A Trump Doctrine for Singapore and Beyond | Patrick J. Buchanan – Official Website

May 18, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Sunday, NSC adviser John Bolton spoke of a “Libyan model” for the North’s disarmament, referring to Moammar Gadhafi’s surrender of all his weapons of mass destruction in 2004. The U.S. was invited into Libya to pick them up and cart them off, whereupon sanctions were lifted.

As Libya was subsequently attacked by NATO and Gadhafi lynched, North Korea denounced Bolton and all this talk of the “Libyan model” of unilateral disarmament.

North Korea wants a step-by-step approach, each concession by Pyongyang to be met by a U.S. concession. And Bolton sitting beside Trump, and across the table from Kim Jong Un in Singapore, may be inhibiting.

Source: A Trump Doctrine for Singapore and Beyond | Patrick J. Buchanan – Official Website

The Korea Story: Why Is the Media Getting It So Wrong? – Antiwar.com Original

May 17, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

As news of the statement by the North Korean vice minister for foreign affairs Kim Kye Gwan spread, the usual suspects could hardly contain their glee: Trump’s vaunted Korean peace initiative had been a fraud all along! The summit was off! The North Koreans had been faking it, and Mr. Art of the Deal had been taken for a ride! Hurrah! Hurray! From Nicholas Kristof to Bill Kristol, the celebration was loud and the Twitterverse resounded with unrestrained gloating: finally the President’s enemies had earned the right to say “We told you so!”

Or so they thought. There’s just one problem, however: the celebrants are wrong. There’s nothing for these war-ghouls to cheer about. To begin with, the summit, as the US State Department has informed us, is on, and the US is making plans to accommodate the President’s trip to Singapore, where the meeting will take place.

Source: The Korea Story: Why Is the Media Getting It So Wrong? – Antiwar.com Original

Kim Jong-un: The Commie Who Came in From the Cold – Antiwar.com Original

May 14, 2018 by · 1 Comment 

Why has North Korea suddenly decided to negotiate with Seoul and Washington, and quite possibly give up its nuclear weapons?

This question has commentators in the West stumped, and so they fall back on the usual self-serving narcissistic America-centric nonsense: Kim Jong-un was so intimidated by President Trump’s outlandish threats that he decided to be a good boy and capitulate. The North Koreans naturally deny this, and their denials are quite credible: after all, the Korean stalemate has been pretty much unalterable since the signing of the armistice in 1953, and there is no reason to believe that this frozen conflict would reemerge as a hot spot – and burst into flame – since both sides would be very badly burned.

Source: Kim Jong-un: The Commie Who Came in From the Cold – Antiwar.com Original

Nicholas Kristof, Korea, and the Orientalist Temptation – Antiwar.com Original

April 30, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The stupidity and arrogance of America’s political class is on full display lately, and the White House Correspondent’s “roast” is the least of it (albeit the most visible). The conceit and open identification with Power – i.e., with the very Washington insiders they’re supposed to be guarding against – by our “mainstream” journalists explains why they’re held in such contempt by the public. And what better example of our compromised political class is there than Nicholas Kristof, New York Times columnist and professional “humanitarian” whose calls to send in the Marines are always clothed in the raiment of altruism. It’s people like Kristof that libertarian author Isabel Paterson warned us against when she wrote about the “humanitarian with a guillotine.”

Source: Nicholas Kristof, Korea, and the Orientalist Temptation – Antiwar.com Original

On a Korean Peace Plan, The Role of the CIA in Setting The Agenda of the Kim-Trump Summit at the DMZ | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

April 27, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

What are the dynamics which preceded the announcement of the Kim-Trump meeting scheduled for April 27th on the South side of at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)?

The CIA played a major role in the inter-Korean peace negotiations. The latter were conducive to CIA’s Mike Pompeo‘s secret visit to Pyongyang for talks with Kim Jong-un on the Easter weekend.

The Pompeo-Kim secret meeting was the result of a series of bilateral meetings between North and South Korea intelligence officials, which ultimately led to setting an agenda for the April 27 Kim-Trump meeting in Pyongyang. It would appear that a draft agreement has already formulated:

Source: Video: On a Korean Peace Plan, The Role of the CIA in Setting The Agenda of the Kim-Trump Summit at the DMZ | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

Korean Summit: It’s Not About Us – Antiwar.com Original

April 23, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Yesterday they told us that President Trump was intent on war – he was about to invade Korea¸ unleash “fire and fury,” and millions would die.

Today many of these very same people are telling us that President Trump has been “snookered” by the wily Kim Jong-un, who doesn’t really mean all the pre-summit concessions he’s already made quite publicly. Trump, they say, is about to give away the farm to the North Koreans without getting anything in return.

Source: Korean Summit: It’s Not About Us – Antiwar.com Original

U.S. Soldiers Sacrificial Lambs – American Free Press

April 4, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

 

The current crisis with Pyongyang in part relates to the presence of 30,000 U.S. troops at or near the demilitarized zone that separates North from South Korea. A relic of the Cold War, the Korean “police action” never actually ended with a peace treaty that might have created a modus vivendi, allowing the two states to develop without the threat of military intervention coming from either side. The American soldiers continue to serve as a guarantor of the uneasy ceasefire that ended the fighting in that they are, in a sense, hostages to the situation, guaranteeing that there would be massive retaliation if the North were ever to push south in force and kill Americans. Pyongyang knows that and has sought for years a final peace agreement that would remove those hostages and end what it sees as a continuous threat from a nuclear armed and unfriendly United States.

Source: U.S. Soldiers Sacrificial Lambs – American Free Press

Peace and the Intellectuals: Trump’s Korea Initiative vs. ‘The Blob’ – Antiwar.com Original

March 30, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

President Trump’s Korean peace initiative is the most significant US diplomatic effort since the end of the cold war: if successful, it means the end of an era in northern Asia. The Koreans realize this; the Chinese realize this; it’s only the American punditocracy that just doesn’t get it. There are a few reasons why they don’t get it: first, because intellectuals tend to think that the future is merely an extension of the past, only more so.

Source: Peace and the Intellectuals: Trump’s Korea Initiative vs. ‘The Blob’ – Antiwar.com Original

Trump Is Making Diplomacy Great Again – Antiwar.com Original

March 12, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

No sooner had I published a column entitled “And Now For The Good News,” predicting that the war on the Korean peninsula the Never Trumpers had been envisioning (and secretly hoping for) would not happen, and hailing the North-South negotiations as the first step toward a final settlement of the Korean question, then President Trump advanced the process a thousand-fold by accepting Kim Jong-un’s invitation for a one-on-one meeting.

The Washington policy wonks, the Never Trumpers, the right and the left – all erupted in a chorus of “He can’t do that!

Ah, but he can, he has, and he will.

Source: Trump Is Making Diplomacy Great Again – Antiwar.com Original

Trump’s “Spontaneous” Decision to Meet Kim Jong-un, Or was it the CIA’s Decision? | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

March 10, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Trump’s Decision to Meet Kim Jong-un

In all likelihood Trump’s decision was approved at the highest levels of US intelligence.

There was nothing spontaneous in Trump’s statement. It was staged.

No doubt he had been advised both by Pompeo and McMcmaster. His announcement followed the briefing by the head of the South Korean Delegation, ROK National Security Advisor Chung Eui-Yong, who had led the mission to Pyongyang on March 6.  Mr Chung briefed president Trump, who immediately and spontaneously confirmed his decision.

Source: Trump’s “Spontaneous” Decision to Meet Kim Jong-un, Or was it the CIA’s Decision? | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

The Coming Korean Summit

March 9, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

President Trump’s plan to meet Kim Jong Un has already had one effect — it has flipped the New York Times. Only a few months ago the Times was complaining that Mr. Trump had threatened at the United Nations to destroy totally North Korea, while offering “hardly a hint of compromise or interest in negotiations.” Now the Gray Lady is rushing out a column by Nicholas Kristof warning that Mr. Trump’s plan for a summit is a “dangerous gamble and a bad idea.”

Source: The Coming Korean Summit

OPUS 43 Korea

February 14, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Korea: Peace Breaks Out – Antiwar.com Original

January 11, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un’s New Year’s speech did get some coverage here in the US, but mostly the part about how he boasted that he has a “nuclear button” on his desk and that his newly-created nuclear deterrent force is within range of the United States. This provoked the expected expressions of belligerent panic from all the usual suspects, including Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Beverly Hills), who seems to spend most of his time tweeting about how President Trump is about to blow up the world (or else hand it over to Vladimir Putin).

Source: Korea: Peace Breaks Out – Antiwar.com Original

Why the Korean ‘Crisis’ Is Completely Phony – Antiwar.com Original

January 9, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

I’ve been busy these days, and my shoulders hurt from all that digging, so I’m taking a break and I figured, hey, what the heck, why not write a column: because, you see, I’m digging a bomb shelter. Oh yes I am! After all, I’ve heard – on the internet, where else?! – that the Orange-Haired Monster is about to start World War III, and I’m not about to be taken by surprise, no sirree! Of course, the locale and cause of this impending disaster shifts about quite considerably, depending on what’s on CNN’s “Trump-is-a-monster” agenda that day: sometimes it’s Iran, when Iran is in the news. Other times it’s a generic fear, attached to no particular geography: it’s just that the Orange-Haired Monster is a mad monster, and so it could happen at any time, anywhere.

Source: Why the Korean ‘Crisis’ Is Completely Phony – Antiwar.com Original


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