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Wall Street Journal (January 7)

2019/ 01/ 09 by jd in Global News

“Trump can’t afford to lose.” He has the “biggest incentive” to dig into his position with “more to lose than the Democrats do. This shutdown was neither necessary nor inevitable…. It was the president who delivered the ultimatum: Fund the wall, he demanded, or he’d be “’proud to shut down the government for border security.’” Without an “outright victory,” Trump will lose “a fight that he picked. He’d end the shutdown weaker than he started. And some of his most ardent supporters could well turn on him for selling them out on his signature issue, affecting his re-election in 2020.” Still, “none of this guarantees a Trump victory.”

 

The Economist (August 31)

2013/ 08/ 31 by jd in Global News

Syria’s President Bashar Assad apparent use of chemical weapons to kill civilians has gone too far. The international community should “hit him hard.” But first the U.S. and other coalition countries must “present the proof and “deliver an ultimatum” that Assad hand over all remaining chemical stockpiles.

 

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