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Mike Pence Is Not Donald Trump's Foreign Policy Successor

June 16, 2019 in Economics

By Doug Bandow

Doug Bandow

It isn’t too soon to start thinking about who will succeed
Donald Trump. Win or lose in 2020, attention will quickly turn to
who might pick up his populist/nationalist mantle. The question is
broader than who will be the GOP presidential nominee four years
hence. Who will lead and shape the conservative movement in the
future?

It is easier to say who should not try to step into the
president’s place: Vice President Mike Pence.

He is a “good guy,” as former vice president Joe
Biden put it, before turning tail and deciding that politics today
can accommodate no hint of civility. However, Pence is a
standard-issue hawk. He appears to have absorbed none of President
Trump’s reluctance to intervene militarily and keep America
in a perpetual state of war.

The vice president made that clear in his recent speech at West
Point. Much of what he said honored cadets for the unique education
they received and commitment they made. He also emphasized his
family’s connection to the military, as the son and father of
those in uniform.

However, when he laid out his foreign-policy vision it was of
constant conflict. Declared the vice president: “you are
taking up your duties at a time of growing challenges to freedom
all around the world… . And now you are going to join the
fight.” As a result, “It is a virtual certainty that
you will fight on a battlefield for America at some point in your
life. You will lead soldiers in combat. It will happen.”

Not just somewhere. But, well, just about everywhere. Explained
Vice President Pence: “Some of you will join the fight
against radical Islamic terrorists in Afghanistan and Iraq. Some of
you will join the fight on the Korean Peninsula and in the
Indo-Pacific region, where North Korea continues to threaten the
peace, and an increasingly militarized China challenges our
presence in the region. Some of you will join the fight in Europe,
where an aggressive Russia seeks to redraw international boundaries
by force. And some of you may even be called upon to serve in this
hemisphere.”

Pence is a standard-issue
hawk who appears to have absorbed none of President Trump’s
reluctance to intervene militarily and keep America in a perpetual
state of war.

Ironically, when spelling out the qualities that the
officers-to-be in front of him required to “lead
heroes,” Pence included humility. Yet the agenda he offered
is suffused with arrogance, the assumption that Washington is
capable and entitled to remake the globe. All of it.

This is quite an agenda. But it is not President Trump’s
agenda.

Instead, the vice president has combined the wish …read more

Source: OP-EDS