Historian returns to present a very worthy idea to Trump:
I urge you, Mr. President-elect, in the strongest possible terms, to make this critical issue one of the first priorities of your administration, and I urge all who read this letter to join me in my call to address what ought to be a completely non-partisan effort to protect these presently united States. It is not technically challenging nor is it terribly expensive, but it is urgent in the extreme to commence protective action immediately. We have dawdled on this problem for far too long, and now we have emerging near-term threats from North Korea and Iran, among other unfriendly nations.
Seconded from here, most heartily. Read on to see what the issue is; I’m sure most of us will agree as to its overriding importance. If not, you ought to be reading some of the sci-fi stuff I have lately; almost all of it is built along the traditional dystopian-future lines, with something like this as the catalyst of catastrophe.
Update! Diplomad takes it further, with a big-picture look at undoing the Obama/Clinton foreign policy mishegoss entire:
The first step has already been taken: we have elected a President who, it certainly appears, wants America to “win.” That seems almost needless to say but given that we currently have a President who openly stated he can’t be bothered by concerns over whether or not America is winning, and a Secretary of State who infamously declared that it made no “difference” what had generated the Benghazi massacre, well, one can see that even a baby step in the right direction, is a step in the right direction–and to be welcomed.
A key component of power is leadership, a leadership committed to “winning” and a leader who has his people’s back. We haven’t had that for some time. It seems that Trump will be different; I can’t imagine a President Trump abandoning his people to the jihadi mob in Benghazi, for example. Leadership can and does prove a power multiplier. We see that, for example, with Putin who heads up a nation much, much weaker than the USA, but who has played his hand masterfully, and greatly enhanced Russia’s role in the world. We don’t have to like Putin to recognize this.
Besides leadership, the primary requirement for successful diplomacy is wedding diplomacy to power. The two go together. We see, for example, Secretary Kerry’s increasingly futile “efforts” in Syria which are hampered both by a lack of vision of an end game, and, of course, by an incompetent almost non-existent use of American power–I see Kerry is now beclowning himself in Antarctica. We have had an administration which has refused to recognize that successful American diplomacy requires a powerful military component and a leadership willing to pull the trigger. Yes, pull the trigger. We need right away to start a vigorous rebuilding of our military capabilities, and get the military away from distractions such as LGBT restrooms and lowering standards to get women into the Rangers.
Read all of this one, too. I wouldn’t so much mind Kerry beclowning himself—it seems to be about all he’s good at, besides astutely marrying into money—if he wasn’t also beclowning and endangering the rest of us right along with him.