US President Donald Trump has been in the White House for 100 days and has made a huge achievement by adopting a clearly defined foreign and security policy based on “military-backed diplomacy”. Perhaps the best expression of this doctrine is the words by some officers in the US military leadership to their friends: “If we had to shoot down two Russian planes over Syria, we have to do it”.
There are many aspects to Trump's doctrine, including sending an American fleet to Korea to counter Pyongyang's missiles in every direction, as well as the bombing of the Syrian regime’s Shayrat Airfield and then discussing the consequent solutions with Moscow.
But the truth is that the new president understands the Russian threat and decided to face it through NATO. Trump now considers that NATO’s weakness was not because of the alliance that existed since 1949, but because of the weakness of the US leadership under former President Barack Obama. He insists to revive it under his own leadership.Pierre Ghanem
During a press conference with NATO’s secretary-general, Trump retracted saying that “NATO is outdated” and said the argument was not serious because of the way in which Trump announced the adoption of his new policy when he announced: “I said that it was outdated but it is not anymore”.
But the truth is that the new president understands the Russian threat and decided to face it through NATO. Trump now considers that NATO's weakness was not because of the alliance that existed since 1949, but because of the weakness of the US leadership under former President Barack Obama. He insists to revive it under his own leadership.
The US National Security Council now considers it necessary to improve NATO's military capabilities to counter Russia. Trump’s request for an increase in the Pentagon's military budget comes as part of this escalation. Senior officers even say that “if the United States had to make some difficult or bad choices, so be it”.
This American expression reflects a “revenge” on the American military elite of the Obama administration and now that they consider that Russia poses a distinct threat as it has vast land control and can influence all its neighbors from Japan to China, Mongolia to Central Asia, and to the Middle East and Western Europe. There is no country in the world that resembles Russia in its alignment with other countries. Russia has military capabilities and has millions of its citizens living outside its territory and it wants to use them to expand its network of influence.
There is a saying echoed by members of the US National Security Council, that Russia has studied the United States and now wants to defeat it. “Every time the Americans leave the room; Russia intervenes”.
But the National Security Council under General McMaster considers the Russian leadership a false one that must be confronted.