Trump’s nuke tweet was a stroke of ‘stable genius’

first_imgCategories: Editorial, OpinionWhen the president suggested that he could envision a limited nuclear war with our communist adversary, critics were “horrified” and “appalled” while the regime called his remarks “dangerous madness.” This does not mean nuclear war.If North Korea persists in testing, it could involve a targeted military strike taking out Pyongyang’s ballistic missile and nuclear facilities. To the contrary, it was part of an intentional campaign designed to get North Korea to understand that Trump, unlike his predecessors, is willing to use force to stop Pyongyang from threatening American cities. For decades, the North Koreans have believed that they are untouchable because they can incinerate Seoul with conventional weapons.Now, they are on a crash course to develop and deploy the capability to incinerate U.S. cities with nuclear weapons.They think the pursuit of these weapons is making them even safer.Trump is trying to convince them that the opposite is true.The best chance to prevent such a use of force is if North Korea receives and believes this message.So we’d all better hope that Trump succeeds. Furthermore, as my American Enterprise Institute colleague Oriana Skylar Mastro recently pointed out, “Kim understands that a second Korean War would end with his demise, and therefore he has incentives to avoid such escalation.“Assuming Kim is rational then, it is possible that the United States could conduct a limited surgical strike and North Korea’s response would be minimal.”Trump’s tweets are intended to prevent us from getting to that point.They are not only entirely rational but also strategically smart.Let’s hope his critics keep questioning his sanity, because it can only help convince Kim that Trump is serious.Marc A. Thiessen is a columnist with The Washington Post who writes from a conservative perspective. He is the former chief speechwriter for President George W. Bush.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census On “Fox News Sunday,” CIA Director Mike Pompeo underscored Trump’s message, declaring that “We want the regime to understand that, unlike before, we are intent on resolving this and it is our firm conviction that resolving this diplomatically is the correct answer but that this administration is prepared to do what it takes to assure that people in Los Angeles, in Denver, in New York are not held at risk from Kim Jong Un having a nuclear weapon.”All those in the perpetual outrage machine who are calling Trump a “madman” for his tweet are also inadvertently helping him send that message to Pyongyang — just as Reagan’s critics helped convince Moscow that he was a madman.Are Trump’s threats of military action a bluff? No.As national security adviser H.R. McMaster recently explained, Trump is “not going to allow this murderous, rogue regime to threaten the United States with the most destructive weapons on the planet.”Trump tweeted in August: Two years later, Margaret Thatcher shared intelligence from KGB Colonel Oleg Gordievsky (who was working for the British) that Russian officials were increasingly convinced Reagan was getting ready for a nuclear first strike and was running drills to prepare for it.Indeed, NATO did carry out an exercise for a nuclear exchange — “Able Archer 83” — which included planes taxiing onto runways with realistic dummy nuclear warheads.Again, Reagan did not disabuse the Soviets of the notion.Quite the opposite: The next year he joked when testing his microphone before his weekly radio address “We begin bombing in five minutes.”The belief of Soviet leaders that Reagan might just be crazy enough to push the nuclear button constrained Soviet behavior and helped make possible a peaceful end to the Cold War.Now Trump is trying to send a similar message to the North Korean regime.His recent tweet telling Pyongyang that his nuclear button is “much bigger & more powerful” than Kim Jong Un’s was neither unstable nor stupid. The president in question was not Donald Trump.It was Ronald Reagan, who in his first year in office raised the possibility that the United States and the Soviet Union could survive an exchange of tactical nuclear weapons.That same year Richard Pipes, Reagan’s director of East European and Soviet affairs on the National Security Council, told The Post he thought the probability of nuclear war was about 40 percent.These remarks sent a signal to Moscow that Reagan was not like those who came before him.He did not want war, but he would not shy from one if provoked. That message was received.In 1981, then-KGB chief and future Soviet leader Yuri Andropov declared at a major KGB conference that Reagan “was actively preparing for war and that a nuclear first strike was possible.”last_img read more

Lawmakers, farmers object to provision on food imports in omnibus bill on job creation

first_img“Don’t let the [articles] on food imports pass because our imports are still high. We import salt and sugar although we have plenty of land,” the NasDem party politician said on Tuesday.Rachmad said the House would be careful in deliberating the articles.”They are our farmers. We must support them no matter what,” he said.Read also: Staple food imports arriving in May to safeguard stocks, prices: Airlangga Topics : Idham Arsyad of the Indonesian Farmers and Fishermen Awakening Movement (Gerbang Tani) also echoed similar concerns, arguing that the bill could make Indonesia more dependent on food importers. Furthermore, fears had also grown among local farmers that they would not be able to compete with foreign commodities that are produced more efficiently and at cheaper costs.For example, the production cost of rice per kilogram in Indonesia is two and a half times higher than in Vietnam. Farmers could indeed lose out to imports, he said.“The bill exists when the country is struggling to break its dependency on imported agricultural products, especially the food sub-sector,” Idham said in a written statement.The group called on the House to stop the deliberation of the controversial bill, especially as people were now focused on dealing with the coronavirus outbreak and the global food crisis.“The state’s efforts to realize food sovereignty, independence and food security are destroyed by the bill. All article provisions relating to strengthening domestic food production are amended and replaced,” he added.Lawmaker Rieke Diah Pitaloka of the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) also questioned the provisions, saying the bill should not remove Article 15 of Law No. 19/2013 on the protection and empowerment of farmers, which mandates the government to prioritize domestic production in order to meet domestic needs.Agricultural commodity imports should only be carried out depending on the harvest season and/or domestic consumption needs.”The bill eliminates this obligation. Domestic production should be the priority,” she said.center_img Several lawmakers of the House of Representatives and a pro-domestic farmer group have voiced their opposition to the domestic food supply provisions in the disputed omnibus bill on job creation, arguing that it could weaken domestic farmers’ production and favor importers.In a meeting held by the House legislative body (Baleg) on Tuesday, some lawmakers expressed their objection during discussion on provisions that would relax food imports as one of the main sources of domestic food supplies. House deputy speaker Rachmad Gobel said the provisions were leaning toward trade liberalization in the food and agriculture sectors.The controversial bill proposes to revise some articles in the 2013 law on farmers’ protection and empowerment, which stipulates that local sources of food should be prioritized and that imports are only an alternative.last_img read more

DNCW places focus on girls for International Women’s Day 2012

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Share 5 Views   no discussions LocalNews DNCW places focus on girls for International Women’s Day 2012 by: – March 5, 2012center_img Share Tweet The Dominica National Council on Women (DNCW) will be placing emphasis on girls for this year’s International Women’s Day which will be celebrated globally on March 8th under the theme “Connecting Girls Engaging Families, Inspiring Future”.Josephine Dublin-Prince.President of the Council Josephine Dublin Prince has announced that one of the major activities will be a girl’s symposium which will target secondary schools students in 3rd and 4th forms as well as students of the Social Center and Business Training Center.“The symposium will focus on girl children out of secondary schools too. These places have teenage mothers who did not make it to the secondary school. We see that as important knowing what’s happening to our young girls.”According to Dublin Prince there has been a shift in the family structure resulting from the fact that there are several young mothers and the symposium will provide an opportunity to provide support to these young ladies.Some of the girls are agitators and involved in fights on the street. We are seeing a change in the family structure and who we perceive as the ones in violence,” she said. The other major activity will be a night of creative expression scheduled to take place at the Arawak House of Culture. “We believe that we need to connect the young girls to family because they are very important and essential the whole development of family. Through their journey to womanhood they face a lot of challenges. We have been hearing about abuse. We are saying we need to reflect on the process on the girl child to womanhood,” she said.The DNCW President noted that several women are expected to address the event.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Now I have to return to Barcelona: Philippe Coutinho

first_imgMADRID: Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho came on as a second half substitute for Bayern Munich in Sunday night’s Champions League final, but failed to rule out a return to parent club FC Barcelona for the coming season.Barcelona’s record signing spent this season at Bayern after struggling to make an impact in the previous 18 months at the Camp Nou, but now with his loan over, Barcelona will have to decide if he can form part of their rebuilding plans, or whether they will look to sell him to raise funds for new signings. Speaking on Spanish TV at the end of Sunday’s final, the player admitted he had not had the chance to consider what the future might hold, reports Xinhua news agency. “I haven’t thought about that. For the moment, I have only been thinking about the final,” he commented. “Now I have to return (to Barcelona),” he continued, adding “what I can say is that I am looking forward to working and being successful and we will see what happens.” Coutinho looked back on Bayern’s 1-0 win over Paris Saint-Germain, which sees the German side claim the continental treble after also winning this season’s German league and cup. “We had a great season, we prepared very well and I think we deserve the triumph,” he said. IANS Also Watch: Koch-Rajbongshi groups meet with CM to discuss their Demands.last_img read more

VELVET MESQUITE, SHEER PLEASURE, CHATI’S ON TOP, MY FIONA, QIAONA & SINGING KITTY ALL PROMINENT IN WIDE OPEN $150,000 SUNSHINE MILLIONS FILLY & MARE TURF SPRINT SATURDAY AT 6 ½ FURLONGS DOWN HILLSIDE TURF

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 27, 2016)–In what looms as the most competitive race on an action-packed Sunshine Millions Day program Saturday at Santa Anita, the $150,000 Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint, to be run at 6 ½ furlongs down the Camino Real Turf Course, has attracted a field of 14 older fillies and mares, with 12 to start.In a tough call, Harris Farms’ homebred Velvet Mesquite, who comes off a close seventh place run in the Grade II Monrovia Stakes down the hill on Jan. 3, may rate top billing for trainer Blake Heap. A 6-year-old mare by In Excess, she is 11-5-1-2 over the course, including a win in the Calirornia Distaff Handicap here in October, 2014. Although winless in seven starts last year, she had a pair of seconds and thirds, which included a close second down the hill in the Grade III Sen. Ken Maddy Stakes three starts back on Oct. 25.Out of the Huddle Up mare Mesquite, Velvet Mesquite is 18-5-4-2 overall with earnings of $343,446.Trained by Phil D’Amato and owned by Little Red Feather Racing or RM Racing, Sheer Pleasure, a two-time state-bred stakes winner who has been the beaten favorite in her last two starts, would appear to rate a big chance as she tries the hillside turf for the first time. A 4-year-old filly by Birdonthewire, she was most recently sixth, beaten 4 ½ lengths as the 9-5 favorite in a 6 ½ furlong allowance here on Jan. 10. She has three wins from eight starts and has earnings of $307,700.An even 10th, beaten 6 ½ lengths in the Grade I, one mile turf Matriarch Stakes at Del Mar Nov. 29, trainer Mike Puype’s Chati’s On Top took the one mile turf Solana Beach Handicap at Del Mar three starts back on Aug. 16 and was fifth as the 5-2 favorite two back in the Maddy Stakes here Oct. 25.A 5-year-old mare by Old Topper, Chati’s On Top, who is owned by Little Red Feather Racing and Marsha Naify, is 5-1-2-1 down the hillside turf and is 17-4-6-2 overall with earnings of $296,978.Talented My Fiona, who won three state bred stakes as a juvenile, could well have needed her most recent start, a third place finish in a 6 ½ furlong allowance here on Jan. 10. A 4-year-old filly by Kentucky-based Ghostzapper, My Fiona was bred in California by Terry Lovingier and is owned by Lovingier, Tom Beckerle and Amanda Navarro.Originally conditioned by Walther Solis, My Fiona is now trained by Gary Sherlock, who combined with Lovingier and jockey Fernando Perez to win the Grade II Santa Monica Stakes this past Saturday with California-bred Lost Bus. My Fiona, who will be trying turf for the first time, is 8-4-1-3, with earnings of $373,934.Curt and Lila Lanning’s hard hitting Qiaona comes off a facile three length allowance win going  1 1/16 miles over a soft turf at Golden Gate on Jan. 1 and merits respect off an impressive resume that includes an overall mark of 31-7-6-4 and earnings of $585,643. A 6-year-old mare by Wilko, she is trained by Ed Moger and was a winner over the course of the California Distaff Handicap in October, 2013. She also has a second and a third place finish from five lifetime tries down the hill.Trainer Matt Chew’s Singing Kitty, a winner of the downhill Unzip Me Stakes three starts back on Sept. 26, comes off an even ninth, beaten five lengths, in the Grade II Monrovia on Jan. 3 and will be ridden back by Gary Stevens. A storybook $32,000 claim on Dec. 11, 2014, she won three stakes and banked $267,800 last year. Owned by Chris Aulds and Peter Jeong, the 4-year-old filly by Ministers Wild Cat is 14-5-1-1 overall with earnings of $333,238.The complete field for the Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint, to be run as the seventh race on a 10-race card Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Yana, Agapito Delgadillo, 119; My Fiona, Fernando Perez, 121; Smoove It, Mario Gutierrez, 121; Chati’s On Top, Santiago Gonzalez, 124; Heavens Stairway, Joe Talamo, 121; Sheer Pleasure, Tyler Baze, 124; Velvet Mesquite, Kent Desormeaux, 121; Singing Kitty, Gary Stevens, 124; Jenna’s Faith, Drayden Van Dyke, 119; Light One, Flavien Prat, 121; Qiaona, Victor Espinoza, 121, and Ashley’s Sassy, Alonso Quinonez, 119. ALSO ELIGIBLE: Nite Delite, Edwin Maldonado, 119, and Princess Bertrando, Abel Lezcano, 119.                First post time on Saturday is early, at 12 noon. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. WITH 14 OLDER FILLIES & MARES ENTERED, 12 TO FACE STARTER IN TOUGHEST RACE ON SUNSHINE MILLIONS DAY CARDlast_img read more