TO THE EDITOR:

     Is peace with North Korea possible? In the Washington Times, March 28, 2018 (www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/mar/28/how-north-korea-flouts-international-sanctions/), Lamont Colucci, associate professor of politics at Ripon College, in deference to military contractors and transnational corporations (and the Deep State?) offers his variation of Douglas Feith’s ludicrous claim of “mirror-imaging” as the cause of the US making “bad” treaties.

     “Mirror-imaging,” said Feith, is due to the US diplomat negotiating honestly, with no ulterior motives, in a spirit of fairness (if not generosity) and humanity for a win-win solution, then projects this same attitude onto his opponent, who, it goes without saying, is nothing of the sort.

     This opponent is a dastardly liar and cheater who thereby gains an immense advantage over the US negotiator. (This presumably  explains why the US was forced to violate over 400 treaties which the duplicitous Indians tricked the US into signing. And also why Bush abrogated the ABM Treaty with Russia and Trump nixed the Paris Climate Accord and NAFTA.)  

     Feith says the US diplomat projects his good qualities (which he actually does not have) onto the opponent (who allegedly does not possess them) but is the only one who does.

     Mr. Colucci’s  variation of the above false transference is the imputing of one’s own actions to another party. He castigates the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) for using four methods “to flout international sanctions: exploiting global oil supply chains, complicit foreign nationals, offshore company registries, and the international banking system.”

     In other words, the very methods the US uses to enforce its global hegemony. I imagine the DPRK’s efforts in this regard cannot be nearly as effective as that produced by US “muscle.” ...

— Jerry Davidson
515 Scott St.

     To read the entire letter, see the July 5, 2018 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.