Trump’s Next Move on North Korea

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives in Pyongyang in July (State Department via Flickr)

by John Feffer Donald Trump loves to talk about war. Last year, Trump was ready to invade Venezuela, until calmer heads in his inner circle persuaded him that it wasn’t a good idea. He has recently escalated his threats against… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Necessary Encounters with Kim and Putin

Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump (Dan Scavino Jr. via Wikimedia Commons)

by Robert E. Hunter By the middle of next month, President Donald Trump will have defied both protocol and US elite opinion by meeting with leaders of two countries who, to put it mildly, do not wish the United States… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Korean Shell Game

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by John Feffer Conmen always keep up a patter. While they’re extracting the wallet from your pocket, they maintain a nonstop monologue so that you focus on their mouth and not what they’re doing with their hands. Beware the voluble… Continue Reading  

Beyond Hegemony and a Liberal International Order

Tattered flags (Megan Kester)

by Gordon Adams America’s place in the world is experiencing an historic turning point. All the mumbo-jumbo about being the “exceptional” and “indispensable” nation, the natural “leader” of something called the “West,” the guarantor of some kind of international system… Continue Reading  

Drawing the Wrong Lesson about North Korea

Kim Jong Un (KCNA)

by Paul R. Pillar Believing one’s own puffery and press releases is a hazard for many public figures, but probably especially so for Donald Trump. Although the true beliefs of any demagogue may remain hidden, this hazard can be expected… Continue Reading