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“Nattering nabobs of negativism,” is probably the most enduring of the many alliterative announcements of Spiro Agnew, vice president in the Nixon administration until forced to resign because of corruption. This particular phrase, penned by Nixon speechwriter William Safire, derogatively denigrated diligent reporters for placing bad news above good.
The election on Dec. 19 of Park Geun-hye as President of South Korea represents a milestone event in the remarkably rapid evolution of that country from wartime devastation to post-Cold War leadership. She is the first woman to be elected chief executive of her country, which alone represents significant forward movement in fairness, as well as democracy.
This Christmas season, devoted to charity and peace, is also the anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge, the largest land battle in the history of the United States. The U.S. military remains engaged in Afghanistan, and involved elsewhere on the globe even with withdrawal from Iraq. Do lessons of World War II apply? Absolutely.
The successful launch on Dec. 12 of a space satellite by North Korea is cause for concern, but no sign of a basic strategic shift — yet. Nonetheless, a tough response with teeth is required by the world community.
“Big Brother is watching You” was the pervasive punch-line in British writer George Orwell's novel “1984.” Recent developments in Britain give fresh currency to the classic.
“I'm very keen on having true freedom,” President Mohammed Morsi of Egypt recently declared in an interview with “Time” magazine, but his aggressive actions belie those words. The recently elected chief executive also just decreed emergency supremacy over the nation's courts, as a special assembly completed a draft national constitution.
Cambodia, which less than four decades ago was scene of the “killing fields” genocide, has just hosted the seventh East Asia Summit. The event brought together leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), plus Australia, China, India, Japan, Korea and the U.S. The summit concluded Nov. 20, on a positive note.
General and just-resigned CIA head David Petraeus is sitting at a crucial crossroads. This does not refer to the global media glare now seeking to dissect every aspect of his private life, in excruciating detail.
While the Republican ticket of Romney-Ryan was defeated in Tuesday's election, Paul Ryan may still prove to be a political winner. After re-election to his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, despite a relatively strong Democratic challenger, he is well positioned to be a leader in the impending Washington tax and spending battles.
Once again, the Korean Peninsula is the focus of concern about nuclear developments. This time, however, attention is directed at South Korea's nuclear power program, not North Korea's primitive but alarming nuclear weapon development efforts.
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