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The recent six-month mark of Donald Trump's presidency serves as a reminder not only of how little his administration has accomplished domestically, but also of how his meandering foreign policy has created a geopolitical landscape rife with ticking time bombs.Consider Trump's decision in April to launch cruise missiles at the Shayrat air base in Syria, in response to the use of chemical weapons by Bashar Assad's regime. Aside from an unconvincing nod to humanitarianism, Trump's only rationale for deploying U.S. military capabilities seems to have been that Obama – after famously drawing a "red line" against the use of chemical weapons in Syria – did not respond militarily to the Assad regime's chemical attack in Ghouta in 2013 .Trump seems to be encountering the same problem that Obama did when he tried to explain to the American people that overthrowing Syria's Alawite-dominated regime would help defeat Sunni extremist groups such as Daesh (ISIS).Beyond Syria, Trump would prefer to think big.This anti-Iran rhetoric was certainly in keeping with Trump's own.If Trump intends to make his mark on the Middle East, he would do well to mind the region's complexities, and not behave as if he were still campaigning against Obama or Hillary Clinton.
North Korean appeasement
The trans-Atlantic continental drift must be addressed
‘America First’ means
Syria comes last
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