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President Donald Trump at a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Washington, Feb. 14, 2017 (AP photo by Evan Vucci).

Will the World Have to Learn to Live With the U.S. as a Failed State?

Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017

Is the United States a rogue state? Is it a failed or failing state? The answer, of course, is no, or at least not yet. But the hyperbole is intentional, meant to underscore how each day of Donald Trump’s presidency brings us deeper into the realm of the unimaginable.

As I filed this column, the latest scandal to engulf the administration is the resignation of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn less than a month after inauguration day. According to the White House’s own account, Flynn’s misdeed was not to have discussed U.S. sanctions against Russia with Moscow’s ambassador to the U.S. during the post-election transition period, but to have subsequently lied about the substance of his conversation to the president and vice president. ...

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