Is Trump Right About Experts?

It doesn’t happen every day, but Donald Trump was right about something yesterday. Reacting to the avalanche of criticism he has received about his appalling ignorance of foreign policy, Trump asserted that the focus on the part of many pundits about the paucity of “experts” advising him was off base. Noting the less-than-sterling record of the geniuses that have been running U.S. foreign policy, he made the following crack while campaigning in Wisconsin:

Look at the mess we’re in with all these experts that we have. Look at the mess. Look at the Middle East. If our presidents and our politicians went on vacation for 365 days a year and went to the beach, we’d be in much better shape right now in the Middle East.

He’s not entirely wrong about that. But even if we concede that so-called experts have been responsible for most if not all of the foreign disasters that the United States has suffered, that doesn’t constitute an argument for the complete ignorance of history and policy options that Trump exhibits.

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Is Trump Right About Experts?

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