Tuesday, April 4, 2023

Trump Using Think Tank Plans to Draw Up "Attack" on Mexico?

Here is more from Rolling Stone:

Donald Trump is asking for a plan to wage war in Mexico, and the Republican Party is eager to give it to him.

As he campaigns for a second White House term, Trump has been asking policy advisers for a range of military options aimed at taking on Mexican drug cartels, including strikes that are not sanctioned by Mexico’s government, according to two sources familiar with the situation.

“‘Attacking Mexico,’ or whatever you’d like to call it, is something that President Trump has said he wants ‘battle plans’ drawn for,” says one of the sources. “He’s complained about missed opportunities of his first term, and there are a lot of people around him who want fewer missed opportunities in a second Trump presidency.”

Trump lieutenants have briefed him on several options that include unilateral military strikes and troop deployments on a sovereign U.S. partner and neighbor, the sources say. One such proposal that Trump has been briefed on this year is an October white paper from the Center for Renewing America, an increasingly influential think tank staffed largely by Trumpist wonks, MAGA loyalists, and veterans of his administration.


Center for Renewing America (CRA) is a conservative think tank founded in 2021 by Russell Vought, the director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in the Trump Administration.

Vought was previously vice president for Heritage Action for America, the sister lobbying arm of the Heritage Foundation.