest it has been since 1915. And the Air Force is the smallest it has been since 1947. When Ronald Reagan left office, our Navy had 592 ships. When Barack Obama took office, it had 285 ships. Today, the Navy has just 276 ships.”

As soon as he takes office, Trump promised to “ask Congress to fully eliminate the defense sequester and will submit a new budget to rebuild our military….As part of removing the defense sequester, I will ask Congress to fully offset the costs of increased military spending….I will ask that savings be accomplished through common sense reforms that eliminate government waste and budget gimmicks – and that protect hard-earned benefits for Americans.”

He said improper government payments “exceed $135 billion per year, and the amount of unpaid taxes is estimated to be as high as $385 billion.”

Trump wants to reduce the federal workforce by attrition, and stop funding programs not authorized by law. “Congress spent $320 billion last year on 256 expired laws.” Trump said military bureaucracy also needs to be trimmed, and he’s going to push other NATO nations to pay their bills. Under the treaty, NATO nations are to spend 2% of their GDP on defense.

Long-Term Goals

Using funds from American energy, Trump wants to:

  1. Build an active Army of around 540,000.
  2. Build a Marine Corps based on 36 battalions.
  3. Build a Navy of 350 surface ships and submarines.
  4. Build an Air Force of at least 1,200 fighter aircraft.
  5. Develop a state-of-the-art missile defense system.
  6. Modernize our cruisers to provide the Ballistic Missile Defense capability our nation needs.
  7. Improve the Department of Defense’s cyber capabilities.
  8. Enforce all classification rules, and enforce all laws relating to the handling of classified information.
  9. Develop defensive and offensive cyber capabilities at our U.S. Cyber Command

“One of my first directives after taking office will be asking the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and all relevant federal departments, to conduct a thorough review of United States cyber defenses and identify all vulnerabilities – in our power grid, our communications systems, and all vital infrastructure. I will then ask for a plan to immediately protect those vulnerabilities,” he said.

Rebuilding our military would be a 50-state effort.

Trump posted the complete transcript of his speech on his website as a press release. He is leading Clinton by 19 points among military and veteran voters. Trump and Clinton will appear tonight at a Commander-in-Chief forum hosted by Matt Lauer.


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