The North Korea Challenge: Trump Has The Chutzpah To Do It

The North Korea Challenge: Trump Has The Chutzpah To Do It

(Image via iStock). By Joshua Tartakovsky 3/10/2018 By taking the bold move to engage directly with Kim Jong-un, US President Trump revealed once again that not only does he have the ability to think outside the box, confounding both critics and fans, but also that he is far more courageous than the bland Obama, who as the first black man in power was probably driven by deep inferiority complexes, and refused to take courageous actions in dialogue with North Korea or Cuba, preferring to maintain the futile status-quo instead. As the Financial Times put it, Trump has “chutzpah.” Since the demand of the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea (DPRK) for many decades has been the denuclearization of the entire peninsula as a precondition for its own nuclear disarmament, since it has played its cards well and has managed to get the US to agree to negotiate with it therefore proving its supreme pragmatism, since President Trump has not been accused of colluding with the North Koreans but, in contrast, has spoken against their government very forcefully, since Trump respects tough opponents and since Trump likes to win, it’s fair to see that talks between the US and DPRK have a very high chance of success. Such a grand compromise, as the Financial Times said too, would mean that Trump is “doing a Nixon on North Korea.” Such a compromise would mean the denuclearization of both Koreas and the end of the sanctions. But for such a compromise to succeed, the aims of negotiations must be modest: removing what the US perceives as the North Korean threat, bringing peace to...
For Brexit to be a Success, UK and US Must Work Together to End German Hegemony

For Brexit to be a Success, UK and US Must Work Together to End German Hegemony

  (Photo by Calgacus) By Joshua Tartakovsky Calgacus 13 January 2016 Britain chose Brexit. Now Britain must find a way to leave while protecting its interests and finding an honorable compromise with its central trading partner. The problem is that forging a fair agreement with the EU, dominated by Germany, is impossible. In an election year where both French President Hollande and German Chancellor Merkel are facing increasingly potent eurosceptical challengers, and as Merkel’s refugee-friendly policy is revealing itself as lunacy in the streets of Berlin, it takes a high level of naiveté to assume that EU elite in Brussels would want to give Britain a fair deal. Anything less than ‘punishing’ Britain for daring to break free would embolden Front National, Alternative for Germany, and Wilders’ Party for Freedom in the Netherlands where elections will be held in March. Hollande and Merkel can hardly have the tranquility and good judgment needed for even a meagre compromise as they feel the ground shaking beneath their feet. Britain buys 7% of German exports. But Germany will not permit the EU to unravel for the sake of staying in good terms with Britain. If the EU breaks up, German industries would no longer dominate the EU, and Spanish, Italian or French products, now cheaper without the euro, could present a viable competition as they will be more attractive for buyers abroad. Similarly, Germany has already shown its inflexibility by the hardline it took towards Greece’s desperate pleas for a compromise on its debt. The Greek economy is on its death bed but Germany did not flinch. Germany’s financial interest is to...
Hillary Vs. Trump? The Gladiator comes to US but #BernieOrBust Can Save Us All

Hillary Vs. Trump? The Gladiator comes to US but #BernieOrBust Can Save Us All

By Joshua Tartakovsky It looks like the US electoral scene will resemble a well-known battle scene from The Gladiator film. It will be Hillary versus Trump, a battle between two diametrically opposing forces. It will be a bloody battle in which all tactics will be used including pulling out a knife from an unexpected area in one’s pocket, hitherto concealed. And it will also be a battle in which one’s own knife will be used against the one who initially wagered it. Hillary will be despised by many Americans because of her pro-corporate position (even though she claims she will help the middle and working class), elitism, double-games, support of big government (that will encumber the lives of ordinary Americans), and rich record of aiding Muslim terrorists. Trump will be despised for his belittling of Latinos, his overt, not politically-correct approach, his rallying of working class white Americans, his opposition to the US policing the world, and his arrogance in thinking he can solve everything on his own without relegating to partners and working with minorities – a lesson for him to adopt; that he must appeal to Latinos. So far he’s been paying the price for not doing so in California. Most of all, he will be seen as a lunatic by those who don’t know better. Trump is everything but Hillary, and Hillary is everything but Trump. For Hillary supporters, for liberals, for well-meaning progressive white Americans, and for minorities and people of color, Trump is a disgusting fascist. They have a point, if judging by his rhetoric and call for building the “Great Wall.” The problem...
Can Trump Beat Cruz? Why Trump Needs a Latina Sarah Palin

Can Trump Beat Cruz? Why Trump Needs a Latina Sarah Palin

By Joshua Tartakovsky, 10 April 2016 Ted Cruz is revealing himself to be a more formidable poe than he first appeared.  He is far from being written off.  His victory in Wisconsin and the fact that many delegates may find him more of mainstream, acceptable candidate, — unlike Trump who dared to take on the establishment, — mean that Cruz is not only not to be dismissed but can surprise.  If Trump does not clinch the nomination, if he falls just a little bit short of the 1,247 needed, Cruz, who has not been wasting any time and has been working to seduce delegates on an individual basis, can turn them over to his side. As Cruz rightly said, supporters of other candidates may well turn to him and already are.  The “Never Trump” slogan may be put into practice by fearful delegates. Nothing is set in stone yet. Trump with his focus on the crowds, should not forget the fact that he needs to win over more delegates and has to make sure Cruz does not sneak in behind his back. If he falls short of the 1,247 delegates, which is very possible, every delegate will be crucial. Speaking to crowds is important, but working in a charming way with the various delegates on an individual basis is very important. That is Cruz’s strong area. He has not been taking on the establishment and changed his opinions as a chameleon, but he does know how to speak as if he is a responsible candidate and he also knows how to speak to each delegate at his level, telling...