The proposed meeting of the U.S. president and the dictator of North Korea, which has never happened before, and for good reason, will result in a total lack of credibility from here on out to the resolve of the United States to act on behalf of its interests and allies. Trump has said repeatedly that if North Korea tries anything, the United States will crush them with fire and fury. On the floor of the United Nations, in front of the whole world, Trump said he would wipe North Korea off the face of the Earth. A very strong stance, but was it just bluster? North Korea offers a face-to-face meeting between the two leaders, and Trump jumps at the chance, “Tell them I’ll do it, I accept.” Now, North Korea and the world know Trump was just bluffing. It was all bravado. So in the next world crisis, for example if Russia invades Ukraine, and the United States says, “You had better stop or else,” the United States will be seen as a paper tiger. Henry MoltSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsSchenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlineTroopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stopSchenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion
The situation was markedly different in the summer when – in the light of a £40,000,001 bid from Arsenal – the Uruguay international claimed the club had reneged on a deal which would allow him to join a side playing in Europe’s elite. However, a promising start to the season sees the Reds in third, behind Chelsea only on goal difference, with a number of positive performances. “He sees a genuine chance for us to make that (top four). He is happy here. “From a club perspective, we made a stance last summer, not only for Luis but for every player. “If we think it is time to sell a player, we will. If not we won’t.” While the impact of Suarez and Daniel Sturridge has not been in doubt this season, Liverpool’s midfield were criticised for being too pedestrian in the defeat at Arsenal last weekend. Critics were quick to point out the 33-year-old Gerrard appeared to have little influence on the game from a passing or running point of view while speed has never been an attribute Lucas has been blessed with. While Rodgers did not exactly dismiss suggestions his midfield lacked the necessary speed, he did counter the argument. “We have got very good players and in that game Arsenal had outstanding ability,” he added. “In fairness to Steven and Lucas, they worked very hard. Steven picked up an injury (to his hip) and struggled in that part of the game because of that. “There’s no doubt in the modern game you have to have that mobility in midfield but you also need the balance. “You also need players who are technically good, can play and can participate in the game tactically and of course the modern game gets quicker every year. “That is an area you need mobility in and for us, going forward, it is something, as with every area, we will try to improve.” Press Association Suarez has contributed significantly already after returning from suspension, scoring six times in five league matches. Earlier in the week, captain Steven Gerrard said he thought the 26-year-old would reconsider his position at the end of the campaign depending on whether the club had qualified for the Champions League. But Rodgers has always insisted he has had nothing but commitment from the striker. “I haven’t been given anything to the contrary,” he said. “Looking and speaking to him Luis is as happy as he has ever been. “He recognises we have a real genuine chance this year of breaking in there (the top four). “Last year was about transition and the second season was about improvement and he has seen that. “He had a difficult summer but he has come back and he is more mature and his performance level has been really high. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists striker Luis Suarez is “as happy as he’s ever been” as he can see the club has a genuine chance of qualifying for the Champions League.