A few months after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, Philip H. Gordon, a former Obama official, warned in a published essay that Trump’s erratic and belligerent approach toward US adversaries could result in an unintended military catastrophe. Two years later, Gordon believes that his Cassandra cries have been partially vindicated, pointing to escalating tensions between the United States and Iran, China, North Korea and Venezuela. In a follow-up piece, Gordon explains how recent US foreign policy moves fit into the President’s pattern of high-risk deal-making – an approach he believes does not bode well for keeping the peace.
About the Author
Philip H. Gordon is a senior fellow at the US Council on Foreign Relations. He is a former Special Assistant to the President and served as White House Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa, and the Gulf Region from 2013 to 2015.