US president Donald trump’s first 100 days at office has generated a lot of controversy and spread chaotic image about the president and US’ policies, inside and outside America. Yet, it has been Trump’s first face-to-face experience with realpolitik.
The US president hostile stances that included both enemies and friends, faded away and we have come to witness a smooth and speedy withdrawal from many heightened positions towards more flexible pragmatic ones.
In his early days at office, Trump attacked the CIA and the Pentagon, quarreled on a daily basis with the press, considered NATO futile, saw the European Union as an outdated body, mocked the United Nations and blackmailed Mexico and Canada. This is on the friends and allies front.
As for the opponents and enemies front, he threatened to withdraw from the nuclear agreement with Iran, threatened North Korea of a nuclear war, and threatened China of a commerce war. He attacked Shaayrat military airbase in Syria and intensified the military presence in Iraq.
A 100 days in the White House were more than enough for Trump to experience things in real world and to draw reasonable and logical conclusions that brought him to his senses. It was not too late when he learned that Rome from above is not like Rome from underneath.
As such, he made a fast shift positioning himself in a more realistic and pragmatic stance. He stopped his harsh criticism to his allies, though he continued to ask them for more finance and to pay more to the security services provided by his country.
He put aside his threats to abandon the nuclear agreement with Iran, he cheered the Chinese president and pledged more cooperation as he received him, and stunningly enough he expressed willingness to meet the North Korean president to sort out the strategic and existential conflict between the two countries.
Nonetheless, Trump has set his prioritized strategies that could be summed as follow:
– The elimination of the Iranian influence from the region, especially Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Lebanon.
– The insurance of the Zionist entity’s safety and supremacy over all the powers in the region.
– The continuous support of the allies, especially the Arab countries, though for higher prices.
– The guarantee that Arab oil continues to flow smoothly and fill the US budget.
Washington is ready to invest heavily in order to put into effect the said goals. Yet, it is not ready to go into a large scale war with any country. As pragmatism prevails, the US options could be to tighten the siege and to impose more drastic sanctions against the axis of resistance. Is this an inescapable fate? Of course not, there are a lot of cards that have never been played by the axis of resistance, and this might come as a surprise to Washington and its allies!
Source: Al-Manar Website