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Wed Dec 6, 2017, 05:31 PM

Great Read: The Duplicitous Superpower

The Duplicitous Superpower, 12/04/2017

How Washington’s chronic deceit—especially towards Russia—has sabotaged U.S. foreign policy.
For any country, the foundation of successful diplomacy is a reputation for credibility and reliability. Governments are wary of concluding agreements with a negotiating partner that violates existing commitments and has a record of duplicity. Recent U.S. administrations have ignored that principle, and their actions have backfired majorly, damaging American foreign policy in the process.

The consequences of previous deceit are most evident in the ongoing effort to achieve a diplomatic solution to the North Korean nuclear crisis. During his recent trip to East Asia, President Trump urged Kim Jong-un’s regime to “come to the negotiating table” and “do the right thing”—relinquish the country’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs. Presumably, that concession would lead to a lifting (or at least an easing) of international economic sanctions and a more normal relationship between Pyongyang and the international community.

Unfortunately, North Korean leaders have abundant reasons to be wary of such U.S. enticements. Trump’s transparent attempt to renege on Washington’s commitment to the deal with Iran known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)—which the United States and other major powers signed in 2015 to curb Tehran’s nuclear program—certainly does not increase Pyongyang’s incentive to sign a similar agreement. His decision to decertify Iran’s compliance with the JCPOA, even when the United Nations confirms that Tehran is adhering to its obligations, appears more than a little disingenuous.

North Korea is likely focused on another incident that raises even greater doubts about U.S. credibility. Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi capitulated on the nuclear issue in December of 2003, abandoning his country’s nuclear program and reiterating a commitment to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. In exchange, the United States and its allies lifted economic sanctions and welcomed Libya back into the community of respectable nations. Barely seven years later, though, Washington and its NATO partners double-crossed Qaddafi, launching airstrikes and cruise missile attacks to assist rebels in their campaign to overthrow the Libyan strongman. North Korea and other powers took notice of Qaddafi’s fate, making the already difficult task of getting a de-nuclearization agreement with Pyongyang nearly impossible.

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followthesun34 Wednesday OP
Carlos W Bush Wednesday #1
BigKahunna2.0 Wednesday #2
Argentina Wednesday #3
I814U2CY Wednesday #4
Solesurvivor Wednesday #5
Carlos W Bush Wednesday #6

Response to followthesun34 (Original post)

Wed Dec 6, 2017, 05:33 PM

1. deckchairdanny

lakesideyoga

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Response to Carlos W Bush (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 6, 2017, 06:00 PM

2. Exactly!!!

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Response to followthesun34 (Original post)

Wed Dec 6, 2017, 06:05 PM

3. Great post. Recommended. While the OP doesn't mention it, I wonder how Trump's recognition of

Jerusalem as Israel's capital will add to Washington's reputation for duplicity.

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Response to Argentina (Reply #3)

Wed Dec 6, 2017, 06:07 PM

4. And just like that lefty is worried about Putin being butt hurt.

 

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Response to followthesun34 (Original post)

Wed Dec 6, 2017, 06:29 PM

5. Why does this person remind me of that poster that always posted

about Russia and what not?

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Response to Solesurvivor (Reply #5)

Wed Dec 6, 2017, 10:56 PM

6. See reply #1.

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