It is now the official policy of the United States to embrace regimes that care nothing about human life or decency if they keep American workers employed. That is the clear message Donald Trump delivered on Tuesday. Everyone agrees that Jamal Khashoggi was savagely killed by the Saudi Arabian government. Rather than decry the inhumanity of it, Trump encourages it in return for jobs.
National policy, or doctrine is set by leaders of each country. As new administrations take over, national policy is tweaked somewhat but in general it stays the course for years. The tweaking is generally known as doctrine. For example, the Dick Cheney One Percent Doctrine is the idea that if there is a one percent chance that a terrorist was to acquire a weapon of mass destruction that it was incumbent upon the United States government to treat the threat as real. George W. Bush evolved that idea into the Bush Doctrine which became America’s policy to act unilaterally to avert war.
The United States for decades held the ideal that it was the country’s duty to act as the moral compass for the world. The concept of the world’s policeman evolved from there. The world looked to America as the beacon to acceptable human behavior. Not anymore.
Donald Trump’s national doctrine is that America First is now to ensure American jobs no matter the cost. Regardless of the atrocities and threats to humanity any regime poses to the world, America’s official position is that if American jobs results from it, America will support the regimes, no matter how extreme.
This has always been the elephant in the room. After all, America exports weapons to wars across the globe. It then steps in under the guise of nation building to quell the violence and ensure Americans jobs are sustained by the building of a new country. As much as this has been known, the United States never officially acknowledged it.
That is until Donald Trump officially ignored the murder of Jamal Khashoggi for “low oil prices” and “American jobs.”