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Trump Has Addressed Significant U.S. Weaknesses: A Blog Post And An Introduction To A New Book That Focuses on U.S.-China issues.

ArmchairPolitician.US, February 26, 2018, by Brad Peery

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The Trump administration has six main foreign policy focuses as a result of past administrations policies. They are: Rebuilding U.S. defenses: Reengaging in the Middle East; Addressing terrorism, drugs and gang violence by strengthening U.S. borders and immigration policies; Confronting Iran, Russia and China; Improving NATO defenses; And, developing a strong U.S. relationship with Israel.

This book is focused mainly on China vs. U.S. relations. However those relationships are affected by U.S. actions and policies with other countries and organizations such as The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, which is mainly a trade association that can serve as an alternative to the One Belt One Road trade initiative of China, or the United Nations, whose sanctions are a weapon currently being used to confront North Korea’s nuclear and missile weapons development programs.

The U.S had a historically weak U.S. economic recovery following from the 2007-2008 recession. In the defense area, during that period there was substantially reduced U.S. military readiness, and drastically reduced troop levels in the Middle East.

Separately, the U.S. has failed to address aggressive regional expansion by Iran, Russia, China and ISIS. There has been an unwillingness of some countries to meet their NATO defense expenditure commitments. The porous U.S. borders and mail system that have contributed to drugs and gangs is a benefit to China, Russia, Iran and ISIS in that it weakens the U.S. democracy.

Chinese companies have been using the U.S. mail system to distribute fentanyl, a very strong opioid. Immigration with proper vetting from the Middle East is an element of the current U.S. immigration effort. China’s One Belt One Road trade network extends through the Middle East, with a harbor development in Pakistan being one example. China was responsible for Pakistan gaining nuclear weapons. Pakistan is a source of terrorist activity in India.

Also the U.S. visa system is being addressed, with allegiance to the U.S. likely to become a factor for gaining entrance. China has a policy that essentially means that intellectual property belongs to the state. Also, nobody can export information about Chinese persons without the permission of the government

Trump has substantially increased the defense budget to restore U.S. readiness. He has developed strong relationships with Saudi Arabia, and its Arab partner countries to confront Iranian and Russian expansion in the Middle East. Trump has rebuilt relationships with Afghanistan, Iraq, the Kurds to aggressively go after ISIS. The Trump administration has addressed some of the shortcomings of NATO, including the substantial failures of many members in not meeting their commitments to spend two percent of their GDP on defense. The head of NATO is addressing this shortcoming, and several countries have also agreed to meet their two percent obligations. The most egregious underperformer is Germany, which certainly has the resources to spend two percent of GDP on defense, and has not yet agreed to meet their commitment to NATO.

Obama achieved an Iran Nuclear Agreement. Iran is Shiite. This alienated U.S. partners in the Middle East, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and their Arab partners, and Israel. The Obama administration tried to develop a dialogue with Iran, but failed, as is evident from the violently anti-America attitude of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the leader of Iran. The Trump administration has expressed opposition to the Iran Nuclear Agreement, and is investigating its compliance in view of missile launch developments, and regional terrorism. Iran is expanding its influence in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, and elsewhere, The Trump administration is aggressively opposing by fighting ISIS, Iran, and Russia, by developing a relationship with Saudi Arabia, and other Sunni Arab countries, and supporting Egypt, Jordan, Pakistan, Lebanon and Israel. The relationships with Pakistan, because of its support of terrorists in Afghanistan, and Lebanon, because the role of Hezbollah in the country, could be under evaluation, since the U.S. provides foreign aid to both countries.

ArmchairPolitician.US Opinion
The Trump administration achievements through early 2018 have not so far been in legislation, except for tax reductions.

On the positive side, illegal immigration across the U.S. Southern borders is down significantly, the stock market is hitting all time highs, the defense budget is likely to be above what Trump suggested, Iran, Russia and China are being confronted where we have differences, and the relationships with Russia and China are being strengthened where we have common interests. And, the U.S. has substantially strengthened its relationships with Arab countries, many of whom are now developing relationships with Israel.

This is a short summary of the book we are developing from our ArmchairTechInvestor.com blog. The title of the book is likely to be China vs. U.S.

The blog was created by Brad Peery, a former U.S. Senate candidate, who challenged Lowell Weicker in the 1982 Connecticut Primary. The other candidates were Robin Moore, the author of the Green Berets, and Prescott Bush.

Mr. Peery has a love for politics, and an analyst perspective on the issues being faced by the U.S. internationally, with a particular focus on China and their expanding ties to Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

Brad Peery Background

The author has over 40 years of experience in the investment industry. He was the first Wall Street telecom analyst in 1972. He followed the telecom industry for over 30 years. His broker-dealer was an underwriter in over 200 telecom syndicates in the 1990s, His investment banking firm managed partnerships that invested through both U.S. and offshore entities. His investment banking firm also invested in over 20 private early-stage broadband communications companies.

The telecom industry, being global, allowed Mr. Peery to be a worldwide telecom economist. This required understanding the economic issues that faced companies trying to do business in countries such as China and India.

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