Discussion of current events: trump"s speech to the un (sovereignty), threatened sovereignty of four countries (venezuela, north korea, iran, cuba) Trump (national defense authorization act): increase in military spending [53 billion dollars], usa spends more than next 10 military spenders combined, 7 of which are u. s. allies. 1 senator [only got two others, oregon/vermont] refused to sign this act, unless amendment was added that lifted the authorization to use military force (added in 2001) Obama used this power (libya): wasn"t inclined to limit his own power, democrats weren"t going to object to it. Congress authorized national defense authorization act [gave him 78 billion extra dollars over the budget. Ir: game of chicken: helpful to convince your opponent that you are unhinged (nixon proposed this first in the 1960s) China: willing to pose stricter sanctions on north korea. Increasingly responsive to potential of nuclear conflict (implications would be devastating for.