If it is to be war, though, Trump and Bannon's headlong rush to fulfil a campaign promise to bar entry to Muslims, could actually make future U.S. military operations much more risky.
On Saturday night, amid the bedlam generated by the travel ban, as well as condemnations of Trump's having marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day while refraining from any mention of Jews, the president named Bannon to the key Principals Committee of the National Security Council, at the same time dropping as regular members the chairman of the joint chiefs and the director of national intelligence.
The 2014 Bannon speech to the Christian conference bears close study. Not only does it predict the imminence and inevitability of a war pitting Christianity against Islam, it obliquely suggests that Jews could find themselves a target for U.S. Christian anger somewhere down the road.
And what about real war? Trump may well consider it a positive option precisely because he has no clue in world what it's like. What the horror of war means to the people whose lives are destroyed by it, whether they physically survive or not.