Concerns Linger at Home and Abroad
During the campaigns, one question that kept coming up was whether Donald Trump was competent enough to steer a reasonable foreign policy. Now that he is president-elect, concerns are lingering about the possibility of him implementing certain foreign policy changes he had threatened to pursue. The dominant perception is that Trump prefers the path of isolationism. Here is a video to explain how that would work.
In his campaign rhetoric, Trump signaled that he would cut free America’s traditional allies such as Saudi Arabia, Japan, and North Korea. He also resolved that he would abandon the Iranian nuclear deal and corporate closely with Russia and the Assad regime in Syria. He proposed to withdraw America from NATO and raise taxes on Chinese products.
Possible Ramifications of Trump’s Foreign Policy
If President Trump abandons America’s traditional allies, it would be a significant threat to global peace and security. This is because some of those allies such as South Korea and Saudi Arabia live under the constant threat of attacks from their nearby foes. If he backs off from the Iranian nuclear deal, Tehran will certainly resume its path towards a nuclear weapon.
Israel would be forced to carry out the preemptive strike that it has always threatened. The repercussions would be gruesome since an Iranian counterattack might lead to a full-scale war with Israel. Such a war could quickly suck in other countries in the region, and the Middle East could be in turmoil for a long time without America’s intervention.
Compromising America’s Global Power
The super power profile of the United States depends a lot on it presence around the world. Trump wants to limit such presence. Implementing such a move would leave a power vacuum that would be filled by Russia or China. The long term effect of his policy would make it convenient for Russia to expand its dominance in areas abandoned by the United States.
His threat of increasing taxes on Chinese products would lead to an economic retaliatory response from China, which would usher in massive job losses in America. The Chinese would certainly look for alternative markets and make it difficult for American companies to do business in China. The realignments would be disastrous for America’s economic dominance.
The Bottom Line
Overall, Trump would imperil America’s global power if he follows through some or all of the foreign affairs measures that he signaled during the campaigns. There would be no stopping the proliferation of nuclear weapons around the world. The world without American power would be anarchic, dangerous, and disorderly in all aspects.