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Trump`s 'National Security Strategy' is not real

Events | Ubaid Ur Rahman Khan | 24-01-2018, 13:20

Trump`s 'National Security Strategy' is not realWhat’ve been said in Trumpian ‘National Security Strategy’ is not real. The paper has very little to do with the mark together view of what Trump does and what he says. Unlike domestic policy, several contradictory positions on a single foreign policy issue is a disgrace. What does the strategy paper say? Predominantly three words: competitors, dictators, and irresponsible states are corroding American interests. 

Let’s start with the competitors. The paper accuses Russia of meddling with the domestic affairs of other countries, without mentioning its active support for Trump himself. The United States Central Intelligence Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and National Security Agency clearly stated that with “high confidence” Russia conducted a covert campaign to influence the presidential elections of 2016. “Putin and the Russian government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump,” the declassified version of the document issued by the U.S. Intelligence agencies, said. Frankly, I see no tougher stance on Russia in real.

The remarks on China are contradictory. The contradiction appears when document alleges China as ‘strategic competitor’ and Trump praises China, inside the great hall of people as, “I don't blame China… After all, and who can blame a country for being able to take advantage of another country for benefit of their citizens? I give China great credit." I see no tougher stance on China in real. Likewise, if you’ll ask a common American, what are the four major threats the country face, they’ll say, China, China, China and China, get your stance tougher on China. It’s true that China is rising, but nobody is worried on the rising water levels and how the United States will address security threats posed by climate change. The events like Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate agreement and Brexit outlooks that the stronger political headwinds are yet to come. 

As for the North Korean threat, the document says “North Korea seeks the capability  to kill millions of Americans with nuclear weapons”. It doesn’t boomed like what Trump does and what he said. A day after North Korea launched a missile over Japan, Trump said, ‘America will respond to North Korean threats with fire and fury.’ The document however, didn’t accuse Trump of mocking Kim. The United States, immediately after North Korea test fired its Intercontinental ballistic missile, announced a five day ace drill, which involved mock targeting of North Korean nuclear sites, with some 230 fighter Jets. This is destabilizing, a short missile flight time and Trump’s irrational-mocking behaviour towards Kim, could force Kim to kill millions of Americans with nuclear weapons.

Later, the document accuses Iran for supporting terrorist groups that openly calls for American destruction. President believes everyone will do his behest, that’s a wishful thinking. Well, who do you think you’re to expect Iran backing off its National Strategy, are you living in a fool’s paradise? Tehran’s hegemony has spread over Iraq, Lebanon, Yemen, and Syria; it’s now looking to resurge as a ‘New Persian Empire’ a great power in the Middle East. Nevertheless, unlike Trump, the Obama administration had done much better to put Iran’s nuclear program into reverse, allowing international inspections. 

As for the rhetoric on the irresponsible states, the U.S. believes that the effective pressure on Pakistan has a single constituent; urge it to do more, the document says, “The United States continues to face threats from transnational terrorists and militants operating from within Pakistan, The prospect for an Indo-Pakistani military conflict that could lead to a nuclear exchange remains a key concern requiring consistent diplomatic attention”. The Pakistan’s civilian and military intelligence services who play a direct role in killing/capturing of international terrorists and extremists, on America’s behalf are angered now. Frankly who’d want to end the long term (U.S.-Pak) friendship? That’d be naïve. It is constructive for the United States to work together with Pakistan to eliminate international terrorists from Afghan soil rather than the blame game; that’s a win-win situation. 

Yes—I agree, South Asia is the region that hosts major risks for a nuclear exchange, well, U.S. must cease ‘India’s threatening behaviour’ before talking Pakistan, that’s the vibrant way arms control is achieved. Here we go, India’s defence minister Manohar Parrikar said, “If a written-down strategy exists or you take a stand on a nuclear aspect, I think you're actually giving away your strength in nuclear…Why should I bind myself? I should say I am a responsible nuclear power and I will not use it irresponsibly”. Well, that’s destabilizing! The defence minister believes in ‘the first use’. Likewise, Vipin Narang in his ground breaking research proved that India has ready nuclear arsenal, which is destabilizing and dangerous. He said “India consist of a large force of so called, “encapsulated” or “canisterized” systems in which the warhead is likely to pre mated in delivery vehicle and kept hermetically sealed for storage and transport”. I believe India has a first use policy. 

The Trump’s National Strategy outlooks: China is rising and we’ll keep praising it, Russia is resurging and we’ll do nothing, North Korea is threatening and we’ll keep mocking it, South Asia is alarming and we’ll keep baiting India, that’s what the Trump administration and their strategy paper is all about, and it’s not real. 


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