The Trump Doctrine – Defense Secretary James Mattis Speech, Questions and Answers to IISS Forum…

Yesterday in a discussion thread recognizing DPRK Vice-Chairman Kim Yong Chol, I noted the following: “The Trump administration is providing North Korea the first modern day opportunity to create an authentic version of itself“.  In essence, though it is difficult to describe, the Trump Doctrine has a clarity of purpose.

The nature of the Trump foreign policy doctrine, as it has become visible, is to hold manipulative influence accountable for regional impact(s), and simultaneously work to stop any corrupted influence from oppressing free expression of national values held by the subservient, dis-empowered, people within the nation being influenced.

There have been clear examples of this doctrine at work.  When President Trump first visited the Middle-East he confronted the international audience with a message about dealing with extremist influence agents. President Trump simply said: “drive them out.”

Toward that end, as Qatar was identified as a financier of extremist ideology, President Trump placed the goal of confrontation upon the Gulf Cooperation Council, not the U.S.

The U.S. role was clearly outlined as supporting the confrontation.  Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates needed to confront the toxic regional influence; the U.S. would support their objective.  That’s what happened.

Another example:  To confront the extremism creating the turmoil in Afghanistan, President Trump placed the burden of bringing the Taliban to the table of governance upon primary influence agent Pakistan.  Here again, with U.S. support.  Pakistan is the leading influence agent over the Taliban in Afghanistan; the Trump administration correctly established the responsibility and gives clear expectations for U.S. support.

If Pakistan doesn’t change their influence objective toward a more constructive alignment with a nationally representative Afghanistan government, it is Pakistan who will be held accountable.  Again, the correct and effective appropriation of responsibility upon the influence agent who can initiate the solution, Pakistan.

The process of accurate regional assignment of influence comes with disconcerting sunlight.  Often these influences are not discussed openly.  However, for President Trump the lack of honesty is only a crutch to continue enabling poor actors. This is a consistent theme throughout all of President Trump’s foreign policy engagements.

The European Union is a collective co-dependent enabler to the corrupt influences of Iran.  Therefore the assignment of responsibility to change the status is placed upon the EU.

The U.S. will fully support the EU effort, but as seen in the withdrawal from the Iran Deal, the U.S. will not enable growth of toxic behavior.  The U.S. stands with the people of Iran, but the U.S. will not support the enabling of Iranian oppression, terrorism and/or dangerous military expansion that will ultimately destabilize the region.  Trump holds the EU accountable for influencing change.   Again, we see the Trump Doctrine at work.

Perhaps the most obvious application of the Trump Doctrine is found in how the U.S. administration approached the challenging behavior of North Korea.   Rather than continuing a decades-long policy of ignoring the influence of China, President Trump directly assigned primary responsibility for a reset to Beijing.

China held, and holds, all influence upon North Korea and has long-treated the DPRK as a proxy province to do the bidding of Beijing’s communist old guard.  By directly confronting the influence agent, and admitting openly for the world to see (albeit with jaw-dropping tactical sanction diplomacy) President Trump positioned the U.S. to support a peace objective on the entire Korean peninsula and simultaneously forced China to openly display their closely-guarded influence.

While the Red Dragon -vs- Panda influence dynamic is still ongoing, the benefit of this new and strategic approach has brought the possibility of peace closer than ever in recent history.

No longer is it outlandish to think of North Korea joining with the rest of the world in achieving a better quality of life for its people.

Not only is President Trump openly sharing a willingness to engage in a new and dynamic future for North Korea, but his approach is removing the toxic influences that have held down the possibility for generations.  By leveraging China (through economics) to stop manipulating North Korea, President Trump is opening up a door of possibilities for the North Korean people. This is what I mean when I say Trump is providing North Korea with an opportunity to create an authentic version of itself.

What ultimately comes from the opportunity President Trump has constructed is entirely unknown.  However, the opportunity itself is stunning progress creating a reasonable pathway to prosperity for the North Korean people.   Chairman Kim Jong-un has the opportunity to be the most trans-formative leader within Asia in generations; but it is still only an ‘opportunity’.

Whether Kim Jong-un can embrace openness, free markets and prosperity is yet to be seen.  Freedom is a precariously scary endeavor because there’s always a danger loosening the grip on control can lead to fear, which can lead to even tighter more authoritarian, control.

The commonality in all of these foreign policy engagements is the strategic placement of responsibility upon the primary influence agent; and a clear understanding upon those nation(s) of influence, that all forward efforts must ultimately provide positive results for people impacted who lack the ability to create positive influence themselves.

One of the reasons President Trump is able to take this approach is specifically because he is beholden to no outside influence himself.  It is only from the position of complete independence that accurate assignments based on the underlying truth can be made.

A U.S. foreign policy that provides the opportunity for fully-realized national authenticity is a paradigm shift amid a world that has grown accustomed to corrupt globalists, bankers and financial elites who have established a business model by dictating terms to national leaders they control and influence.

When you take the influence of corporate/financial brokers out of foreign policy, all of a sudden those global influence peddlers are worthless.  Absent of their ability to provide any benefit, nations no longer purchase these brokered services.

As soon as influence brokers are dispatched, national politicians become accountable to the voices of their citizens.  When representing the voices of citizens becomes the primary political driver of national policy, the authentic image of the nation is allowed to surface.


Full Speech Available HERE

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285 Responses to The Trump Doctrine – Defense Secretary James Mattis Speech, Questions and Answers to IISS Forum…

  1. Jedi9 says:

    Good stuff Sundance! Very profound and moving piece with truth as it’s foundation to embrace!

    Liked by 6 people

  2. Jake says:

    The President has some partners too. Noticed that SA dropped trading with Germany because they’re helping Iran. SA has SF troops in Syria and Yemen kicking the crap out of the Iranians. Israel is destroying millions of dollars worth of Iranian missiles and munitions in Syria too. Maximum pressure being applied on Iran. Now there is a trucker strike in Iran. This is starting to expand as well. The Trump plan is to have the Mullahs at the peace table by the Veterans Day parade. Might happen. MAGA!!

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  3. scruffyleon says:

    Do you realize that if this “Trump Foreign Doctrine” was applied from after WWII forward, we would not have had The Korean Conflict, Vietnam, Iran Failure, Iraq Fiasco, Afghanistan Stagnation?
    Thanks Sundance for explaining it so I could understand and appreciate it.

    Liked by 12 people

    • czarowniczy says:

      Had we have properly used the death penalty for espionage post WWII a lot of this wouldn’t have happened. We allowed too many leftist internationalists who feared the US’s nuclear power to give away US nuke secrets. Russia would never have had the ability to make its own nukes as early as it did, would not have been able to help China develop its own nuke warhead systems and China might not have been able to develop its carbon copy of our latest warhead system. I say ‘might’ as there are still persistent rumors that hi-level US pols were complicit in China getting our W88 and W70-series warhead designs. Unfortunately being a treasonous POS politician is not a capital offense.

      Liked by 4 people

      • Maquis says:

        Call it espionage and ready the gallows.

        Liked by 3 people

      • beigun says:

        Let’s not forget Alger Hiss at Yalta.

        Liked by 2 people

        • czarowniczy says:

          One of many, we should have done what the Russians did to traitors in their governmernt – without getting too graphic it involved a large furnace, a set of rollers leading directly into it, a wooden person-size pallet and a movie camera. Very effective in dissuading treason.

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      • Jedi9 says:

        Not to mention our secrets of the F-22 raptor. At one time we were the only country that had a Gen 5 stealth fighter jet. This still makes me seethe with anger towards the left and our lax security.


        • czarowniczy says:

          Well back in the Clinton Error we had Chinese companies allowed to buy companies involved in making defense sub-components. As they made sub-components they were given the specs to the upstream components so that they could correctly make the bitty parts.
          There was also the Chinese ‘Sea Turtles’, Chinese scientists and technicians sent here years ago who worked themselves into high defense technology and manufacturing areas only to, after soaking up all of the information they could, went back to China. There were also ethnic Chinese science folks who were promised fat salaries far beyond what they could get here and perqs if they went to China.
          Let’s not forget the regular round-eye traitors who gave up the info for $$$$$.
          India and Russia teamed up to create a 5th generation air superiority fighter – that deal recently went down the tubes – but from what boith countries gained from each other in the process and the defense needs both countries have vis-a-vis China I expect to see them popping out 5th gen too in the not-too-distant future.

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    • brh82 says:

      How I wish Sundance could ram this fabulous explanation down the throat of every owner of MSM and all the dumber than dumb “journalists” who Sarah Sanders has to tolerate every day.
      Thank you so much for this explanation of the “Trump Foreign Doctrine”. I’ll bet Trump himself would appreciate this way of understanding, which may be better than his own way when he tries to explain it to others. Not being owned by anyone is now and always has been THE big key.


  4. margarite1 says:

    A lot of people accustomed to great power and bending the world to their will have reason to want President Trump gone.

    May God protect him.

    Liked by 7 people

    • Maquis says:

      Amen. Pray for him daily, Treepers. A simple prayer in one’s heart works wonders.

      Liked by 4 people

    • piper567 says:

      Mattis is Really Impressive.
      Loved his answer to the Chinese Q ab our “provocations”.
      No one in previous Administrations was as grounded as this man demonstrates in his answers.
      Cohesive in his answers. Doctrinal. Well versed, as he says, in International review of these difficult topics.
      He be like Jack Webb…Just the Facts.
      Very clear and articulate.
      So glad we could hear this,
      Thanks sundance for posting this!

      Liked by 5 people

  5. Comrade Mope says:

    Kim Jong Un is demanding his hotel be paid for in Singapore. (If reports can be trusted.) Using this theory, Littler Kim is testing Trump to see just how far he can push the envelope. Will Trump cover North Korea’s expenses? Singapore volunteered to host, maybe this could be a teachable moment for them. Let Singapore eat the bill. It’s peanuts anyway.

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    • beigun says:

      When the US Navy made the first port visit to Communist China in 1987, it was a big deal. Commander of the Pacific Fleet, ADM “Ace” Lyons, along with the American Ambassador were all there. The US hosted the first reception aboard the three warships pier-side and the following day the Chinese hosted the reception ashore. In those days, all Chinese rode bikes and wore Mao suits, some cut from a better cloth based on rank, but all with the same style. Anyway, after we departed and sailed home, the Supply Officer approached the ship’s Captain and told him he had a bill from the Chinese to pay for the Chinese reception…not just the American portion, but the whole bill! Of course, Uncle Sap paid up…there were Russians in Vietnam in those days.

      Liked by 3 people

    • czarowniczy says:

      I’d have State find a way to surreptitiousley pay the bill and, a bit later, just as serruptitiously let it out we did.
      Kim has developed nukes – billion of dollars. Kim has a monsterous military machine parked on the SK border – billions of more dollars. Kim can’t pay his hotel bill and has to get his sworn enemy who’s the target of all this spending to foot his vacay? Priceless.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Brinty says:

    This is amazing stuff! How can it be this simple (obviously not simple) but at least clear. And to the point of an earlier commenter – why wouldn’t this approach have been the standard for the last 50 years? Why, John Lennon may have had to think up a different song.

    Liked by 2 people

  7. If Trump can pull off these things in North Korea, China, Pakistan etc., can he also please do it in California?

    Liked by 2 people

  8. Peter Rabbit says:

    Listened carefully to Sec. Mattis prepared comments and then his masterful handling of the 45 min Q & A. An extraordinary man for this historically critical time. American well respected leadership on display in way that our adversaries can never compete against.

    It is also important for our allies to see the participation of highly competent US Senators from AL and GA at this important conference.

    What an incredible difference in the world in 500 short days thanks to POTUS, his vision and his team. May God continue to watch over our leaders now.

    Liked by 5 people

  9. Peter Rabbit says:

    AK not AL. Whoops.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. czarowniczy says:

    When you don’t publish your plan and remain flexible in your response you don’t give your opponents a chance to plan your demise ahead of time. Trump’s a bidnezzman so he holds close to the vest, he’s looking to close the deal. Politicians just hang it out there looking for public approval and perhaps some fiscal considerations from their opponents, at least giving the other side a chance to field their own counterplan.

    Liked by 4 people

  11. angieunderground says:

    Sundance, as always you are a trip down Sanity Lane!

    Liked by 2 people

  12. Doppler says:

    Brilliant insights, Sundance. Very clarifying.

    You write: “One of the reasons President Trump is able to take this approach is specifically because he is beholden to no outside influence himself. It is only from the position of complete independence that accurate assignments based on the underlying truth can be made.”

    This reminded my of a statement that bothered me a lot at the time by Nate Cohn, the young but plugged-into-the-data political reporter for the NYT, who had this to say following the first Republican debate:

    “Winning a primary debate isn’t about having the best one-liners or drawing the biggest applause.

    “For top candidates, it’s an audition for party elites, moneyed supporters and, secondarily, voters. The goal isn’t to wow the crowd or surge in the polls, but to reassure — to confirm their ability to win and handle the presidency. For less serious or low-profile candidates, it’s an opportunity to break out — to cause party elites to reconsider or get voters to coalesce behind them.

    “And whether they do so depends a lot more on how the news media covers the debates than the performances themselves.

    “From this point of view, the ‘winners’ and ‘losers’ of the debates can end up looking a lot different than what you see on Twitter. A candidate who gets by without much notice could be a winner; a candidate who gets the most attention might, in doing so, have denied himself the elite support it ultimately takes to win.”

    I thought at the time that Cohn had gotten to print in the NYT for his sophistication with data analytics, but was drawing his supposed “wisdom” about the importance of elites and news media from his senior mentors at the Times. This was when I began taking Trump more seriously, and began distrusting the elite establishment and their alliance with the MSM, as reliable, began my search for alternative news sources, which eventually led to Breitbart, the Daily Caller, and here at the Last Refuge.

    Here’s your articulation of the Trump Doctrine:

    “The nature of the Trump foreign policy doctrine, as it has become visible, is to hold manipulative influence accountable for regional impact(s), and simultaneously work to stop any corrupted influence from oppressing free expression of national values held by the subservient, dis-empowered, people within the nation being influenced.”

    And I ask, can you not apply the same doctrine to Trump’s approach to his own election and governing? The “manipulative influence” in US politics neatly stated by Nate’s “party elites and moneyed supporters” and “how the news media covers those debates,” the “subservient, dis-empowered, people” being Trump’s winning share of the electorate, relegated by Cohn to “secondary” importance, and the “free expression of national values” being Trump’s motto of Make America Great Again, versus the manipulative globalist and progressive views that Trump is overturning on every front?

    Liked by 2 people

    • jrapdx says:

      That makes sense. Indeed PT turned the equation on its head and since winning the election has been applying the new formula to foreign and domestic domains. Ironically the domestic application is proving to be the more difficult to accomplish. Perhaps that shouldn’t be surprising, it’s long been noted that domestic enemies are more destructive to the country and more treacherous to honorable leadership than any foreign adversary could be. The truth of that idea grows more apparent every day, though I believe with our continued support the President has an excellent chance of defeating enemies and achieving his important goals.

      Liked by 1 person

  13. modustollenz says:

    This is excellent analysis. Very clearly articulated and we’ll see how long it takes for other CTH gawkers to “paraphrase”. The foreign policy doctrine is also 100% intertwined with the domestic policy. Trade, taxes, regulatory reforms, etc., that make us stronger means we are less dependent on these globalist alliances (NAFTA, EU, WTO, etc.,) while also reasserting our position in the world that makes countries around the world more dependent on accommodating American interests in order to have access to our $20T economy. This is all beautiful to see and why Trump not only needs 8 years to implement and demonstrate its success but to also defeat the opposition so that they can’t just resurrect the same corrupt scheme once Trump is out of office. We need to start investing in the Trumpian brand of political leaders that will be able to take the reins. Like he said, there are Trillions at stake and the opposition will stop at nothing to destroy him.

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  14. Maquis says:

    “One of the reasons President Trump is able to take this approach is specifically because he is beholden to no outside influence himself. It is only from the position of complete independence that accurate assignments based on the underlying truth can be made.”

    One could say that President Trump is the first in several generations to be “free from foreign entanglements”, financially, politically, and ideologically. A standard worthy of being an absolute requirement for KAGA.

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  15. TomA says:

    The closest analogy to Trump’s demonstrated conduct is as a wartime general commanding forces in a very large theater of operations. War is serious business and not a political game. He’s playing to win because the alternative is existential demise. We are living through a change in history.

    Liked by 4 people

  16. alliwantissometruth says:

    “A U.S. foreign policy that provides the opportunity for fully-realized national authenticity is a paradigm shift amid a world that has grown accustomed to corrupt globalists, bankers and financial elites who have established a business model by dictating terms to national leaders they control and influence”

    President Trump is throwing monkey wrenches into the corrupting influence of globalist money worldwide & trying to return power to the people, & it’s a beautiful thing

    All it took was one man, a man of honor & integrity, a man who possesses the power of personal conviction & strength of character, to simply say enough

    Enough of the scam. Enough of the corruption. Enough of this tiny cabal of globalist shitheads dictating how the world is run

    The true owners of any piece of landmass are the people who live on it, & Trump is trying to show people just that

    Wads of cash & corrupt & criminal government representatives are nothing but a byproduct of what the people tolerate. Show them the way with the guiding light of honesty, strength & conviction

    My God, President Trump may just remake the world before his first term is over

    Liked by 2 people

  17. redridge45 says:

    Excellent thread for any day, but especially a Sunday; so many blessings. Thank you, Sundance!

    Liked by 1 person

  18. redridge45 says:

    Excellent thread for any day, but especially a Sunday; so many blessings. Thank you, Sundance!


  19. Ospreyzone says:

    While reading this insightful piece, I could not help but think that maybe it’s America being offered the modern day opportunity to create an authentic version of itself. Because of the election of PDJT, perhaps a prospect now exists for the United States to re-examine our national authenticity.

    Yes, it would be a monumental paradigm shift for the progressives and statists grown accustomed to the influence and control of globalists, bankers and coastal elites upon our government. You can tell that by their vindictive reaction. But, against all odds, we have still elected a citizen uninfluenced by the powerful and unafraid to do what is right. It will be a long fight, I’m sure, but we owe it to this president to stay in the game and be productive members of the team if we’re going to win it. The lesson to take away and internalize from our victory in 2016 is this;

    Throw off the bridle of group think. Never again accept that it will be a group of elites from the political class who determine before an election, who will win it and who will be allowed to participate. We took that view in 2010 and it paid dividends, as many members of the Freedom Caucus were swept into office. We have only one choice, and that’s to do it again this November.


  20. beigun says:

    The election of Trump is akin to the British Empire after the Suez Crisis. A complete Paradigm Shift from the existing order. With American Prosperity leading US National Security, i.e., bring economics back to the equation of security, and having the regional players take responsibility as SD has pointed out, will lead to dramatic change and an end to the post-WWII regime (Liberal World Order). We can eventually expect overseas bases to be reduced as Trump returns America to our pre-WWII “Honest Broker” stance that seeks an “Open Door” for trade, backed up by a big stick. With the advancement of military technology showing no end in sight, maintaining excessive overseas bases prevents the development of new force structure to carry out US foreign policy without the burden of overseas bases that have traditionally trumped economic concerns. Trump is way ahead of everyone on this and is laying the groundwork for the future. Maybe that is his thinking on a new branch of the military, the US Space Force!

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  21. Apfelcobbler says:

    The media is doing a major disservice to the American public by not laying out the history and background for what is to come. MSM is basically portraying it as a “Make a Deal by Swapping some Stuff for Taking Out Nukes” cartoon transaction.

    We have never formally concluded the Korean War – there was the Armistice from the early 50’s. This probably will entail the US removing/moving nuclear arms, culminating in a Treaty. Japan understands that the US presence in the region is a stabilizing force (as opposed to what some Europeans believe about US influence in EU). So this will be a hyuge undertaking of immense breadth.


  22. DanO64 says:

    To sum it up, it’s AWESOME! Just say N.


  23. This period may be known in the future as Pax Trumpiana!


  24. Artisan says:

    My former East German gal(6 when the Wall fell)takes care of my Loved One.
    Thanks to Sundance, there is much information being disseminated upon the Portland,OR community. Knowledge is Power.


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