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Gary Cohn Calls China ‘Ally,’ Dismisses Economic Aggression

White House National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn described China as an “important ally” of the United States in an interview with Mike Allen of Axios on Wednesday — just days after President Donald Trump’s National Security Strategy described China as an adversarial “revisionist power” that steals hundreds of billions of dollars in U.S. intellectual property each year and is working to “shape a world antithetical to U.S. values and interests.”

A South Korean soldier walks past a television screen showing North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un approving the country's new missile test

South Korea Commends Trump National Security Strategy

South Korea’s foreign ministry has commended the White House’s National Security Strategy, which promises that the United States will “take care” of North Korea as it continues to expand its nuclear capabilities.

President Donald Trump lays out a national security strategy that envisions nations in perpetual competition, reverses Obama-era warnings on climate change, and de-emphasizes multinational agreements, in Washington, Monday, Dec. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Trump’s National Security Strategy: Economic Strength, Border Security, Ideological Warfare

Senior administration officials describe President Trump’s National Security Strategy, which will be formally unveiled by the president in a speech Monday afternoon, as a statement of “principled realism” that takes “a clear-eyed view of the threats that we face and the fact that we live in an ever-competitive world” in which “the global balance of power has shifted in unfavorable manners to American interests.”

In China, Trump was gushing in his praise of his counterpart Xi Jinping

Steve Bannon: Trump ‘Rejected’ Gary Cohn and ‘West Wing Globalist Accommodation’ by Labeling China Strategic ‘Competitor’

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon calls President Trump’s decision to label China a strategic “competitor” a rejection of “Gary Cohn and the West Wing globalist accommodation of the regime in Beijing.” It is in keeping, according to Bannon, with the sentiment of the American electorate, who, in voting for Trump in 2016, signified their “complete rejection of the American elites’ complicity in the nation’s decline.”

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When Winning Is the Only Thing

It was Vince Lombardi who famously intoned that “winning is not everything, it’s the only thing.” And he was just talking about football! Of course, more and more all the time we learn of the excesses that have accompanied that kind of zealotry in the world of sports, and even the great Lombardi is known to have been pretty cagey with the rules on occasion in pursuit of “the only thing,” but it’s not football that’s on my mind today, it’s war.

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Obama’s National Security Strategy Already Obsolete

National Security Advisor Susan Rice formally released President Barack Obama’s new National Security Strategy at the Brookings Institution on Friday, to mixed reviews. The document repeated many of the president’s controversial claims from recent days, such as that talks have “stopped the progress of Iran’s nuclear program.” One element of the strategy is already obsolete: it commits to “seek a stable Yemen” on the day Iranian-backed rebels have taken control of the country.