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The hashtag #TwoDictators erupted on Twitter after Fox News host Abby Huntsman on Sunday mistakenly used the term to describe President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
The "Fox and Friends" presenter apologized to viewers after referring to the leaders as "two dictators" ahead of their historic meeting in Singapore Tuesday.
"Regardless of what happens in that meeting, between the two dictators, what we are seeing right now, this is history," Huntsman said. www.cnbc.com...
Conservatives hated it when Obama said he’d meet with North Korea. Guess what they say now.
In 2008, National Review’s William J. Bennett wrote, “Barack Obama’s position on negotiating with U.S. enemies betrays a profound misreading of history,” adding that if Obama were to meet with Iranian officials, “he will lower the prestige of the office of the president.”
Obama’s views on meeting with potentially dangerous governments were the subject of discussion during the second presidential debate between Obama and Sen. John McCain that same year. A conservative Super PAC even made an ad targeting the “without preconditions” remark in 2008, featuring actors portraying Cuba’s Fidel Castro and Kim Jong Il (Kim Jong Un’s father) laughing about it, concluding with the words, “Barack Obama: No Match for America’s Enemies.”
But in 2018, a number of Republicans are willing to give Trump’s meeting with a dictator a chance.
“If North Korea disarms, President Trump’s Nobel Peace Prize would be well deserved”
McCain says Obama "reckless" for wanting Iran talks
Seizing on a theme likely to play out in the campaign for the November election, McCain sought to portray first-term Illinois Sen. Obama as too inexperienced to be trusted as commander in chief.
At a speech to the National Restaurant Association in Obama’s home town of Chicago, McCain said the Democratic front-runner’s stated desire to hold direct talks, without preconditions, with the leaders of hostile countries like Iran “betrays the depth of Senator Obama’s inexperience and reckless judgment.”
McCain said a meeting would grant Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad prestige and international legitimacy and probably would not persuade him to give up nuclear ambitions.
During the run-up to the 2004 presidential election, while undergoing an fMRI bran scan, 30 men--half self-described as "strong" Republicans and half as "strong" Democrats--were tasked with assessing statements by both George W. Bush and John Kerry in which the candidates clearly contradicted themselves. Not surprisingly, in their assessments Republican subjects were as critical of Kerry as Democratic subjects were of Bush, yet both let their own candidate off the hook.
The neuroimaging results, however, revealed that the part of the brain most associated with reasoning--the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex--was quiescent. Most active were the orbital frontal cortex, which is involved in the processing of emotions; the anterior cingulate, which is associated with conflict resolution; the posterior cingulate, which is concerned with making judgments about moral accountability; and--once subjects had arrived at a conclusion that made them emotionally comfortable--the ventral striatum, which is related to reward and pleasure.
"We did not see any increased activation of the parts of the brain normally engaged during reasoning," Westen is quoted as saying in an Emory University press release. "What we saw instead was a network of emotion circuits lighting up, including circuits hypothesized to be involved in regulating emotion, and circuits known to be involved in resolving conflicts." Interestingly, neural circuits engaged in rewarding selective behaviors were activated. "Essentially, it appears as if partisans twirl the cognitive kaleidoscope until they get the conclusions they want, and then they get massively reinforced for it, with the elimination of negative emotional states and activation of positive ones," Westen said. www.scientificamerican.com...