By Chris Rossini
It's usually a smart political move to run for president as being against the military adventures of the current executive. After all, George W. Bush did it, the Nobel Peace Prize winning Barack Obama did it, and now Donald Trump is doing the same.
Trump has been making a lot of the right enemies. Neocons (at least publicly) despise him. Here's what neocon Max Boot wrote this morning:
Donald Trump, the undoubted Republican front-runner after winning the New Hampshire and South Carolina primaries, is — there is no way to sugarcoat this — a liar, an ignoramus, and a moral abomination. I have never previously described any presidential candidates in such harsh terms — not even close — but there is no other way to accurately describe him. There simply isn’t.
Such is the daily commentary that we read from the neocons. From a libertarian standpoint, this is great, however, can it be trusted? Is Trump just playing smart politics by being against the (now traditional) failure of U.S. militarism around the world? After all, once Trump is in office, campaign promises mean literally nothing.
Are Americans being played yet again by a presidential candidate when it comes to foreign policy? Perhaps only Trump knows the answer to that question.
There is a chink in Trump's armor though, a red flag if there ever was one.
The Washington Post tells us:
Fresh off back-to-back victories in the Republican presidential race, Donald Trump is moving to expand his tight-knit campaign by building a political kitchen cabinet that includes former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani.
Yes that Rudy Giuliani. The one that doesn't believe in Congress' obligation to declare war. The same Giuliani that when he ran for president had a foreign policy team that was bursting with neocons!
Trump confirmed his "inner circle" relationship with Giuliani. The Washington Post continues:
In an email Sunday night, Trump confirmed that Giuliani has become part of his inner circle as he navigates the 2016 terrain and hotly contested primaries.
What an interesting choice of words. It was not very long ago when Rudy Giuliani was not "very knowledgable" about the concept of "blowback". Ron Paul had explain it to him in what became a monumental moment:
It would be a very sad thing for Americans to be duped for a third consecutive time on the issue of war.
Can Trump be trusted on foreign policy?
History is not on our side.
(h/t - Robert Wenzel)