Diplomacy in Korea: Trump’s greatest burden, and opportunity

  I return to the issue of Korea for two reasons. First, in my column last week I erred by pandering to passion at the expense of substance. Second, several readers raised a fair point: If I’m going to criticize, I should offer alternatives. I strive to do that (within my editor’s stingy budget for column … Continue reading Diplomacy in Korea: Trump’s greatest burden, and opportunity

Our greatest threat: The president’s nuclear ego

Donald Trump’s mental instability, pugnacity and insatiable ego assumed new heights of treachery this week, with the president taking to Twitter to once again threaten nuclear war. The fragility and cupidity of the president’s ego should be no surprise. And, his preoccupation with, let’s just say the size of things, also is nothing new. These … Continue reading Our greatest threat: The president’s nuclear ego

2018: The choice before us

In his “Discourses,” Niccolo Machiavelli outlined a predictable cycle of power for republics. Machiavelli pointed to a gradual decline in republican virtue, culminating in a crucial point of decision. At that point, when virtue is all-but lost, the people must choose — either to drastically adjust course back to their founding principles, or else decline … Continue reading 2018: The choice before us