Trump Heads To Nuclear Talks In Singapore After Alienating Allies In Canada

Trump on the south lawn of the White House with short statement about bringing Russia back into G-7 group

by Richard Cameron   If Donald Trump gets the Singapore summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un as wrong as he just got the G6+1 meeting in Canada – the US is going to get taken to the cleaners, bigly. Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul put it in these terms:       Trump, as has been reported, slunk out of the meetings in Charlevoix, Quebec, pouting and grumbling that the other national leaders did not dance to his tune the way the GOP Congress has for the past…

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North Korea’s Kim Gets Cold Feet Before The Wedding – Put The Champagne On Hold

by Richard Cameron   In the last 24 hours, the narrative about the upcoming summit between Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, has pivoted from upbeat speculation of a grand diplomatic breakthrough between the two Koreas and the United States, to a ominous mass of clouds on the horizon. On Tuesday, North Korea’s state information ministry, KCNA (Korean Central News Agency) issued a statement in reaction to the commencement of the U.S.- South Korean joint military exercise named “Max Thunder” : “This exercise targeting us, which is being…

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Is Donald Trump Getting Played By Kim Jong-un? Is Trump Playing Us As Well?

by Richard Cameron   In the previous installment in our ongoing reporting on the specter of North Korea’s rogue behavior and the confused and dysfunctional handling of the threat by the Trump administration – we uncovered a fact pattern which strongly points to Kim Jong-un changing course on his nuclear program at the behest of China. In spite of that, the broad narrative of media coverage is focusing on the theater of Kim’s unexpected participation in diplomatic initiatives in February and even speculating that it might lead to a historic…

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Why North Korea Is Now Suddenly Adopting A Conciliatory Nuclear Posture

photo from North Korea news agency, of Kim Jong-Un sitting at desk on the tarmac of a missile launch site witnessing a missile test launch.

by Richard Cameron   The term “Hermit Kingdom” was coined in 1882, by William Elliot Griffis.  It has most frequently been used in reference to North Korea since the partition of Korea at the end of the Korean War – (although technically, there is only an armistice, not an actual peace agreement in place).  Hermit Kingdom, describes, to paraphrase the definition given in Wikipedia – any nation that has been walled off, either by force by a dictatorial regime or by collective assent, from the rest of the community of…

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North Korea Gets What It Wants From Trump Meeting Before It Even Happens

by Tony Wyman   If you believe the White House – we are on the verge of a historic turn-around in American-North Korean relations, thanks to President Donald Trump‘s “bold” and “unprecedented” offer to meet directly with the communist regime’s dictator. But most seasoned observers call Mr. Trump’s invite to meet with Kim Jong-Un, less complimentary things.  Nicholas Kristof, of The New York Times, said: “President Trump’s decision to meet Kim Jong-un strikes me as a dangerous gamble and a bad idea. I’m afraid that North Korea may be playing Trump,…

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China Moves To Make Xi Jinping Dictator For Life – What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

by Richard Cameron   The South China Morning Post reported on Sunday that the mainland Chinese authoritarian one party state will accede – essentially rubber stamp Chinese President Xi Jinping’s expressed intention of assuming dictator for life status. They quoted the Chinese government’s official state media’s editorial organ, China Daily, on the subject: “Over the past two decades, a trinity of leadership consisting of the CPC Central Committee general secretary, president of the nation and chairman of the CPC Central Military Commission has taken shape and proven to be effective.…

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Fallacies, Foolishness, Fails And Fictions Of Trump’s New York Times Interview

by Richard Cameron   The New York Times Michael Schmidt’s impromptu interview with President Donald Trump at his Trump International golf club in West Palm Beach was evidence that Trump has not developed any new habits of embracing facts, grasping reality or curbing his instinct to loiter around absurd and unfounded pretensions. The audience that the unscripted interview was intended for, as all of them are – is Trump’s continuously shrinking political base. Schmidt apparently was of the view that employing open ended questions colloquially known as “softballs”, would cause…

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North Korean Soldier Defects To West In Panmunjom Along DMZ – Sustains Critical Injuries

by Richard Cameron SEOUL, South Korea The South Korean Military and the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCOS) are reporting that earlier on Monday, a North Korean soldier thought to have been stationed near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), defected to South Korea. The soldier was fired upon by North Korean patrols as he attempted to negotiate his way through guard stations (see photo left) and across the DMZ to the South Korean side. The area where the defection took place was in Panmunjom in North Hwanghae Province, where the armistice…

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Pentagon Says Only Invasion Could End North Korean Missile Program

aerial DOD photo of the Pentagon

by Richard Cameron In response to a letter sent him by two Congressional Democrats, Representatives Ted Lieu of California and Ruben Gallego of Arizona – a top Pentagon official stated that nothing short of an actual ground invasion of North Korea, would put a complete halt to the nuclear weapons program of dictator Kim Jong-Un. Rear Admiral Michael J Dumont, in his answer to the legislators, told them that:  “A classified briefing would be the best place to discuss in detail the capability of the US and its allies to…

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Danger Ahead! The Runaway Tractor Trailer Rig – Trump’s Presidency

by Richard Cameron Trump’s Runaway Presidency The standard metaphor for anything that is going “south”, that is to say, badly wrong, is a speeding train hopping the rails – an impending train wreck. Since it is so overworked and such a cliché, perhaps we should opt for another analogy to the Donald Trump presidency – the runaway semi-tractor trailer. In this one, the president is the owner-operator of the bigly rig and the rig is the Office of the Presidency and the contents of the trailer is the stability and…

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