In very simple terms, I’m compelled to grade the Trump administration an F thus far as I did in assessing Obama’s 2-term Presidency here. If you have or haven’t read my “Grading Obama administration” post, this article requires additional posts that will also further explain my grading assessment of the Obama administration.
This post’s focus is on domestic and international affairs that have been extremely blurred between national defense and security to national interests such as Russia Interference-Influence US elections, and Trump’s Wiretapping assertion. I discuss some of this here, and there’s also Trump’s staff-cabinet picks discussed here and likely impact based upon their political ideology.
“The committee’s chairman said Tuesday that he won’t allow the nomination of Rod Rosenstein to be deputy attorney general to advance until Judiciary members get a briefing from FBI director James Comey on the agency’s ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.”
“And a separate request from other Judiciary Committee members, Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), asking for any information that may confirm President Donald Trump’s accusation that former President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower has also gone unheeded.”
“Putin understands Russia. But he also understands the world. He is not foolish enough to make a frontal assault on America or Europe. Instead, he knows how to use power asymmetrically, with cyber tools and disinformation.”
“It’s been at least 24 hours since any further sabers were rattled between China, US, South Korea, and North Korea (oh and Japan), but it according to DailyNK.com, Kim Jong Un has ordered the entire North Korean army into “combat mode” to tighten security and consolidate sentiment in response to military drills conducted by South Korea and the US, which began in early March.”
“The statement was worded with bravado typical of the militant communist state:
If they infringe on the DPRK’s [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] sovereignty and dignity even a bit, its army will launch merciless ultra-precision strikes from ground, air, sea and underwater.”
“President Bashar Assad complained about foreign “invaders” operating on Syrian soil without his permission and said that while he hopes for cooperation with the new U.S. administration, he has not communicated with President Donald Trump yet.”
“Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said U.S. forces in Syria were “invaders” and he had yet to see “anything concrete” emerge from U.S. President Donald Trump’s vow to prioritize the fight against Islamic State.
Assad has said he saw promise in Trump’s statements emphasizing the battle against Islamic State in Syria, where U.S. policy under President Barack Obama had backed some of the rebels fighting Assad and shunned him as an illegitimate leader.”
“Meanwhile, U.S. relations with both Russia and China continue to deteriorate…”
While there’s plenty of other sources to add to the list, it boils down to ignoring or omitting:
1). Unconventional Warfare forces lose to Conventional Warfare forces around 70% of the time in Modern History.
2). The War College Citing the US Military Unconventional Warfare focus in war-game scenarios against Russia, against China, and against Russo-Sino pact as a lose-lose proposition.
3). Abroad analysts assessing the fall of the Soviet Union rested in the nation possessing the world’s reserve currency status wins the Cold War through the Soviet’s failure to directly challenge the US citing the Soviet’s backing down in the Cuban Missile Crisis.
4). The International Law standard falls under Responsibility to Protect that mandates foreign powers to support the ‘Established Government’ at the ‘behest of the Established Government.
This is a path trend that ends catastrophically as historically stated when national defense and security blurs with national interests. In this case, Trump administration is continuing the path trend. Unfortunately, there seems little pressure to change the path trend; in fact, there’s more pressure to maintain it rather than change course.