This Monday, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump claimed once again that President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State are to blame for allowing the development of ISIS. Also, he proposed alliances with any state that’s willing to fight the terrorist organization, including Russia.
The business impressed the crowd at the Youngstown State University, in Ohio, when he declared that under his administration, the whole “nation building” process in the Mideast will be stopped, according to Military.com.
The operations in the Mideast need to stop
“Our current strategy of nation-building and regime change have been a total disaster - it’s time to chart a new course,” Trump said. “When I become president, the era of nation-building will be brought to a swift close.”
What’s ironic is that he also mentioned a new type of “foreign policy realism”, that could overlook allies’ acts of aggression, internal policies and human rights track record, in order to cooperate in the anti-ISIS campaign. Ironic considering that when it comes to foreign policy, Trump is far from being well-prepared, admitting that he plans to hire the best people in order to take care of this aspect.
“We cannot let this evil continue,” he said. “We will defeat Islamic terrorism just like we’ve defeated every threat before.”
However, one of the most interesting parts of Trump’s discourse was mentioning that Russia is one of his top potential allies in the fight against ISIS. “Wouldn’t that be a good thing?”, he said.
Barack Obama is also fancying a partnership with Russia
President Obama also proposed a new pact to the Russians, regarding the situation in Syria, in order to deep the military cooperation between the two countries. In exchange, Russia would stop the Assad regime bombing U.S.-backed rebels.
On the other side, Joint Chiefs Chairman Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford has repeatedly called Russia the major ‘existential’ threat to the United States.