Commentary: Children’s Hour Draws To A CloseAugust 23, 2019, By John KrullTheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – So, it seems that negotiation and diplomacy by temper tantrum aren’t that effective.Who could have guessed that?In the past few days, President Donald Trump continued his practice of picking fights with America’s friends and appeasing America’s enemies. He did so in ways and for reasons that only would have made sense in “Alice in Wonderland,” where up is down and down is up.John Krull, publisher, TheStatehouseFile.comThe president started his bewildering run of brouhahas by musing, out loud, that he might be interested in acquiring Greenland from Denmark.Denmark President Mette Frederiksen responded to Trump’s out-loud thought bubble by saying it was “an absurd discussion” because the days are over in which people and countries are bought and sold, and Denmark doesn’t own Greenland, anyway.Trump being Trump, responded with a snit.He was scheduled to visit Denmark at the beginning of September. He canceled the trip, saying Frederiksen was “nasty” for dismissing his idea in the way she did. She should have been more respectful.Hmmm.Maybe it would have been easier for Frederiksen to do that if he had sounded her out in private – say, in a face-to-face meeting at the beginning of September – rather than blurting his half-thought-out notion in front of a bunch of cameras and microphones. Then she, privately, could have explained what the obstacles might be.And no one would have been embarrassed.But Trump didn’t do that.Instead, he made a public statement.That forced Frederiksen to respond in public.Trump got his feelings hurt.Now, we have a strain in what has been a friendly relationship – a strain that could have been avoided so easily if the president had demonstrated a bare minimum of self-discipline and emotional maturity.Worse, there seems to be a domino effect.Just after Trump cancelled the Denmark trip, Iceland’s prime minister, Katrin Jakobsdottir, said she wouldn’t meet with Vice President Mike Pence when he visited her country. Instead, she will give a speech at a conference in Sweden.Jakobsdottir insisted the decision not to meet with Pence wasn’t a “snub,” but Icelandic historians said it was unprecedented.Pence’s visit to Iceland is scheduled for Sept. 4.Trump was scheduled to be in Denmark Sept. 2 and 3.Jakobsdottir’s speech is scheduled for Sept. 3, but she plans to linger at the conference to talk with attendees some more.Pence’s visit would have been the first by a U.S. vice president to Iceland since 1983.But Jakobsdottir isn’t trying to make a statement or send a signal.Not a chance.Then there is President Trump’s attempt to get Russia reinstated as part of the G-7, which was called the G-8 before the Russians were thrown out.The Russians were booted because they invaded the Ukraine in 2014. They’ve since made no attempts to resolve the situation or deal with the concerns of the other nations in the G-7.Well, all the other nations but the United States, where the president seems to be in thrall to Russian leader Vladimir Putin for some reason.The reaction of the leaders of the other nations in the G-7 to Trump’s proposal would have to heat up considerably to be considered frigid. They have pointed out that Russia should have to do something to make amends for invading Ukraine before the idea of readmission to the G-7 even should be entertained, much less acted upon.Trump apparently doesn’t see it that way.Maybe a guy who muses aloud about buying and selling nations and human beings just doesn’t see invading other countries and murdering the people there as that big a deal.But the leaders of other nations do see it as a big deal.Most of the signs suggest that they’re getting tired of dealing with this U.S. president’s immaturity.They want to deal with an adult.And soon.FOOTNOTE: John Krull is the director of Franklin College’s Pulliam School of Journalism and publisher of TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas criticised referee Howard Webb after the 3-3 draw against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.United came back from three down to snatch a point, but their manager Sir Alex Ferguson described the result as “two points dropped” and felt his team should have had a first-half penalty.Referee Howard Webb later awarded United two spot-kicks, the second of which was hugely controversial, with Branislav Ivanovic adjudged to have tripped Danny Welbeck.AdChoices广告Villas-Boas said: “Of course it’s not easy to take. It is a massive recovery by United. We had it in our hands and let it slip.“But there were some strange decisions. The first one is a penalty and I agree with it. The second is very unlucky. I’m not sure if Howard is trying to compensate for something.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
University of Wisconsin volleyball travels to Texas this weekend for one of the toughest two-game stretches of its season.Away matches at No. 16 Texas A&M University (6-4 overall) and No. 2 University of Texas (8 overall) will test the No. 6 Badgers in every way imaginable. The Aggies and Longhorns will be the fourth and fifth teams ranked inside the top-18, which the Badgers will play only one month into the season.This will be Wisconsin’s (6-1 overall) second straight week on the road after finishing 1-1 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, during which the Badgers suffered their first defeat of the year — to then-No. 11, now No. 8 University of North Carolina. The tight 3-2 defeat ended Wisconsin’s perfect 5-0 start and dropped them from No. 2.Volleyball: Badgers stumble to No. 11 UNC in ACC/Big Ten ChallengeThe Wisconsin women’s volleyball team finished 1-1 this weekend in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge with a 2-3 loss to the Read…Despite the drop, the Badgers are focused on this upcoming stretch and ready to climb back up to the top of the rankings.In the first matchup of the weekend, Wisconsin takes on Texas A&M in College Station Friday night. The Aggies are hungry and still looking for an early, marque non-conference win. A&M has struggled against top-name talent so far this year, with each of their losses coming at the hands of top-16 teams. Wisconsin should match up pretty well against the Aggies, as its has a more experienced and physically imposing net presence.To close out the two-week away stretch, the Badgers head to Austin for a high-powered matchup with Texas. While Wisconsin looks to steal another top-10 road win after beating then-No. 6 Hawaii, the match is more important for the relatively unproven Longhorns, who have no ranked wins this year.Volleyball: Freshman Molly Haggerty shines as Wisconsin rolls to hot startWhile pre-season All-American seniors Lauren Carlini and Haleigh Nelson are the cornerstone for the squad’s initial dominance, freshman Molly Haggerty Read…Texas’ sole loss came in a 0-3 sweep against No. 1 University of Nebraska, and a win on Sunday would cement its top-5 ranking. The two squads seem to be relatively even-matched and the game should make for an absolute battle in all respects.The Badgers are expecting to see the return of freshman outside hitter Molly Haggerty, who was sidelined in last Sunday’s 3-0 win over University of Louisville due to a minor ankle sprain. Sophomore outside hitter Lauryn Gillis also missed time this last weekend, but is less likely to see the court after going down with a mild ankle sprain against North Carolina.The road test will be a significant early indicator as to whether this upstart Wisconsin team is going to last through their brutal schedule.
TweetPinShare0 Shares PIRAEUS — Olympiakos pulled off another Champions League upset by beating Juventus 1-0 on Oct. 22 to go level on points with Group A leader Atletico Madrid.Swiss midfielder Pajtim Kasami fired the winner past Gianluigi Buffon in the 36th minute. The goal arrived after Alejandro Dominguez found striker Kostas Mitroglou, whose cutback was steered into the back of the Juventus net by Kasami.“Mitroglou got me the ball with his first touch. You don’t have a lot of time to react in the Champions League … so I’m very happy,” Kasami said.Atletico, which routed Malmo 5-0 on Oct. 16, tops the group on goal difference ahead of Olympiakos. Both teams have six points, while Juventus and Malmo have three points each.Dominguez sliced open the Italian defense all evening at Karaiskaki stadium, missing two scoring chances himself and setting up Kasami in the 60th for a shot that rolled just past the post.Goalkeeper Roberto maintained Olympiakos’ lead as Juventus piled on pressure in the last 25 minutes, twice stopping goal-bound shots from Alvaro Morata and also denying Carlos Tevez.Morata, who saw his second shot hit the crossbar after Roberto’s save, said he regarded the Spaniard as being “one the best goalkeepers in the world.”Olympiakos, which had already caused an upset in Group A by beating last year’s finalist Atletico 3-2, showed no signs of any nerves after a summer overhaul of its squad had led to lapses in defense in recent weeks.“It’s a magic night — we had a fantastic crowd and fantastic players. It’s a real team, that’s what we want,” Olympiakos coach Michel Gonzalez said. “I won’t say if I think we are close to qualifying, but I will tell you that we’ll be celebrating tonight’s win.”The Greek champions earned their victory after overcoming an early scare, with Omar Elabdellaoui heading a loose ball off the line in the 12th minute, while a Tevez header that found the net eight minutes later was ruled offside by Serbian referee Milorad Mazic.Buffon congratulated Roberto after the match, and veteran Italy star Andrea Pirlo was clapped by the home crowd when substituted in the second half despite his lackluster performance.Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said he had no regrets starting the 35-year-old free kick specialist. “I don’t think the squad was the problem, but the mistakes they made,” he said. “We can still qualify. I believe that.”
FIFA president Gianni Infantino has hinted that his plan to expand the 2022 World Cup in Qatar from 32 to 48 teams won’t be finalized at next month’s council in Miami – leaving it for a June deadline instead amid ongoing geopolitical complications.Adding 16 teams would require Qatar to share games around the Gulf region. But Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt cut ties with Qatar in 2017 in an ongoing political dispute that prevents flights between Doha and the boycotting countries.Speaking at a FIFA summit in Rome, Infantino said: “It will be very difficult to organize only in Qatar for geographical reasons. … And the geopolitical situation is complex. … We need to decide by June this year because qualifying starts in the fall.”Qatar won a vote in 2010 to host the World Cup with 32 teams and is only building eight stadiums. A 48-team tournament is already planned for 2026 in the United States, Canada and Mexico, but Infantino wants to fast-track that expansion and add 16 more teams for the first World Cup in the Middle East.Infantino says: “If it’s possible I’m happy. If not I’m happy. I’m always optimistic.”After Miami, FIFA’s next council meeting is scheduled for Paris in June ahead of the Women’s World Cup.Infantino also appears resigned to delays over his plans to revamp the Club World Cup and create a global Nations League.FIFA has a $25 billion offer from investors led by SoftBank of Japan to manage the new competitions for 12 years from 2021. But European soccer officials oppose the plan, citing FIFA secrecy about investors.advertisementA proposed Club World Cup worth $3 billion every four years could also challenge UEFA’s Champions League.”We need everyone aligned. We need to respect a democratic process,” Infantino said in comments translated from German. “It’s a bit difficult. We’re not just talking about money.”Still, Infantino seemed surprised that the $25 billion offer hasn’t convinced UEFA.”In any other sector if someone comes up with an agreement worth $25 billion people don’t say ‘no.’ They say ‘congratulations,'” Infantino said. “I can guarantee you that, considering the past, nobody in FIFA would ever consider doing something strange at a commercial level.”Also Watch: