What the basketball star’s visit to North Korea says about American celebrity culture.
The aim of the campaign is to convince the Muslim world that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton hate the Innocence of Muslims film as much as they do. To do that Obama will have to pose with a burning American flag while Hillary Clinton climbs over an embassy wall with a dagger between her teeth.
As a presidential candidate, Obama won plaudits from media and political sophisticates for his promise to meet “without preconditions” with America’s enemies. This was to be a break with the putative “cowboy diplomacy” of the Bush years. Obama didn’t get around to explaining how his administration would conduct diplomacy with America’s allies, but now we [...]