Cred­i­bil­ity Lost As Red Lines Are Crossed

MidWeek (Hawaii) - - Front Page - Pa­trick Buchanan

Ama­jor goal of this Asia trip, said na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser H. R. McMaster, is to rally al­lies to achieve the “com­plete, veri - ariza­tion of the Korean penin­sula.” Yet Kim Jong Un has said he will never give up his the sur­vival of his dy­nas­tic regime de­pends upon them.

Hence we are headed for con­fronta­tion. Ei­ther the U.S.

U.S. lead­ers con­tinue to draw red lines that threaten acts of war that the na­tion is must go!” and the warn­ing that any use of chem­i­cal weapons would cross his “red line.” Re­sult: Af­ter chem­i­cal weapons were used, Amer­i­cans rose in united op­po­si­tion to a re­talia and John Kerry were left with egg all over their faces. And the com­men­su­rately dam­aged.

There was a time when U.S. and we heeded Theodore Roo

Af­ter Sad­dam Hus­sein in­vaded Kuwait in Au­gust 1991, Ge­orge H.W. Bush said sim­ply: “This will not stand.” The world un­der­stood that if Sad­dam did not with­draw from Kuwait, his army would

But in the post-Cold War era, the rhetoric of U.S. states­men has grown ever more power has de­clined. Our goal is “end­ing tyranny in our world,” his sec­ond in­au­gu­ral.

de­clared, “Ira­nian mili­tias that against ... ISIS is com­ing to a close ... need to go home. Any go home.”

The next day, Prime Minis - - No side has the right to in­ter what Iraqis do.”

This slap comes from a regime that rules as a re­sult of 4,500 U.S. dead, tens of thou­sands wounded and $1 tril­lion - ing af­ter 15 years of war.

Ear­lier that day, Tiller­son made a two-hour visit to Afghanistan. There he met Afghan of­fi­cials in a heav­ily The New York Times’ Gar­diner Har­ris: “That top Amer­i­can of­fi­cials must use stealth to en­ter th­ese coun­tries af­ter more than 15 years of wars, thou­sands of lives lost and tril­lions of dol­lars spent

Such are the fruits of our long­est wars, launched with

Anti-war pro­test­ers wear­ing cutouts of U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, right, march af­ter a rally de­mand­ing peace of the Korean penin­sula near U.S. Em­bassy in Seoul, South Korea, Nov. 5.

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