Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Surprise: Trump’s calm, competent global leadership
President Trump is emerging from his first overseas crisis looking calm and competent, with his foreign-policy and national-security teams hitting on all cylinders. Surprise!
His airstrike against Bashar al-Assad’s forces in Syria won the support of 78 US senators, including 30 Democrats — albeit with some qualifications.
The fact that Trump executed what came off as a rapid turnaround on his Syria policy in the wake of a war crime indicates he’s not locked into preconceived notions or policies: He’s adjusting to reality as it develops.
Yes, Trump lacks the kind of grand foreign-policy doctrine pushed by the last two presidents — but that’s not such a bad thing. In a world full of unknown and unpredictable factors, he’s prepared to act on the basis of actual realities, unbeholden to an agenda of aggressive nation-building or appeasement.