Blogs: The Skeptics

$400 Million to Iran: The Facts on an Overblown Story

The U.S. Must Focus on Its Own Enemies

3 Keys to the Neocons' Plan B on Trump

The Skeptics

- Lobby Trump's People: Trump may be the Republican nominee, and he could very well be President of the United States after November 8, but Trump will need good people—indeed, “the best people”—to staff top national-security posts in the State, Defense, and Treasury Departments and in the intelligence agencies responsible for protecting America from all kinds of dangers. If news reports are accurate, Trump will rely heavily upon some members of his family for advice. But “the Donald” is not going to appoint Ivanka Trump Secretary of State or Donald Jr. Secretary of the Treasury; he will need professionals who have been in the business long enough to know how the national-security bureaucracy works. If neocons won't be controlling the White House, they will at least want some of their own to represent them around the table during National Security Council meetings. For the neoconservative faction that has been trying to get back into an administration after eight years of Barack Obama, beggars can't be choosers.

Daniel R. DePetris has written for CNN.com, Small Wars Journal and the Diplomat.

Image: “Donald Trump art, "Unafraid And Unashamed" by Julian Raven, at the 2016 Politicon at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, California.” Photo by Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 2.0.

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Is a Rational American Foreign Policy Even Possible?

The Skeptics

- Lobby Trump's People: Trump may be the Republican nominee, and he could very well be President of the United States after November 8, but Trump will need good people—indeed, “the best people”—to staff top national-security posts in the State, Defense, and Treasury Departments and in the intelligence agencies responsible for protecting America from all kinds of dangers. If news reports are accurate, Trump will rely heavily upon some members of his family for advice. But “the Donald” is not going to appoint Ivanka Trump Secretary of State or Donald Jr. Secretary of the Treasury; he will need professionals who have been in the business long enough to know how the national-security bureaucracy works. If neocons won't be controlling the White House, they will at least want some of their own to represent them around the table during National Security Council meetings. For the neoconservative faction that has been trying to get back into an administration after eight years of Barack Obama, beggars can't be choosers.

Daniel R. DePetris has written for CNN.com, Small Wars Journal and the Diplomat.

Image: “Donald Trump art, "Unafraid And Unashamed" by Julian Raven, at the 2016 Politicon at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, California.” Photo by Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 2.0.

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South Korea Must Learn to Defend Itself—Without America

The Skeptics

- Lobby Trump's People: Trump may be the Republican nominee, and he could very well be President of the United States after November 8, but Trump will need good people—indeed, “the best people”—to staff top national-security posts in the State, Defense, and Treasury Departments and in the intelligence agencies responsible for protecting America from all kinds of dangers. If news reports are accurate, Trump will rely heavily upon some members of his family for advice. But “the Donald” is not going to appoint Ivanka Trump Secretary of State or Donald Jr. Secretary of the Treasury; he will need professionals who have been in the business long enough to know how the national-security bureaucracy works. If neocons won't be controlling the White House, they will at least want some of their own to represent them around the table during National Security Council meetings. For the neoconservative faction that has been trying to get back into an administration after eight years of Barack Obama, beggars can't be choosers.

Daniel R. DePetris has written for CNN.com, Small Wars Journal and the Diplomat.

Image: “Donald Trump art, "Unafraid And Unashamed" by Julian Raven, at the 2016 Politicon at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, California.” Photo by Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 2.0.

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