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Victories on the Foreign Policy Front

Brett Davis

Posted on August 22, 2020 06:21

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Democrats and the mainstream media will never admit it, but the Trump administration has made some laudable progress in international diplomacy.

While COVID-19 and Democratic attempts at going postal in setting up a stolen election narrative in case President Trump wins re-election in November dominate coverage of the 2020 presidential campaign, the fact the Trump administration helped Israel and the United Arab Emirates normalize relations came and went without much notice.

The slight is typical of the president’s political enemies – most of whom suffer from a debilitating case of Trump Derangement Syndrome – and a domestic press corps that has no interest in substantively reporting on anything that could make President Trump look good.

Still, it’s difficult to deny reality. The geopolitical temblor that hit the Middle East in the form of the Israel-UAE deal is but the latest sign the arc of history is bending toward normalized relations between the Jewish state and its mostly Arab neighbors.

The deal, however, doesn’t bode well for the Persian menace that is Iran; its theocratic government having already endured twin embarrassments: America’s withdrawal from the useless Iran nuclear agreement more than two years ago and Gen. Qasem Soleimani being turned into a red stain on the tarmac at Baghdad International Airport in January courtesy of the U.S. military. (The Trump administration plans to further isolate Iran by restoring “snapback” sanctions.)

It seems Trump is succeeding in turning Iran – a state sponsor of terrorism whose mad mullahs crave nuclear weapons – from an influential regional powerhouse into a marginalized, cornered and broken state loathed by its neighbors in the Middle East.

Speaking of, the Trump administration lived up to its pledge to eradicate the Islamic State’s caliphate from the Middle East. At its height, the Islamic State controlled some 34,000 square miles of land stretching across Syria and Iraq, whereas today the former proto-state (unrecognized) controls no territory. Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was eliminated in the process – once again courtesy of the U.S. armed forces – in October 2019.

It’s also worth noting the Trump administration’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and in May 2018 relocate the U.S. embassy there  – in contrast to a host of past presidents promising to do so but not following through – hasn’t seen the blowback many experts predicted.

In fact, all predictions of doom and gloom were wrong – recall the killing of the odious Soleimani was supposed to spark World War III – throwing cold water on critics forced to face the reality Trump managed these achievements without getting the U.S. involved in any other costly, never-ending military quagmires in the Middle East.

Meanwhile, the Hermit Kingdom of North Korea has been effectively sidelined. Despite attempts by Democrats and the media to continue beating the dead horse of collusion, Russia is pretty much a nonfactor.  China, the No. 1 threat to America and the world, wants Joe Biden to prevail at the ballot box in November, viewing Trump as, according to U.S. intelligence, “unpredictable.” Indeed.

Brett Davis

Posted on August 22, 2020 06:21

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