“No Problemo” Lin ! I’d like for Space_cadet to get a copy of this response too ~
Quoting Arnie seems appropriate, as that film “Terminator Two” is more relevant than ever, with what appears to be a successful Hydrogen Bomb test of ~ 100 kilotons by North Korea, and Lindsay Graham spouting fire and damnation all over the airwaves.
Space_cadet mentions that:
I wonder, surveying the planet after almost seven decades on it - if we have ever had a truly functional democracy, or if we are not just good spin doctors, masking an authoritarian state not unlike that of Russia or China ? JFK may have been moving us that way, but we all know the end result there.
I am reading closely the current edition of Foreign Affairs (Sep/Oct), and it is very revealing. The articles are high quality, almost without exception - but there is a prevalent mindset - that we do have a functional democracy (USA).
Is this true ?
I see that James Mattis completely contradicted Trump’s post-H-Test statement - saying that the USA is always open to talk and negotiation.
Personally, I don’t think Trump is in charge - surrounded as he now is by the highest ranking generals from the US Forces.
The article in Foreign Affairs on China vs Trump put forward a timely forecast - that the "Thucydides trap’ may be about to spring shut, i.e., world war, or at least, war of some kind between nuclear armed states, rather than the ridiculous assertion that in fighting the war on terror, there is anything resembling war - rather we get to launch multithousand dollar armaments against an enemy - in their own country - of shirt clad jihadists armed with primitive weaponry, no body armor, no night vision, no eyes in the sky - and very little if any medical backup.
The Thucdides trap spoken of above was noted by a Greek when Athens was rising as a power and Sparta took exception, got very nervous, result - war - probably not intended by either side.