Charlie Kirk: Trump's MAGA Doctrine Triumphs Over Iran and Foreign Policy Elite

President Trump is at it again.

He is infuriating members of the ruling class and the MSM (the megaphone for the ruling class) with his handling of the recent flare-up with Iran. Desperate to criticize his every move, the way he has taken unexpected actions over the course of the past week has them spinning like a top in their swivel chairs trying to face the right camera and voice the appropriate "grave concern." The experts have been as off balance as have been the Iranian leaders who find themselves mourning the loss of their Islamic version of Heinrich HimmlerGeneral Soleimani.

Let's quickly recap the events that rang in the New Year:

December 27, 2019: Iran-backed forces kill a U.S. contractor and wound several American and Iraqi troops in a rocket attack on a base in northern Iraq.

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December 29, 2019: The U.S. strikes positions of Iranian-backed forces in Iraq and Syria, killing at least 25 fighters.

December 31, 2019: Iran-backed militiamen and their supporters break through the outer barrier of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and protest violently for two days. U.S. Marines use tear gas, but neither side sustains casualties.

January 3, 2020: U.S. airstrike kills Soleimani, the unofficial head of mayhem and murder in Iran who advanced that country's destabilizing regional ambitions by way of terror and the killing of hundreds of U.S. soldiers.

January 8, 2020: Iran launches a feckless attack on two bases in Iraq housing U.S. troops. Nobody is injured. Iran issues a statement that effectively says, "We're good."

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January 9, 2020: President Trump states that he is increasing sanctions against Iran but is taking no further military action, for now.

At every instance in this "crisis," the "experts" in foreign policy and in the media have been criticizing the president. They parroted the DNC talking point that Trump "doesn't have a plan" and used the words they typically employ to characterize Trump's foreign policy—words like "incoherent," "indecisive," "erratic," and, the catch-all, "dangerous."

If all these "experts" are complaining, then surely there must be something wrong with the president's actions, right? Let's take a look at those experts. While each of them has their own unique resume, and while there are outliers and exceptions, they plot out in a bell curve like nearly everything in life.

So, let's consider who these people typically are:

Members of our foreign policy establishment likely came from an upper-crust family and attended one of America's "finer" universities. There they pursued a major in some area of foreign policy, international relations or political science, with perhaps a minor in a foreign language or even an attendant field like economics. Their classes were taught by a combination of professors who lived in the world of theory (read: never had any real foreign policy experience) and former participants in actual foreign policy design and implementation (people who worked in government).

After college, the future expert is recruited by any one of the alphabet soup of government agencies involved in national security: NSA, CIA, DOD, etc. They begin as a compartmentalized policy analyst and work their way up through the system into some level of bureaucratic responsibility. Eventually, because of their proven ability to "get along," they are singled out for appointment to a special position within government where they will be able to contribute directly to the design and implementation of foreign policy. Then they will leave government to become media consultants or teach the next wave of experts at a university.

The entire system is inbred.

In the context of foreign policy, both in the field and in media, this means that the people constantly criticizing President Trump are ideological clones of the same system that can boast such foreign policy triumphs as:

These are also the geniuses who overthrew Gaddafi, and failed to defend our embassy in Benghazi that led to the death of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.

Thankfully, President Trump cannot be counted among their ranks.

Maybe that's why he doesn't "obey" their counsel or bow to their incessant whining on cable news. For this, they brand him reckless. But it's also for this that he is enjoying unparalleled success. As a complete outsider, he has been more effective than they have been for decades as professional insiders. What he just accomplished in Iran was the equivalent of pulling down their pants and spanking them in front of the world. No endless war and no lack of resolve.

Foreign policy experts teaching at universities love doctrines. In the wake of the Iran conflict, they're now attempting to define Trump's—or as I call it, the MAGA Doctrine. So, allow me to distill what I know of the president and his thought process: every foreign policy decision will be made in the same manner as decisions are made in the private sector—what is in the best interest of the company (the United States), and what will promote its long-term profitability (expanded opportunity and prosperity) and viability (protection of its citizens and its system).

President Trump was businessman Trump first. He knows a little bit about the need to craft a strategy to adapt to the current realities of the marketplace—not adhere to past practices. This is not how they teach you to think at universities or D.C. think tanks, and they never will.

President Trump is creating a brand-new curriculum. The world had best start taking notes.

Charlie Kirk is the author of the upcoming book, "The MAGA Doctrine: The Only Ideas That Will Win the Future" (HarperCollins, March 3); he is also the host of "The Charlie Kirk Show."

The views expressed in this article are the writer's own.

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