Millennial GOP presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy has captured the curiosities of young conservative voters and has managed to qualify for the next presidential debate in November. The last debate, and many of his public comments on Ukraine, Taiwan, and now Israel have garnered him considerable criticism from the Republican Party and the other candidates, most notably former Ambassador Nikki Haley.
Suppose one closes their eyes and listens to Vivek Ramaswamy speak on politics and policy. In that case, you’d almost swear you could hear the familiar voice of former President Donald Trump.
Nowhere is this more evident than in Mr. Ramaswamy’s stance on foreign policy.
Recently, the young candidate was asked about his thoughts on the former President’s distaste for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and his response, while short, summarizes what neoconservatives and Warhawks are terrified might be happening to the Grand Old Party.
The original purpose of NATO was to counter USSR aggression & later to avoid nuclear war with the Soviets. Yet NATO expanded the most *after* the fall of the USSR. George Kennan, the lead architect of our deterrence strategy, said NATO expansionism was “the most fateful error of…
— Vivek Ramaswamy (@VivekGRamaswamy) June 5, 2023
It is reasonable
Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy was asked about his thoughts regarding the United States withdrawing from NATO, to which he said:
“It’s a reasonable idea that I have considered.”
He went on to add this unsolicited teaser:
“I am also open to reevaluating U.S. involvement in the U.N.”
These statements make Vivek one of two possible future leaders of the United States who aren’t keen on maintaining the status quo on American involvement in international organizations. Donald Trump often threatened to pull the United States out of NATO when he was in the seat, (extracting concessions from miserly fellow members in the process) and all indications show that if he were to get re-elected, he would try to make good on this threat.
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Trump campaign sources have told reporters that he’s been adamant that he doesn’t want any “NATO lovers” in his next administration. It’s important to note that there is always a caveat to any of Donald Trump’s threats.
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The prolific deal maker has said numerous times that he would be willing to keep the U.S. in NATO if the other nations increased their defense spending and if there was a reevaluation of the founding principle that an attack on one member is an attack on all.
These are provocative statements given the expectation the world and political establishment have set for U.S. involvement in international affairs, but perhaps provocative is what is needed.
I reject the consensus that “winning” in Ukraine is a vital U.S. interest. It’s not. The real threat is the China-Russia alliance which we worsen every day by driving Russia further into China’s hands, yet no one is talking about it. Most of the GOP Establishment rails against… pic.twitter.com/SalOGAQJf2
— Vivek Ramaswamy (@VivekGRamaswamy) October 24, 2023
Not just catchphrases
Vivek Ramaswamy is an acquired taste. It remains to be seen how much popularity he will be able to muster as a fresh face on the biggest stage. On the surface, and as his challengers attempt to paint him, he seems to be a snappy young man with quick retorts that are easily translated into social media clips.
However, there is more under the surface to Mr. Ramaswamy. For example, he wrote out his foreign policy positions in-depth for The American Conservative, titled, A Viable Realism and Revival Doctrine in a rare display of political transparency.
Within this essay, he explains what he would do to change the dynamic of NATO, writing:
“European manpower should be the primary defense of Europe’s frontiers, with America as a balance of last resort.”
He goes on to write:
“No longer will America subsidize European weakness.”
And my personal favorite:
“We will be Uncle Sucker no more.”
These statements shouldn’t be controversial, particularly from anyone on the right. Yet, Vivek is Public Enemy #1 (OK, #2) of the establishment due to these very views.
Principles for our foreign policy:
1. The U.S. national interest always comes *first*.
2. The decision to go to war should be a *necessity*, not a choice or preference.
3. Military engagement should *never* be a moral crusade or social work.
4. The central pillar of war is…
— Vivek Ramaswamy (@VivekGRamaswamy) October 24, 2023
Mr. Ramaswamy gets attacked on less the details of his foreign policy objectives and more on his specific comments on Ukraine, Taiwan, and now Israel. Vivek has not been shy about his disagreement that supporting Ukraine’s fight against Russia is in the best interests of the United States.
And recently, he encouraged lawmakers not to approve the aid package to Israel unless the U.S. holds Israel to specific requirements:
“The U.S. should be clear with Israel that further U.S. support is contingent on Israel identifying clear objectives for success in Gaza and a coherent plan for what comes after toppling Hamas even if Israel is successful in doing so.”
Statements like those are what earned him this sharp rebuke from GOP presidential candidate Nikki Haley:
“You have no foreign policy experience and it shows.”
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And yet it was foreign policy veterans and wonks like Ms. Haley that forced us into the last forever war that ended after 20 years with not just the disastrously executed withdrawal from Afghanistan but no tangible success for the United States. And how is Iraq doing these days? Syria?
The “experience” of the neoconservatives did wonders for Libya. Just take a look at the new open-air chattel slave markets.
Perhaps, in this case, experience isn’t preferred anymore for American taxpayers tired of conflicts with no clear objectives.
The truth of the matter is the former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations should know better how little the international community cares about countries like Israel, Ukraine, and Taiwan.
NEW: Vivek Ramaswamy is sounding the alarm on the Israeli ground invasion of Gaza, urging them to not move forward and warning that it would be “disastrous” for the United States.
The call for deescalation comes as Israel has reportedly lined up 300,000 troops along the Gaza… pic.twitter.com/LguA4lfkfg
— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) October 21, 2023
Making my point
It wasn’t just NATO that Vivek is considering leaving; he also hinted at the United Nations as a possibility. It takes just a fraction of research and knowledge of the United Nations to agree that it no longer serves it’s stated purpose, if it ever did.
Exhibit A: The United Nations Security Council. The U.N. charter gives the Security Council the following:
“primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security”
The bottom line up front is that the Security Council is involved in anything related to war. The council is made up of 15 countries, ten of which are rotating members elected by the U.N. General Assembly and serve for two-year stints.
The other five are permanent members who are the following:
- United States
- United Kingdom
If any permanent member vetoes a resolution, it automatically kills it. Given that Russia and China are rarely ever of the same mind as the United States, this setup is prime for perpetual gridlock.
Exhibit B: The United Nations Human Rights Council. The Human Rights Council is charged to be an:
“…inter-governmental body within the United Nations system responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe…”
Back in 2018, when the U.S. left the council, Ambassador Haley rightly stated:
“For too long, the Human Rights Council has been a protector of human rights abusers and a cesspool of political bias.”
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Referencing three members of the council well known for their human rights abuses in China, Russia, and Venezuela, she went on to say:
“Human rights abusers continue to serve on, and be elected to, the council.”
The point Nikki made back in 2018 is the same overarching point Trump and Vivek make now about the U.N. and NATO. Nothing about these organizations has anything to do with peace and security.
They are precisely orchestrated to stoke the flames of war and instability to the benefit of the world elite and to the detriment of the American taxpayer. Vivek might not have any foreign policy experience, but it doesn’t make him wrong.
The Secretary General of the UN should know nothing justifies beheading babies, burning people alive, and raping young girls.
He owes the people of Israel an apology.
This is disgusting and disqualifies him from leading the UN. https://t.co/7WyTiOqVPj
— Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) October 24, 2023
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