Imagine a Trump 2.0 foreign policy

A best-case scenario is inconsistent with the wild swings during his tenure

As a fellow millennial who is also an expert on international relations, I found Omer Aziz’s Ideas piece expressing optimism about foreign policy under a second Trump administration to be credulous at best and credulous at worst. delusions (“The best-case scenario for Trump’s foreign policy,” April 14). Aziz, a former foreign policy adviser, argues that it is important to “think like a millennial” when discussing the desirable aspects of Trump’s foreign policy, but it is also possible to think rationally.

It is true, as Aziz argues, that Donald Trump has talked about ending America’s endless wars. However, he also almost started a war with Iran and was only stopped by the intervention of top military advisors. It is also true that Trump’s bullying trade rhetoric talked about helping American workers, but if his policies were put into practice, they would have hurt American consumers and, by extension, American workers. It is true that Trump was on ‘good terms’ with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, but this had little substantive impact on nuclear tensions with that country and followed unnecessary mismanagement by Trump.

The problem with Trump’s foreign policy is that he says a lot and thinks little about how to systematically implement policies. It concerns me to see an Ideas department employee falling for Trump’s rhetoric.

Peter Henne

South Burlington, Vt.

The writer is an associate professor of political science at the University of Vermont.

The world faces challenges that require an American leadership role

As the world’s largest economy, with China a distant second, the United States has a preeminent responsibility in the world’s affairs. Omer Aziz combines isolationism and unilateralism. Isolationism is exemplified by the period after World War I, when the United States refused to join the League of Nations, allowing the rise of fascism; unilateralism from the second Iraq war, when we unnecessarily attacked another country, resulting in continued unintended consequences.

The world faces unprecedented challenges that require American leadership, the most serious of which is climate change. Another example of isolationism is Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, promising to do more damage if re-elected (“drill baby, drill”).

Considering what he did in his first term and what the likely outcome would be if he were re-elected, the planet is in danger.

Ken Culbert


Analysis of issues that matter to voters is a refreshing change

It was refreshing to read Omer Aziz’s essay analyzing issues surrounding the presidential election rather than personalities. It seems like half the country thinks Donald Trump is a loudmouthed buffoon and the other half thinks President Biden has been weakened by the ravages of time. Both camps may be right, but thinking about what the respective candidates would do with another term, rather than attacking either of them personally, benefits people deciding who to vote for.

John McCullough


A generation defined by ‘endless war’? Talk to those on the front lines.

I found it absurd that Omer Aziz would claim that he and his contemporaries led a life characterized by an ‘endless war’.

It is the men and women stationed in the Middle East during these years who endured the war and its consequences, not Aziz and his fellow millennials.

They must have added sherry in the faculty lounge when he was still a member of Radcliffe.

Martin Komack