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Trump Says Democrats May Have Contributed to Failure of Kim Talks

Well, I doubt it, because I don’t think Kim Jong-un was watching the House Oversight Committee hearings.

But still, the staging of a hearing in which the president was repeatedly attacked while overseas — not to mention at a nuclear summit — shows that for Democrats, partisanship comes before country.

Criticism of any sitting president used to be muted when the president was overseas. Not anymore.

Trump Gets Played by Kim Jong-un Yet Again

President Trump continues to let a murderous thirty-something dictator wall all over him, at great peril to the United States.

As you are probably aware, Trump came home early from his meeting in Vietnam with Kim Jong-un without any deal.

As I’ve written again and again, Kim Jong-un is not interested in a nuclear agreement. He will never give up his program or his missiles. What interests him is time — the one thing he needs to get his missile delivery capabilities in shape so that he can hold Chicago hostage while doing as he pleases.

Not to mention accidentally pushing a button that blows Chicago up.

Kim came to the negotiating table because he was initially frightened by Trump, thinking he might actually launch a war. The sanctions on North Korea are painful, but Kim has demonstrated time and again that he can tolerate them while transfering the pain on his enslaved citizenry.

What Trump has done with these foolish negotiations and buddy-buddy act with Kim is given the North Korean dictator the time he needs and even, as an added benefit, credibility on the world stage.

A North Korea that can destroy our country is not an acceptable situation. We need to defend ourselves

There are only two possible solutions to the North Korean crisis. One is to not only tighten sanctions further, but to start to sanction China in a serious manner as well, since China can influence North Korea. That would make the Chamber of Commerce unhappy and damage us economically, but it’s well worth it.

The other option is a military strike. It’s a nightmare, but the United States has the right and the obligation to defend itself. These talks have to end, and Trump has to be honest with himself and with Americans about what is at stake — our survival.

Trump Gifts Kim Jong-un a Recording of Elton John’s “Rocket Man”

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo traveled to North Korea bearing a gift from President Trump for Kim Jong-un, a recording to Elton John’s “Rocket Man,” South Korea’s Chosunilbo news agency reports.

According to the story:

Sources in Washington said the gifts reflect Trump’s expectations that Kim will follow through on the pledges in an agreement the two signed at their summit.

One diplomatic source in Washington said, “The ‘Rocket Man’ CD was the subject of discussion during Trump’s lunch with Kim. Kim mentioned that Trump referred to him as ‘rocket man’ when tensions ran high last year” after a series of nuclear tests and missile launches by the North. “Trump then asked Kim if he knew the song and Kim said no.”

Trump remembered the conversation and told Pompeo to take a CD with the song for Kim. He reportedly wrote a message on it and signed it.

I think that, given the unlikelihood Kim is going to follow through on any kind of “deal,” Trump would have been better advised to send him a recording of Elton’s “Don’t go breaking my heart.”

Anyway, now that the song is in your head, here’s a video of Elton John in a superb performance of the single in February 1972, before it was released. A great artist at the height of his powers, long before he became a parody of himself.

More Evidence Kim Jong-un is Playing Trump for a Chump

See, this is what I’m talking about. I keep saying that Kim Jong-un is putting on a big show of wanting a deal because he got scared that President Trump was going to attack him before he could complete his nuclear ICBM program and be able to strike the United States.

But you don’t believe me. You think Trump is a genius and could never get played by this little Rocket Man punk.

Well, I hope you are right. Honestly. But this is very serious stuff. Once North Korea can reliably state that it can hit the U.S. mainland with nukes, all bets are off. The situation changes from prevention to containment.

From the Wall Street Journal:

North Korea is completing a major expansion of a key missile-manufacturing plant, said researchers who have examined new satellite imagery of the site, the latest sign Pyongyang is pushing ahead with weapons programs even as the U.S. pressures it to abandon them.

The facility makes solid-fuel ballistic missiles—which would be able to strike U.S. military installations in Asia with a nuclear weapon with little warning—as well as re-entry vehicles for warheads that Pyongyang might use on longer-range missiles able to hit the continental U.S.

New images analyzed by the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, Calif., show that North Korea was finishing construction on the exterior of the plant at around the time North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met with U.S. President Donald Trump in Singapore last month. The U.S. is pushing Pyongyang to dismantle its nuclear, chemical, biological and ballistic-missile programs.

Last week, 38 North, another organization that monitors North Korea, published satellite images of the country’s main nuclear-research center in Yongbyon, showing that Pyongyang was rapidly upgrading its facilities there.

It could be that behind the scenes, Trump has extracted unprecedented concessions from Kim Jong-un after dazzling him with his charm and deal-making acumen.

But I have seen nothing to suggest that we’ve gotten anything more than the usual fake promises from North Korea. Only now, with an ongoing “process” in place and Kim having shown the world he’s actually just another cuddly little fat guy, it is all the more difficult to launch a military operation against him.

The North Koreans have been building a nuclear program for three decades. They’re not going to give it up just because Trump asked them. The president had done a masterful job in scaring the shpinkings out of them. But I’m very concerned he has squandered the leverage he had created.

Video || Trump Touts Kim Summit Result as North Korea Closes In on Nuclear ICBM

Trump touts what he says is a deal with North Korea and talks about “peace” always being worth it. Honestly, he sounds like Jimmy Carter.

I’m not seeing much yet beyond promises of the type North Korea has given before, and valuable time given the North to finish developing its ability to strike the United States with North Korea. Once he’s got that, it’s game over. All the flattery directed toward Kim to get him to change can’t erase this central fact.

The time for long-term negotiations has long passed, squandered by previous administrations. Trump needed something immediate now, or maybe a longer process last year.

Maybe there’s something I don’t know about. I sure hope so. The stakes are very high.

From a Reuters piece in February:

North Korea is only months away from obtaining the capability to hit U.S. territory with a nuclear weapon and must be disarmed, a U.S. envoy said on Tuesday, dismissing Pyonyang’s diplomatic thaw with South Korea as a “charm offensive” that fooled no one.

In a diplomatic showdown at a U.N.-sponsored Conference on Disarmament, North Korea responded by blaming Washington for escalating confrontation . . .

“North Korea has accelerated its provocative pursuit of nuclear weapons and missile capabilities, and expressed explicit threats to use nuclear weapons against the United States and its allies in the region,” U.S. disarmament ambassador Robert Wood told the Geneva forum.

“North Korean officials insist that they will not give up nuclear weapons, and North Korea may now be only months away from the capability to strike the United States with nuclear-armed ballistic missiles,” he said.

Maybe it’s already too late. Maybe that’s the something I don’t know.

Trump Undermines the Military Option

President Trump is right to try to pursue diplomacy with Kim Jong-un, and to meet with him personally. It’s typical that Trump does game-changing stuff and everyone objects that he’s breaking protocol by not having deals in hand first. How well has “protocol” worked before? That’s the point of Trump. But I hope there is… Continue Reading

The Smart Video Trump Showed Kim Jong-un to Convince Him to Change

I like this. It’s not just gauzy feel-good stuff. That would be something Obama would show Kim. It’s also got some very specific warnings that look a lot like threats to blow North Korea to smithereens. Carrot and stick. That’s been the difference with Trump as opposed to previous presidents. The serious, credible wielding of… Continue Reading