Apr 11, 2016 9:33pm EDT
we and china in trying to deal with north korea lack a certain degree of moral authority and presence that a functioning treaty regime confers in the same way that the nonproliferation treaty was able to bring together the p5+1 across the table from iran. that's one example. tamara gave an example earlier this morning about the administration unable to get money to implement a foreign policy in response to the uprisings of the arab spring. treaty commitmentments are crucial. we are currently waging war in the middle east under two legal authorities. one passed in 2001 in response to 9/11, and one passed in 2002 authorized war in iraq. neither of them is really relevant to pursuing a war against an enemy that didn't then exist. both congress and the president, to a certain degree, have resisted trying to pass a new authorization of military force because -- because of the enormous lack of ability to confront these really -- these tough questions. they -- and so -- so we proceed without -- you know, without that. so -- and of course on the treaty front, you could give any numbe
Apr 7, 2016 11:34pm EDT
they're going to do about these issues. so we are it. those that say that this is china, we are turning it over, turning over the baton to china, they probably haven't been there. because as tough as the inbox may look, i am sure that the leader of china would exchange inboxes in a new york minute, so to speak. we have our political problems in the united states but i have heard, and mike or i have heard when people are sort of counting out the u.s. used to be for economic reasons. nowadays because of the nasty politics. i would not want to be a u.s. diplomat overseas because of the context of these discussions and we have to sort of get this straightened out. politics does get going at the waters edge. i think the jusco was very kind when she only mentioned three examples of undermining the president. there's only about 300 of them and i think that people need to understand that we have only one president. so what do we do when we look weak in the world? it is because of all this grinding criticism, of everything the president does. so i think that we have to dial that back a little bit.