David Pratt wrote an excellent piece on the Drum presidency for The Herald the other day which began with the botched US Special Forces operation in Yemen which left 1 Navy SEAL dead along with many others, not all of whom were enemy combatants.
Far from Trump 'wising up' I think it's fair to say that if this had happened on President Obama's watch, Donald Trump would have been braying his scorn and disapproval at such recklessness - and the loss of human life involved.
So I suspect there's no hope of Donald 'Foghorn' Trump wising up anytime soon.
David Pratt: Can Trump wise up on world affairs before it is too late?
By David Pratt - The Herald
I’VE always maintained that the foreign policy arena is the place where Donald Trump is most likely to come seriously unstuck. Last weekend, as his immigration ban was making international headlines, another story was breaking that the Trump administration hoped would not come to light in the way it did.
In a botched US Special Forces raid against a suspected al-Qaeda base in Yemen, one American Navy SEAL was killed along with perhaps as many as 30 other people, including 10 women and children. It was, by all accounts, a military operation in which just about everything that could go wrong did.
Presented with the first of what will be many life-or-death decisions, Mr Trump and his closest advisers approved the mission over dinner just days after the presidential inauguration. Among those who gave it the green light was Mr Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and his special adviser and former Breitbart executive Stephen Bannon, as well as Defence Secretary General Jim Mattis. Already the blame game has started and some US newspapers, the New York Times in particular, have carried quotes from unnamed military sources that appear to shift blame for the mission to Mr Trump and his inner team.