Trump and the End of Nation-Building

Yesterday Trump called for the end to a 70+-year geopolitical "standard" adopted by the United States after WWII -- "Nation Building."

This is one of the many reasons why I support Trump: he is a change-agent in the extreme, a man who is not afraid of addressing a failed paradigm.

For those of you who need a nutshell-history refresher-course: after WWII the world's economies and geopolitical systems were a chaotic mess. With victory from the war, the USA was the dominant force-- it had almost all the gold, resources, military power, and was positioned to assist the former enemy-nations to rebuild while introducing democratic political systems that would replace Nazism, fight Communism, control certain oligarch nation-states, and create world-wide trade as a basis for peace.

Post-WWII nation-building was a noble philosophy and daunting challenge -- in a macro-view, to rebuild Europe, stop the march of Communist ideology (and territorial conquest), and induce trade and free markets around the world. In a micro-view, nation-building targeted nations replacing former fascist regimes with representative governments that were compatible with the local cultures.

And that was the key -- democratic nation building had to be "compatible with the local cultures." If it weren't, then nation-building would fail, falling back into former cultures of oligarch rule, tribal rivalries, or anarchy.

But that was then, and this is now. The U.S. has a near-$20 trillion-dollar debt which is intimately connected to the world-wide, post-Bretton Woods, post-gold-standard fiat monetary system(s) which are nearly exhausted in their abilities to induce economic growth through the exercise of global currencies borrowed into existence.

The New Fascism of Radical Islam is both state-sponsored and decentralized as a religious belief system, a cultural dictum, and a political philosophy. It now covers an ever-increasing geopolitical Earth-surface area, acquiring resources, slaves, and minions as it spreads.

The response from the West has been to cultivate global denial: ISIS is a JV team, we can print money forever, Islam is a religion of peace, any manifestation not peaceful cannot be Islamic in origin, nation-building can work in Islamic cultures, and other such nonsense.

In his introductory perspective on this global paradigm, Trump hinted weeks ago that NATO’s mission had to change. Trump posited NATO, which was designed to respond to a global threat from the past, is no longer a viable mechanism to address the current threat to Western Civilization. These initial remarks sent shockwaves through the established group-think of the declining Western powers, whose bureaucraticly religious worldview had not changed since the last ‘adjustment’ when Ronald Reagan introduced the notion that the Soviet Union could actually be defeated. (A notion they scoffed at, at the time, but later proved true.)

So Trump yesterday August 15, 2016, announced the second phase of the shockwave: the end of the Era of Nation Building coupled with the proposition that ISIS (and all radical Islam) must be, and will be, defeated.

Is he right? I think so.

There can be no doubt that the U.S., if put on a war footing with total victory the objective, could militarily defeat the military extensions of radical Islam. Of course, it will take a total-strategy dedication:  the isolation of the terror funding, the crushing of state sponsorships, a total anti-radical Islam propaganda campaign where the U.S. makes clear that anyone who adheres to the anti-Western, anti-liberty dictates of Sharia law are also enemies of the West.

It follows that with this shift in war-footing, nation-building is an objective inconsistent with nation-destroying. Why? Because for nation-building to be successful there must be a compatible, cultural-contextual foundation for the ‘new’ nation.

By stating the obvious, Trump has factually pointed out the very presence of radical Islam’s cultural elements prevent the possibility of nation building. Indeed, over the last 15 years we have experienced the opposite results; nation-building-processes supply radical Islam with resources from which it can continue to launch Jihad.

It remains to be seen how the Trump strategic world view translates into an amalgam of implementable tactics; but his ability to recognize to truth of shifting world politics, his vision of what a free America needs to do to survive, and his leadership to template a path to victory could not be coming at a better time.

Yesterday Trump called for the end to a 70+-year geopolitical "standard" adopted by the United States after WWII -- "Nation Building."

This is one of the many reasons why I support Trump: he is a change-agent in the extreme, a man who is not afraid of addressing a failed paradigm.

For those of you who need a nutshell-history refresher-course: after WWII the world's economies and geopolitical systems were a chaotic mess. With victory from the war, the USA was the dominant force-- it had almost all the gold, resources, military power, and was positioned to assist the former enemy-nations to rebuild while introducing democratic political systems that would replace Nazism, fight Communism, control certain oligarch nation-states, and create world-wide trade as a basis for peace.

Post-WWII nation-building was a noble philosophy and daunting challenge -- in a macro-view, to rebuild Europe, stop the march of Communist ideology (and territorial conquest), and induce trade and free markets around the world. In a micro-view, nation-building targeted nations replacing former fascist regimes with representative governments that were compatible with the local cultures.

And that was the key -- democratic nation building had to be "compatible with the local cultures." If it weren't, then nation-building would fail, falling back into former cultures of oligarch rule, tribal rivalries, or anarchy.

But that was then, and this is now. The U.S. has a near-$20 trillion-dollar debt which is intimately connected to the world-wide, post-Bretton Woods, post-gold-standard fiat monetary system(s) which are nearly exhausted in their abilities to induce economic growth through the exercise of global currencies borrowed into existence.

The New Fascism of Radical Islam is both state-sponsored and decentralized as a religious belief system, a cultural dictum, and a political philosophy. It now covers an ever-increasing geopolitical Earth-surface area, acquiring resources, slaves, and minions as it spreads.

The response from the West has been to cultivate global denial: ISIS is a JV team, we can print money forever, Islam is a religion of peace, any manifestation not peaceful cannot be Islamic in origin, nation-building can work in Islamic cultures, and other such nonsense.

In his introductory perspective on this global paradigm, Trump hinted weeks ago that NATO’s mission had to change. Trump posited NATO, which was designed to respond to a global threat from the past, is no longer a viable mechanism to address the current threat to Western Civilization. These initial remarks sent shockwaves through the established group-think of the declining Western powers, whose bureaucraticly religious worldview had not changed since the last ‘adjustment’ when Ronald Reagan introduced the notion that the Soviet Union could actually be defeated. (A notion they scoffed at, at the time, but later proved true.)

So Trump yesterday August 15, 2016, announced the second phase of the shockwave: the end of the Era of Nation Building coupled with the proposition that ISIS (and all radical Islam) must be, and will be, defeated.

Is he right? I think so.

There can be no doubt that the U.S., if put on a war footing with total victory the objective, could militarily defeat the military extensions of radical Islam. Of course, it will take a total-strategy dedication:  the isolation of the terror funding, the crushing of state sponsorships, a total anti-radical Islam propaganda campaign where the U.S. makes clear that anyone who adheres to the anti-Western, anti-liberty dictates of Sharia law are also enemies of the West.

It follows that with this shift in war-footing, nation-building is an objective inconsistent with nation-destroying. Why? Because for nation-building to be successful there must be a compatible, cultural-contextual foundation for the ‘new’ nation.

By stating the obvious, Trump has factually pointed out the very presence of radical Islam’s cultural elements prevent the possibility of nation building. Indeed, over the last 15 years we have experienced the opposite results; nation-building-processes supply radical Islam with resources from which it can continue to launch Jihad.

It remains to be seen how the Trump strategic world view translates into an amalgam of implementable tactics; but his ability to recognize to truth of shifting world politics, his vision of what a free America needs to do to survive, and his leadership to template a path to victory could not be coming at a better time.