9 May 2017   Leave a comment

I am still processing the news that President Trump has fired the Director of the FBI, James Comey.  My only reference point for the firing of someone investigating criminal activity by the US President is the infamous “Saturday Night Massacre” in 1973 during the Nixon Administration.  I will wait for more information and more time to think about what has happened.  But right now I believe that this act is corruption of the highest order and, like I did in 1973, I fear for the Republic.

South Koreans have elected Moon Jae-in as their next president, giving him 41% of the national vote.  The election comes after the impeachment of the former President Park for corruption.  The election marks a rather dramatic change in South Korean policy.  Mr. Moon was a strong advocate of human rights during some of the more authoritarian periods of South Korean politics and has long favored opening contacts with North Korea.  His election will pose serious problems for US President Trump and his preferred hard-line toward North Korea.  The Economist has a great article on the current state of South Korean politics.

Moon Jae-in

The Trump Administration has decided to arm Kurdish rebels with heavy weapons in the fight to retake the Syrian city of Raqqa from the control of Daesh (the Islamic State).  The decision has angered Turkey which regards the Syrian Kurds as allied with the Kurdish Workers’ Party, an organization it considers a terrorist organization, a designation also shared by the US. We will have to see if Turkey decides to deny the US the use of the air base at Incirlik.

 

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Posted May 9, 2017 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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