Tag Archives: Foreign Policy

No Deal at All

Foreign policy is complicated. Donald Trump seems to insist that everything is quite simple. Apply force. The other party will capitulate. That’s the art of the deal. Humiliate the other party. Always hit back ten times harder. Don’t pay them. … Continue reading

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Tweeting Up a War

The Republic of Korea – South Korea – gave us a Fourth of July present in 1976 – the Korean Bell of Friendship in Angel’s Gate Park down in San Pedro – a massive bronze bell housed in an amazing … Continue reading

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Selling Seriousness

Anyone can run for president – with sufficient funds or sufficient previously established name recognition, or, perhaps, a record of public service, although that seems less and less necessary now – but there’s still that first initial hurdle. The American … Continue reading

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The Uses of Relative Inaction

It seems we now have roving gangs of Trump Thugs – or just two random young white kids painting a swastika, stuff about niggers and queers, and Trump’s name, on the walls of a nondenominational college chapel. They also painted … Continue reading

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Refusing to Project Foolishness

September 11, 2001, changed everything. Not really – our war in Iraq was far away, with far less than one percent of us directly involved in any of it, and it’s over. After fourteen years, well, we’re somehow still in … Continue reading

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Selling the Thing

Back in the sixties there was that anti-Nixon poster – Would You Buy a Used Car from This Man? At the time, and probably still, the least respected occupations in America were that of car salesman and, of course, politician. … Continue reading

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America Finally Steps Back

Things became clear last week – Iran, our enemy, has been fighting ISIS – those Sunni madmen – for us. They’re going at them in both Syria and in Iraq, and we can live with that. Someone has to do … Continue reading

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