Trump’s national security strategy has real promise

first_imgCategories: Editorial, OpinionIt seems odd that Dean Acheson, one of history’s great diplomats, felt a need to explain why he wrote a memoir of his years at the State Department — the masterpiece “Present at the Creation,” published in 1969. In those pages, Acheson chronicled a dozen of the most consequential years in world history: the wrecking of civilization in World War II and the building, atop the rubble, of an alliance for liberty that has given humanity its longest period of great-power peace since the Roman Empire. A fascinating, chilling report in the new issue of Wired magazine shows how rapidly the Chinese economy has moved to mobile-phone payments — and how easily that change is being leveraged into a network to track every movement and activity of the Chinese people.Vast databases are being compiled, containing everything from DNA to college aptitude tests, shopping histories to social circles.Those Chinese who pursue party-approved lives will be rewarded, while free-thinking dissent meets stern punishment.The BBC reports that China will have more than half a billion surveillance cameras installed by 2020, using artificial intelligence to recognize faces. “We can match every face with an ID card and trace all of your movements back one week in time. We can match your face with your car, match you with your relatives and the people you’re in touch with,” Yin Jun of Dahua Technology told a BBC reporter. “With enough cameras we can know who you frequently meet.”Without doubt, this all-seeing state will use its data to deepen the repression of its people.Among Xi’s first acts upon gaining power in 2013 was a crackdown on non-party civil society. Acheson wrote, he explained, because the 1960s “have brought the country, and particularly its young people, to a mood of depression, disillusion, and withdrawal.”In such a moment, he felt it important to “tell a tale of large conceptions, great achievements, and some failures, the product of enormous will and effort.”We find ourselves in a similar moment, profoundly disillusioned, anxious as well as depressed, apparently eager to withdraw from world leadership into heated discussions of trysting FBI agents and the president’s consumption of diet soda. Yet the world presses in.Even with an economy in tatters (the GDP of Russia is barely half that of France, despite having twice the population), Vladimir Putin rules like a czar while waging a cyberwar on the West, seeding chaos and fomenting division.Worse, Chinese dictator Xi Jinping in October announced plans to tighten his grip on a nation once again leaning toward totalitarianism, and to directly challenge the United States and its allies for global influence. If you like Big Brother, you’re going to love what Xi has planned for China. Arrests and denunciations have followed; in July, writer and human rights activist Liu Xiaobo died in custody, becoming the first Nobel Peace Prize recipient since the Nazi era to die a prisoner. Today, as in the days when Acheson executed the bold decisions of President Harry S. Truman, the world has no good alternative to American leadership.That’s why President Trump’s inaugural address was so disheartening to many of us.Trump seemed to reject the idea of mutually beneficial alliances and partnerships in support of free people and free markets, and against collectivist tyrannies.But glimmers of hope showed from the National Security Strategy published by the White House on Monday.Though it’s not a perfect document, the strategy takes several strides in the right direction, acknowledging Russia’s hostile schemes, identifying the long-term China challenge and beginning to reconcile Trump’s “America first” rhetoric with the imperative to rebuild, renew and expand Team Liberty around the world.“Some of the greatest triumphs of American statecraft resulted from helping fragile and developing countries become successful societies,” the paper declares in a welcome rejection of the zero-sum Bannonism of the early Trump administration. “These successes, in turn, created profitable markets for American businesses, allies to help achieve favorable regional balances of power, and coalition partners to share burdens and address a variety of problems around the world.”The task of bracing ourselves and our allies for the work ahead is more difficult than it might have been without Trump’s impulsiveness and base pandering over the past year.But on the bright side, the president has arrived at a national security team capable of producing a tempered, resolute and wide-ranging strategy on a tight time frame.If Trump will rely on it for information and advice — rather than on the whims and cranks that periodically distract his attention like jangling keys — there is time yet to repair the foreign policy damage of the recent past and start in the right direction.The next volume of our history need not be “Present at the Destruction.”David Von Drehle writes a twice-weekly column for The Washington Post. He was previously an editor-at-large for Time Magazine.More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

G7 to coordinate economic reopening plans amid outbreak

first_imgThe leaders of the world’s most advanced economies, who met via videoconference hosted by Trump, are looking for a way to end the economic paralysis.”G7 leaders tasked their ministers to work together to prepare all G7 economies to re-open safely and on a foundation that will allow the G7 nations to reestablish economic growth with more resilient health systems and trusted supply chains,” the White House said in a statement.The United States currently chairs the G7, which includes Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan.The International Monetary Fund has warned that the global slowdown is the worst since the Great Depression of the 1930s, cutting world output by three percent this year alone. G7 leaders on Thursday pledged to work together to “safely” put people back to work as the coronavirus crisis drags on in a bid to revive the slumping global economy, the White House said.The Group of Seven nations also called for “thorough review and reform” at the World Health Organization, after US President Donald Trump’s searing criticism of the UN agency.In a bid to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, many countries around the globe have instituted extreme stay-at-home orders that have shuttered businesses and devastated the job market. European Union leaders, who also participated in the call, said in a statement that trade would be crucial “in both overcoming the immediate crisis and ensuring a robust economic recovery.”More than two million people have been infected with the virus worldwide, and more than 140,000 have died.The G7 leaders agreed to “pool their research and talent to combat COVID-19 by sharing all relevant epidemiologic data,” the White House statement said.They emphasized their commitment to “a strong and coordinated global response to this health crisis,” and discussed what the statement called the WHO’s “chronic mismanagement of the pandemic.””The leaders called for a thorough review and reform process,” the statement said.Trump has halted all funding to the Geneva-based WHO, saying it put too much stock in the assurances made by China after the virus emerged there late last year.But it was not clear how widespread the criticism of the WHO was at the meeting. German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman issued a statement expressing her “full support” for the agency.And EU leaders said any solution to the crisis would have to come “in strong cooperation with the existing international organizations.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

With a title in mind, USC is set to tee off

first_imgFor the No. 2 USC women’s golf team, this season is all about redemption.After falling just short of their goal of a national championship last season, the Women of Troy seek to reclaim the title that eluded them last year.Sizing it up · USC sophomore Jennifer Song returns this season in an attempt to build on an accolade-filled freshman year, in which she finished in the top 10 nine times. But after finishing second in the National Championship, Song is out to improve. – Photo courtesy of USC Sports Information“We look forward to getting back that national championship in the spring,” said junior Lizette Salas, a first team All-American last season.After winning the 2008 NCAA title, the team led the 2009 National Championship going into the final round only to finish third, nine strokes back of Arizona State. For then-freshman Jennifer Song, the heartbreak was doubled by her second-place finish after leading on the final day. Song led by two strokes heading into the final round, only to see it slip away on the final hole to finish one stroke behind Purdue’s Maria Hernandez.This year, the team is determined to get back to the top. The Women of Troy return their top six golfers from last season, including everyone that traveled to the National Championship. Led by an All-American trio — Song, Salas and senior Belen Mozo — the team’s expectations are nothing short of another NCAA title.Song, now a sophomore, returns to attempt to top a phenomenal season that culminated in her breaking the school single-season scoring record. She finished the season as the top female collegiate golfer in the country, with nine top-10 finishes during the season and a scoring average of .18 strokes below par. After the season, she was named a First Team All-American and the NCGA Freshman of the Year.Instead of using the summer to rest, Song continued her torrid pace and became just the second woman to win two USGA titles in one year. After winning the US Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship by the largest margin in tournament history, she went on to win the US Women’s Amateur Championship. In between, she finished 13th at the US Women’s Open Championship — the top finish by an amateur.Now that she’s back in school, Song isn’t planning on slowing down.“It definitely gave me a lot of confidence, and going into the season I’m full of energy and really excited,” Song said.Still, she doesn’t dwell on last season’s success, saying, “I just try to hit one shot at a time.”Salas, now a two-time All-American, finished last season ranked fourth in the nation. Her nine top-10 finishes, which included two victories, earned her the Pac-10 Women’s Golfer of the Year award. Salas also broke the school’s scoring record last season, with an average of only .09 strokes over par. Salas, however, isn’t satisfied with last season’s finish.“I kind of struggled towards the end of last year,” she said, referring to her 18th-place finishes at the NCAA West Regional Tournament and the National Championship.Over the summer, Salas also struggled with a back injury at the end of last season. Though her competitive schedule was limited, she competed in the US Women’s Amateur and the US Women’s Public Links this summer. After making it to the round of 16 in the Public Links, she fell in the second round of the US Amateur to the eventual champion: Song.“I learned a lot this summer and I’m just now getting healthy and back into competitive golf,” Salas said. “I’m just going to keep getting stronger and come back better this year.”Mozo seeks to become the first ever four-time All-American for the Trojans this season after being named a Second Team All-American last year. While struggling with a shoulder injury last season, Mozo’s game was inconsistent. She earned three top-10 finishes and set a personal record with a 65 at the 2009 UCF Challenge, besting her previous low score by three strokes. Her 65 tied with Song for the lowest round on the team last season and marked the third-lowest score of any golfer in the country.Mozo underwent shoulder surgery over the summer and is just beginning to recover.“She’s starting to swing now, but we don’t have her swinging drivers yet,” USC coach Andrea Gaston said. “We’ll see if she can come back for any of our October tournaments, but we don’t want to rush anything.”Also returning is 2008 All-American Stefanie Endstrasser. The senior struggled with her game last season, but showed flashes of brilliance in her third place finish at the 2008 Mason Rudolph Championship.“Stephanie hasn’t been up to form, but she’s been working really hard,” Gaston said. “She played a few events over the summer while attending summer school in Europe.”The team is also looking for continuing contributions from senior Caroline Kim and sophomore Inah Park. Both became regular contributors for the Women of Troy last season, but they’ll be challenged for their roster spots by Endstrasser and incoming freshman Cyna Rodriguez.Rodriguez, a native of the Philippines, recently attended the prestigious David Leadbetter Golf Academy in Florida to prepare for collegiate competition. Her victories on the amateur circuit make her an instant contender for a roster spot.The road to redemption for the Women of Troy begins this Friday at the Mason Rudolph Championship at the Legends Golf Club in Nashville, Tenn. Gaston sees the fall season as a time for “everyone to get the competitive experience so we can have more depth and count on every player.”last_img read more

Piecing together a starting rotation is Dodgers’ daily challenge

first_img Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Buehler could start Thursday on four days’ rest. But the Dodgers are committed to giving him extra rest between starts even though thoughts of an innings limit are “not on my radar right now,” Roberts said.A year ago, the Dodgers started a pitcher on extra rest in 115 of their 162 regular-season games. This year, they might not be able to afford that luxury – but they’re going to do it anyway.“If you prioritize, whether it’s more important to pitch them and continue to lean on them and not use anyone else or give them the extra day if you think that will help the player,” Roberts said. “We’re more on that side of things.”The Dodgers have two options for next week’s starts already on the roster – right-handers Brock Stewart and Dennis Santana. One or both could start during the series in Pittsburgh next week. In Stewart’s case, the Dodgers’ ability to get out of Denver without needing the right-hander out of the bullpen could decide his status for Pittsburgh.Related Articles The Dodgers will get some help from the schedule – off days could become their fifth starter. Monday is the first of four in an 18-day stretch. Roberts acknowledged the next week will be the most difficult to get through. And there is reason to believe Maeda could be ready to return from his hip strain during the next homestand. He was cleared to begin baseball activity Saturday and won’t need a rehab assignment before he rejoins the Dodgers’ rotation. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season center_img PreviousLos Angeles Dodgers left fielder Joc Pederson, left, celebrates with right fielder Yasiel Puig, right, as center fielder Enrique Hernandez follows the pair after the Dodgers retired Colorado Rockies’ Noel Cuevas for the final out in the ninth inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 2, 2018, in Denver. The Dodgers won 12-4. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confers with players before facing the Colorado Rockies in a baseball game Saturday, June 2, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp, left, advances to third base on a double hit by Joc Pederson as Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado covers the bag in the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 2, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal, left, loses control of the ball as he tries to tag out Colorado Rockies’ Trevor Story (27) who scores on a single by Tony Wolters in the second inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 2, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler, left, confers with pitching coach Rick Honeycutt and catcher Yasmani Grandal after Buehler gave up an RBI single to Colorado Rockies’ Charlie Blackmon during the second inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 2, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig, left, congratulates Joc Pederson as he heads back to the dugout after hitting a solo home run off Colorado Rockies starting pitcher German Marquez during the fourth inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 2, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black gestures to starter German Marquez who struggles while pitching to Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner in the fifth inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 2, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor singles off Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Bryan Shaw during the seventh inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 2, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp, left, celebrates with Cody Bellinger while passing the on-deck circle after hitting a two-run home run off Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Bryan Shaw in the seventh inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 2, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp gestures as he crosses home plate after hitting a two-run home run off Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Bryan Shaw in the seventh inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 2, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor follows the flight of his triple to drive in two runs off Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Harrison Musgrave in the seventh inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 2, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Colorado Rockies first baseman Ian Desmond, left, waits with relief pitcher Mike Dunn as Dunn is about to be removed after giving up a two-run single to Los Angeles Dodgers’ Breyvic Valera during the seventh inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 2, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Daniel Hudson delivers a pitch to a Colorado Rockies batter during the eighth inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 2, 2018, in Denver. The Dodgers won 12-4. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Joc Pederson, left, celebrates with right fielder Yasiel Puig, right, as center fielder Enrique Hernandez follows the pair after the Dodgers retired Colorado Rockies’ Noel Cuevas for the final out in the ninth inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 2, 2018, in Denver. The Dodgers won 12-4. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confers with players before facing the Colorado Rockies in a baseball game Saturday, June 2, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)NextShow Caption1 of 13Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confers with players before facing the Colorado Rockies in a baseball game Saturday, June 2, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)ExpandDENVER – The Dodgers have become very short-sighted. They have to be.With four starting pitchers currently on the DL – Clayton Kershaw, Rich Hill, Kenta Maeda and Hyun-Jin Ryu – putting together a starting rotation is a daily project with Dodgers manager Dave Roberts and pitching coach Rick Honeycutt unable to look very far into the future.“I can go maybe a little farther out than one day at a time,” Roberts said Saturday. “We know (Ross) Stripling is starting on Tuesday. But I think as far as Wednesday, Thursday – we don’t have a starter. We have to talk about that. We’re going to talk about that after the game today.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.“Ideally, with Walker (Buehler) you’d like to make sure you give him an extra day. We’d like to give Strip an extra day, Alex (Wood) to get an extra day. So Wednesday, Thursday we’re going to need someone.” “I would say of our starters Maeda will be back first. I would say Maeda then Rich,” Roberts said.Hill threw a bullpen session Saturday with the blister on his middle finger uncovered. He is scheduled to throw to hitters during the series in Pittsburgh but will have to go on a rehab assignment before he rejoins the Dodgers’ rotation.“He’s gotta get assurance, we’ve all got to get assurance that he can sustain it,” Roberts said.WOOD WORKWood has been bothered by cramping in the adductor muscle in his left leg during his recent starts, prompting the Dodgers to push his start back to Sunday this week.Wood welcomed the extra rest but has no assurances that the problem will go away.“It kind of remains to be seen,” he said. “We’re managing it. That’s the way things go. During the season, things come up and you deal with them.”WAIVER CLAIMThe Dodgers claimed left-hander P.J. Conlon off waivers from the New York Mets Saturday and assigned him to Triple-A Oklahoma City. Conlon was designated for assignment by the Mets earlier this week.Conlon, 24, is a native of Belfast, Northern Ireland but played baseball in high school and college in the United States and was drafted by the Mets out of the University of San Diego in 2015. He made his big-league debut last month, making two starts for the Mets and allowing seven runs on 12 hits in 5 2/3 innings. In eight starts at Triple-A Las Vegas this year, he was 2-3 with a 6.58 ERA.In order to clear a spot on the 40-man roster, Ryu was moved to the 60-day disabled list. He will not be eligible to return until July 2.ALSORoberts said he still believes left-hander Julio Urias will return from his shoulder surgery a year ago to pitch in games by the end of this July. Roberts said he has heard nothing to dispute that – “I’m kind of taking it as no news is good news,” he said.UP NEXTDodgers LHP Alex Wood (1-4, 3.75 ERA) at Rockies RHP Chad Bettis (4-1, 3.68 ERA), Sunday, 12:10 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available) Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more