President Donald J. Trump waves to the crowd as he exits Air Force One at Beale Air Force Base, Calif. Nov. 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Colville McFee)
Recently an article at War on the Rocks framed American foreign policy as boiling down to two choices. With the momentous events of the week preceding Christmas 2018—the Syria and Afghanistan withdrawal/downsizing, and Secretary of Defense James Mattis's resignation—this debate became a reality for anyone watching the news as they shopped for or wrapped their presents. But they only saw one side.
It’s described asa defining moment of former President Barack Obama’s foreign policy: His resistance to using military force in response to a chemical weapons attack in August 2013 by the Syrian government against civilians in Ghouta, a suburb of the Syrian capital Damascus.
Alexei Druzhinin/RIA Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP
As leaders from seven of the world’s most powerful nations meet in Europe this week for the G7 summit, Russian president Vladimir Putin, the man the leaders are largely meeting to discuss, is doing his best to put his own spin on things, condemning the U.S. military and NATO in the process.