President Donald J. Trump’s National Security Strategy, 2017


December 19, 2017

President Donald J. Trump’s National Security Strategy, 2017

My Fellow Americans:

The American people elected me to make America great again. I promised that my Administration would put the safety , interests, and well-being of our citizens first. I pledged that we would revitalize the American economy, rebuild our military, defend our borders, protect our sovereignty, and advance our values.

During my first year in office, you have witnessed my America First foreign policy in action. We are prioritizing the interests of our citizens and protecting our sovereign rights as a nation. America is leading again on the world stage. We are not hiding from the challenges we face. We are confronting them head-on and pursuing opportunities to promote the security and prosperity of all Americans.

The United States faces an extraordinarily dangerous world, filled with a wide range of threats that have intensified in recent years. When I came into office, rogue regimes were developing nuclear weapons and missiles to threaten the entire planet. Radical Islamist terror groups were flourishing. Terrorists had taken control of vast swaths of the Middle East. Rival powers were aggressively undermining American interests around the globe. At home, porous borders and unenforced immigration laws had created a host of vulnerabilities. Criminal cartels were bringing drugs and danger into our communities. Unfair trade practices had weakened our economy and exported our jobs overseas. Unfair burden-sharing with our allies and inadequate investment in our own defense had invited danger from those who wish us harm. Too many Americans had lost trust in our government, faith in our future, and confidence in our values.

Nearly one year later, although serious challenges remain, we are charting a new and very different course. We are rallying the world against the rogue regime in North Korea and confronting the danger posed by the dictatorship in Iran, which those determined to pursue a flawed nuclear deal had neglected. We have renewed our friendships in the Middle East and partnered with regional leaders to help drive out terrorists and extremists, cut off their financing, and discredit their wicked ideology. We crushed Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorists on the battlefields of Syria and Iraq, and will continue pursuing them until they are destroyed. America’s allies are now contributing more to our common defense, strengthening even our strongest alliances. We have also continued to make clear that the United States will no longer tolerate economic aggression or unfair trading practices.

At home, we have restored confidence in America’s purpose. We have recommitted ourselves to our founding principles and to the values that have made our families, communities, and society so successful. Jobs are coming back and our economy is growing. We are making historic investments in the United States military. We are enforcing our borders, building trade relationships based on fairness and reciprocity, and defending America’s sovereignty without apology.

The whole world is lifted by America’s renewal and the re-emergence of American leadership. After one year, the world knows that America is prosperous, America is secure, and America is strong. We will bring about the be er future we seek for our people and the world, by confronting the challenges and dangers posed by those who seek to destabilize the world and threaten America’s people and interests.

My Administration’s National Security Strategy lays out a strategic vision for protecting the American people and preserving our way of life, promoting our prosperity, preserving peace through strength, and advancing American influence in the world. We will pursue this beautiful vision—a world of strong, sovereign, and independent nations, each with its own cultures and dreams, thriving side-by-side in prosperity, freedom, and peace—throughout the upcoming year.

In pursuit of that future, we will look at the world with clear eyes and fresh thinking. We will promote a balance of power that favors the United States, our allies, and our partners. We will never lose sight of our values and their capacity to inspire, uplift, and renew. Most of all, we will serve the American people and uphold their right to a government that prioritizes their security, their prosperity, and their interests. This National Security Strategy puts America First.

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President Donald J. Trump
The White House
D e c e m b e r,  2017

13 thoughts on “President Donald J. Trump’s National Security Strategy, 2017

  1. Trump is full of shit and is so childish that he’s dreaming of so called enemies. He should concentrate on making friends instead of making enemies. To Make America Great Again it would be better to develop the economy and negotiate peace with countries and organizations that are hostile to the US. It would benefit the US if he would open up talks with North Korea, Iran, Venezuela, Yemen, and others. Trump should listen to what these countries want from the US and then try to accommodate the request or at least meet halfway. Most of these organizations and countries wants to be treated fairly and to respect their sovereignty. They dont want their countries to be a battlefield and with the US dropping millions of tons of bombs and missiles in a supposedly effort to seek peace and restore democracy. American democracy wont work everywhere and everytime. Trump needs to sit back and reevaluate US military intervention and activities around the world.

  2. Forget about the speech. We all know whatever Trump says we’ll never know when he’s going to flip. He’s a typical “cakap tak serupa bikin.” What worry me is that Trump once again had to take a water break in the middle of the speech and had to use both of his hands, again, to awkwardly drink water. It was weird. The man is obviously not looking well. He’s lethargic and low energy. Even though I don’t like Trump the politician, he’s nevertheless the POTUS. His health – mental or physical – should be a concern to all Americans.

    Trump is purportedly a pretty good golfer, which requires a good grip. So it’s just a tad odd he has to drink so awkwardly with both hands. I wonder if he has Ataxia on one side, that’s why he uses two hands, one to steady the other.

    Back during his campaign, Trump could give his marathon long Castro-esque speeches without a sip of water. Recently he gets cotton mouth every time. Something is definitely wrong with his health. Dry mouth is often due to the side effect of certain medications or aging issues or as a result of radiation therapy for cancer. Less often, dry mouth may be caused by a condition that directly affects the salivary glands. … If it happens often, as it’s to Trump recently, one is only masking the symptoms of the underlying problem by drinking water. You need to find out the root cause that’s causing your mouth to be dry.

    I’m sure Trump knows the cause of his problem. But the doctors in the White House are keeping us uninformed. Trump looks ill. Perhaps the political pressures that besieged him are too much for his 71 year old body to bear.

  3. Final post from me :

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    Looking Critically at Dominant, Mainstream
    “Neoclassical Economics”

    Kai-Lit Phua, PhD FLMI
    4P Press (Phua’s Prioritising People Press)
    Shah Alam Malaysia
    November 2017
    (This short article can be freely reproduced and distributed, provided that no changes are made to the original text)

    1. Claims of being “scientific” are shaky
    For example, diametrically opposite explanations are presented by neoclassical economists on the same phenomenon: the causes of the economic crisis that started in 2008 (the worst since the Great Depression of the late 1920s and 1930s). Diametrically opposite remedies for economic crises are also proposed by the same neoclassical economists.

    2. Unrealistic assumptions, e.g. the Homo economicus (Economic Man) assumption that underlies concepts such as the “utility-maximising individual” and the “profit-maximising firm”. Minor concessions are made by neoclassical economists to those who belong to the Behavioural Economics school of thought.

    3. Weak predictive power (Milton Friedman notwithstanding). Friedman argued that even if underlying assumptions are unrealistic, this is OK as long as predictions made by economists are realised. Unfortunately for the neoclassical economists, most of their predictions often turn out to be wrong – especially with respect to macroeconomic predictions.

    4. Stifling of alternative views by the dominant mainstream neoclassical economics. Heterodox economists are deliberately sidelined. Heterodox economists pay a heavy professional price in terms of hiring, promotion and professional recognition in the economics profession.

    5. Heavy on Ricardian-type deduction (using mathematics), little emphasis on empirical evidence, e.g. the criticism of neoclassical economics by Wassily Leontief. The Nobel Prize in Economic “Science” is often given to mathematical economists who work on abstract models, which are completely devoid of empirical evidence.

    6. Mainstream economics largely ignores the influence of power, plutocracy and kleptocracy on fiscal policy and monetary policy. (The Public Choice school focuses on “government failure” and attributes all the blame of such failure to vote-seeking politicians and empire-building bureaucrats).

    7. Mainstream economics ignores non-monetary, even irrational, influences on economic behaviour, e.g. the miser syndrome, competition for prestige through “conspicuous consumption” (Thorstein Veblen) – such as purchases of expensive cars and the building of very expensive mansions, religious and other socio-cultural influences that put limits on profit-maximising economic behaviour, the different forms of capitalism (karoshi capitalism in Japan, state-sponsored capitalism in Singapore and South Korea, ruthless capitalism of the USA and UK variety e.g. pink slips handed out on very short notice and zero hour contracts, Swedish welfare state capitalism, Chinese neo-“communist” capitalism, crony capitalism in Malaysia and the Philippines).

    8. Mindless consumption is implicit in the concept of “utility” maximisation by individuals

    9. Faulty measurement of national wealth (GDP). For example, polluting activities add to the GDP. Steps taken to repair the damage inflicted by pollution (such as health care spending to treat serious disease in humans), also adds to the GDP! Non-market, household production are excluded from computation of the GDP.

    10. Ignores ecological limits to economic growth. Even though the neoclassical population economist Julian Simon “won” an earlier debate with biologists, what are the free market solutions to serious challenges such as anthropogenic adverse climate change (“global warming”)? Is carbon trading actually working? Meanwhile, the wasteful, mindless consumption lifestyle that is causing great harm to the physical environment continues to be promoted by neoclassical economists.

    *Disclosure: The author is inclined towards heterodox schools of economic thought such as Post-Keynesian economics, social economics, institutional economics, green economics etc.

  4. Bismillah.

    Quote: “We will pursue this beautiful vision—a world of strong, sovereign, and independent nations, each with its own cultures and dreams, thriving side-by-side in prosperity, freedom, and peace…”.

    Comment: I always thought that the pursuit of a NWO idea to mean the obliteration of the currently existing independent sovereign nation states, which are eventually to be replaced with a supranational body that governs the entire nation and populace of the world (i.e. a one world government). So since Trump proclaimed the pursuit of what he terms “beautiful vision” of strong sovereign independent nation states, that seems to me to be a contrarian (i.e. with the NWO idea). And since Trump wants to make America great again, then America will have to, come rain or shine, defend the position of the US dollar as the world’s currency for global trade, which again means, contradicting the NWO idea (because a NWO idea requires that a new one world currency is established for global trade; in which case, the currency would be controlled by a supranational body which governs the entire nation and populace of the world). NWO objective of establishing a global currency that is in control of the supranational body is also directly in opposition with the objectives pursued by the BRIC nations which aims to establish (eventually) for global trade its own alternative currency to the US Dollar. Thus, with so many powerful parties going in different directions pursuing its own (opposing) visions and goals, there can only be one surety, and that surety can be summed up in two words (God forbids), “grave conflicts”. I hope and pray in earnest that ALLAH saves the world and make it a nice place for my children and grandchildren to live in as He has made it to be for me to live in during these past decades of my life, AMIN.

    • President Trump has been articulating his commitment to nation-state arrangement of world affairs repeatedly in the election campaign as well as in his administration. Russia and China might be strong, but are not strong enough to usher in NWO characterized with higher degree of hegemonic world – if you are not ethnic Russian or Chinese, you simply cannot be one. Therefore Russia and China are inherently less universal and less aligned with globalization than universal ideas such as communism, Islamism, and socialism.

      The truer backers of hegemonic world are 20th century ideologies that are communism, socialism, and Islamism.

      Americanism sits between ethnic-based nationalism and 20th century ideologies. Americanism has its trinity engraved in every single coin in the form of Liberty, In God We Trust, and E Pluribus Unum (Out of Many, One). Since the WW1 and WW2, the arch of the world is moving toward the trinity in an ebb and flow manner. More individual of different nations enjoy individual liberty than before. People of the world may not be more religious, but they are certainly more trust to truths and reasons than previous centuries. More nations are created based on written constitutions in the past century than centuries before, while ethnic alliance as in tribalism is less prevalent nowadays than the previous centuries. Even China as an old civilization basing on ethnic identity has a non-ethnic-based constitution. Even Malay Muslims adopted a mostly non-ethnic-based constitution when Malaysia became independent. Historically, those trends are prominent, even if they move in ebb and flow.

      Then you have people like Mr LaMoy examining the sickness of President Trump via digital pixels. Mr LaMoy could be the pioneer of remote medicine.

  5. The style of and the events leading up to the delivery may be different. In substance there is very little change from what previous presidents have delivered. President Obama told President Trump that the North Korean issue would be the most pressing for the new administration and this has come to past. Those countries that are overtly and covertly on the same side of North Korea have some soul searching to do in view of their proximity to the subject. Only time can tell us how this will play out.

  6. In a stunning but not all that surprising admission on Monday, a White House official said that he wasn’t sure if Donald Trump has read the administration’s new national security strategy. In an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Trump national security spokesman Michael Anton said he “can’t say” whether the commander-in-chief of the world’s most powerful military has read the 55-page document, which was released Monday.

    During such a pivotal time for American foreign policy, it’s sad enough that the leader of the free world has consistently raised questions about his fitness to serve in office, forcing journalists to question whether he’s even reading his own strategy documents. But it’s a whole new level of terrifying that White House officials don’t even deny that, yeah, he probably doesn’t read them all.

    Is the President of the United States doesn’t care to do his homework when it comes to the most important part of his job, or is he unable to do his job? My suspicion of Trump’s health is failing is getting stronger. But I can’t find any report to confirm on it.

  7. ” The Most Reckless President in American History ” …….yes , HOW HE HATED THE NON-WHITE AMERICANS , SO MUCH SO THAT HE HAD WANTED TO BE THE PRESIDENT OF THE ENTIRE WORLD , THAT HE COULD UNILATERALLY IN ONE BREATH MAKE HIS DICTUM : I WANT JERUSALEM TO BE THE CAPITAL OF THE JEWISH STATE – ISRAEL – MOVED FROM TEL AVIV – THAT LAW MUST STAND ! !

    His Word is Law ! ! !

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