America First? With Steve Bannon Out, Globalists Push for More War Abroad

Monday, August 21, 2017
By Paul Martin

21 Aug 2017

With former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon out of the White House, globalists and hawkish interventionists in the Trump administration are reportedly wasting no time in pushing for a bigger U.S. military footprint abroad.

On Friday, the same day as Bannon left the White House to resume his role as Executive Chairman of Breitbart News, Vice President Mike Pence and National Security H.R. McMaster reportedly teamed up to lobby the president to increase the number of troops in Afghanistan, further entangling the U.S. in the bloody 16-year war.

Pence has denied pushing any option for Afghanistan to President Trump, with his office saying he has been “heavily involved as the objective facilitator to ensure that the President has all the information he needs to make his decision,”

Trump will announce his decision to the American people on Monday, and he is widely expected to increase the number of troops in the country.

One of Trump’s campaign promises that had helped him reach into new votings blocs had been his promise to reduce America’s presence abroad so as to put “America First.” In April 2016, he outlined his foreign policy in a Washington speech in which he said:

We went from mistakes in Iraq to Egypt to Libya, to President Obama’s line in the sand in Syria. Each of these actions have helped to throw the region into chaos and gave ISIS the space it needs to grow and prosper. Very bad. It all began with a dangerous idea that we could make western democracies out of countries that had no experience or interests in becoming a western democracy.

In January, he reiterated his skeptical approach to foreign policy adventurism in his inaugural address, saying: “From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first. Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families.”

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