WASHINGTON, , (Pakistan Point News - APP - 10th Nov, 2016 ) - Build a wall, make nice with Moscow, tear up free trade deals and force Washington's allies to pay more for their own security. OK, and then what? Beyond a few broad isolationist and protectionist strokes, President-elect Donald Trump has not painted a detailed picture of his foreign policy. Now, with just ten weeks until he takes command of the world's sole superpower, Washington's friends and foes are seeking clues to his agenda.
And if it seems vague, perhaps that's intentional. In speech after campaign speech, Trump insisted on the virtue of "the element of surprise." In January, Trump was asked whether as president he would bomb Iran's nuclear sites instead of relying on a negotiated deal to keep them mothballed. "I want to be unpredictable," Trump protesting, insisting that US voters' would support -- as they eventually did -- his shoot-from-the-hip style. In the closing stages of his presidential campaign, Trump repeatedly mocked the ongoing US-backed Iraqi campaign to liberate the city of Mosul.
Why had President Barack Obama's generals flagged up the siege four months in advance, giving the Islamic State group warning on the assault? "What a group of losers we have," he said on Saturday, as Iraqi and Kurdish forces backed by US advisers and air power closed in on the city. "We need different thinking in this country, folks. They should have kept their mouths shut." Generals might argue that building a coalition while preparing supply lines and refugee reception areas could not have been carried out in the dark.