Daily Archive: August 12, 2017

Is North Korea Showing the Emperor is Naked?

Amid the thick fog of (rhetorical) war between Washington and Pyongyang, it’s still possible to detect some fascinating writing on the (unbuilt) wall. A case can be made that President Trump is using North Korea to kick the 24/7 Russia-gate narrative out of the US news cycle. It’s certainly working. After all, in Exceptionalistan weltanschauung, the prospect of war and its possible rewards certainly...

Korea Crisis: Trump ”Losing Control of His Rhetoric” But Without Any Plan for Attack

President Trump’s threats against North Korea conceal the absence of any US intention to attack that country. All they do is play into Kim Jong-un’s hands. Shortly after both the Chinese and the Russians expressed their growing exasperation at the war of words between Washington and Pyongyang – for which they are increasingly blaming Washington rather than Pyongyang – US...

‘Now We Have a Smaller Payroll’: Trump Thanks Putin for Cuts to US Diplomatic Staff in Russia

President Donald Trump deadpanned that he is “very thankful” for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s order to kick out hundreds of US diplomatic staffers from Russia. Trump’s quip that the US would “save a lot of money” wasn’t met with much laughter, though. “I want to thank [Putin], because we’re trying to cut down on payroll,” Trump told reporters in New Jersey...