North Korea Billed U.S. The Sum Of $2 Million For The Return Of A Dead Hostage

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What the hell? North Korea issued a $2 million bill for the hospital care of comatose American Otto Warmbier, insisting that a U.S. official sign a pledge to pay it before being allowed to fly the University of Virginia student from Pyongyang in 2017. The presentation of the invoice — not previously disclosed by U.S. or North Korean officials — … Read More

Trump Reverses His Advisors On NK Sanctions

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Yesterday: Important actions today from @USTreasury; the maritime industry must do more to stop North Korea’s illicit shipping practices. Everyone should take notice and review their own activities to ensure they are not involved in North Korea’s sanctions evasion. — John Bolton (@AmbJohnBolton) March 21, 2019 Today: It was announced today by the U.S. Treasury that additional large scale … Read More

Trump Summit Fail

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The Hanoi summit is over early and President Trump says no agreement was reached. “There is a gap,” he said, and the gap is that Kim wanted all sanctions lifted but was not willing to eliminate his nuclear arsenal in return. Trump was very vague about this, saying that Kim was willing to “denuclearize large portions of the areas we … Read More

Trump On 60 Minutes

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In his first non-Fox interview in months, Trump talked to Leslie Stahl for “60 Minutes”.  Here’s a highlight of the insanity Climate change “I think something’s happening. Something’s changing and it’ll change back again. I don’t think it’s a hoax, I think there’s probably a difference. But I don’t know that it’s manmade. I will say this. I don’t want to … Read More

Cart Before The Horse

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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. — 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

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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