Paul Pillar

The Anti-Intelligence President-Elect

A bigger worry is that beginning two weeks from now, U.S. policy will be made by someone who not only has already plumbed new depths in post-truth politicking but still seems to show little inclination to move onto a more truth-illuminated path if it doesn’t suit his personal and political urges to do so.  Those billions that reportedly are spent on U.S. intelligence programs will continue to serve many useful purposes, but right now it does not look like they will be able to do much during the next administration to help ensure that presidential decisions are firmly grounded in reality.