Civility is needed from both ends of our toxic political spectrum

  “Today we affirm a new commitment to live out our nation’s promise through civility, courage, compassion and character.” Those words, from George W. Bush’s 2001 inaugural address, strike a sad note in today’s America. It’s painfully obvious our nation has failed to achieve “civility, courage, compassion and character.” Our nation’s grand incapacity for civil … Continue reading Civility is needed from both ends of our toxic political spectrum

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