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

Britain, France agree joint unit to fight migrant traffickers

first_imgThe interior ministers of France and Britain on Sunday signed an agreement creating a new joint police intelligence unit to combat migrant traffickers and reduce the “unsustainable” numbers crossing the Channel illegally. France’s new Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin and his British counterpart Priti Patel met on Sunday in Calais in northern France, a region where migrants have traditionally gathered in a bid to find a way to get to Britain.”We signed a new agreement to create a joint intelligence cell which will crack down on gangs behind vile people smuggling operation,” Patel wrote on Twitter after the meeting. “Together, we must strengthen our security cooperation, in particular in fight against the illegal crossings of the English Channel by migrants risking their lives,” Darmanin wrote on Twitter as he hosted Patel.In 2019, 2,758 migrants were rescued by the French and British authorities while trying to make the crossing — four times more than in 2018, according to French officials.The coronavirus pandemic has reinforced the trend, with the reduced number of trucks going through the Channel Tunnel leading migrants to opt for small boats instead. French emergency services rescued 21 migrants in three operations on Saturday after their bids to reach Britain floundered in the Channel, officials said.Darmanin said he had told Patel that more resources were needed to combat the migrant trafficking.”The British government has done a lot to protect the coast but we still need more resources both in terms of equipment and human resources.” Topics :center_img She said they had discussed “the unsustainable levels of illegal migration across the Channel.”The Franco-British unit will allow services to share intelligence quickly and will consist of six British and six French police officers based in Coquelles outside Calais, Darmanin told reporters.Traffickers “are those who take advantage of the human distress of people who want to cross the English Channel and who, no doubt, are not being punished sufficiently at the moment,” said Darmanin.Channel crossing attempts have increased over the last year despite the danger of heavy maritime traffic, strong currents and low water temperatures.last_img read more

Basques open €500,000 marine renewables demo call

first_imgThe Basque energy agency Ente Vasco de la Energía (EVE) has launched a call for marine renewable energy demonstration projects that will be funded under the state aid program for renewable energy development.The priority goal of EVE’s €2.5 million aid program, running from 2018-2020, is to promote projects for the demonstration and validation of emerging marine renewable energy technologies within the autonomous community of the Basque Country.The funding allocated for 2018 has been set to €500,000 that will be awarded to companies as nonrefundable experimental development R&D subsidies, while the remaining €2 million will be invested over the next two years.Under the call – set to close when the budget allocated has been exhausted, or on October 31, 2018, regardless of the budget availability – pilot testing at the demonstration and validation phase of full-scale, or almost full-scale, prototypes of both wave energy converters, and floating platforms for wind turbines will be supported.Also, projects looking to test offshore wind turbines at the same development stages will also be financed, as well as the demonstration and validation auxiliary equipment or component prototypes for marine renewable energy devices.All actions funded under the call will have to be carried out in infrastructure for testing emerging marine renewable energy devices in the open sea and within the Basque Country, EVE noted.Projects may be submitted as an individual proposal, or as a collaborative proposal, taken forward together by various companies and organizations.Each test project must be submitted with a commitment of acceptance from the testing infrastructure where the prototype is going to be tested, or at least with a letter of endorsement for the project from the testing center supporting the submission, according to EVE.The General Management of EVE will take the final decision and inform those concerned within a maximum of six months from the date on which the application for aid was submitted.Once this period has expired, if no notification has been received, all interested parties may consider their applications accepted, EVE said.The Basque government first created its own energy agency EVE to lay the foundations for an energy policy that has been grounded, to different degrees at different stages, on energy efficiency, diversification of energy sources and promotion of renewables.Since then, EVE has been in charge of developing projects and initiatives in line with government policies.last_img read more

Van Genderen, Smith score Super Nationals qualifying wins

first_imgBOONE, Iowa (Sept. 8) – They both ended their night in victory lane, but IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s qualifying feature wins by Mike Van Genderen and Dylan Smith were anything but similar.Van Genderen ran away from everybody in winning the first Modified 25-lapper at Boone Speedway, negotiating heavy lapped traffic much of the way and then holding off Kelly Shryock following a late restart.The champion at Super Nationals in 2013, Smith was challenged by fellow Nebraskan Jordan Grabouski, who snuck ahead briefly on lap 19 before relinquishing the front spot the next time around.Top four finishers in each feature advance to the Saturday night main event.Scott Drake and Dean Abbey, brother of Super Nationals Southern SportMod champion Jeffrey Abbey, were scored next behind Van Genderen and Shryock. Hunter Marriott and Corey Dripps completed the top four in the second feature rescheduled from Wednesday because of inclement weather.John Logue and Ricky Thornton Jr. were disqualified from third and fifth place finishes, respectively, in the first qualifier after failing right front suspension in post-race tech.Shryock will start his career 11th, and first Super Nationals main event since 2006, on Saturday.Drake is in for the eighth time, Dripps and Smith both for the fifth and Grabouski and Van Genderen both for the fourth. Marriott makes his third big dance start, Abbey his first.1st qualifying feature – 1. Mike Van Genderen, Newton; 2. Kelly Shryock, Fertile; 3. Scott Drake, Joplin, Mo.; 4. Dean Abbey, Roanoke, Texas; 5. Ricky Alvarado, Grand Junction, Colo.; 6. Cody Leonard, Sinton, Texas; 7. Josh Long, Little Suamico, Wis.; 8. Richard Michael Jr., Ischua, N.Y.; 9. Racer Hulin, Laurel; 10. Eric Tomlinson, Waco, Texas; 11. Sean Jerovetz, Sobieski, Wis.; 12. Brandon Hood, McGregor, Texas; 13. J.J. Scott, Iowa City; 14. Craig Reetz, Dunlap; 15. Brad Smith, Horseheads, N.Y.; 16. Joel Rust, Grundy Center; 17. Dustin Andersen, Omaha, Neb.; 18. Loren Pesicka, Jr., Burt; 19. Anthony Roth, Columbus, Neb.; 20. Michael Albertsen, Audubon; 21. Clint Wendel, Mason City; 22. Ronn Lauritzen, Jesup; 23. Ryan Ruter, Kanawha; 24. Jeff Schroyer, Elkhorn, Neb.; 25. Scott Hogan, Vinton; 26. Cory Sample, Winnemucca, Nev.; 27. Travis Hatcher, Honey Creek; 28. Clay Sellard, Bucklin, Kan.; 29. John Logue Jr., Boone; 30. Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, Ariz.2nd qualifying feature – 1. Dylan Smith, Osceola, Neb.; 2. Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb.; 3. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; 4. Corey Dripps, Reinbeck; 5. Lance Mari, Imperial , Calif.; 6. Dustin Smith, Lake City; 7. Chad Porter, Madison Lake, Minn.; 8. Drew Armstrong, Alexander, Ark.; 9. Jason Wolla, Ray, N.D.; 10. David Brown, Kellogg; 11. Mitch Morris, Long Grove; 12. Jerry Hoffman, Oronogo, Mo.; 13. Nick Link, Rolla, Kan.; 14. Ryan McDaniel, Olivehurst, Calif.; 15. Trent Loverude, New Ulm, Minn.; 16. Tommy Fain, Abilene, Texas; 17. Cody Knecht, Whittemore; 18. Brian Knoell, Falun, Kan.; 19. Justin O’Brien, West Union; 20. Josh Truman, Indianola; 21. Joel Bushore, Boone; 22. Albert Wolfgram, Boone; 23. Kellen Chadwick, Oakley, Calif.; 24. Josh Beaulieu, Bemidji, Minn.; 25. Ty Rogers, Somerton, Ariz.; 26. Robert Davis, Searcy, Ark.; 27. Kyle Brown, Madrid; 28. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton; 29. Jay Steffens, North Platte, Neb.; 30. Dakota Hayden, Wilton.last_img read more

Keane issues rallying cry

first_img Press Association But asked if the players needed to show their support for the 74-year-old by producing a rousing display, Keane said: “It’s for everybody, it’s for us as a country to be proud to wear that green jersey. “Whether that’s doing it for the manager or doing it for the country or doing it for yourselves, it doesn’t really matter. “As long as we are all pulling in the same direction, as long as we are going to go out on to that field and give 110 per cent – you always do that for the manager and you always do it for the players around you. “We are all in this together. We started together, so we will certainly finish together. “Everyone is behind everybody, and hopefully tomorrow we can show that by giving 110 per cent on the field.” Trapattoni has insisted the debate over his future has not proved a distraction in the run-up to a key encounter, and Keane is equally adamant that the players cannot allow it to affect them either. He said: “Whatever happens beyond these few games, that’s out of our hands and the players’ hands. “As professionals, we have to stand up and be professional in the job that we do, and make sure we give as much as we can to that green jersey and the people back home who are watching us. “All you can do in life is try your best and do everything you can possible to try to make people happy and do your best for the team, and if that’s not good enough, then that’s something that other people are going to have to look at.” Ireland’s home form has been a particular concern during the current campaign – only the Faroe Islands to date have lost at the Aviva Stadium, with Trapattoni’s side collecting just a single point from the visits of Germany, Austria and Sweden to Dublin. However, their results on the road remain hugely impressive – they are yet to lose a qualifier on foreign soil under Trapattoni – and an extension of that record could hardly come at a better time as they look for a response. Keane said: “I would be disappointed if there wasn’t a good response. I think because of the importance of the game – at the end of day, if we don’t get anything out of this game, we can forget about it. “If that doesn’t give you that extra bite in your belly, there’s certainly a problem.” Anything other than victory over Austria at the Ernst-Happel-Stadion in Vienna on Tuesday night will effectively end Ireland’s hopes of rescuing a Group C campaign which was dealt a major blow by Sweden’s 2-1 victory in Dublin on Friday. That reverse piled the pressure on manager Giovanni Trapattoni amid speculation that he could be relieved of his duties within weeks once the final die is cast. Robbie Keane has called for a united front as Ireland attempt to salvage their World Cup dream.last_img read more

Goalkeepers combine to frustrate Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe

first_img “It’s disappointing, we should have won the game and we feel we have dropped more points,” said Cherries boss Howe. “The key moments in the game went against us. “We encourage our players and our keeper to be brave and play the ball out from the back, so there’s no blame attached to Artur. But the timing was unfortunate. “And Steve Cook’s overhead kick would have been talked about for years if it had gone in. I though it was in, but it was an incredible save. “Then when you get a penalty at the end you think you are going to win but it was another top-class save.” Murray answered Bournemouth’s striker SOS after top scorer Callum Wilson was ruled out for six months with a knee injury. The former Crystal Palace striker had already looped one header onto the roof of the net, but made no mistake when presented with a carbon-copy opportunity just before the half-hour mark from Matt Ritchie’s cross. But Watford, who had not created a single chance of their own, were handed one on a plate a minute before time. Boruc gathered a routine backpass from Sylvain Distin but as he attempted to play it back to the defender Ighalo intercepted, skipped past Boruc and rolled the ball into an empty net for his fifth goal of the season. Eddie Howe was left frustrated as goalkeepers from both sides combined to ensure Bournemouth were held to a 1-1 draw by Watford. Boruc partly atoned for his error with a decent stop after Ikechi Anya burst through, before Gomes pulled off his incredible diving stop to keep Cook’s acrobatic effort from crashing into the top corner. It looked as though Bournemouth would snatch the win when Etienne Capoue tripped Adam Smith in the area, but Gomes had other ideas as he dived to his left to palm out Murray’s penalty. “I am pleased as Bournemouth are a very tough opponent,” said Hornets head coach Quique Sanchez Flores. “I’m very happy with the response of my players and the performance of the team in the second half. “Mistakes lead to goals in football and we were creating pressure, and in this case we got a goal. “If you save a penalty in the last few minutes it’s key to the game but I am pleased with the players in general. “Everyone knows Heurelho is very important, he is a leader for us. Yes, I thought the overhead kick was in. Maybe Heurelho prevented the goal of the season.” Artur Boruc’s error gifted Odion Ighalo an equaliser after Glenn Murray had headed the Cherries into the lead. Then Hornets keeper Heurelho Gomes denied Steve Cook a memorable goal with a stunning save, before palming out Murray’s penalty seven minutes from time. Press Associationlast_img read more

Authorities: Iguana Caused Crash that Injured Local Fire Captain, Daughter

first_imgThe Florida Highway Patrol says an iguana led to the crash earlier this week that sent a fire captain with Boynton Beach Fire Rescue and his daughter to the hospital with critical injuries.The crash occurred on Tuesday afternoon along U.S. 1, near Marathon, in the Florida Keys.According to the FHP, a car stopped suddenly in the southbound lanes to avoid hitting an iguana that was crossing the highway.A box truck then slammed into the back of the car, and then careened into oncoming traffic, where it struck a pickup truck head-on.US 1 ROADBLOCK remains as Trauma Star picks up injured on Channel 2 Bridge following head-on crash at M… https://t.co/9onYfXKRJt— Florida Keys Sheriff (@mcsonews) July 7, 2020 The crash left fire captain Jeff Power and his daughter in critical condition.A medical helicopter airlifted them to Jackson South Hospital.Authorities shut down the highway for about two hours to investigate the crash.last_img read more

Apple is 1st US company to be valued at $2 trillion

first_imgApple is the first U.S. company to boast a market value of $2 trillion, just two years after it became the first to reach $1 trillion.Although multiple factories in China that produce the iPhone were forced to close due the coronavirus pandemic Apple shares have gained nearly 60% this year.Apple recently reported blowout earnings for the April-June quarter.An upcoming four-for-one stock split that will make Apple’s shares more affordable to more investors also sparked a rally after it was announced three weeks ago.Apple is 1 of 5 Big Tech companies taking over the stock market. Among those are Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook and Google’s parent company, which account for nearly 23% of the S&P 500’s entire value.last_img read more

Other Sports MC Mary Kom remained undefeated on her return to 51kg category

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. MC Mary Kom remained undefeated on her return to the 51kg category.The 48kg category is not part of the Olympic roster.Mary Kom 2012 Olympic bronze medal came in the 51kg division. The 36-year-old Manipuri credited her coach Chhote Lal Yadav, who is also an assistant coach in the national camp, for the success she has enjoyed.”He keeps me on my toes and his inputs are valuable to my training,” she said.The mother-of-three enjoyed a stellar 2018, winning gold medals at the Commonwealth Games, the India Open, the world championships and a tournament in Poland.  highlights New Delhi: Six-time world champion M C Mary Kom remained undefeated on her return to the 51kg category, winning all her three bouts during a training trip to Berlin, Germany. Mary Kom, who claimed her sixth world title in November last year is making a transition from the 48kg category to 51kg in pursuit of a second Olympic medal. The 48kg category is not part of the Olympic roster. Her 2012 Olympic bronze medal came in the 51kg division.In Berlin, Mary Kom defeated Ukraine’s Daria Sierhieieva Germany’s Ursula Gottlob and Norway’s Veronica Losvik for a confident start to the season. All her victories were unanimous 5-0 triumphs. She would be returning to the country on Saturday morning.”It is never as easy as the score-line suggests. But I am feeling good about my body and also very confident about my abilities. Let’s see how it goes from here,” Mary Kom told PTI from Berlin.last_img read more

Sadly, racing back in spotlight

first_imgThere are so many things about March to love if you are a sports fan. This time of year is bustling with so much athletic activity it is enough to make a sports fan giddier than Barry Bonds at Rick Reilly’s funeral.There is so much to pay attention to right now in sports that if you blink you’ll miss something big (with the exception of the University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team’s nearly five-hour marathon that was threatening to run on longer than Forrest Gump, in Forrest Gump).You have George Mason shocking the world and becoming the top-(under)dog of the NCAA tournament going on at the same time as UW spring practices, forcing several reporters to cling to their cell phones as if they were life preservers, yelling out updates by the minute.The World Baseball Classic was a resounding success and now makes way for the birth of the 2006 MLB season (Hoo-Ha!), while the NBA and NHL quickly wind down towards the end of their 2006 campaigns (Hoo-Ha Two Times Tuesday!).And don’t forget about Tiger and the Masters coming just around the bend, or the Badger women’s hockey team winning the school’s first national title.But you know what might be the best part about the infinite sporting events circling around us right now? The fact that racing is more overshadowed than Cooper Manning at a Manning Family reunion.That is until the death of IRL driver Paul Dana on Sunday.Let me be very up front about the fact that I hate racing. NASCAR, Formula One, IRL, whatever, you can keep them all.Let me also say that I don’t understand people who do like it. So before you start writing that letter or message saying “you just don’t get it,” save yourself the effort, because I really just do not get it.I don’t understand how stock car racing has become the largest spectator sport in America, attracting sometimes over 200,000 people to watch brightly-colored blurs do their best imitation of electrons, circling around what looks like a high-end trailer park.I don’t understand why my girlfriend’s sister and her boyfriend will pay big money to go watch a race in North Carolina, but a $20 ticket for the Frozen Tundra Classic is classified as being too expensive.But what I really don’t understand is racecar drivers.Dana, a rookie on the IRL circuit, was set to start what was maybe going to be his breakout race, as he would be starting ninth at the Toyota Indy 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. During pre-race warm-ups, Dana failed to notice a spun-out racer and rammed into the car at an estimated 175 miles an hour.Tragically, the young racer’s big break didn’t even reach the green flag and even worse, he leaves behind his wife Tonya, to whom I send my utmost condolences and prayers.I just don’t get it.Why would someone do this for a living? It doesn’t seem that far-fetched to me that if you choose to make a profession out of driving vehicles at 200 miles per hour, four-plus days a week for up to 36 weeks a year, at some point, luck might catch up to you.A football player is criticized for driving over 100 miles per hour, but going 200 miles per hour for hours at a time is not only sane and okay, but admirable?These racers don’t just get up one day and start racing on Daytona either. They spend years on the amateur circuit, with safety measures matching the low-profile of the circuits and venues. They all have scares.Take Dana, who made news last year on the IRL wire when, during practice for the Indianapolis 500, he broke his back in an accident.A severe back injury made Michael Irvin walk away, but not Dana.Dana’s death is the third in the IRL since 1996 and at least the tenth since 1994 in major motorsports.I’m not advocating any kind of action, like slower speed limits or fewer cars or more safety apparel, or any of that. At some point people have to be responsible for themselves.I just don’t get it. Maybe it’s the rush of adrenaline from zooming around at near supersonic speeds, or just a love affair with cars. I’ll never know.What I do know is that I am never happier than when I am completely oblivious to the world of motorsports, so hallelujah to this bountiful season of sporting bliss.But right now, I couldn’t be less happy that not only is auto racing in my face, but because it is of yet another tragedy that to me, will always be senseless.Dave McGrath is a senior from South Florida, and naturally is majoring in driving slowly. Any questions, comments or chalktalk can be sent to dmcgrath@badgerherald.comlast_img read more