Opinion – The Observer view on Donald Trump’s foreign policy | Observer editorial | Opinion | The Guardian – John Gelmini

Trump acted precipitously in Syria with his missile strike on Syria when he had no proper evidence that the gas attack had been perpetrated by Assad and when quite a few sources and an analysis of who benefits suggest that it might have been Saudi Arabia and Jordan whilst others suggest a Russian airstrike on a rebel position released Sarin from a rebel held weapons stockpile that should not have been there in the first place.

Dr Alf is right to say that Obama’s Presidency was a disaster and that Donald Trump’s legacy has yet to emerge as it is too soon.

The Thermobaric weapon dropped on the ISIS cave complex in Afghanistan is the right way to deal with ISIS but should have been used on a much bigger scale when ISIS were known to have been in single locations in Libya and Iraq where we could have destroyed them in much greater numbers and saved risking our troops.

As for Trump’s advisors on military matters they include General Votel and General Mattis who are fairly hard-line but probably right about North Korea which does need to be contained,ideally by the overthrow of Kim Jong Un,ideally by his own people and/or China prodded into action by the prospect of a robust military response by Trump’s strike group off the coast.

Trumps other advisors ,the ex Goldman Sachs people are questionable and I do not like the idea of any President having his daughter and son-in-law working for him in that office because to do so smacks of dynastic succession and the sorts of things we associate with Roman Emperors and medieval kings rather than a modern republic.

The Observer is not being nuanced enough and is being alarmist rather than actually “observing” and then reporting on what is happening.

North Korea has been a troublesome international pariah for some time which at the very least needed to be contained but now seeks to break loose with nuclear tipped ICBM’s.

Forcing the issue is going to be dangerous but doing nothing now poses a greater danger based on the balance of known risks.

That means that Kim Jong Un and possibly some of his generals have to be eliminated and replaced so that the entire Peninsula can once again be a pro-Western democracy.

If this can be achieved without too much bloodshed it will be a very good thing so we will have to see what happens before rushing to quick judgements about Donald Trump.

John Gelmini

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