Trump and Military Intervention Reply

On foreign policy, Trump more or less continues the Obama legacy, with a little bit of Republican hawkishness thrown in for good measure. In other words, more or less what Hillary what have done. Who could’ve guessed?

By Daniel Larison

The American Conservative

Trump has had a more hawkish foreign policy than the one he inherited:

Instead, Trump has sent more U.S. troops to conflict zones in the Middle East and South Asia. He’s dropped more bombs on Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan. And he’s expanded a global campaign of targeted drone killings.

Add it all up, and it’s hard to see how Trump’s foreign policy is any less interventionist than his predecessors. If anything, Trump’s policies are a little more hawkish than those of Barack Obama, says Christopher Preble, with the CATO Institute.

“He’s largely continued what he’s inherited, with some additional increment of the use of force,” says Preble.

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