‘I Will Never Let You Down’
Donald Trump, the Republican nominee for president, dazzled in yet another speech in which he outperformed expectations here on Wednesday laying out a strategic vision for the United States under a Trump presidency when it comes to foreign and defense policy.
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The speech, which stunned media figures, pundits, and those throughout the political class, only seemed to get better as every line went by.
After an introduction from retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, the former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), Trump opened the address by harkening back to a key theme of Ronald Reagan’s vision for the U.S. role on the world stage: Peace Through Strength.
“Today, I am here to talk about three crucial words that should be at the center of our foreign policy: Peace Through Strength,” Trump opened his remarks by saying.
Trump said that America can and should achieve a “stable, peaceful world with less conflict and more common ground” with his proposals of a “new foreign policy focused on advancing America’s core national interests, promoting regional stability, and producing an easing of tensions in the world.”
“This will require rethinking the failed policies of the past,” Trump said. “We can make new friends, rebuild old alliances, and bring new allies into the fold.”
Trump noted how national security leaders are rallying around his campaign, and against the campaign of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton, specifically citing the Tuesday letter from 88 retired U.S. generals and admirals endorsing him for president.
He noted these leaders “know both how to win – and how to avoid the endless wars we are caught in now” and called for a new vision of “realism” in the Middle East.
“In a Trump Administration, our actions in the Middle East will be tempered by realism,” Trump said. “The current strategy of toppling regimes, with no plan for what to do the day after, only produces power vacuums that are filled by terrorists. Gradual reform, not sudden and radical change, should be our guiding objective in that region.”
Trump called for alliances with any nation that wants to join the United States in “destroying” the Islamic State and “Radical Islamic terrorism” in general.
“We should work with any country that shares our goal of destroying ISIS and defeating Radical Islamic terrorism, and form new friendships and partnerships based on this mission,” Trump said. “We now have an Administration, and a former Secretary of State, who refuse to say Radical Islamic Terrorism.”
He then reiterated his plan to ask the generals in the U.S. military to “immediately” after he takes office, “present to me a plan within 30 days to defeat and destroy ISIS.”
Read Breitbart’s full speech report.