Senior Fellow Michael O’Hanlon says that conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq presented Obama with a situation that none of his five predecessors had to contend with in their early months in the White House. Brookings’s six-month report card, which premiered on the opinion pages of the Sunday Washington Post, examined “common defense” as one of three constitutional mandates required by the nation’s founders.
[On the possibility of ongoing secret negotiations between the U.S. and North Korea] I am always wondering if my chain is being yanked. It could also mean Kim is trying to undermine Moon, who positions himself as a broker between the U.S. and North Korea. These two potential explanations are not mutually exclusive.