U.S. President-elect Donald Trump arrives at the the main clubhouse at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, U.S., November 19, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Defense One/Council on Foreign Relations: As Trump Waits, So Do US War Fighters, Planners
The truth is nobody from the Pentagon to Baghdad knows yet if Trump will escalate or withdraw from America's ongoing fights around the world.
With President-elect Donald Trump about to become commander in chief, America has not seen this many questions around U.S. national security policy since the late 1960s, if ever. And if there is one thing that challenges war planning it is uncertainty.
Because whether we like to discuss it or not, America is at war. And even after a two-year election campaign, nobody knows where President Trump will steer those fights or if he’ll even continue them.
The president-elect is preparing to arrive in Washington while Americans in uniform are continuing to deploy to battlefields in Iraq and Syria, and Afghanistan, and fight in even lesser watched places like Libya, Somalia, Yemen, Mali, the Philippines, and Indonesia. And no one working on U.S. foreign and national security policy at this moment can tell you what comes next.
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WNU Editor: He ran on a mandate that was opposite from what Hillary Clinton was proposing when it comes to foreign wars and conflicts. But that then raises the other question .... no one really knows if a President Hillary Clinton would have escalated or withdrawn from America's many fights in the world. This is the problem with America's elections .... instead of having a debate on the issues .... its now all about image, personalities, and negative campaigning.