In an op-ed piece scribed by syndicated radio show host and author Hugh Hewitt for The Washington Post, the academic discusses how President-elect Donald Trump has the power to unite the GOP on one of its weakest branches of influence: foreign policy.
Hewitt describes how the Republican party has been fractured over foreign policy for decades, with small isolated coalitions forming “including the Taft-Goldwater quasi-isolationists, the Eisenhower-Nixon-Rockefeller-Kissinger internationalists, the Reagan peace-through-strength anti-communists and, the converts from the left to his cause, the neocons.”
Since Election Day, Trump’s choices for national security advisers and heads of department involving foreign policy have been extremely credible, experienced and resolute. Choices like retired Gens. James N. Mattis and John Kelly and retired Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg, Hewitt assures, will be stonewall figures in propelling the United States as a top tier nation among global constituents, both with deliberation and swift strength.
Highlighted by Hewitt as strong foreign policy leaders fulfilling roles within Trump’s administration are heavy hitters such as Retired Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, Kathleen “KT” McFarland, Fox News contributor Monica Crowley, Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo, and Vincent Viola.
Hewitt also points out how Trump’s choices on average have double to triple years in experience compared to current incumbents in the roles within the Obama administration. He even points out the flaws of Obama’s foreign policy strategies: “’leading from behind,’ the red line, JVs, Crimea, Aleppo, the South China Sea.”
Of all the individuals highlighted in the op-ed, Hewitt makes particular notice of Gen. Mattis towards the concluding paragraph:
“Few people in the country have spent as much time studying history and geostrategy as Mattis, and those who have haven’t been in the thick of battle as often as Mattis, if at all. With that single selection, Trump “won” the transition.”
Hewitt’s piece can be read here.
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