In an exclusive interview with The New Guard before his speech at the 2016 National Conservative Student Conference, conservative powerhouse Dinesh D’Souza sat down to answer three important questions about American foreign policy in the era of President Obama.
NG: Just as college campuses have implemented safe spaces, do you think that President Obama has made America a safe space for terrorists?
DD: I think that Obama has created a power vacuum in the Middle East that has allowed groups like ISIS to flourish. Once you let that infestation spread and gain confidence then they feel they can bring the battle over here. They can take it to Europe and they can take it to America. Obama seems to be lax about security. The combination of a weak foreign policy and relatively lax security policy does not go well for us.
NG: Where do you see the relations with the Middle East in the next ten years? Will the relationship become better or worse?
DD: This depends on the election but with Obama it has been apart of his deliberate goal to reduce American wealth and power, and we’ve seen under Obama our allies weaken and our enemies get stronger. So Mubarak was our ally in Egypt, he’s gone. Qaddafi wasn’t an ally but he was doing business with us and he’s gone. Assad is our enemy and he is still in there. Mullah in Iran is stronger than ever. Obama has created some wreckage.
NG: How would conservatives on college campuses expose Obama’s tall tale that he has defeated terrorism?
DD: One way is to articulate a conservative message that makes sense to people– and that alternative is a modified version of the Reagan doctrine. The Reagan Doctrine in a nut shell is “the people should fight for their own freedom, they fight, we help.” This a doctrine that is anti-interventionist. We don’t dispatch troops at the drop of a hat. This I think will appeal to young people because they have seen that it is costly in blood and treasure to intervene militarily. It does not mean we should never do it but we need to have pressing reason to do it. The Reagan Doctrine steers a middle course between intervention in the one hand and isolationism in the other.