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All Things North Korea Thread

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A nice breakdown of how Trump was played.

 

First the North Koreans, who had obviously made a deep study of Trump, provoked him with nuclear tests and missile launches. Going further than they had ever gone before, they were able to goad a gullible Trump into juvenile taunts and threats of "fire and fury." This behavior appalled people around the world and made Trump into an outlier in the diplomatic realm.
Having captured Trump's attention, the North Koreans then played their hand perfectly, courting the South Koreans and demonstrating to the world at the Winter Olympics that they could be warm-hearted members of the international community. Thus lulled into over-confidence, Trump made what he must have believed to be a brilliant overture for peace talks that would finally give Kim the legitimacy he craved. To seal the plan, he even sent Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Pyongyang.
 
As Trump took crude steps toward the North Koreans, he alienated China with threats of a trade war. He also invited super hawk John Bolton into the White House as his national security adviser. Joining the crowd that intended to play Trump for their own purposes, Bolton immediately talked of how Kim could have the same experience as Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi, who gave up his nuclear weapons program only to be hunted down and killed during the Arab Spring.
It was Bolton's theme that Pence took up. When he reiterated it, the North Koreans decided enough was enough. They called Pence's remark "ignorant and stupid," and then Trump responded with his cancellation letter. It reads like a note sent to a potential business partner at the end of a broken partnership. It concludes:
"If you change your mind having to do with this most important summit, please do not hesitate to call me or write. The world, and North Korea in particular, has lost a great opportunity for lasting peace and great prosperity and wealth. This missed opportunity is a truly sad moment in history."

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1 minute ago, visionary said:

 

 

 

Tailgate could have told him that.  

 

(Doesn't mean I think we shouldn't talk to the dude.  Just don't advertise impossible goals for the meeting.)

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Singapore is not a place to screw around.  I still remember that kid getting caned for spray painting something.

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Great.  I wonder what secret stuff the blowhard in chief is going to brag about....

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I'm sure nothing bad happened in the meeting....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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