24 October 2017

Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar and Executive Director of the Clements Center for National Security, Dr. William Inboden was recently interviewed on The Federalist Radio regarding modern national security threats as they relate to events in our nation’s history.

Throughout the interview, Inboden speaks to topics including North Korea, China, and the Middle East, measuring current crises against his own assessment of prior foreign policy - namely Bush-era policy during the Iraq War and Reagan-era policy during the Cold War. Notably, Inboden cites that President Reagan’s pressure on the Soviet Union was successful because “even when he would use some of the stronger rhetoric against them… that was done with malice aforethought. He was calling out their illegitimacy and their truly vile behavior.” By contrast, Inboden speaks to the Trump administration’s foreign policy as lacking strategic consistency: “He’s someone who’s still not quite sure what he believes on foreign policy… my take is that there is not a strong coherent world view, there’s more a set of impulses that are somewhat erratic and somewhat susceptible to whoever he’s spoken to last or who his advisors are.” Later in the interview, more explicitly, Inboden addresses the issue of North Korea, “My concern with Trump’s stronger and stronger rhetoric towards Kim Jong Un is… he’s getting very far out front with strong threats, and when our nation’s credibility rests on those, you don’t make them unless you’re willing to follow through.”

Listen to Dr. Inboden’s full remarks here.