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once had over com­peti­tors and ad­ver­saries. We can­not do ev­ery­thing we want ev­ery­where. We must choose. We must pri­or­i­tize.”

McCain sug­gested what many an­a­lysts have been say­ing qui­etly for months. The most wor­ry­ing thing about Trump isn’t his impulsive mil­i­tary threats (though there’s rea­son to be con­cerned there, too). The deeper fear is that in na­tional se­cu­rity, this ad­min­is­tra­tion is an empty suit. It doesn’t make de­ci­sions. It doesn’t set pri­or­i­ties.

Trump is a vain man who flat­ters oth­ers so that he will be stroked him­self.

If there’s a strate­gic con­cept un­der­ly­ing his ap­proach, it may be re­al­ism mar­ried to ac­qui­es­cence. The Asia trip left me feel­ing that we’re watch­ing an Amer­i­can re­treat, ac­com­pa­nied by a shiny brass band.

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