Trump lays out non-interventionist US military policy

December 8, 2016 at 5:44 am

FAYETTEVILLE: 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 Daesh militancy.

In the latest stop on a “thank you” tour of states critical to his Nov. 8 election win, Trump introduced his choice for defense 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 aging 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 defense 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 U.S. 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 defense 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.”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recent News

Nawaz, Maryam arrested at Laho
ISLAMABAD/LAHORE: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter, Maryam Nawaz, were arrested Friday night upon their arrival in Lahore, a week after being sentenced to prison in the Avenfield Pr...
July 14, 2018 Read More
ICT development vital for coun
ISLAMABAD, Jul 13 (APP):Prime Minister Justice (Retd) Nasir-ul-Mulk Fridays while inaugurating the Pak-China Optical Fiber Cable project said that the development of information and communication tech...
July 14, 2018 Read More
128 dead 150 injured in Mastun
At least 128 people, including politician Nawabzada Siraj Raisani, were killed and more than 200 injured in a deadly suicide blast in Balochistan's Mastung district on Friday afternoon, Balochistan Ho...
July 14, 2018 Read More
Army Chief ratifies death sent
Chief of the Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Friday confirmed the death sentences of 12 ‘hardcore’ terrorists involved in ‘heinous’ offences, a press release issued by the Inter-Servic...
July 14, 2018 Read More
SC dismisses petition challeng
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a petition challenging former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s candidature for NA-57 Rawalpindi, giving him the all-clear to contest the upcomin...
July 14, 2018 Read More
CJP orders Musharraf to apear
The Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mr. Justice Mian Saqib Nisar has ordered the former president retired General Pervez Musharraf to appear before the apex court till 02 pm tomorrow. The Chief Jus...
June 13, 2018 Read More
Maryam Nawaz, Yasmin Rashid ap
Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz on Wednesday appeared before returning officer for scrutiny of their nomination papers. According to details, Maryam Nawaz visited the s...
June 13, 2018 Read More
SC dismisses disqualification
ISLAMABAD: The country’s top court dismissed a petition seeking disqualification of senior politician and Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rasheed on Wednesday. A three-member bench, headed...
June 13, 2018 Read More