How the Conservative Foreign Policy Establishment Failed Americans Long Before Donald Trump

Breitbart, October 27, 2017

Former President George W. Bush, Senator John McCain, Senator Bob Corker and other Republican luminaries have publicly criticized President Donald Trump’s foreign policy in recent days.

Yet, long before Trump took over the national political conversation, the conservative foreign policy establishment had systematically betrayed conservative principles and abandoned intellectual rigor for ideological rigidity in foreign policy.

Many individuals and institutions participated, but one example of how a major conservative think tank went about the task shows the insidiousness of the betrayal and offers insight into the intellectual disorderliness that led to Trump’s rise.

It was the fall of 2005, and the Iraq War was raging. I had just graduated from Stanford Law School and given up a lucrative Wall Street law firm salary to spend a year as a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI).

A few weeks into my fellowship, AEI issued what I perceived as a very unsubtle threat against me. I was told to stop conducting research on national sovereignty and international law and instead work on democratization in Asia. AEI understood that I was exploring opportunities in Vice President Dick Cheney’s office, and if I did not listen they would make sure I did not succeed.

I had been a conservative my entire adult life. Never did I imagine that this venerable institution of conservative thought would threaten me for attempting to put conservative thoughts on paper, but it did.

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Where Anti-Trump Derangement Syndrome Comes From

Washington Examiner, May 19, 2017

There appears to be no end to the Left’s vitriol against President Trump. After his inauguration, massive and sometimes-violent anti-Trump protests have broken out across the country. The mainstream liberal press hyperventilates over his every statement and action, with reporters spouting opinions as fact and one supposedly objective TV anchor literally rolling his eyes at a Trump surrogate. In the latest bout of hysteria, Democrats and liberals are obsessing gleefully over the (dim) prospect of Trump’s impeachment.

While Trump is prone to deliver high drama with his management style and personality, the hatred he inspires comes with a whole lot of derangement and hypocrisy. It can also trace its roots to the political correctness and intellectual intolerance with which American society and higher education are saturated.

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Donald Trump speaking with supporters at a campaign rally at the Prescott Valley Event Center in Prescott Valley, Arizona, on October 4, 2016. (Photo by Gage Skidmore) 

Foreign Policy Interventionists in the Trump Era

Washington Examiner, May 8, 2017

Haters of President Trump are not known for their capacity for self-criticism. Having waged all-out, nasty battles to defeat him last November, they have decided to blame anyone but themselves for their failure. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton blames Russian hacking and FBI Director James Comey for her electoral loss. The mainstream media, which largely dispensed with any pretense of objectivity in the last election, blames the Trump administration for its hostility toward them.

Other Trump opponents, including right-wing foreign policy professionals who declared Trump unfit for office, are now busy evaluating whether Trump is “normalizing,” or becoming more like them.

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Republicans Need to Rally around Trump

The National Interest, April 4, 2017

During the 2016 campaign, numerous prominent conservatives opposed the Trump candidacy and warned that its success would be inexorably bad for conservatism.

Some two months into his presidency, rifts between Donald Trump and conservatives are in plain sight. The new president has blamed the recent failure to repeal and replace Obamacare on the conservative House Freedom Caucus. In various presidential tweets, he named and blamed various caucus members and even threatened to fight against the group along with Democrats in the midterm elections of 2018.

Were Trump’s conservative critics correct all along that he is bad for their cause?

While the failure to repeal Obamacare is no doubt a setback for the Trump administration and Republicans in general, conservatives should nevertheless be heartened by the overall progress made and broad direction set by the new president. Unconventional though his presidency may be—and it certainly is, beyond the wildest imagination—Trump has pursued an agenda that is friendly to many of conservatism’s cherished ideals.

Since his inauguration, President Trump has picked a cabinet that many acknowledge is the most conservative in history and nominated Neil Gorsuch, a highly respected conservative judge, to the Supreme Court. Furthermore, he has pursued regulatory reform, border and homeland security and pro-market measures that conservatives have long supported.

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“Trump Calls Me American”: Average Citizens Find Their Voice Through Donald Trump

img_0068A Wegman’s truck. A Friendly’s restaurant. Fall foliage in bright sunlight. A crisp chill in the air.

It’s late autumn in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

On the last Friday before Election Day, Donald Trump came to town for one of his massive rallies.

The mainstream media and the political establishment have relentlessly slandered these rallies as a congregation of the great unwashed—dumb and uneducated white people; racists, sexists, and xenophobes.

Yet, tens of thousands continue to show up at each event. When the Trump supporters begin cheering for their candidate, it is explosive and emotional—and deeply touching.

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