Chris Preble is vice president for defense and foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute. Chris is a friend of mine, and I’ve called him The Most Important Person You May Have Never Heard Of, because he’s America’s best foreign policy analyst. In the New York Daily News, Chris outlines a truly “America First” foreign policy that could be adopted by the next National Security Advisor. He writes (abridged):
Bolton’s (John) most enduring achievement, albeit a dubious one, may be in working with Tillerson’s replacement, Mike Pompeo, to set the United States on a possibly irrevocable path to war with Iran.
The next national security adviser will be judged by his or her ability to translate Trump’s “America First” vision into concrete action.
That will involve countless decisions, starting with the appointment of like-minded personnel to staff up the National Security Council
The immediate policy priority should be extricating the United States from the 18-years-long war in Afghanistan.
The next national security adviser can perform an invaluable service by bending U.S. foreign policy to conform with modern realities — including the wishes of the American people.
America’s ability to police the world, while others watch from the sidelines, was waning long before Donald Trump took up residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
The United States should be working diligently to reduce its permanent overseas military presence, stop intervening in the affairs of sovereign states, and shed some of the burdens of being the world’s sole superpower.
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