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Commentary > China Post > Arthur Cyr
"Egregious" and "grotesque" is how United States Secretary of State John Kerry has described North Korea's reckless international provocations, and brutal executions of victims who incur the wrath of leader Kim Jong Un.
 
The Obama administration tends to confuse rhetoric with accomplishment, and nowhere is this more apparent than in regard to the Middle East. "The Obama Doctrine" has been employed since Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign to sum up foreign policy strategy. However, there is no strategy, only a general declaration of international good citizenship and cooperation.
 
The general election in Britain has confirmed that the nation's politics are in great flux. The governing Conservative Party, led by Prime Minister David Cameron, has made unpredicted crucial gains.
 
Up close and personal -- that describes targeting individuals in wartime, even when impersonal drone aircraft and electronics are employed.
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While much of the media and many politicians have become obsessed with the nuclear negotiations involving Iran, unrelated and also underreported talks have achieved important progress.
 
"You know, next time you're going to have to do better, Mr. President."
 
The visit of Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Washington has dominated news headlines and discussion. Meanwhile, the visit of another leader of an important U.S. ally has received far less coverage.
 
"The Four Tigers" is a shorthand label for the dynamic economies of East Asia that achieved strikingly rapid growth from the 1960s into the 1990s -- Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan.
 
Iran is now a source of tremendous strain in U.S. domestic politics as well as foreign policy. Escalating divisions between Democrats and Republicans are greatly complicating our foreign policy. In the end, this may strengthen the influence of the fundamentalist Islamic regime in Tehran.
 
The shocking physical attack on U.S. Ambassador Mark Lippert in Seoul may appear just the latest negative news from the Korea peninsula. On March 10 he left the hospital, five days after being slashed in a knife attack by a deranged fanatical nationalist.
 
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