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…

Now it’s a fight for Trump’s mind, and he appears ready to yank U.S. troops so he can collect a Nobel.

After staging his summit with Kim Jong Un, South Korean President Moon Jae-in hustled to make sure that Donald Trump sticks with the program. With Trump so mercurial, the battle is on between doves and hawks to persuade him what he should ask of Kim and be willing to pay to Kim. The South Korean… Continue reading Now it’s a fight for Trump’s mind, and he appears ready to yank U.S. troops so he can collect a Nobel.

Will we learn more about Kim Jong Un or Moon Jae-in from the inter-Korean summit?

I suspect Moon Jae-in. And that would not be good. What would be great is if Moon would ask Kim Jong Un whether he still wants to takeover South Korea and, if Kim says no, then ask why he is building so many nuclear weapons. But I don't think Moon will do anything so difficult.… Continue reading Will we learn more about Kim Jong Un or Moon Jae-in from the inter-Korean summit?

If Trump is going to believe what his supporters are saying, then Kim has already won.

One of the saving graces of President Trump's hasty decision to meet with Kim Jong Un is that he had not publicly at least seemed to believe the idea pushed by his most breathless supporters that he has broken new ground on the North Korea nuclear problem. Until today. Apparently miffed at the portrayal of… Continue reading If Trump is going to believe what his supporters are saying, then Kim has already won.