Ted Snider discusses the many foreign policy betrayals that have already taken place under the Trump administration. One of Trump’s first moves in office—and indeed one of his biggest campaign promises—was to withdraw from the JCPOA, an agreement that did little except to make certain that any excuse for war between the U.S. and Iran was taken off the table. Trump similarly sabotaged peace talks with North Korea by insisting on complete nuclear disarmament before America followed through with any of its promises, effectively destroying any chance of actually getting anything done. Lastly, Trump left America’s Kurdish allies high and dry in Syria, rather than negotiating for their protection as U.S. troops moved out of northern Syria. These are a few prominent examples, says Snider, of Trump’s many foreign policy failures; a realm in which his good instincts are frequently overwhelmed by external pressure and internal inconstancy.
Discussed on the show:
“Donald Trump and the Art of Betrayal” (Antiwar.com Original)
“Read the Memo by a U.S. Diplomat Criticizing Trump Policy on Syria and Turkey” (The New York Times)
Ted Snider has a graduate degree in philosophy and writes on analyzing patterns in U.S. foreign policy and history. He is a regular writer for AntiWar.com and ConsortiumNews.com.
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