Knowledgeable observers have detected potential signs of an imminent fifth nuclear test in North Korea, reflecting the typical diplomatic combination of carrots (a new, “more reasonable” tone) and sticks (the test). Since the North has fully mastered the art of saying (and promising) one thing while doing precisely the opposite, how to handle the rogue regime should be a significant topic in our upcoming presidential debates.
When the Justice Department makes a representation to a court on the basis of what they are told, in this case by the State Department, and it turns out to be false, that is very serious.
President Obama’s threat that a British exit from the European Union would harm the United Kingdom economically may well backfire. Not only did Obama unnecessarily intrude into a British domestic debate — Brexit, as it’s now known — he did so by crassly threatening to downgrade U.S.-U.K. trade relations.
The Obama Presidency has used the press, the establishment mainstream media, more effectively as a propaganda tool than any other Administration in American history.
One of contemporary political journalism’s clichés is that Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy is more “hawkish” than Barack Obama’s — “tougher,” more “interventionist.” Pundits left and right repeat it as though self-evident. Paradoxically, leftist commentators who normally deride “hawkish” politicians extol Clinton, while rightist observers say it makes Clinton more tolerable than, or even preferable to, Ted Cruz or Donald Trump, whom they dislike for other reasons.
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