In Lauren Meier’s article for The Washington Times, Lexington Institute’s Loren Thompson comments on the Senate confirmation of Mark Esper as Defense Secretary. “Esper and the president will typically be in agreement that force is the last resort rather than the force you lead with in foreign affairs,” Thompson said. He also observed that Esper is “going to calm down the allies by putting a more traditional and modulated voice between the president and the leaders of other countries” and that the new defense secretary “will be more successful in dealing with Congress than any defense secretary in modern times … In part because his personality is perfectly fitted to the institution.”
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