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

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…

China confirms Kim’s visit after he’s gone, and says he’ll talk to Trump about denuclearization. That’s nice, but…

Wednesday morning (Tuesday night in the U.S.), a day after Kim Jong Un returned to North Korea from China, the two countries confirmed that he was in Beijing. The train and motorcades everyone saw were, as many people suspected, for him. In its initial report, the Chinese news agency Xinhua said Kim told Chinese President… Continue reading China confirms Kim’s visit after he’s gone, and says he’ll talk to Trump about denuclearization. That’s nice, but…

People are freaking out over John Bolton’s appointment as National Security Adviser. But were hopes so high before it?

There have been so many commentaries critical of Trump's appointment of John Bolton, and the damage he may do to this nascent outreach with North Korea, that it's hard to know where to begin. You could try here. Or here. Or here. Or here. Or here. But not here. How to even square the circle… Continue reading People are freaking out over John Bolton’s appointment as National Security Adviser. But were hopes so high before it?