Security Challenges
Volume 13, No.2 (2017)

All Measures Short of War - The Contest for the Twenty-First Century and the Future of American Power

If there is one defining word for the foreign policy of Donald J. Trump thus far, it is ‘incompetence’. To many this was also true of his predecessors, Barack Obama and George W. Bush. America is not failing as a global leader because its ideas or values are bad, but because the wrong people are in charge. They are too war-like (Bush), not war-like enough (Obama) or just plain ignorant (Trump). Fix the leader, restore credibility and competence, so this line of thought goes, and all will be okay again.

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