How Our Strategy Against Terrorism Gave Us Trump

When the going gets tough for President Trump, as it has virtually from the moment he took office, he has a ready and remarkably restorative message to convey: You are in danger, and I will do what it takes to protect you. …

Historians will long ponder the factors behind Mr. Trump’s unlikely rise to the presidency. Most analyses cite his advocacy for the economically disaffected, his rejection or embrace of one form of identity politics or another, or his preternatural ability to connect with “Middle America.”

But another factor deserves attention: a bipartisan approach to national security focused on terrorism that has distorted America’s understanding of its interests. CONT.

Jon Finer & Robert Malley, New York Times