For months now, advocates of the United States have been claiming that there isn't much reason to worry about U.S. Presiddent Donald Trump being in the Oval Office. America's much-vaunted checks and balances, they say, will rein him in properly.

There is just one little problem with this argument: It does not really apply to U.S. foreign policy. The president of the United States is the sole commander-in-chief of a nuclear military. As such, whoever holds this post has near omnipotent powers.

This is especially problematic if the current president is a man who has an unjustified limitless belief in himself and therefore doesn't really care about anybody's counsel. It does not help that Trump has less of a sense of the basics of foreign policy than of the intricacies of arranging global beauty contests.