Opinion – NYTimes: Words, Not Action, From Mr. Trump on Opioids – NYT – John Gelmini

A public health emergency must be declared and doctors in America must be required to offer more treatments which are not solely based on drugs.Similarly, people have to be nudged into better lifestyles and taking greater care of their own health and thinking processes.

Dr Alf is right to say that the process must involve Donald Trump taking effective action based on a strong response to the problem once he understands it fully along with all its ramifications.

His problem with non prescription drugs is, of course, the flow of poppy crop from places like Afghanistan which used to be facilitated by Hamid Karzai’s brother, who worked for the CIA, who augmented their budget with the proceeds of drug sales .

The left hand in the form of the Drug Enforcement Agency and the FBI and the police are trying to stop drug trafficking but the right hand is bringing the deadly material into the country, where proceeds keep Wall Street and the banking system afloat whilst the price is lower productivity, death’s of drug addicts and a massive medical emergency.

It may well take one of Trumps generals to cut through the Gordian knot but as things stand there is no solution from the Donald.

John Gelmini

Opinion: NYTimes: North Korea Rouses Neighbors to Reconsider Nuclear Weapons

North Korea and weapons of mass destruction

North Korea and weapons of mass destruction (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

Here’s deeply disturbing lead from the NYT focussing on how South Korea and Japan are worried about the US dithering in defending their countries faced with North Korean aggression.

Source: North Korea Rouses Neighbors to Reconsider Nuclear Weapons 

The dilemma cited is whether the US would take military action against North Korea, if South Korea or Japan were attacked, if there was a risk of retaliary missiles attacks on US citites, like Los Angeles or Washington.

Of course, the left-leaning NYT goes on to cite Trump as fueling the uncertainty.

The argument is not about the US reneging on its defense agreements, it’s more about US political leadership holding back and putting American interests first.

But if you lived in South Korea or Japan, wouldn’t you want some insurance in case Trump or his successor was slow to act?

Thoughts?