How to assess the damage after the first 30 days.
The creation of a Bannon-led “Strategic Initiatives Group” within the NSC further erodes its stature, independence, and influence.
The massacre shaped the thinking of a generation of U.S. foreign-policy makers like me. And it still looms over our choices, from Iraq to Libya to Syria.
Derek Chollet served in the Barack Obama administration for six years in senior positions at the White House, State Department, and Pentagon, most recently as the U.S. assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs. Currently the executive vice president at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, his books include The Long Game: How Obama Defied Washington and Redefined America’s Role in the World, America Between the Wars: From 11/9 to 9/11 (co-written with James Goldgeier), and The Unquiet American: Richard Holbrooke in the World (co-edited with Samantha Power). A native Nebraskan, he lives in Washington, D.C., with his family. Chollet is a co-editor of Shadow Government.