The Trump Administration’s Security Priorities Are Dangerously Upside Down

A military parade is held to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army at the Zhurihe training base, Xilingol, China, July 30, 2017 (TopPhoto photo via AP).
A military parade is held to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army at the Zhurihe training base, Xilingol, China, July 30, 2017 (TopPhoto photo via AP).

Say you had just awoken from a long slumber and glanced at today’s headlines. You would conclude, no doubt, that Iran and North Korea are America’s greatest security threats. The attention those admittedly malign nations receive from the Trump administration surpasses all other adversaries or potential adversaries. In reality, though, Iran and North Korea are second-tier challenges, unlikely to strike directly at vital U.S. national interests. Russia is more worrisome, given its recent and continuing political meddling against the United States and President Donald Trump’s perplexing lack of concern with its attacks on American elections. Ultimately, though, Russia is devious […]

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