Thursday, August 30, 2018

No offense Bloomberg News...

But I could have told you back in May, that nothing would come of the current denuclearization talks with North Korea, summit with Comrade Kim or no summit.
Weirdly both sides got what they wanted, which wasn't much to begin with, Trump wanted a short term sugar high pseudo "diplomatic triumph", true he got some hostages back and some Korean War  Soldiers Remains have been returned, other than that pfft.
Kim on the other hand got a de-escalation of tensions and a reopening of negotiations with the Seoul, without giving up his nukes or even rendering up an accounting of his strategic stockpile.
Of the two, I'd say Kim came out with a bigger haul, he's kept all his assets and collected a few tangible and intangible perks as well.
Its clear to me that the P.R.C. can live a lot more easily with a nuclear armed North Korea than it can with the prospect of a Korean Peninsula that may be united under the auspices of the USA and its defense "umbrella".

And as long as that is the case, our options are limited, Peking wants a divided Korea, Kim's price for that division is the retention of his nukes. At the end of the day, all we can do is reinforce the garrison and reassure our allies that we stand by our military commitments to their defense.  I am sure the phone lines are open to Secretary Pompeo's office.

Lastly, and this is for the historic record, Congress is well within its rights to ask the State Department for a full accounting of the Kim-Trump Summit if only to assure itself and the electorate that no unseemly or unreasonable obligations were promised or undertaken by this republic.

Rhetorically speaking we are right back where we were in January...

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