Category Archives: North Korea

Ambiguity Wins

Some diplomatic agreements work and some don’t. Those that work seem to be based on delicate ambiguity. The United States has had an odd One-China Policy in place since 1972 – “The United States acknowledges that Chinese on either side … Continue reading

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The Sensible People Elsewhere

Work on the Berlin Wall began on August 13, 1961 – the German Democratic Republic built their Anti-Fascist Protection Rampart (Antifaschistischer Schutzwall) cutting off West Berlin from East Germany and East Berlin, protecting its citizens from fascist elements conspiring to … Continue reading

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Exorcising Chamberlain’s Ghost

Tuesday, August 4, 2009, may be the day that, after eight long years, the United States decided to return to practicing diplomacy. We took eight years off – the Bush Doctrine and all that. Sure, Sarah Palin hadn’t the slightest … Continue reading

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Faking Your Opponents Out of Their Shoes

Sometimes you just have to change the subject – the issues are too hot, the useful options too few, and all all you see is worry around you, save for the few engaged in angry rants. Nothing is going to … Continue reading

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Duck and Cover

It was odd growing up the fifties – the time of the Cold War. None of the neighbors built a fallout shelter, but at Highland Elementary we did the duck-and-cover drills. Even in fifth grade we knew they were silly … Continue reading

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