Many news outlets have seized on the troop level issue from President Trump’s speech on Monday night, citing what will surely be an inevitable decision to send more troops to Afghanistan as evidence of Trump bowing to the demands of Generals, or flip-flopping, or both.

But buried inside a speech full of strong statements on the need for achieving victory on the battlefield in Afghanistan was a glimpse into Trump’s emerging foreign policy doctrine, one that will be first demonstrated with his Afghanistan strategy.

“We will no longer use American military might to construct democracies in faraway lands or try to rebuild other countries in our own image,” Trump said. “Those days are now over.”

“We are not asking others to change their way of life, but to pursue common goals that allow our children to live better and safer lives. This principled realism will guide our decisions moving forward.”