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New US foreign Policy, 'non-interventionist''


Jun 22, 2007
President-elect Donald Trump laid out a US military policy on Tuesday that would avoid interventions in foreign conflicts and instead focus heavily on defeating the Islamic State militancy.

In the latest stop on a "thank you" tour of states critical to his November 8 election win, Trump introduced his choice for defence secretary, General James Mattis, to a large crowd in this city near the Fort Bragg military base, which has deployed soldiers to 90 countries around the world.

"We will stop racing to topple foreign regimes that we know nothing about, that we shouldn't be involved with," Trump said. "Instead, our focus must be on defeating terrorism and destroying ISIS, and we will."

Trump's rhetoric was similar to what he said during the election campaign when he railed against the war in Iraq.

In Fayetteville, he vowed a strong rebuilding of the US military, which he suggested has been stretched too thin. Instead of investing in wars, he said, he would spend money to build up America's ageing roads, bridges and airports.

Even so, Trump said he wants to boost spending on the military. To help pay for his buildup, Trump pledged to seek congressional approval for lifting caps on defence spending that were part of "sequestration" legislation that imposed cut spending across the board.

"We don't want to have a depleted military because we’re all over the place fighting in areas that we shouldn't be fighting in. It's not going to be depleted any longer," he said.

Trump said any nation that shares these goals will be considered a US partner.

"We don't forget. We want to strengthen old friendships and seek out new friendships," he said. He said the policy of "intervention and chaos" must come to an end.

While US armed forces are deployed in far-flung places around the globe, they are only involved currently in active combat in the Middle East, specifically Iraq and Syria for the most part.

"We will build up our military not as an act of aggression, but as an act of prevention," he said. "In short, we seek peace through strength."

Trump described Mattis as the right person for the job and urged Congress to approve a waiver to let him take on the civilian position. Under US law a military leader must be retired for seven years before becoming eligible to become defence secretary.

Speaking to the crowed, Mattis said, "I look forward to being the civilian leader as long as the Congress gives me the waiver and the Senate votes to consent."

"We're going to get you that waiver," Trump said, returning to the microphone. "If you don’t get that waiver there are going to be a lot of angry people."



Oct 10, 2016
I am waiting to see how this translates to policy in Afghanistan. This is a golden opportunity for Pakistan to reset ties and adopt a more proactive approach towards peace in Afghanistan. If our leaders act thoughtfully, this can be a win-win for both Pakistan and the USA.


Jun 22, 2007
Interestingly, on one hand Trumps seems to be trying to imply that he will withdraw US forces from major war zones and not topple regimes, on the other hand there is a mention of increased spending on defence, build up the military?. I mean even a toddler is aware of the fact the United States weapons programs are leaps ahead of any other country in the world. So why why the need to increase the budget? To create more CIA backed brainwashed terrorists?

The US's only excuse to invade countries has always been The so called Islamic radicalism, Which they themselves created. Pehlay it was Al Qaeda, now its ISIS. Words have changed but the game seems to remain the same. So what now? More invasions, breach of sovereignty of Muslim nations in the name of Islam? Pathetic

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