In the hours before the summit begins, spare a moment to think of the analysts

They've been interviewed countless times in the last three months, pontificating on everything from Trump's surprise acceptance of a meeting with Kim Jong Un, to the mystery of his agenda, the mystery of Kim's intentions, the debate over who should get credit, whether U.S. troops will leave South Korea, the meetings that Kim has had… Continue reading In the hours before the summit begins, spare a moment to think of the analysts

Only a few people covered the losers in the run-up to the summit

If there's not going to be a major change in life in North Korea, if this whole thing is just because Trump, Kim and Moon need it to happen for their own political standing, it's hard to get excited about the summit happening later today U.S. time in Singapore. If, as it now seems, we'll… Continue reading Only a few people covered the losers in the run-up to the summit

Reposted from May 30: Putting aside the tweet by tweet drama, here are the articles that showed the ball moving:

The Koreas got the full-on treatment from President Donald Trump's reality TV show approach to leadership and diplomacy this past week. Hundreds, maybe thousands, of articles have emerged since Trump's decision last Thursday to cancel the June 12th summit with Kim Jong Un, which he almost as quickly began trying to resurrect. Beyond the tick-tock… Continue reading Reposted from May 30: Putting aside the tweet by tweet drama, here are the articles that showed the ball moving:

The Korea Shock ended June 1. The Trump-Kim summit will be an anticlimax.

The climactic letdown happened when President Trump met reporters after his Oval Office visit with Kim Yong Chol on Friday. There, he said the June 12 summit was back on and that it would be the start of a process, rather than something that produces a bargain that changes North Korea's nuclear program and life… Continue reading The Korea Shock ended June 1. The Trump-Kim summit will be an anticlimax.

That was sure a lot of buildup for the Trump-Moon meeting, and then not much got said after it

All the media walk-ups, curtain-raising commentary, tweets, posturing by North Korea and President Trump sure made it seem like Trump's meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday was going to be pivotal. After it happened, the air seemed to come out of the whole thing. A day later, it's unknown what happened in… Continue reading That was sure a lot of buildup for the Trump-Moon meeting, and then not much got said after it

Tuesday is the turning point. I thought Trump could see through Moon but it’s clear now that he didn’t…

My guess back in late March when President Trump made the off-the-wall-ish comments tying progress in the renegotiation of the U.S.-South Korea free trade agreement and talks with North Korea was that he realized that he and South Korean President Moon Jae-in were not aligned in their goals for dealing with Pyongyang. Plenty of people… Continue reading Tuesday is the turning point. I thought Trump could see through Moon but it’s clear now that he didn’t…