Monday, February 20, 2017
Foreign Policy on Trump's first month
In honor of Presidents' Day, I'm sharing this assessment from Foreign Policy magazine on Trump's first month. I think it is a fair assessment, and it is pretty damning. They do find some bright spots in that it seems that many of the checks and balances in the US are working (including perhaps most prominently the dogged resistance from civil society of many of Trump's authoritarian measures). But on the other hand, the magazine notes that all this chaos has arisen in a relatively uneventful, crisis-free time, contrasting it with Obama's entry into office in the middle of an economic crisis and two major foreign combat/occupation engagements. If this is how the current administration handles peace and prosperity, then it bodes ill for when a crisis does strike.