The Foreign Policy Amateur Hour
Many antiwar activists welcomed the Presidency of Donald Trump, since he promised to reverse the neocon interventionist policies of the last four administrations. He agrees with the general consensus among sane people that the Iraq war was a colossal mistake, but lied about his opposition to launching it. He has made complaints about the burdensome costs and purpose of NATO and opposed efforts to ramp up a new Cold War with Russia.
But Trump often sounds like a dove—right before he twitches and flaps off like an enraged hawk. We have a Jekyll-and-Hyde President, with no consistency from one day to the next. After less than three months in office, he is tilting at other windmills, threatening greater havoc in world affairs.
He wants to ax the nuclear deal with Iran, because they tested a non-nuclear-capable ballistic missile, which the pact allows them to do. He may even fulfill the neocons’ wet dream by entering into a long, bloody hot war with the country.