Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, President-elect Donald J. Trump’s pick for national security adviser, at Trump Tower on Friday. Credit Sam Hodgson for The New York Times
New York Times: With National Security Choices, Trump Builds Team to Bulldoze Status Quo
WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald J. Trump’s trio of hard-line selections on Friday served notice that he intends not only to reverse eight years of liberal domestic policies but also to overturn decades of bipartisan consensus on the United States’ proper role in world affairs.
Mr. Trump is moving quickly to realize his campaign’s promise of a nation that relentlessly enforces immigration and drug laws; views Muslims with deep suspicion; second-guesses post-World War II alliances; and sends suspected terrorists to Guantánamo Bay or C.I.A. secret prisons to be interrogated with methods that have been banned as torture.
At a time when American cities have been inflamed by racial tensions, police shootings and fears over homegrown terrorism, Mr. Trump made no conciliatory gestures toward Muslims, Mexicans or residents of African-American neighborhoods, all of whom he disparaged during his campaign.
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WNU Editor: What's my take .... The U.S. is currently involved in approximately 3 dozen conflicts around the world .... big ones like Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria ..... medium ones like Yemen, Ukraine, and Libya .... small ones that have the potential to be big ones like Mali, Somalia, Boko Haram in Nigeria .... and then the very small conflicts where U.S. advisers and equipment are present ..... like the Philippines, Niger, Colombia, and .... to be more specific .... take your pick from this list .... List of ongoing armed conflicts (Wikipedia). But what is even more troublesome than being involved in all of these conflicts is the growing realization that we are not winning in most of these conflicts. In fact .... like Afghanistan .... we may actually be losing this war. In view of this sober reality .... a new direction/policy/approach is desperately needed. Will a President Trump deliver .... only time will tell.