David Klion

Are Trump's Generals on the Verge of Committing the Biggest Blunder of His Presidency?

Arming Ukraine has always been a bad idea. It was a bad idea when it was first proposed by the Brookings Institution in early 2015 and it’s a bad idea now that Defense Secretary James Mattis is reviving it. It was a bad idea under Barack Obama, before Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and it’s a bad idea today, with Donald Trump in the White House.

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The American Empire Is Now Effectively Being Run by Generals

Last Thursday, the well-connected political scientist Ian Bremmer tweeted the following: “Heard from Defense Min of a US ally: Mattis & Tillerson said they make relevant policy decisions & ignore Trump because he’s not in charge.” In other words, national security policy is being set not by the duly-elected president of the United States but by a career army officer and the former CEO of ExxonMobil.

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Donald Trump's Foreign Policy Is So Much More Corrupt and Dangerous Than His Possible Ties to Putin

How to make sense of Donald Trump’s foreign policy? Is Trump an “America First” Jacksonian nationalist? An isolationist? A neoconservative? A conventional captive of the DC foreign policy establishment? A Russian puppet? An unhinged warmonger?

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Trump Is Hollowing out Our Democracy, Leaving Us Vulnerable to a True Authoritarian

Well before the Russia scandal became a national soap opera, comparisons between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin were a media staple. Trump encouraged these comparisons by praising the Russian president, widely regarded as an authoritarian, dozens of times in the past four years.

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There's a Lot of Worry That Trump Is a Dangerous Authoritarian - Could It Be That We Barely Have a President at All?

The dominant fear surrounding Donald Trump’s presidency has been that it would introduce authoritarianism to the United States. Perhaps most comprehensively expressed in an Atlantic cover story by David Frum in March, the parallels between Trump and other strongmen, past and present, became a media mainstay even before he took office. Trump has been frequently compared to Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan, both of whom he has praised, and sometimes even to Adolf Hitler. Given Trump’s demonizing of ethnic minorities and educated elites, as well as his palpable contempt for democratic norms and the rule of law, these analogies haven’t seemed far-fetched.

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