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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Donald Trump: A Modern Manchurian Candidate?

New York Times

JAN 11, 2017

In recent days, two intelligence dossiers have been published making sensational charges involving President-elect Donald J. Trump and the 2016 election. Although they will be lumped together in the public mind, in truth they are as different as chalk and cheese.

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Trump is way off on Russia hack report

His reaction suggests a guilty conscience and the possibility that something sinister is going on.

USA Today

JAN 8, 2017

In the normal course of business, it’s hard to get America’s fractious intelligence agencies to agree that 2 + 2 = 4. So the unclassified version of the intelligence community assessment about the hacking of the Democratic National Committee is all the more remarkable. In it, the FBI, the CIA, the NSA wrote with a “high degree” of confidence (itself rare in the intelligence world) that “Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the US presidential election” in order “to help President-elect Trump’s election chances.”

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