In less than one term, President Donald Trump established a foreign policy doctrine that put allies and enemies on notice that America remains the most powerful nation in the history of the world and will act accordingly.
The radical Iranian regime recently felt the full force of how the Trump Administration deals with those who threaten American lives. The fallout of strategically eliminating Iran’s top terror orchestrator, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force Commander Qassem Soleimani, resulted in a fake retaliation attack and its radical Muslim extremist leaders cowering.
To say Iran has been brought to heel for its funding of terror attacks on U.S. soldiers, developing an IED program that killed innocent women and children, and its never-ending lust to secure a nuclear weapon, would be something of an understatement. Trump put Iran under his boot in an international display of American resolve.
“The world is witnessing a change in doctrine. The Obama-Bush Middle East regime change doctrine was to invade and then hope to persuade people that we were liberators. The Trump doctrine is at its best when we strike the terrorists and then bring our troops home,” Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz said. “When the people who stormed our embassy and attacked Americans wrote Soleimani’s name on our embassy’s walls, they signed his death warrant. If I were the next leader of the Quds Force, I certainly wouldn’t want those folks writing my name on the walls of any American embassy.”
Everyday Americans still struggle to understand the critical elements of the so-called “Trump Doctrine.” That’s largely due to the biased and fake news media sowing the seeds of confusion and discord. The Trump Doctrine is not necessarily a new way of conducting foreign policy. In fact, it takes vital elements from previous world powers such as the Roman Empire.
In ancient times, if a citizen of Rome was harmed while traveling abroad, evil-doers could count on the full force of the Roman legions descending and exact disproportionate justice. President Trump has routinely echoed that sentiment when Iran’s dictators issued their hollow threats.
“These Media Posts will serve as notification to the United States Congress that should Iran strike any U.S. person or target, the United States will quickly & fully strike back, & perhaps in a disproportionate manner,” President Trump reportedly tweeted.
Following the preemptive killing of Soleimani, the president issued a stark warning that the Trump Doctrine would be in full effect if a single American was harmed or a significant asset was destroyed.
“Let this serve as a WARNING that if Iran strikes any Americans, or American assets, we have targeted 52 Iranian sites (representing the 52 American hostages taken by Iran many years ago), some at a very high level & important to Iran & the Iranian culture, and those targets, and Iran itself, WILL BE HIT VERY FAST AND VERY HARD,” Trump added on Twitter.
The rogue nation may have filled the night with short-range missiles, but all of their weapons were aimed away from U.S. military outposts in Iraq and American soldiers. When it was over, Iran reportedly lied to its people the strikes had killed 80 Americans in response to Soleimani’s death. The reality is that the deliberate misses failed to take out a latrine. President Trump’s response was a pleasant, “All is well.”
But the Trump Doctrine doesn’t just go silent after even a phony show of force by an enemy state. The president has used financial sanctions to stifle and even cripple the economies of those that threaten American national security and our citizens. Turkey was the subject of such sanctions and returned to the table to work peacefully with U.S. forces hunting down the remnants of ISIS in the region. Iran has been feeling the brunt of debilitating sanctions that have resulted in mass anti-regime protests. A new round of sanctions will now strangle the country as a result of the mere appearance of retaliation.
When Americans ask the question: How did America lose the global respect of allies and enemies alike? The answer is eight years of the Obama-Biden administration kowtowing to extremists who openly chant “death to America.” When Obama and Biden sent rogue Iran upwards of $150 billion in extortion money, it used that cash to further nuclear weapons development, fund terrorist bombing around the world, and kill Americans.
Fortunately, Iran recently got the memo that American greatness has returned. Murderers such as Soleimani ought to make a Last Will and pick out a casket before taking an American life. There are no safe havens, and Iran knows it.