Against Trump visiting the troops

On Sunday, The New York Times published “Put Down the Golf Clubs, Visit the Troops,” an editorial calling on President Trump to follow in the footsteps of his predecessors and visit Americans in a conflict zone, even if he is scared for his safety, or very busy, or disagrees with the wars in question and doesn’t want to be associated with leading them.

Doing so is “about those who are close to the enemy and far from home, following orders and serving a cause greater than themselves,” the newspaper argues, adding that a visit “isn’t just about raising morale and smiling for a few photos, though that can mean more to a young grunt than most civilians may realize. Americans want a president who isn’t afraid to look at and reflect upon the consequences of his decisions,” hence presidential visits to wounded vets and military graves.