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Critics have complained about President Donal Trump's bombast on foreign policy, but some GOP insiders worry about a less visible problem – a hollowed-out bureaucracy that has been slow to develop and implement strategy.Trump seems weirdly pleased at the many vacant policy positions – evidently not understanding that the vacancies prevent effective action.McCain said this month that the administration's lack of public explanation of how it intends to implement its Afghanistan strategy was "totally unacceptable".A similar lack of clarity afflicts Iran strategy.Much of the policy bandwidth has been consumed by the one issue that isn't currently a problem – the nuclear deal that Iran is complying with, but that Trump wants to decertify anyway.After nine months, Trump still hasn't settled on a plan for Syria or Iraq – especially on the crucial question of whether to leave a small residual U.S. force there.Trump's slurs and insults may be distracting us from a more basic foreign policy problem: On some key issues, when it comes to actual policy plans, the cupboard is bare.
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