Friday, April 21, 2017

Fool's game

To the extent he has one, Trump's foreign policy is based on the idea that he will use "credibility' to scare other countries into doing what he wants:
[T]he politics of credibility are complex and ephemeral, and spending time, blood, and treasure to try to manufacture a reputation for toughness is, more often than not, a fool’s game. And foreign policy analysts probably shouldn’t encourage neophyte policymakers to use cruise missiles, aircraft carriers, and MOABs to chase “credibility” around the Pacific Ocean.