Editorial: Experts give Trump mixed grades

SPEAKING AT AN April 13 national-security conference at Ripon College are, from left, retired Gen. Wesley Clark, investigative journalist Richard Miniter and Middle East expert Ilan Berman. Tim Lyke photo

Just as last week’s release of the Mueller Report didn’t fully exonerate President Trump, neither did the panel of foreign-policy experts Professor

Lamont Colucci so deftly brought to Ripon College April 13.

The prestigious collection of former national-security officials, advisors and consultants had plenty of criticism for presidents Clinton, George W. Bush and Obama, treated President George H.W. Bush gently and doled out their most effusive comments for President Reagan.

But President Trump?

Despite panelists belonging to the more rightward realism school of foreign policy — examining the acquisition and application of power — as opposed to the cooperative ideals of liberalism, they were sparing in their defense of the White House’s erratic approach to foreign affairs.


The speakers appreciated Trump’s hard-line stance toward Iran, disparaging Obama’s naive and dangerous efforts to lay down with the lion via the 2015 Iran nuclear deal framework. ...

North Korea

Despite one panelist observing that North Korea poses a grave threat to the United States, Trump’s on-again, off-again, but mainly on-again relationship with Chairman Kim, the Pyongyang-Washington stalemate received few sensible comments from the group. ...

Russia and China

Ripon College speakers steered clear of Trump-as-apologist-for-Putin, with no one commenting on the president ignoring his national security advisors by embracing the Communist party line in Helsinki that Russia did not interfere with American elections. ...

Global Warming

Wesley Clark, who as a retired four-start general and former Supreme Allied Commander Europe of NATO, is well versed in national security, cited global warming as a top national-security concern. “In the United States, our government doesn’t accept that we must take action to deal with climate change” ... — Tim Lyke

To read the entire editorial, see the April 25, 2019 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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