Tim Shorrock shares what might be a positive side to the global coronavirus outbreak: a chance for the U.S. government to relax sanctions on Iran and North Korea. Shorrock thinks it would be easy for President Trump to announce that these sanctions will no longer be enforced, if he wanted to, and that Congress is unlikely to prevent such a move. A crisis like the coronavirus helps demonstrate how awful it is to victimize the civilians of a foreign country with economic sanctions, which can contribute to shortages of necessary supplies even during normal times. Scott wishes Trump would follow the example of Richard Nixon in feeling that it was worthwhile to go negotiate with even the world’s worst rulers in the name of world peace.
Discussed on the show:
- “Washington Hawks Are Softening Their Hard Line on Sanctions Against North Korea” (The Nation)
- “CDC, FDA: The Enemy” (The Libertarian Institute)
- “Tucker Carlson on How He Brought His Coronavirus Message to Mar-a-Lago” (Vanity Fair)
Tim Shorrock is the author of Spies For Hire: The Secret World of Intelligence Outsourcing and a regular contributor to The Nation and the Korea Center for Investigative Reporting. Follow him on Twitter @TimothyS.
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