People who care about American foreign policy are grasping for any hint of normalcy. President Trump's appointment of Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his new National Security Advisor gave even the most worried analysts hope that the President was coming around to stability and tradition (it really shouldn't). A quick recap of the week in foreign affairs: Vice President Mike Pence went to Europe to basically take back everything Trump has ever said about the U.S.'s commitment to our European allies. It did not assuage European concerns, it just created confusion and undermined the Vice President's authority because he was so far off afield from what the President has been saying. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was notably absent from the European confab, as he was absent from all the recent heads of state meetings the Administration has held (Japan PM Abe, Israeli PM Netanyahu, Canadian President Trudeau, etc). Sec. Tillerson was tapped to go down to Mexico along with Secretary of Homeland Security Kelly to mend fences (and build walls) with President Peña Nieto after a pretty alarming diplomatic diss in January. Meanwhile, the campaign to take east Mosul from ISIS is making great progress but costing American lives. A new round of peace talks between Syrian rebels and the Syrian regime are getting underway in Geneva while U.S. aid to Syrian rebels has been stopped., Afghanistan is facing dire times, and famine has been declared in South Sudan. While many are trying to comfort themselves with the few glimmers of hope for normalcy on the U.S. foreign policy front, there's too many fires for one National Security Advisor to put out.

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