Last week 117 “members of the Republican national security community” signed an open letter condemning Donald Trump.
It made me think the bellicose billionaire, the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination, is not quite as bad as I thought.
“His vision of American influence and power in the world is wildly inconsistent and unmoored in principle,” the letter complains.
“He swings from isolationism to military adventurism within the space of one sentence.”
Although there is some truth to that critique, an inconsistent skepticism of foreign intervention is better than none at all.
That is why I have trouble agreeing with Eliot Cohen, the neoconservative foreign policy expert who organized the letter, when he says “Hillary is the lesser evil, by a large margin.”
It is not surprising that Cohen, who always seems to be agitating for another war in the Middle East, would strongly prefer Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee.
Her signature achievement as secretary of state was a disastrous intervention in Libya that, like the U.S. invasion of Iraq, empowered terrorists by replacing a nasty dictatorship with chaos.