C'mon Trumpists — Obama's shortcomings are no defense for Trump's excesses

Los Angeles Times

JAN 31, 2017

President Trump has earned near-universal condemnation for the excesses of his first week in office, ranging from falsehoods about the size of his inauguration crowd and about millions who supposedly voted illegally for his opponent to the implementation of his slap-dash executive order on immigration. Even immigration restrictionists were aghast at the chaotic way in which the immigration order was handled.

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President Bannon’s Hugely Destructive First Week in Office

Foreign Policy

JAN 30, 2017

The puppet master is leading the Trump administration down a road of carnage.

Don’t worry about Donald Trump — his Republican supporters have been whispering to Never Trumpers like me for months. He doesn’t really mean all of his campaign rhetoric. In fact, he doesn’t have much interest in policy at all, they said. He’ll delegate governing to Mike Pence, Reince Priebus, and Paul Ryan while he plays a lot of golf. You’ll see that there’s nothing to be scared of.

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Slapdash Trump order ignores real danger

His xenophobic edict doesn't address our vulnerability to Americans radicalized from afar.

USA Today

JAN 29, 2017

My family arrived in the United States in 1976, when I was 7, as Jewish refugees from the Soviet Union. I might well not be here, enjoying the greatness of America, if Donald Trump had been president back then. And I would definitely not be writing these words on a MacBook because the genius behind Apple computers, Steve Jobs, was born to a Syrian immigrant father.

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The Grave Dangers and Deep Sadness of ‘America First’

Foreign Policy

JAN 23, 2017

Donald Trump’s vision for the U.S. role in the world runs counter to the best and brightest ideas of this proud country of immigrants.

Donald Trump’s caustic, ill-tempered, and divisive inaugural address sounded as if it came from a different world from the one I inhabit — or, to be exact, from a different America than I have known for the 40 of my 47 years that I have been lucky enough to live in this wonderful country.

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Will Trump be the end of the Pax Americana?

Los Angeles Times

JAN 22, 2017

With the “America First” emphasis in his truculent inaugural address, Donald Trump has signaled that a radical reorientation of American foreign policy may be in the offing. For more than 70 years, the United States has been the world’s leading champion of free trade, democracy, and international institutions, particularly in Europe and East Asia. But for how much longer?

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The National Security Hole at the Heart of the Trump Transition

Foreign Policy

JAN 18, 2017

Thousands of key policymakers — from State to the Department of Defense — still need to be appointed to new positions. But nothing’s happening.

Last year, I signed an anti-Donald Trump letter that circulated among national security types and made crystal clear, in numerous articles, my opinion of Trump’s quasi-isolationist, protectionist campaign rhetoric. So I was not exactly waiting by the phone after the election for the transition to call and offer me some plum post.

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