President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, breaking with decades of U.S. and international policy. Dec. 6, 2017 (Dillon Smith / Chicago Tribune)
I hesitate to say that the repercussions of President Donald Trump's decision to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem were planned by the president (“Jerusalem: A self-defeating provocation,” Dec. 7). Thinking through the consequences of foreign policy decisions is not his strong suit. However, it is clear that Mr. Trump has just ordered up what will surely be angry attacks on every U.S. embassy in the Middle East, as well as increased efforts by radicals to target sites here in the United States.
Our son works for USAID and is currently posted in Jordan. Every day, he, and many other Americans, work hard to show that America's strength lies not only in its military, but in the efforts by many to improve life for others around the world. Mr. Trump has now put the life of my son and of all those other Americans at risk. And all for no possible foreign policy advantage to us. When you repeatedly poke a sleeping dog with a stick, it is disingenuous at the very least to act surprised when he fights back.
Will the international reaction to this latest unilateral act by our president be used as a pretext for further measures to keep Muslims out of our country? Will President Trump cite the unrest and outrage he created as a pretext for demanding additional military expenditures? And most importantly, will the American people and their representatives speak out against the reckless and dangerous foreign policy decisions being made by our president?