Trump Has Scored Some Successes in Foreign Policy

Article/Op-Ed in CNN
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Dec. 27, 2017

Peter Bergen wrote for CNN about some unacknowledged successes of President Trump's foreign policy:

Some of the most ferocious critics of President Trump's foreign policy are leading Republican thinkers and writers such as military historians Max Boot and Eliot Cohen, along with Michael Gerson, who was President George W. Bush's chief speechwriter.

In venues such as Foreign Policy, The Atlantic and The Washington Post they have described Trump as "utterly incompetent" (Boot) and as running a foreign policy defined by "blunder, inattention, miscomprehension or willfulness" (Cohen). They've also pointed to his "fundamental unfitness for high office" (Gerson).

And those are reviews of Trump's foreign policy record by some of his fellow Republicans.

But what the critics don't acknowledge is that Trump and his national security team have actually scored some real foreign policy wins in the past year that have been sometimes obscured by Trump's penchant for bloviation, bluster and belligerence. (And I don't mean self-described Trump wins, such as the "travel ban" whose effects on containing terrorism in the States will likely be negligible, as lethal terrorist attacks on American soil since 9/11 have invariably been the work of self-radicalized US citizens and legal residents.)