President Obama and his negotiators talking to Iran frighten the rest of us not only for what they’re willing to accept as a deal, but for the way they negotiate. They clearly don’t understand how to negotiate with rogues.
Cliches get attention, and fearmongers have christened a new one that’s already turning credulous heads: “Tipping point.” There are so many warnings about the danger of climate change tipping the balance of nature that to hear the “experts” tell it, Planet Earth has become one large canoe.
The world’s attention is focused on the chaos of the Middle East, but a time bomb is ticking in northeast Asia. Mysterious, heavily armed North Korea is a threat that at the moment seems out of sight, but it cannot be out of mind.
The reputation of the police in Baltimore has taken a beating in the wake of the rioting. Six policemen have been charged with crimes, though it is important to remember that they are charged — not indicted, and not yet convicted of anything. Nevertheless, some people with nothing better to do are eager to dispatch the Word Police to make further arrests.
Voters in Britain go to the polls again next week, and our correspondents say the race is too close to call. Scotland, which rejected independence in a bitterly fought referendum only six months ago, may hold the key to whether the Labor Party replaces the Conservatives to govern the United Kingdom.