◎ Existential struggles are not conducive to compromise, especially when the opposing sides see the competition in those stark terms.
◎ Consistency and constancy in support of both America’s national interest and the rules-based international order have been in short supply over the past decade or more.
◎ The Trump administration should continue to emphasize that North Korea’s nuclear program ultimately does not ensure regime survival but regime demise.
◎ As tensions rise in this new quasi-cold war period, the Coast Guard is edging closer to a continuing wartime relationship with the Navy.
◎ U.S. national security would benefit from Trump’s return to the core principles that guided his original instincts toward China and North Korea.
◎ The China threat toward Taiwan has to be confronted at some point.
◎ If Trump and Xi can make the tough decisions, they can avoid military confrontation that hardliners on both sides see as inevitable and even necessary.
◎ Moral, political and diplomatic pressure on human rights will go a long way toward encouraging the emergence of the normal China the world and the Chinese people long have been promised.
◎ Given significant developments across the Taiwan Strait over the ensuing two years, it is time for a more substantive conversation between the two democratic presidents.
◎ How did the failure to secure a declaration of all North Korea’s nuclear and missile capabilities, let alone a specific commitment to destroy them, somehow move the ball forward?