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Trump’s High-Wire Act of Reestablishing Deterrence without War

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

These existential crises — Iran, North Korea, China, Russia, the Middle East — all preceded Trump. But they also all tested the Trump doctrine of restoring deterrence without engaging in costly optional wars. Trump must remember that he ambitiously is trying to solve the major festering challenges of U.S. foreign policy — all at once and right before an election, when his political opposition at home, most of the European Union, and our enemies would like to see him fail at last. So in the next 17 months we should expect all sorts of provocations from abroad, and so-called Logan Acting at home, to make Trump stumble and get into a messy intervention before the election.

https://www.nationalreview.com/2019/05/trump-foreign-policy-challenge-deterrence-without-war/