The (Toledo) Blade, June 5
Now that he has clinched the Republican presidential nomination, it has become increasingly plausible to envision Donald Trump occupying the Oval Office.
Much commentary has focused on what Mr. Trump’s style would be: Would he become “more presidential,” for example. But Harry Truman, for much of his term of office, was thought unpresidential. Now politicians seek to imitate and be identified with Mr. Truman.
A far more vital question is what Mr. Trump would be like as commander-in-chief – head of the military and primary architect of U.S. foreign policy.
Foreign policy is at least half the president’s job, and it is the most important part. A failed domestic initiative or a bad cabinet appointment does not imperil the nation. Poor decision-making in national security does.
The presidency is often, rightly, described as the most powerful position in the world, and as such it calls for a degree of care and consideration that seldom is as essential at more ordinary political levels…
Mr. Trump is his own man. He thinks about foreign policy his own way. Most of the Republican foreign policy bench is occupied by neo-conservatives and interventionists, and Mr. Trump is neither of those things. So who will be manning this part of the ship? How will those old hands refine Mr. Trump’s thinking? And how will he challenge theirs?
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