Many of these challenges are self-inflicted. The Trump administration has ratcheted up tensions around the world by imposing tariffs on Chinese goods, withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal and withdrawing from arms-control agreements — to name just a few. Throw in President Donald Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric, and the President is seeing the fruits of his labor. Unfortunately, the costs of his war-mongering may have fatal consequences, and his team may be ill-equipped to prioritize and develop coherent strategies.
While all isn’t quiet on the home front, ending one (unnecessary) battle was a prudent move. With finite resources, we should turn our fire to where it’s needed rather than to where Trump’s latest Twitter tirade takes us.
While Trump may be evolving from a recalcitrant trade warrior into a regretful one — potentially because of anticipated political repercussions if he doesn’t end costly trade wars — he’s been warmongering in more conventional theaters for years.
In short, the President has brought us closer to war with Iran, and now he doesn’t want to own it.
The nuclear threat is rising.
Though Trump’s information warfare tactics are tried and true, we also know that Russia’s information warfare campaign against the United States hasn’t stopped. The President’s own penchant for information warfare likely does little to deter our enemies from following suit.
The biggest war the President is fighting is with the truth, and that complicates the ability of everyone — his team included — to identify and articulate US national security interests.
Because of the President’s warmongering in pursuit of personal and political interests, the threat outlook is increasingly complex. And that should give every American cause for concern.
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