Donald Trump’s presidency stands at this moment somewhere between nuclear war and a Nobel Peace Prize – and somehow seems more stable than it’s been in a while.
This particular split-screen – stepping toward an agreement with North Korea while bringing Americans home, stepping toward a confrontation with Iran with a fresh warning after ending the nuclear deal – may be united by little beyond the notion that if President Barack Obama did it, his successor wants to do the opposite.
But it’s also the fulfillment of a fundamental campaign promise, one based on Trump’s instinct: to disrupt. This he is doing, with reverberations felt this week alone from Teheran to Damascus to Pyongyang to Jerusalem.
Even Trump critics will muster credit for the president if the result is a more peaceful world.
That conclusion, though, is not preordained. The pieces Trump is moving on the global stage interact with each other in unpredictable ways – some that may adjust for the president’s style, others that may not.
“Overall, we are less safe,” retired Gen. Michael Hayden, a former CIA and NSA director, told us on the “Powerhouse Politics” podcast. “We are the most disruptive force in the world today.”