It is safe to say national security in America has been more at risk in the past 23 months than at any point in a generation. Anyone paying attention has observed how Donald Trump and those in his administration routinely capitulate to Russian President Vladimir Putin and other dangerous world leaders. The person responsible for overseeing Middle East peace talks, Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior White House Advisor Jared Kushner, is in way over his head. The Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has stated publicly that he has Kushner “in his pocket.” Kim Jung Un played Trump like a fiddle, and U.S. intelligence believes North Korea is continuing to ramp up their nuclear arsenal.
Dr. Michael Carpenter, an actual expert on national security, would likely agree with my stance on this. He previously worked at the Pentagon as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense and is currently the Senior Director of the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement, and served in President Obama’s National Security Council as Director for Russia. In a recent interview with The Globe Post, Carpenter espoused his theories on the Trump-Putin relationship.
When asked about Trump’s recent statements concerning Russia’s increased hostility and military actions towards Ukraine, Carpenter did not pull any punches. “Trump is clearly signaling to Putin that he will do nothing to stop him,” Carpenter opined. “This sort of unapologetic appeasement will surely embolden Russia to act more aggressively in the region.” Carpenter also compared Trump’s attitude toward Ukraine to former U.K. Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s description of Czechoslovakia in the 1930s as a “faraway country about which we know little.”
While the interview mostly centered on Donald Trump’s reactions to the increased Russia-Ukraine tensions, Carpenter provided his theory on why Trump is reacting this way. “I think Trump has very little understanding of geopolitics and prioritizes his business and family interests over everything else,” he stated. “There’s a reason why Trump hired Paul Manafort as his campaign manager and continues to praise Manafort even now that he’s an indicted felon. They think in similar terms and have a shared worldview which puts private gain above all else.” And this is the very reason – Trump’s incessant greed – why America will not be safe until he is removed from power.
I’m a ceramic engineer living in Central New York, avid sports fan but find myself more interested in politics lately.