"Don't Make Any Sudden Moves"
is the advice offered to the new president by Richard Haass
of the Council on Foreign Relations,
which has not traditionally been known as a beer hall of populist beliefs.
Haass meant the president should bring his National Security Council together to anticipate the consequences before tearing up the Iran nuclear deal, moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem or shooting down a missile being tested by Kim Jong Un.
In arguing against rash action, Haass is correct.
Where the CFR and the establishment
are wrong, and Donald Trump is right, however, is in recognizing the new world we have entered.
The old order is passing away. Treaties and alliances dating from the Cold War are ceasing to be relevant and cannot long be sustained.Economic patriotism
, personified by Trump,
seem everywhere ascendant. Transnationalism is yielding to tribalism
The greater danger for President Trump is that the movement he led will be abandoned, its hopes dashed, and the agenda that Trump rejected and routed will be reimposed by a Republican Establishment
and its collaborators in politics and the press.
Again, it was Trump who read the nation right, which is why he is taking the oath today.
The existential threat to the West no longer
comes from the East
, from a Russian army crashing through Poland and Germany and driving
for the Elbe and Fulda Gap.
The existential threat to the West comes, instead, from the South
The billion-plus peoples of the Maghreb, Middle East and sub-Sahara, whose numbers are exploding,
are moving inexorably toward the Med, coming to occupy the empty places left by an aging and dying Europe, all of whose native-born populations steadily shrink.
American's bleeding border
is what concerns American
s, not the borders of Estonia
, South Korea, Kuwait
or the South China Sea.
When Trump calls NATO "obsolete," he is saying that the great threat to the West is not Putin's recapture of a Crimea
that belonged to Russia
for 150 years. And if the price of peace is getting out of Russia's face and Russia's space, maybe we should pay it.George Kennan
himself, the architect
of Cold War containment of Stalin's Russia, admonished us
not to move NATO to Russia's border.
, the British decision to leave the EU
, Trump said
this week, "People, countries want their own identity and the U.K. wanted its own identity ... so if you ask me, I believe others will leave."[Transcript
, Times (UK),
January 16, 2017]
Is he not right?
Is it so shocking to hear a transparent truth?
How could Europe's elites not see the populist forces rising? The European peoples wished to regain their lost sovereignty and national identity, and they were willing to pay a price to achieve it.Apparently
, the Davos
crowd cannot comprehend people who believe there are more important things than wealth.
Yet while President Trump should avoid rash actions, if he is to become a transformational president, he will spurn an establishment desperately seeking to hold onto the world that is passing away.
Article V of the NATO treaty may require us to treat a Russian move in the Baltic as an attack on the United States. But no sane president will start a war
with a nuclear-armed Russia over Estonia.
No Cold War president would have dreamed of so rash an action.
Rather than risk such a war, Ike refused to send a rifle or bullet to the heroic Hungarian rebels in 1956
. Painful, but Ike put America first, just as Trump pledged to do.
And given the strength of ethnonationalism in Europe, neither the eurozone nor the EU is likely to survive the decade. We should prepare for that day, not pretend that what is taking place across Europe, and indeed worldwide, is some passing fever of nationalism.
Notwithstanding Secretary of State-designate Rex Tillerson's diktat
, the United States is not going to force China to vacate the fortified reefs in a South China Sea
she claims as her national territory.
Stick to that demand, and we best prepare for war.
As for the Taiwan card, it was played in 1972
by Richard Nixon as the price of his opening to China. Four decades ago, Jimmy Carter cut diplomatic ties to Taiwan
and terminated our security pact.
For Xi Jinping to accept that Taiwan might be negotiable would mean an end of him and the overthrow of his Communist Party of China.
The Chinese will fight to prevent a permanent loss of Taiwan.
The imperative of the new era is that the great nuclear powers—China, Russia, the United States—not do to each other what Britain, France and Germany did to each
other a century ago
over a dead archduke.
President Trump should build the wall,
secure the border, impose tariffs
, cut taxes, free up the American economy, bring the factories home,
create millions of jobs and keep us out of any new wars.
With rare exceptions, wars
tend to be fatal
to presidencies.Patrick J. Buchanan needs no introduction to VDARE.COM readers; his books State of Emergency: The Third World Invasion and Conquest of America, and Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025? are available from Amazon.com. Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of the new book “The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority.“