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America's political drama

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By Donald Kirk

WASHINGTON ― Inside the Beltway surrounding the American capital, a single topic these days excites the elitists, politicians, lobbyists, bureaucrats, journalists and intellectuals who compete to run the country.

They're obsessed by one of the most divisive gang fights in American political history since the Civil War of the 1860s. The outcome of the unremitting drive to get Donald Trump out of the White House versus the impassioned defense put up by loyalists surrounding him may set the tone of U.S. policy at home and abroad for decades.

Tune in on any American news channel these days, and it's difficult to hear much else beside the views of experts and politicos as well as journalists pursuing them for tidbits of news or gossip. In all the yakking, the impression is that nothing much matters here beyond Trump's attempt at tying military aid to Ukraine to the Ukrainian president's willingness to dig up dirt on the son of Joe Biden, the former vice president and contender for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020.

The Democrats have wanted to impeach Trump from the time he was inaugurated nearly three years ago while the Republicans are mustering any argument to rescue........

© The Korea Times