No matter how long this government shutdown lasts or how many more follow, 2020 will actually be a national security election, not an election about shutdown.
In the wake of Secretary of State Pompeo’s and National Security Advisor Bolton’s recent trips to the greater Middle East, we have to focus on the combustible situation in the region. It echoes that of the Balkans in the run-up to World War I. Of course, we also have the emergent threat from China … and, yes, there’s a new nuclear arms race.
Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, we’ve gone from euphoria through catastrophe into confusion, one which led President Obama into the fantastical view that he could remake the world by ignoring its truths.
We’re back where we didn’t expect to be again: Superpower competition at every level, often just under the “kinetic” phase.
2020 is going to be a national security election.
The choice: More of Trump and his policies? or back to Obama-era make-believe?