Dual-Purposed Trump Doctrine Squeeze #3 Continues – Pentagon Cancels Financial Aid to Pakistan…

The Trump Doctrine is easiest to describe as: deploying economic leverage to achieve national security interests.  The Trump Doctrine is unique and stunningly effective.

Many of the geopolitical decisions have multiple facets which connect like small gears on a much larger machine.  One of those small dual-purpose gears is the Doctrine as it is applied to Pakistan.  The downstream moves impact China, our #1 geopolitical and economic adversary, then Russia, and also support new alliances with India and the broader Middle-east.

Toward China = ♦Squeeze #3. In 2017 Trump and Secretary Tillerson, now Secretary Pompeo, put Pakistan on notice they need to get involved in bringing their enabled tribal “extremists” (Taliban) to the table in Afghanistan. Pakistan’s primary investor and economic partner is China. The U.S. removed $900 million in financial support to pressure Pakistan toward a political solution in Afghanistan, China has to fill void.  [NOTE: Last month the World Bank began discussions about a financial bailout for Pakistan.]  Again, more one-way bleed for China. {Go Deep}

When President Trump removed the $900 million in aid to Pakistan, he empowered the Pentagon via Defense Secretary James Mattis, with an option to give $300 million to Pakistan if Mattis felt positive steps were being taken to change behavior.  Today the Pentagon announces no change in behavior is noted:

[…]  U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, in particular, had an opportunity to authorize $300 million in CSF funds through this summer – if he saw concrete Pakistani actions to go after insurgents. Mattis chose not to, a U.S. official told Reuters.

“Due to a lack of Pakistani decisive actions in support of the South Asia Strategy the remaining $300 (million) was reprogrammed,” Pentagon spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Kone Faulkner said.

The disclosure came ahead of an expected visit by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the top U.S. military officer, General Joseph Dunford, to Islamabad. Mattis told reporters on Tuesday that combating militants would be a “primary part of the discussion.”

Experts on the Afghan conflict, America’s longest war, argue that militant safe havens in Pakistan have allowed Taliban-linked insurgents in Afghanistan a place to plot deadly strikes and regroup after ground offensives.  (read more)

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’.

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.

….And that my friends is why Senator John McCain hated President Trump.


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210 Responses to Dual-Purposed Trump Doctrine Squeeze #3 Continues – Pentagon Cancels Financial Aid to Pakistan…

    • Sunshine says:

      Yes, I read that. I was thinking if Russia was defeated, the same will happen with the Chinese. The Taliban will show up eventually. You can set up all the military camps you want, the Taliban know their rocky mountains.

      Liked by 3 people

      • margaretwalker says:

        I agree.


      • True. But the Chinese don’t have the same rules of engagement. They play dirtier than the Taliban and don’t have a media at home that will fall for the propaganda created when the Taliban uses hospitals for their military headquarters. The Chinese are very different opponents than the US.

        Liked by 7 people

        • The Devilbat says:

          The Chinese do indeed have different rules of engagement. They will chop members of the Taliban into pieces and sell them to western hospitals for replacement body part surgery. They do this to their own Chinese dissidents. They feed them extra food to make them healthy before driving them to the airport in a special ambulance. Once there they kill the person and strip them of their body parts which are flown immediately to the west.

          Liked by 1 person

          • MB224 says:

            The Chinese aren’t there to fight folks. They’re there for resources. I think it’s time we start doing the same. Instead of flushing “foreign aid” down the toilet with no ROI, it’s time to start taking resources and building up countries as much as they can be built.


            • NebraskaFilly says:

              Why should we build up other countries that do not subscribe to freedom for their citizens? The citizens of THOSE countries need to step up and evict their corrupt governments! IT IS NOT OUR PROBLEM!!!!

              Liked by 2 people

          • loisplane says:

            That’s basically the plot of “To Serve Man”, a “Twilight Zone” classic.

            Liked by 1 person

        • MMinLamesa says:

          Dirtier than the Russians? I don’t think so.


        • Daniel says:

          It doesn’t matter to the degree you think. Yes, rules of engagement have been a major problem for US fighters, but the biggest problem is, and has been, the cost of doing warfare. With the CIA funding a great deal of it against the Soviets, it was simply too difficult for them to keep it up. It all came down to money.

          The Chinese will face the same problem, of course but perhaps without the CIA involvement. And I’m guessing they know this quite well. Recent Q drops highlight that behind the polite civilian facade, the war of intelligence agencies continue and the CIA is not faring well.


  1. jeans2nd says:

    The one place where the Trump Doctrine is somewhat opaque – to me, anyway – is Syria, where things seem schizophrenic. Syria is, of course, the most complicated, dealing with perhaps the most duplicitous, devious, and cunning players of all. Idlib – what to do? Who to hold responsible (other than Crooked, Obama, and McCain)?


    • Sunshine says:

      Trump is working on the Syrian problem, always through economics. Turkey’s Caliph wannabe Erdogan is becoming a problem in Syria. Both Turkey and Iran are together in the Syrian story.
      See what’s happening with Turkey and Iran’s monetary currencies. Not going well.

      Liked by 8 people

    • rbrtsmth says:

      I look at Syria as a free fire zone to allow Iran and Russia to bleed them. We don’t need to have territory we just want to destroy their assets. It’s one reason why Russia decided that they didn’t want to sell Assad their AA missile system because they’ll not get that money back.


    • We shouldn’t be in the Middle East with our troops. Like Afghanistan, it’s a fight that never ends. Staying there just creates new terrorist groups. It’s like Gremlins, put them back in the box and stop watering them so they’ll stop multiplying. There will never be a clean break. We just have to walk. We have troops in surrounding areas. Iran is Israel’s problem and the Saudis and Jordanians. This is a regional conflict and I’m tired of us fighting other countries regional domestic wars because they don’t feel like it. Make them do it. Like NATO, if we don’t walk, we’ll be trapped indefinitely. And zero U.S. aid should be going to any ME country from us.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Blaze says:

        Just imagine if the US, Russia or anyone never sold arms to the middle eastern countries. Those countries are incapable of their own building weapons so none of this would be going on right now.


        • Right. I was freaked out with the billions of dollars in arms that Trump is selling to Saudi Arabia from his big shindig over there last summer that they signed. All I could think of is when in the future they’ll use them against us under any number of circumstances. Don’t give weapons to anyone in that region.


    • TarsTarkas says:

      It doesn’t matter tracking down who’s responsible. Fix it first, at least enough so that the bloodshed ends (hopefully with Assad’s head on a pole, as his forces were the ones who started the rebellion with way over the top reaction to children’s pranks), then assign fault and punish accordingly.


    • MB224 says:

      Trump is battling the public leaders of these countries as well as the covert, globalist cabal that supports them, and when I say them, I mean our known enemies like Iran, NK, Chyna, as well as our so-called allies like Canada, Germany and UK. It’s a multi-layered war that’s going on and it is political, economic and military. And Trump isn’t alone. Our military is handling many things behind the scenes.


  2. St. Louie says:

    As a sanity check read the comments over at the UK Daily Mail’s endless McCain funeral stories. They are 100 to 1 in support of the President and critical of Megan McCain and the swamp in attendance. It is comforting people are ignoring this hurricane force assault on Trump.

    Liked by 16 people

    • Sunshine says:

      Everywhere people are criticizing the display. Comforting, indeed.

      Liked by 7 people

    • wondering999 says:

      There is a website we aren’t supposed to mention here; but I check it out because it’s interesting. The posts there indicate that the Neverending Funeral involved a SCIF and a lot of Old Guard NeverTrumper meetings between former presidents, McCain & Co.

      That website also emphasized Disaster Preparedness Month — making sure your insurance and disaster prep plans are up to date.

      Connecting the dots, if we have a huge disaster, it’s entirely likely that the people at the Neverending Funeral may have been making plans for it there.

      Yes, I have adjusted my tinfoil hat. And it still appears to me that the degradation of my country during the past few decades has been real, and that the leadership led us there… so… hope we all have food, water and emergency plans in place. Those people would stop at nothing, and their neverending funeral was just a rehearsal


      • Annie says:

        I have been posting on the UK Dmail since 2009..there actually are a lot of us conservatives that do post there..every little bit helps…and it is read internationally…

        Liked by 3 people

    • DJ says:

      This type of politicization of a funeral by the lefties has been done before. It didn’t work out well for them last time. This time it has been done further away from the next election, so we’ll have to wait and see if the effect is similar.



    • MB224 says:

      McCain was one of their puppets, one of their fellow traitors. He had no choice but to oppose Trump, for personal and extortion reasons. They in turn, must praise him to the skies, not realizing most Americans despise him or are indifferent. But they’ve been lying to themselves so long I don’t think they know the difference at this point.


    • Joemama says:

      Even hardcore liberals are saying the McCain “funeral” is ridiculous and should have been over a week ago.


  3. margaretwalker says:

    There is not a huge brain trust in the McCain family. Sorry Megan, it is really hard to see the people closest to you, in a realistic, honest light. So, go ahead and grieve. But why bash President
    Trump? Because in your heart you know he is the real maverick, the true patriot, the actual supporter of American values. Truth is, he is producing more results for America in 18 months than McCain ever dreamed of doing or cared about doing.

    Liked by 5 people

    • Daniel says:

      Let’s not forget the obvious. She has intentions to enter politics to help maintain the resources John provided. She’ll fail, but her interests are pretty obvious. Why didn’t he retire long ago? Because she wasn’t ready yet. She’s still not ready. She’s not established in the public eye except as a grieving widow.

      The focused attack on Trump only plays well in their echo chamber. Their club is amazingly disconnected from the general public view of things.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Leucothea says:

      Around 2008 John lobbied hard to keep Boeing from being awarded a huge tanker contract. Boeing need work to reduce layoffs. He wanted Airbus. Airbus cheated, the deal was overturned and the first new tanker to be delivered next month 8 miles from where we live. Boeing won on appeal. American jobs.

      Liked by 3 people

      • MB224 says:

        WOOOOOW!!! McCain was a 1000% TRAITOR TO THE CORE. I wonder what they had on him? Pedo trafficking? It had to be something more than to tell the truth about him in Vietnam. Or maybe that was enough. Amazing. Thanks for that.


  4. formerdem says:

    Thank you, Sundance. To you it is a lot of repetitive work but the rest of us really won’t get it otherwise. The repetition helps us. It surprises me again and again, all these specialists getting their butts kicked by a Floridian in flip-flops doing this as a second career and some days a bit moody over having to repeat himself. Just some very very shrewd guy – not bought – who hasn’t put out his own eyes because they told him something un-PC that he did not want to know.


  5. Chris Four says:

    “the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline… is to be 1,814 kilometres in length: 214 km in Turkmenistan, 774 km in Afghanistan, and 826 km in Pakistan which will reach Fazilka on the India-Pakistan border. An estimate of $9.9 billion in total is to be spent on the 30 year project. The pipeline would have the capability to supply 33 billion cubic meters (bcm) of gas from the world’s fourth-largest natural gas reserves in Daulatabad of Turkmenistan; with 16 percent going to Afghanistan while Pakistan and India would receive 42 percent each. In addition to receiving 5.22 bcm of gas annually, Afghanistan will also earn around $400 million each year from transportation.”

    “China has also vowed to join the project, as this can be used as an alternative to the much more costly line being transited from Turkmenistan through the Central Asian States. With the help of TAPI, the pipeline will cover a shorter distance as it reaches China through the Karakoram mountain range”.



  6. Steve Summar says:

    Making Earth Great Again…MEGA…WWG1WGA

    Liked by 2 people

    • Daniel says:

      Don’t get all globalist. We may lead by example, but interventionalism is not a great idea.

      Liked by 2 people

      • Q&A says:

        Well, Pres. Trump is actually changing the world via “America First” economic policies.

        Looking at China’s “conquest by purchase” around the world, I see a huge hydra with tentacles everywhere. The Chinese come in with their money, made by starving out native businesses of any country they touch and insert their own slave labor Chinese workforce to build the infrastructure and rape the resources that specifically supports their expansionism.

        More starving out of native businesses, more money for China, more infrastructure for their trade routes and resource movement for the cost of “loans” to countries that can never repay.

        It’s all sold as infrastructure benefitting the host country, but it only benefits China. The host countries are left hollowed out, owned by China and addicted to their money. Pres. Trump is cutting off the tentacles of this giant beast in a way that benefits us the best while weakening China the most.

        Liked by 2 people

        • MB224 says:

          Absolutely. I think he’s too nice tbh. I don’t care what Xi says their aims are war with us in one form or another. I would put 50% tariffs on virtually everything coming from them but in a graduated form, so supply chains and manufacturers could adjust and move elsewhere. If he combined this with even lower corporate taxes it would be the beginning of their end. Similarly, if instead of pointless “foreign aid”, we actually did constructive nation building with many countries, we could really cut off their tentacles, especially in Africa and South America.

          But I’ll take this as a start.


  7. Fools Gold says:

    As I was reading this article John McCain’s name just kept popping up in my head. If you look at photos of McCain’s funeral all of them like him were all there. I never watched any of it on TV but photo’s popped up all over twitter along with comments. McCain was a vile evil man who’s love of power encompasses the worst in American politics and American principles. Yes he hated Trump and Trump reciprocated right back justifiably. McCain went to his death bed a lost soul and loser without any power over anything. We’re so lucky to have Trump fighting these bastards tooth and nail.

    Liked by 8 people

  8. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    “….And that my friends is why Senator John McCain hated President Trump.”

    Look what I found in my bookmarks this evening searching for something about oligarchs:

    McCain’s Kremlin Ties
    He may talk tough about Russia, but John McCain’s political advisors have advanced Putin’s imperial ambitions.
    By Mark Ames and Ari Berman

    Vladimir Putin listens to aluminum tycoon Oleg Deripaska during their meeting in Putin’s Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Wednesday, August 2, 2006. (AP Photo / ITAR-TASS / Presidential Press Service, Dmitry Astakhov)

    “Over the course of the presidential campaign, John McCain has repeatedly emphasized his willingness to stand up to Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin as proof that only he possesses the fortitude and judgment to become the next leader of the free world.

    In his acceptance speech at the Republican convention, McCain lashed out at Putin and the Russian oligarchs, who, “rich with oil wealth and corrupt with power…[are] reassembling the old Russian Empire.” McCain rushed to publicly support the Georgian republic during its recent conflict with Russia and amplified his threat to expel Moscow from the G-8 club of major powers. …”



    • Great find and picture.

      “McCain’s Kremlin Ties
      He may talk tough about Russia, but John McCain’s political advisors have advanced Putin’s imperial ambitions.”

      Maybe that’s why he talked so tough about Russia, like Hillary. God forbid we all found out their dealings with them. And all the other bad actors. Doth protest too much sometimes.

      Liked by 2 people

      • betseyross says:

        This so-called funeral of John McCain is and was so vitriolic. I am beginning to think that John McCain has a past as corrupted as Hillary and Bill Clinton and I mean in every way possible. There has to be some really bad stuff that needs covering up by the Establishment. Maybe things that we are not already aware of.

        Liked by 1 person

        • MB224 says:

          I’m sure it’s at least as corrupt. He was a tratior in Vietnam and to cover that he’s been a willing puppet for everything, who knows, maybe even the pedo gate that’s going to burst soon. There’s a reason the two senators from border state AZ stepped down and oppose Trump.


  9. Laramie Evan says:

    Awesome picture there, at the end of that great article. Merkel doing her best to channel HRC.


  10. We shouldn’t be in the Middle East with our troops. Like Afghanistan, it’s a fight that never ends. Staying there just creates new terrorist groups. It’s like Gremlins, put them back in the box and stop watering them so they’ll stop multiplying. There will never be a clean break. We just have to walk. We have troops in surrounding areas. Iran is Israel’s problem and the Saudis and Jordanians. This is a regional conflict and I’m tired of us fighting other countries regional domestic wars because they don’t feel like it. Make them do it. Like NATO, if we don’t walk, we’ll be trapped indefinitely. And zero U.S. aid should be going to any ME country from us.


    • TarsTarkas says:

      That’s why PDJT is applying economic muscle instead of military might. You can’t make a horse drink, but if you drain the water trough he’s used to drinking from sooner or later he’s going to get thirsty and go to the water trough you want him to drink from

      Liked by 6 people

      • rsmith1776 says:

        Ummm . . . I’ll adopt that without giving you credit (-;


      • Hope it works. As long as our troops are removed from the region whether they drink from the right trough or not, that’s all I want.

        The whole incident of Trump announcing he wants our troops out of Syria no later than this fall and then presto, the phony chemical attack claim and Trump starts dropping bombs, I mean if he pulls that again, I’ll be furious. He has to learn to say no to Israel. The U.S., our foundation and history has no ties to the Middle East. We should only deal in trade and diplomacy where applicable in the Middle East. There’s no America First if we’re working for Israel or the Saudis and our troops are there. Cut the cord. I want my country back.

        Liked by 1 person

  11. Doug Amos says:

    So good, as usual; thank you S D. The funeral yesterday was for someone who never existed.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. MB224 says:

    Haha, true and funny quote.


  13. nerveman says:

    Over at USAID it appears that much foreign aid has been delayed frozen or reduced. I am not 100% sure if I am reading the reports right or when fiscal payments are made but this is worth some studying. https://explorer.usaid.gov/agencies/?agency=1&measure=Obligations&year=2017

    Liked by 2 people

  14. Sigh2016 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.”

    NAILED IT! His “doctrine”, as you call it, is filled with such common sense and logic—it is almost scary that it is missed—we all have been so accustomed to the way it is, that the obvious solution had blended into the wall paper. Thank God the President sees this and acts on it, and thank you for pointing this out! Wisdom in action—I love it!

    Liked by 2 people

  15. Sue says:

    And the feelings about John McCain were certainly mutual. When Trump said he would never forgive Obama for weakening the military, he could have included John McCain, since he was an active participant. He not only was active in arms sales to ISIS but apparently negotiated for inferior steel which led to military equipment failing. Think about that one. His disservice to the military caused them to refer to him as “no-name,” the distinction they give to those who commit treason.


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