Photo credit: CNN Just a quick note after watching the historic handshake: No matter what else happens during their meeting, this moment was a huge win for Kim Jung Un. Shaking hands with the leader of the free world with a backdrop of US and North Korean flags all standing at the same height… A … More Trump & Kim
North Korea’s recent statement saying that the upcoming summit with the US is now in jeopardy was completely predicable. This is another classic example of how North Korea can easily manipulate the Trump administration. North Korea is stating that unilateral denuclearization is off the table and that they are incensed by the ongoing military drills … More North Korea: Master Manipulator?
Well, what do we have here? Just weeks ago the world witnessed the spectacle of North Korean leader Kim Jung-un and South Korean President Moon holding hands. Each crossed the DMZ into the other’s territory. North Korea then quickly freed three US hostages after meeting with newly confirmed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. These actions created … More Surprised? We Shouldn’t Be!
The recent news that North and South Korea are finally agreeing to end a 65-year-old conflict has many cheering and celebrating. President Trump is touting his toughness and his political base is calling for a Nobel Prize to be awarded for his efforts to bring the two sides to the table. How much credit does … More The Art Of The Bluff
What are the pros and cons to a meeting between the US and North Korea? … More Trump Vs Kim, what could possibly go wrong?
President Trump gave the State of the Union address last night, summing up his first year. It was, predictably, full of exaggerations and outright lies. Even many of the true statements require additional context, which makes the somewhat misleading. Here’s a link to Politifact’s fact check of the address. Here’s a link to a transcript … More State of the Union
I really don’t even know what to say about this: This is beneath the office of the Presidency. It is utterly ridiculous that a head of state is making “mine is bigger than yours” comparisons with another head of state. Aside from the absurdity of the comment in general (though unsurprising from a man that … More The Bigger Button
Who does New Year’s resolutions? It’s not normally my thing, but in 2018 I resolve to continue to: – Advocate for civil rights and civil liberties for the LGBTQ community, religious minorities, racial and ethnic minorities, women, immigrants, and any other group being disenfranchised. – Back law enforcement personnel, but call for strict accountability for … More Happy New Year!
Should we be fearful of this new North Korean capability? What is the US’s response to this threat? … More The only thing to fear is fear itself from North Korea.
Does North Korea act in a rational or irrational manner? What would Kenneth Waltz say? … More North Korea: Rational or Irrational actor?