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

Syracuse’s Brenna Rainone switches from midfield to anchor Orange’s backer zone defense

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ A week before the biggest weekend of last season, Brenna Rainone went from a midfielder without a defined role to one of the most important defenders on the field.After Mallory Vehar tore her ACL in the NCAA quarterfinals, Syracuse needed someone to play the backer position — the last line of the Orange’s zone defense before the goalie — in the final four against No. 6-seed Boston College.So the SU coaching staff turned to Rainone, a two-way midfielder, with an opportunity to make a difference.“I didn’t play a lot last season so it was just more excited,” Rainone said of how she felt. “Obviously it was horrible for Mallory but the team needed me so I was ready and prepared and I had to execute for them.”Although Syracuse ultimately fell in the national championship game, Rainone succeeded in her newfound spot for the No. 6 Orange (8-3, 1-1 Atlantic Coast). With three starting defenders graduating, SU needed replacements and now the junior has secured a starting role instead of being stuck as a backup in Syracuse’s clustered midfield.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhen Rainone met with head coach Gary Gait and assistant coaches Regy Thorpe and Katie Rowan at her individual end-of-year meeting last spring, she told them she wanted to keep playing defense to stay on the field.“She did a great job in the final four. I think it was a great move for her and she embraced it,” Gait said. “I think she loves playing defense and we’re happy with the move.”In SU’s defense, there are two backers on the field at once, Rainone said, and now that Vehar has recovered from her torn ACL, the two play together as the unit’s anchors.Although the Orange has allowed 10.6 goals per game, nearly two more goals than its average last season, Rainone said she’s enjoying her new position so far.“It’s definitely a lot more pressure than I’ve ever experienced,” Rainone said. “But I like that pressure. I like getting that pressure from my coaches, from my teammates.”Rainone said the week leading up to the final four was nerve-wracking. Now, 10 months later, she doesn’t even think twice about her position.Since Rainone played midfield her whole lacrosse career, playing defense wasn’t new, but she still had to pick up the intricacies.During one-on-one drills in practice as a midfielder, she always played on offense. So this past fall, she often got beat quickly when playing defense during one-on-ones and needed help with learning the backer. But since she had the whole offseason to adjust, she is now peaking, Gait said.Rainone is able to learn much faster by participating in defensive drills full-time instead of alternating with offense.Her experience has added a dimension to Rainone’s defensive game, midfielder Kelly Cross said. One of Rainone’s strengths is helping transition the ball from defense to offense, which comes from her midfielder background.“She has a really good stick for the ball, she’s really good at knocking it down, really good at picking the ball up in traffic,” Vehar said. “So when I see a bunch of girls in on the 8-meter, crashing in with the ball on the ground, Brenna’s always the one that comes up with it.”Both Cross and Vehar said that Rainone’s stubbornness helps her on the field. Vehar said that Rainone is often vocal, which helps the defense’s communication.And while the defense isn’t quite at the point where Gait would want it to be, he’s seen improvement throughout the season, especially from Rainone.“I think she’s starting to step up her game,” Gait said, “and solidify as an impact player on the defense.” Comments Published on March 24, 2015 at 12:05 am Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschwedslast_img read more

‘Ashaiman boy doesn’t fear Anfield’ – Thomas Partey steals show again as Atletico beat Liverpool

first_imgThomas Partey got the whole Liverpool midfield on highlight today.😂😂😂Every where Henderson, Wijnaldum, Chamberlain turns to, Partey after Partey After Partey after Partey #LIVATL— BadMan Cyph (@SteveCypha) March 11, 2020 Such a quality player Thomas Partey… Lifting the flag of Ghana— Pure_EmkayJnr (@PEmkayjnr) March 11, 2020 Thomas Partey definitely showed Liverpool how to partey after partey#LIVATL— John Maro (@JohnMaro10) March 11, 2020 Build the Black Stars team around Thomas Partey and we will win the world cup!— KALYJAY 🐦 (@gyaigyimii) March 11, 2020 Ghanaian international, Thomas Partey put up an outstanding display as Atlètico Madrid halted Liverpool’s UEFA Champions League defence at Anfield with a 3-2 win after extra-time.Amongst a squad of committed performances on Wednesday night, Partey was again one of the standout players.The 26-year-old midfielder was in the thick of everything for the Spanish giants as they slaughtered the defending champions at their own backyard.Partey recorded 5 tackles, 12 recoveries, 4 interceptions, and clearances each and blocked two vital shots that were goal-bound as Atlètico meandered to victory. We Ghanaians are proud of you Thomas Partey.— Tobi Samuel Snow (@iam_foleymessi) March 11, 2020 “Ashiaman boy no de fear Anfield”Thomas Partey was fearless as he helped Spanish giants, Atlètico de Madrid edge pass Liverpool in the Round of 16 in the UEFA Champions League -.Thomas just said to me Ashiaman boy no de fear Anfield, lol.— Rahman osman (@iamrahmanosman) March 11, 2020 Yeah no I’m 100% sold on Thomas Partey. Bring him to Old Trafford ASAP.— 🔰 United Rebuild 🔰 (@_lukewarmtakes) March 12, 2020‘It is a partee after partee, after partee’.when you ask a Liverpool fan if he wants to Party on Friday and he remembers Thomas Partey— Simply_Daniel🦁 (@SimplykingDan) March 12, 2020center_img Thomas partey played ball todayWondering why nobody is noticing him tho— J.T.P.🗣🗣🗣 (@__ojoo) March 12, 2020 Ghana please let’s be proud of Thomas Partey ,he has done a lot today ….controlling the midfield ,passes and all the rest .Thomas thanks for making Ghana proud ,we love you ❤😎🔥💫— 🕴🏽Mempeasem President 🐦🤥💙 (@AsieduMends) March 11, 2020 In Ghana’s heritage month, Thomas Partey is properly representing his motherland.AFRICAN GIANT Simply bossed that midfield at Anfield Thomas Partey #UCL #LIVATL— Brian Nel™ (@nel17brian) March 11, 2020 After the classy exhibition of power, grit, and passion, fans lavished praises on the Ghanaian international for his contribution to his side’s win. Thomas Partey was massive tonight…. He never left the middle of the pack even when it seem Liverpool kept trying to dominate…… I doff— Doctor Quack (Masseur) (@Fablebarz) March 12, 2020Some fans traveled some distance to watch Thomas Partey boss Anfield.Thomas Partey our saviourAnti- Liverpool fansAdrian is not a keeperKnust doing the most…..— Courage Bryan Benedict (@CourageBryan) March 12, 2020“Please sign Thomas Partey”.Some Manchester United fans begging to have the Ghanaian midfield dynamo in their team for next [email protected] Please sign Thomas Partey #ParteyIN #GlazersOut #WoodwardOut #SackWoodward @ManUtd— NASEEM (@Naseem1008) March 12, 2020last_img read more

Leon Wyckoff, 88, Wellington: Sept. 26, 1926 – Oct. 11, 2014

first_imgLeon WyckoffLeon Gale Wyckoff, of Wellington, (formerly of Caldwell) died Saturday, October 11, 2014 at Golden Living Center in Wellington at the age of 88.Leon was born the son of Russell and Della (McDannald) Wyckoff on Sunday, September 26, 1926 in Caldwell.On September 1, 1946, Leon and Rose “Dolly” Buresh were united in marriage in Perth. Together they celebrated 63 years of marriage. To this union was born two children: Gale and Janie. Leon was a lifelong farmer that loved his land and his Lord. He was a proud member of the Sovereign Grace Baptist Church in Caldwell. Survivors include his son Gale Wyckoff (Connie) of Wellington, daughter, Janie Ward (Jody) of Benton, grandson, Chip Wyckoff (Brandy) of Wellington, grandson, Jeff Wyckoff (Sara) of Wellington, grandson, Jay Wyckoff (Tyra) of Wellington, granddaughter, Mindy Runnalls (Jason) of Rose Hill along with his eight great-grandchildren.He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and two brothers: Marvin and Leo Wyckoff.Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, October 13, 2014 with the family present from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.Funeral services for Leon will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 14, 2014 in the Sovereign Grace Baptist Church, 400 North Main Street, Caldwell.Interment will follow at the Caldwell City Cemetery, Caldwell.A memorial fund has been established in his loving memory to the Sovereign Grace Baptist Church. Contributions may be mailed or left with the funeral home.To share a memory or leave condolences, please visit are by Day Funeral Home & Crematory, Wellington.last_img read more

Real Madrid and Manchester City could be set for a huge summer transfer fight

first_img1 Real Madrid have joined Manchester City in the race for Juventus star Leonardo Bonucci.The centre-back has once again been in stunning form for the Italian champions this season and he has played a key role in their run to the Champions League final.The 30-year-old was the subject of strong interest from Manchester City last summer and there were even reports they had a £38m bid rejected.Pep Guardiola is expected to go back for Bonucci this summer but now, according to Diario Gol, the Spaniard will have to fight off competition from Real Madrid if he wants to get his man.The La Liga giants are looking to sign a marquee player during the next transfer window and they have identified the Italy international as a top target.Juventus, however, have not changed their stance from last summer and will rebuff any approaches made for Bonucci. Juventus star Leonardo Bonucci last_img read more