‘We will stop looking to topple regimes and overthrow governments’
by John Whitbeck
When Donald Trump says or tweets something outrageous, as he often does, it
can be certain to receive ample media coverage.
However, on the far rarer occasions when he actually says something
intelligent, well considered and welcome, it tends to go unnoticed and
Clearly, the famous “man bites dog” standard for determining newsworthiness
is not being applied to Donald Trump.
I have bolded in the WALL STREET JOURNAL article transmitted below a
remarkable pronouncement which Trump made last week of which I was not
After all the death, destruction, human misery, and chaos wreaked (at vast
expense) by the West’s “successful” regime-change operations in Afghanistan,
Iraq, Libya and Ukraine and the so far unsuccessful regime-change effort in
Syria, it should not be deemed remarkable for an American president to say,
“We will stop looking to topple regimes and overthrow governments”.
Yet it is. After more than a century of toppling regimes and overthrowing
governments, starting with the Kingdom of Hawaii in 1893 and proliferating
in recent years, it would be revolutionary.
The bipartisan neoconservative/liberal-interventionist/permanent-war gang in
Washington is clearly in shock and is most unlikely to sign on for “a new
era of peace, understanding, and goodwill” without fierce resistance.
If you happened to be listening carefully, Donald Trump told us something important a few days ago about the profoundly different approach he intends to take toward the Middle East and the threat of Islamic extremism.