When he mentioned the US trade deficit with China, he quoted President Donald Trump as saying that the US "rebuilt China" in the past 25 years. For Chinese audiences, such remarks are simply ridiculous. However, such a notion does have the support of some American politicians and scholars. Where did such views advocated by the US president come from? The Global Times offers some answers. Source of Absurd Ideas "You know, we rebuilt China. The money they drained out of the United States has rebuilt China. And they've done it through monetary manipulation, by devaluations," Trump said during an interview with the New York Times in April 2016. He was campaigning for the Republican Party presidential nomination at that time. A search on the internet shows that since 2018 mid-term election campaigning began, Trump has been repeating this narrative at rallies in many states. © AFP 2018 / … [Read more...] about Exploring the Origins of the Myth That ‘the US Rebuilt China’ in Past Decades
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opinion Steven Strauss Opinion columnist Published 7:57 AM EDT Oct 3, 2018 For those too young to remember (or who’ve blocked out the memory of this national embarrassment), President Bill Clinton (Yale Law, Class of 1973) had a tortured relationship with the truth. For example, when Paula Jones sued Clinton in a sexual harassment case, Clinton’s testimony under oath was at best disingenuous and at worst perjury. Clinton had to pay a fine and was barred from practicing law for a minimum of five years due to his lack of candor. Without admitting anything, Clinton paid Jones about $850,000 to settle her claims. Notably, the Clintons and their supporters said the ruckus about Clinton’s actions was some vast right-wing conspiracy. In my opinion, he should have resigned or been removed from office — and perhaps spent a couple of months in prison — for his unwillingness to tell the truth under oath. Now, as … [Read more...] about Kavanaugh, Bill Clinton should teach Yale Law class on evading truth
Iranian officials this morning vowed "unforgiving revenge" over an attack on a military parade on Saturday that killed 29 people, including the four attackers, and wounded 70. The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps blamed "regional supporters of terrorism," meaning Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, both of which denied involvement. US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, meanwhile, said that Iran's president should look in the mirror before blaming others. And this as Rudy Giuliani addressed the "Iran Uprising Summit" in Manhattan hosted by the bizarre political cult and terrorist organization MEK, a group that counts National Security Advisor John Bolton as one of its allies. Monday's regular segment Technology Rules with Chris Garaffa is a weekly guide on how monopoly corporations and the national surveillance state are threatening cherished freedoms, civil rights and civil liberties. Web … [Read more...] about Who Attacked Iran and What Happens Now?
Since election day 2016, the controversy over alleged Russian meddling and Trump campaign collusion has consumed Washington and the media. Yet one year later there is still no concrete evidence to support it — let alone any evidence that a Russian intervention might have altered the election result. US intelligence officials claim that the Russian government hacked emails and used social media to help elect Donald Trump, but there has yet to be any corroboration. Although the often-cited January 2017 report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence ‘uses the strongest language and offers the most detailed assessment yet,’ The Atlantic observed, ‘it does not or cannot provide evidence for its assertions.’ Noting the ‘absence of any proof’ and ‘hard evidence to back up the agencies’ claims that the Russian government engineered the election attack,’ the … [Read more...] about The Trump blame game
Is President Trump a blip? A brief aberration who will have no lasting impact on international relations? A tempest in a samovar? Don’t count on it. In a matter of days the president has instigated a trade war, insulted the leaders of numerous allies, thrown NATO into shock, labeled the European Union a foe, and held a remarkable press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin on July 16 in which he endorsed Putin’s suggestion that Russian intelligence agents could help the U.S. sort through allegations that Russians meddled in the election that brought Trump to power.There are two reasons to expect that Trump’s impact on the world order will be lasting. One is that his actions are eroding trust among both allies and rivals. Once gone, trust is hard to reestablish, even if the next president turns out to be a devoted internationalist. The other is that he is pushing a boulder downhill—the boulder, of course, being nationalism. Like the politicians behind … [Read more...] about Trump’s Damage to International Trade Will Take Years to Repair