The Trump Doctrine

I believe that politics is not simple, it’s not easy. I don’t believe that everything is handed to you on a silver platter. Sometimes you need to go looking for an answer.

In todays age of information where everything is so easily accessed, people have been conditioned to expect instant gratification. Voting is a privilege, and therefore if you are going to vote then you need to do the work.

One of the biggest complaints people have about Trump, is he doesn’t give enough detail, he needs to be more specific.

Now, I won’t even go into the fact that most media gives Clinton a pass for doing exactly the same .. but I digress

(200+ days no press conference should tell you all you need to know about how much detail Hillary wants the voter to have.)

In Trump’s case just look and listen to what he is doing, what he is saying. You can use that information as precedent to predict what he will do.

Donald Trump has been recently criticized for many of his business policies and practices.

One policy which has come into question, is his policy of never settling a court case, or at least only doing so as last resort. Love him or hate him, Trump has a very good and legitimate reason for this practice.

Warfare is the Way of deception.

-Sun Tzu The Art of War

He believes that if you settle a case it opens you up as the target for future suits. Essentially, he believes that it’s like putting a target on your back. People then begin to see you as a cash cow, ripe to be taken advantage of. Settling one battle today to save a buck because it’s easy will cost you 10 times the penalty over the long run.

Another policy of Donald Trump which gets him into a lot of trouble is his practice of never allowing an attack go unanswered. This practice has been criticized by many. They feel that Trump should focus on Clinton, and let the surrogates handle everyone else.

Finally, there is his stance on how he would engage the enemy. I am paraphrasing here but he basically says he isn’t going to telegraph his plan to the terrorists. He has repeatedly indicated that he feels the element of surprise is important.

If you are against Trump or maybe just skeptical, then you immediately hear this and say well you have no plan!

It’s also important to note that he seems to admire Generals MacArthur and Patton, invoking their names frequently. Trump on Mac and Pat One could conclude he might have studied both men and their tactics.


We have been talking foreign policy, so lets tie this all together shall we?

In the case of how Trump will handle negotiation with terrorists….

I submit that based on prior precedent he will keep a strict policy of non-negotiation with terrorists, any country who sponsors terrorists or funds terrorism.

In the case of how to deal with threats to the United States our allies, or our foreign interests….

I submit he will not allow any attack or challenge go unanswered. This doesn’t mean going to war. This can mean a lot of things. The United States has huge leverage around the world. We have the ability to put political pressure on any and all aggressors to our nation, in hundreds of different ways. None of which means going to war.

Remember, Trump has precedent on war. He has always been against the Iraq war. You may feel one way or another about that, it’s your choice. Regardless of how you feel about the war, you can use Trump’s position against it as evidence to conclude he wouldn’t try to wage war willy nilly.

In the case of how would Trump handle the actual act of waging war, or finishing one that is already in flight….. (IE: ISIS, The War on Terror)

He has been clear about that. He won’t telegraph his actions to the enemy. This means he won’t go on TV saying, “I am sending this many troops on that day.” He won’t say,”I intend to take all troops out of Iraq, or wherever by this date.”

He will make his move, then go on TV to tell the American people that it’s already happened. In this manner, it will be too late for the enemy. Whatever he is talking about, will be already happening, or be mostly over by the time it’s public.


Make a sound in the east, and then strike in the west!

In any battle the element of surprise can provide an overwhelming advantage. Even when face to face with an enemy, surprise can still be employed by attacking where he least expects it. To do this, you must create an expectation in the enemy’s mind through the use of a feint. The idea here is to get the enemy to focus his forces in a location, and then attack elsewhere which would be weakly defended.

-The Thirty-six Stratagems of politics and war

So summing up the Trump Foreign Policy Doctrine?

  1. No Negotiation with terrorists, any country who sponsors or funds terrorism.
  2. No attack to the US, it’s allies, or it’s interests will go unanswered.
  3. War is a last resort but if you do go, then go in strong, go in hard and win.
  4. The element of surprise is key when waging war.

In conclusion, if you open your mind, and filter out some of the gruff, you will see that Trump gives a lot more information than he gets credit for.

Trump just does not make it easy, or package things like other politicians in a nice pretty box with a bow. Maybe he just thinks the voters are intelligent and don’t require coddling.


The Thirty-six Stratagems of politics and war are the 36 ancient points of Chinese warfare. Sun Tsu who is credited for writing The Art of War may have based his writings on the 36 Stratagems. (Though some of TAoW may have been written long after Sun Tsu Lived.) TAoW is required reading for Military personnel, heads of big business, and politicians. Like the US Constitution which was written over 200 years ago, the content contained in The Art of War is still relevant today.

The Day the US Constitution was Ratified

The 36 Stratagems in Detail

The Art of War

Trump on the element of Surprise

Trump on not settling the TU case

Trump on not settling the TU case

Rudy Giuliani on Trump’s need to focus his attacks on Hillary

Trump on the Element of Surprise (Sept. 2013)

Trump on the Element of Surprise (July 26)


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