More generally, the entire Obama-Flynn-Trump misadventure suggests that as America continues to abandon its traditional political culture rooted in constitutionality and the rule of law, it is proving more difficult to carry out an effective foreign policy. Indeed, one point that is not surprisingly being overlooked in all the controversy is that the US intelligence services were listening in on phone calls and perhaps other communications of not just Russian officials but also Trump associates and campaign officials.
Thus, the Obama legacy of executive arbitrariness in the service of a leftist ideological vision followed by a Trump presidency and its equally peculiar, though less ideological personalist populism could bring the U.S. an even more arbitrary approach to both domestic and foreign policy. The rift between the president and US intelligence is now almost of coup- or intel purge-provoking breadth. All this will only complicate foreign policy-making and implementation and may make the resort to war more likely even if only as a last resort to avoid impeachment.Russian and Eurasian Politics
American Misadventures and Russian Gains: Obama’s Muslim Brotherhood Strategy, General Flynn’s Russia Play and Trump’s Debacle
Gordon M. Hahn, analyst and Advisory Board member at Geostrategic Forecasting Corporation, member of the Executive Advisory Board at the American Institute of Geostrategy, a contributing expert for Russia Direct, a senior researcher at the Center for Terrorism and Intelligence Studies, Akribis Group, and; and an analyst and consultant for Russia – Other Points of View