John Robb, who advises the military on so-called fourth generation warfare issues and blogs at Global Guerrillas, has this to say about the Trump/Sanders applecart upset:
The American Imperium in Zombie Mode
The policy wonks are up in arms over the NYTimes and WaPo interviews with Trump on foreign policy and trade. They simply can't say enough about how uninformed Trump is on this topic.... but there's something wrong with this picture.
The same wonks who claim to "know" everything have gutted the US economy, gotten us into wars we can't win, and plunged entire regions of the world into chaos & terrorism.
Personally, I like that both Sanders and Trump are isolationists. People profoundly out of step with the demands of an "Imperial Presidency." In my view, the Imperial Presidency beloved by the policy wonks should have died with the end of the cold war.
Yet it's still here, eating our future, in Zombie mode.
PS: What if, and this is a crazy notion, we simply focused on making the United States a success story, rather than a poorly run Imperium?
"Non-interventionist" is the preferred term over "isolationist" but Robb has nailed it here. It should have been swords-to-plowshares after the USSR broke up but too many (self-)important sinecures in the US were at stake to just end all the militarism. As a wise blogger said years ago, the US should be less like the Romans and more like the Swiss. But no.