National security and foreign policy were mainly an afterthought in President Trump’s State of the Union address. What he said was less notable than what he did not say.
The National Defense Strategy, recently released by Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, suggests that “interstate strategic competition, not terrorism, is now the primary concern in U.S. national security.” It goes on to cite China and Russia as primary threats. Listed next are North Korea and Iran, only then followed by terrorism.
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