Politicians and establishment media have greeted what they see as President Trump’s return to the norms of American foreign policy.
They welcome the actual or threatened use of military force in Syria – Afghanistan and North Korea and praise his appointment of a bevvy of generals to senior security posts.
A striking feature of Trump’s first 100 days was the way in which the campaign to demonise him and his entourage as creatures of the Kremlin was suddenly switched off like a light as soon as he retreated from his earlier radicalism.
In reality the Trump administration should be more feared as a danger to world peace at the end of his first 100 days in office than it was at the beginning.
This is because Trump in the White House empowers many of those who so far from being ‘a safe pair of hands’ have led the US into a series of disastrous wars in the Middle East in the post 9/11 era.
There is no reason to think that they have changed their ways or learned from past mistakes.
Trump has staffed the West Wing with low-grade hucksters and his deal-making skills are just bad poker bluffs.
Saturday will mark the 100th year – sorry, the 100th day – of Donald Trump’s presidency.
And what a white-knuckle ride it has been for the world.The obsession with a president’s accomplishments in the first 100 days of a presidency is often maddening.But it can also be useful in that the way a new administration handles all these challenges can set the tone for the next four to eight years and determine whether it will go down in history as a success or failure.
After 100 days we can say this about Donald Trump and his team: History will not be kind.
At the rate Trump is going the internet could run out of space cataloging all of his administration’s deficiencies as a functional entity – its destruction of governing norms and the hash it has made of both domestic and foreign policy- long before he leaves office.
But two observations from the first 100 days stand out to me.
The first is the extent to which Trump’s struggles can be attributed to his pronounced tendency to staff his administration with mediocre two-bit hustlers and con men whose careers indicate they have a lot more luck than smarts or talent.