opinion Mac Gordon Guest Columnist Published 9:00 p.m. UTC May 26, 2018 Delta folk are known in some circles for walking with more of a swagger than the average Mississippian, but Delta Council Day is when they really strut their stuff. Once a year at Delta State University in Cleveland, flatland farmers and business and professional leaders from the northwest Mississippi region break out their new poplin suits or seersucker sport coats, or the latest spring dress wear and bowknot-enhanced derby hats, and parade the well-coiffed landscape for the annual meeting sponsored by the regional economic development organization. At the end of this year’s event on Friday, secret agents who’ve been patrolling the grounds looking for the ultimate dernier cri will announce their “best dressed” selections, and then everybody will return home to face the real world again. This year, that’s manifested in the fact that a new policy-setting farm bill is in peril … [Read more...] about Delta Council Day: Catfish on the plate and on the minds of farmers
By Tom Campbell | PUBLISHED: May 14, 2018 at 8:30 pm | UPDATED: May 14, 2018 at 9:20 pm Would the United States go to war in Korea if the North launched a conventional invasion of the South, and there were no U.S. troops in South Korea to be threatened with death or capture? The answer is highly relevant if the U.S. withdraws the 23,000 troops we have stationed in South Korea, as President Trump proposed in bargaining with South Korea over trade last year. In 1950, the United States withdrew the troops we had stationed in South Korea after WWII. Secretary of State Dean Acheson said that the U.S. defense perimeter in Asia reached no further than Japan. Kim Il-Sung, the grandfather of today’s North Korean leader, and his role model, thereupon invaded South Korea. President Trump campaigned on a platform of withdrawing U.S. troops from commitments around the globe. He has been unwilling to insert ground troops into Syria, apart from 2,000 “advisors.” America’s … [Read more...] about Without US troops, would the North invade South Korea?
Anne Gearan, The Washington Post Published 11:41 am, Wednesday, May 9, 2018 Photo: Washington Post Photo By Jabin Botsford Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 President Trump, seen here on Tuesday, is firm in his view that tough posturing and a disregard for diplomatic norms are effective tools of U.S. power, current and former officials said. President Trump, seen here on Tuesday, is firm in his view that tough posturing and a disregard for diplomatic norms are effective tools of U.S. power, current and former officials said. Photo: Washington Post Photo By Jabin Botsford Trump's trust grows in his gut-driven, out-of-the-box approach to international relations 1 / 1 Back to Gallery WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump yanked the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal this week and will reverse decades of … [Read more...] about Trump’s trust grows in his gut-driven, out-of-the-box approach to international relations
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Politics by Anne Gearan by Anne Gearan Email the author May 9 at 2:17 PM Email the author President Trump yanked the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal this week and will reverse decades of policy in Israel next week, in each case acting on a campaign pledge and intuition that he argues has already proved more successful than traditional diplomacy. He is aggressively moving forward with his planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. This week Trump sent Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to visit the rogue nation for the second time to continue preparations and bring home three American prisoners released by the Kim … [Read more...] about Trump’s trust in his gut-driven, out-of-the-box approach to international relations grows
At the height of the excitement last week over the real possibility of transformation on the Korean peninsula, a colleague of mine — a man well-informed but inflamed with dislike for Donald Trump — murmured to me, almost in anguish, "It's a great thing! But if it had only been some other president!"Usually, in these unpleasant days, I refuse to get into these arguments unless there is something positive to learn from them, but for some reason this time I chose to admonish him, "That's ridiculous. Haven't you grown up enough to know that good things can come from bad people and bad things from good ones?"He slunk off this time, unhappily so, and I was unhappily left with my feeling that we in the press need to be more deeply invested in our historical role as professionals who are fair, who are balanced and who are not, at least publicly, emotionally involved in our reporting. But first, let's look at this current Korean drama:I have been to South Korea. I've stood twice at … [Read more...] about GUEST COMMENTARY: Trump deserves due credit in North Korea talks