It should come as no surprise that there is anxiety or even outrage among those who identify with the counter-globalist movement which put Donald Trump into office. Whatever one thinks of either President Trump or his cruise missile strike upon Syria, it is obvious that nobody who voted for “the Donald” was inspired to do so by a moralistic vision of humanitarian empire. Nor could any honest person represent the last presidential election as a rousing endorsement of the foreign policy status quo. Yet by attacking a nation that poses no clear and present danger to the United States, the president has signaled that he may indeed follow in his Democratic and Republican predecessors’ interventionist footsteps. Will the Trump administration promote a program of endless regime change throughout the world, after all? Will it perpetuate the liberal West’s cold war with Orthodox Russia?
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