Editorial: So it’s a ‘farce’ to protect America’s interests?

Media shocked by a pro-American national security policy

Just look at the headlines in the national media.

 

The same reporters and columnists and news anchors who – this is incredible – somehow managed to turn public opinion against giving the public back more of its own money are now trying to shoot down President Trump’s America-first national security strategy.

“Trump’s national security strategy is a farce,” blared one New York Times columnist’s headline after the president unveiled his broad-brush strategy Dec. 18.

“Trump’s National Security Strategy isn’t much of a strategy at all,” read a Washington Post headline.

Do. Not. Believe. Them.

It’s not a farce to understand that America’s military, security and economic interests are intertwined and have been neglected – including in trade deals that have given away the store for decades and decimated vast swaths of the American manufacturing landscape.

Perhaps it’s a titanic shock to the system of the left-wing media – which is to say most media – to actually see pro-American national security policies from an American president.

It’s certainly been a shock for them to see a president who actually means what he says when he promises to move our embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to the self-chosen Israeli capital of Jerusalem. How can we do that in the face of Arab opposition!

Well, we can, apparently, since they don’t set our policies.

Frankly, after Barack Obama left a wide-open gulf in Syria for Russian President Vladimir Putin to walk through, and helped give rise to ISIS with a precipitous withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq, then inexplicably slow-played the battle against the savages with a promised strategy that never seemed to develop – Trump fixed that but good, inside of a year – it’s about time we had an unabashedly pro-American American president.

His America First theme is one of the many reasons he surprised the befuddled pundits to win election.

The federal government’s abject failure to protect Americans – on the border and in immigration and visa policies – has been so profound that Mr. Trump felt it necessary to state the patently obvious, which sounds both refreshing and comforting, given recent history:

“The first duty of our government,” Trump said in announcing his national security philosophy, “is to serve its citizens. …

“We will stand up for ourselves and we will stand up for our country like we have never stood up before.”

Trump has already pulled us out of the inequitable Trans-Pacific Partnership and the even more inequitable Paris climate accord, and has pushed to renegotiate the granddaddy of all unbalanced trade deals, NAFTA. And while emphasizing environmental stewardship, Trump’s national security strategy includes the goal of not just energy security and self-reliance, but dominance.

On border security, he fought for and won a ban on travel from terror-prone nations, and next year he’s likely to work with Congress to end chain migration and visa lotteries that leave America exposed to terror threats and put a drag on the economy.

As one report summarized his national security outline, it focuses on four points: “protecting the homeland, promoting American prosperity, demonstrating peace through strength and advancing American influence in an ever-competitive world.”

To much of the American media, this is a farce. To most Americans, it’s a sacred compact with the government that our forebears instituted to secure our God-given rights to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

It’s about time.

 

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