Cart Before The Horse

Ken AshfordNorth Korea, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Wow.  Trump seems to think North Korea is no longer a threat and that it is a done deal. In reality, Trump returned to America from the Singapore meeting having secured only a vague promise, not unlike others the North Koreans have broken in the past, about working toward the goal of denuclearization. Yet North Korea has just as many … Read More

Yeah, We Got Hoodwinked In Singapore

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Kristof: It sure looks as if President Trump was hoodwinked in Singapore. Trump made a huge concession — the suspension of military exercises with South Korea. That’s on top of the broader concession of the summit meeting itself, security guarantees he gave North Korea and the legitimacy that the summit provides his counterpart, Kim Jong-un. Within North Korea, the “very … Read More

Trump In Singapore

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Fox & Friends accidentally said this about the Singapore summit: “regardless of what happens in that meeting between the two dictators.” This gaffe is probably the most honest thing ever said in the program’s history. pic.twitter.com/eooBanu9b2 — Adam Best (@adamcbest) June 10, 2018 In the simplest form of nuclear weapon, two portions of uranium are hurled together to reach “critical … Read More

“It’s About Attitude”

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When asked this morning about his efforts to prepare for the upcoming “summit” with North Korean strongman Kim Jong Un, Donald Trump gave an answer that was not at all reassuring. I think I’m very well prepared. I don’t think I have to prepare very much. It’s about attitude. Translation: His staff has been unable to prepare him, because as usual … Read More

End To The Korean War?

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No matter your political persuasion, we all woke up to good news this morning. The leaders of North and South Korea agreed on Friday to work to remove all nuclear weapons from the Korean Peninsula and, within the year, pursue talks with the United States to declare an official end to the Korean War, which ravaged the peninsula from 1950 to 1953. At … Read More

Trump To Meet With N. Korean Dictator Kim Jong-un

Ken AshfordBreaking News, North Korea, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Flashback: I told Rex Tillerson, our wonderful Secretary of State, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man… — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 1, 2017 Flashforward to present The White House didn’t make the announcement. It was made by the South Korean envoys on the White House driveway (this Administration really can’t do PR … Read More

Locked And Loaded? Really?

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“Locked and loaded”?  This macho shit is insane. I don’t even know what that means. LATE UPDATE FROM AN AFTERNOON PRESS CONFERENCE: Trump says "it's pretty obvious" what "locked and loaded" means. "Those words are very very easy to understand." — Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) August 11, 2017 Look, giving Trump credit which he doesn’t deserve, he COULD be acting that … Read More

Don’t Let Trump Read This

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It’s now becoming routine — Trump’s advisers have to walk back his off-the-cuff statements… this time to avert war. From Jon Chait: The New York Times has much more detail. Trump improvised his threat without advance consultation with his advisers, none of whom support it. The paper he was holding when he made the statement was about the opioid crisis. Trump “was in … Read More

Fire and Fury

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North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen. He has been very threatening beyond a normal state. And as I said they will be met with fire, fury, and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before. Trump … Read More

Will The Attorney General’s Investigation Into Leaks Snare Trump And Fox News?

Ken AshfordNorth Korea, Right Wing and Inept Media, Trump & Administration, White House SecrecyLeave a Comment

Here is a tweet from Fox News this morning at 5:30 a.m.: U.S. spy satellites detect North Korea moving anti-ship cruise missiles to patrol boat https://t.co/BPFXsLffgy — FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) August 8, 2017 By the way, that’s some serious shit, but let’s set aside the content and just note that Fox & Friends linked to a Fox News site … Read More

5.8 Earthquake off North Korea Coast

Ken AshfordBreaking News, Disasters, North KoreaLeave a Comment

Normally, I wouldn’t care, but I have to wonder if this is an earthquake.  Info coming in….   The quake was very deep – 348.2 miles (560km) below the seabed off the coast Its epicenter was 125 miles (201 km) southeast of North Korean city of Chongjin Early speculation indicated quake was man-made, as has been the case in past … Read More