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North Korea Trying to Split Trump and Bolton

I’m perpetually amazed at the sophistication of the North Koreans. They understand that National Security Advisor John Bolton is their enemy, one of the few people who will never be taken in by their games and their effort to stall things while they complete their intercontinental missile program.

But they also understand that President Trump often sours on his advisors. And so they have done all they can to entice him into a deal, as have others – he could win a Nobel Peace Prize! – and now they are suggesting that bad old Bolton could ruin everything.

From the Wall Street Journal:

North Korea’s warnings that it would cancel a June summit if Washington insists on rapid disarmament highlight the depth of the division between the two sides in denuclearization talks.

In a statement carried by North Korean state media, a senior diplomat, Kim Kye Gwan, expressed “indignation” and said Pyongyang wasn’t interested in trading its weapons for economic assistance.

The North Korean statement focused its ire on Mr. Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton, who has called for Pyongyang to turn over its nuclear arsenal to the U.S. and commit to “irreversible” disarmament.

It cautioned Mr. Trump that if he follows Mr. Bolton’s lead, “he will be recorded as more tragic and unsuccessful president than his predecessors, far from his ambition to make unprecedented success.”

“The overwhelming focus on Bolton, rather than U.S. President Donald Trump, is a possible attempt to drive a wedge” between the two, said Miha Hribernik, a Beijing-based analyst for Verisk Maplecroft, a risk consultancy.

“If the hard-line adviser is sidelined during future talks, Pyongyang may be able to persuade Trump to step back from demands for unilateral disarmament and walk away with a media-friendly compromise deal,” Mr. Hribernik said.

Smart tactic. But I still think Trump gets what’s going on, and that he likes winning more than he wants a deal. And North Korea with a nuclear weapon that can hit the United States is losing. Bigly.

Kim Jong-Un Already Jerking the United States Around

I’m telling you. You don’t believe me, but I’m telling you, this is all a bunch of nonsense.

Kim Jong-Un is now doing the national dance of North Korea for us. It’s called, “The Bait and Switch.” I think Chubby Checker invented. Come on now, I know some of you remember Chubby Checker. I don’t, but I remember commercials when I was a kid where you get his music and other oldies for a reasonable price, plus shipping and handling.

I understand shipping. What’s “handling”?

Anyhoo . . .  Kim is trying to use all the niceness he’s been pouring on us now to say he’ll cut off the spigot unless we cancel a military exercise he’s known about for months. This is how it goes down, the North Koreans make “concessions,” like giving up a nuclear testing site they already tested into oblivion, and then all of a sudden make demands, pull back things they’ve offered, and then ultimately, if there is a deal, cheat.

Considering how horrifying a war with North Korea would be, it’s more than tempting to get swept up in Kim Jong-Un’s bullshit. But he is never going to give up his nuclear weapons or his drive to perfect missiles that can transport them to right over your head and mine.

Like I’ve said, it’s worth a try. And President Trump and National Security Advisor John Bolton are the two exact people I want doing this, because they’re the least likely to get suckered by North Korea. But even they can fall into a cycle of negotiation that looks so promising they will be under enormous pressure not to walk away.

If the deal does not provide immediate and completely verifiable results, they must walk away. This is a very dangerous game Kim is playing with us.

Trump Holds First-Ever 3 AM Presidential Press Conference

At least as far as I’m aware of.

President Trump Thursday actually took questions from reporters at Andrews Air Force Base after welcoming three American former North Korean hostages home in the middle of the night.

“Hopefully everything is going to work out at the highest level,” he said. “We want to thank Kim Jong-un, who really was excellent to these three incredible people.” Trump was optimistic about his dealings with North Korea, but also careful to reiterate the bottom line, which is encouraging. “My proudest part of this will be when we denuclearize North Korea,” he said.

The press conference begins at about 9:55 in the video below

Here is a highly produced White House video of Trump’s encounter with the freed Americans.

Trump: “We’re Not Going to be Played” by North Korea

President Trump today took some questions during a photo-op with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, stating his determination not to fall into the same traps North Korea has set for other leaders. “The United States has been played beautifully, like a fiddle, because you had a different kind of a leader,” Trump said. “We’re not going… Continue Reading

Kim Jong-un Successfully Making it Impossible to Attack North Korea

Don’t people get what’s going on here? Kim needs to avoid a U.S. strike for few more months while he perfects his intercontinental ballistic missile capability so he can blow up Chicago. He’s playing for time, and he’s winning. I think President Trump understands. I KNOW National Security Advisor John Bolton does. I don’t believe a… Continue Reading

North Korea Gave Trump Something it Didn’t Have

Yes, we should give talks with North Korea one more try. The problem is that we are going to be pressured by the world’s leading Neville Chamberlains to strike an unverfiable deal that will guarantee North Korea has the ability to strike the United States with nuclear-armed missiles, an untenable and unacceptable situation. If you… Continue Reading

Trump: “Weakness” Gets Us Into Wars

This is the “peace through strength” approach that only Ronald Reagan fully understood and practiced. Another president who was derided as a dufus by the establishment but had tremendous success. Most other presidents of the last 50 years have sought to mollify our adversaries, often with disastrous results. Barack Obama’s efforts to kiss every Ayatollah’s ass… Continue Reading

North Korea: All We’ve Got Here is Pretty Girls!

I have to admit, Kim Jong-Un is putting together a pretty good propaganda operation at the South Korean Olympics with the big display of “unity” between the two Koreas. He has sent his sister, some athletes, and a bunch of appealing “cheerleaders” to participate in the “thaw.” Of course, he’s buying time to complete his… Continue Reading

South Korea’s Neville Chamberlain Strategy Poses Grave Danger

It’s incredible how no one learns from history. Everyone knows the story of Neville Chamberlain and Hitler. And everyone knows the North Koreans have always offered “hope” and “negotiations” to buy time to build nuclear weapons. The Soviets too were specialists at pretending to be our friends while oppressing Eastern Europe, invading Afghanistan, and seeking… Continue Reading

Did Trump Say “I” or “I’d”? You Decide

The Wall Street Journal quoted President Trump as saying he has a good relationship with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un, feeding into the storyline that Trump is off his Oval Office rocker. But I think it’s pretty clear he was talking about a prospective relationship with Kim. Here’s how the Journal quoted him: I have… Continue Reading

MSNBC Analyst: Trump’s Sexual Insecurities Threatening to Wipe Out Planet

President Trump’s My nuclear button is bigger than your nuclear button tweet to Kim Jong-Il seems to have put him back on the couch over at MSNBC, where resident pseudo-psychologists are wondering if Trump will use his allegedly small hands to launch a nuclear war. Author Anand Giridharadas opines: As we saw all through 2017,… Continue Reading