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  • The Terror Inside Trump’s White House
  • Related: Paul Krugman Issues a Warning About What We All Know Is Coming

Ira Chernus, Tom Dispatch

http://www.greanvillepost.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/26063070824_e941dbc3d9_b_trump-clinton-768x768.jpg February 5, 2017 | What kind of national security policy will the Trump administration pursue globally? On this issue, as on so many others, the incoming president has offered enough contradictory clues, tweets, and comments that the only definitive answer right now is: Who knows?

During his presidential campaign he more or less promised a non-interventionist foreign policy, even as he offered hints that his might be anything but.  There was, of course, ISIS to destroy and he swore he would “bomb the shit out of them.” He would, he suggested, even consider using nuclear weapons in the Middle East.  And as Dr. Seuss might have said, that was not all, oh no, that was not all.  He has often warned of the dangers of a vague but fearsome “radical Islam” and insisted that “terrorists and their regional and worldwide networks must be eradicated from the face of the Earth, a mission we will carry out.”  (And he’s already ordered his first special ops raid in Yemen, resulting in one dead American and evidently many dead civilians.)

Ira Chernus, a TomDispatch regular, is professor emeritus of religious studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder and author of the online MythicAmerica: Essays.

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Paul Krugman Issues a Warning About What We All Know Is Coming, Dartagnan, DailyKos / AlterNet

The New York Times columnist sees calamity on the horizon for Trump's America.

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Paul Krugman Issues a Warning About What We All Know Is Coming

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The New York Times columnist sees calamity on the horizon for Trump's America.

Dartagnan, DailyKos / AlterNet

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http://www.alternet.org/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/5664031706_ba464bd004_z.jpg February 11, 2017 | In September of 2001 the Administration of George W. Bush was running into trouble. A President who had lost the popular vote, installed into office only through a hotly contested Supreme Court decision, had nonetheless behaved from the start as if he possessed a mandate, eagerly dismantling his predecessor’s achievements and turning the country on a hard rightward course, following a strategy that had been carefully concealed from the public during the campaign.

The public reaction was swift and negative—Bush’s own popularity tanked precipitously as the public reacted to an agenda most had not realized they had voted for. Prior to September 11th his approval levels had dropped to the lowest of his still-young Presidency.

Dartagnan, Member, DailyKos

 

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