The Main(e) Lesson Trump Should Learn from William McKinley

USS Chafee pulls alongside the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jessica Gomez

Donald Trump cannot afford to handle a maritime crisis with China the way McKinley handled his.

The lesson to glean from these differences is a simple one: a very specific set of circumstances allowed the United States to achieve its military aims in the Spanish-American War despite serious failures in planning. Anything less than a well-thought-out strategy cannot achieve the same results today should China cross a red line established by the new administration. Perhaps more on this issue than on any other, Trump and his cabinet need to have a consistent game plan and consider the guidance of diplomatic, military and intelligence experts, even if the overall approach is dictated by administration objectives.

Daniil Davydoff is Manager of Global Security Intelligence at AT-RISK International and director of social media for the World Affairs Council of Palm Beach. Daniil has been published by Foreign Policy as well as RealClearWorld, among other outlets. His views do not reflect those of his company.

Image: USS Chafee pulls alongside the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jessica Gomez

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