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The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity : Did Bolton Blow North Korea?

Posted by M. C. on March 5, 2019

http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2019/march/04/did-bolton-blow-north-korea/

Written by Ron Paul

…One leading Democrat, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA), attacked Trump for meeting with Kim because speaking to the North Korean “gives him legitimacy.” Does it make any sense that we should not even speak with our nuclear-armed adversaries because it gives them “legitimacy”? He’d rather have a nuclear war as long as Kim remains “illegitimate”? This is sadly the kind of thinking that prevails in Washington.

The media reported that Trump walked away from the meeting before the scheduled signing ceremony and closing press event. The talks broke down, it was reported, because Kim demanded an end to all sanctions before any reduction in North Korea’s nuclear arsenal. Washington sighed with relief and said all together, “better no deal than a bad deal.”

Meanwhile the North Koreans held a rare press conference clarifying that they only asked for partial sanctions relief in exchange for dismantling one of their main nuclear facilities. Further, press reports began to surface that National Security Advisor John Bolton threw additional demands on the table which led Kim to draw the meeting to an early close.

Who’s telling the truth? We likely won’t know. But given Bolton’s strong opposition to any kind of peace agreement with North Korea it’s hard to doubt that he had something to do with the blow-up of the summit. As the New York Times reported over the weekend, while Trump’s advisors were shocked when he decided to meet Kim face-to-face the first time for negotiations, John Bolton wasn’t worried at all. As the Times writes, “Mr. Bolton told colleagues not to worry. The negotiations, he said, would collapse on their own.” And so they did.

Will Trump continue to allow his diplomatic efforts to be undermined by his own staff? Let’s hope the president will ignore Washington, ignore the neocons, and continue to work for peace with North Korea.

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The Promise in This Week’s ‘Failed’ Trump-Kim Talks | The American Conservative

Posted by M. C. on March 4, 2019

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-promise-in-this-weeks-failed-trump-kim-talks/

By Harry J. Kazianis

No matter what happens in the coming days between the United States and North Korea, Washington has only one objective: avoiding military conflict with the hermit kingdom—at nearly all costs.

What about denuclearization, you ask? No offense, but the 1990s want their garbage foreign policy ideas back.

While getting rid of the North’s nukes should remain an important goal, Chairman Kim Jong-un’s potential 65 nuclear weapons are clearly an expensive insurance policy in case the hawks in Washington decide to forget the lessons of history and try to enact regime change. If Kim ever used them in an offensive manner, launching some sort of suicidal first strike, his regime, along with the majority of his 25 million citizens, would be destroyed thanks to the nuclear firepower of just one late 1970s era U.S. Navy ballistic missile submarine—and he knows that.

Whether we like it or not—and despite how he treats his own people—Kim is a rational actor on the world’s stage. Read the rest of this entry »

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Why Trump doesn’t always get it wrong on the Middle East, by Patrick Cockburn – The Unz Review

Posted by M. C. on January 26, 2019

It may not turn out that way, but Trump’s approach is more realistic than those who dismiss it as dangerous idiocy. For all his verbal belligerency, Trump is a genuine isolationist who has yet to start a war anywhere. It is an achievement not to be underrated.

http://www.unz.com/pcockburn/why-trump-doesnt-always-get-it-wrong-on-the-middle-east/

The exceptions are important but Trump does not get credit for them because of the knee-jerk hostility which rules out any possibility that Trump may be right and his vast array of critics wrong.

North Korea, Russia and Syria are good examples of the positive side of Trump foreign policy, however unorthodox its expression.

He may not have got as far as he wanted through talks with Kim Jong-un, but war in the Korean peninsula is certainly less likely than it was in pre-Trump times. Any contact between Trump and Vladimir Putin is portrayed by most news outlets as a hideous act of betrayal of the west. But Russia has a nuclear arsenal capable of blowing up the world several times over, so it is surely unwise to refuse to talk to, and treat as a pariah, the Russian leader who could press the nuclear button?

Trump’s sudden decision in December to pull US troops out of Syria was condemned by everybody from the most liberal Democrats to the most belligerent Republicans. They all jumped on to their moral high horses, but none proffered an alternative policy and happily pretended that the status quo was sustainable – though it is not.

The US is a bit player in Syria where the Kurdish-led forces it backs have largely defeated Isis. “Oh no they haven’t,” shouts the Washington foreign policy establishment, but Isis used to rule eight million people in a powerful state stretching from the outskirts of Baghdad to the Mediterranean. It now controls only part of a single small town, Hajin, in the depths of eastern Syria. The jihadis are never going to run up the white flag, but if this is not defeat it is something very close to it….

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North Korea Talks Postponed, South Korean FM Cites Busy Schedule – News From Antiwar.com

Posted by M. C. on November 10, 2018

The sabotage begins.

Maybe the solution is for US and certainly Pompeo to butt out.

https://news.antiwar.com/2018/11/08/north-korea-talks-postponed-south-korean-fm-cites-busy-schedule/

..The lack of specificity about what happened has raised speculation among analysts that this reflects a growing divide between the two sides. Diplomacy has been stumbling between the US and North Korea, and there are substantial topics of disagreement that are threatening the process…

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Get On the Trump Peace Train! – Antiwar.com Original

Posted by M. C. on July 2, 2018

https://original.antiwar.com/justin/2018/07/01/get-on-the-trump-peace-train/

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There’s never a dull moment with the Trump administration, which means: never a moment of rest for the War Party. Trump keeps throwing fast balls at the pundits and assembled “experts,” and they keep striking out, bigtime, as the ball whizzes past their heads and lands, with a thwack!, in the catcher’s mitt.

“Steee-rike one!”

First it was the meet up with Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The media and their attendant policy wonks weren’t ready for Singapore, where the President gave Kim a glimpse of what his country could achieve if it would only come in from the cold and allow the warm embrace of the international community. Read the rest of this entry »

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An Elite Coalition Emerges Against a Trump-Kim Agreement – Antiwar.com Original

Posted by M. C. on June 22, 2018

How do these countries expect an empire to survive by asking to be left alone and live their own lives?

They just want to be free to live life as they please like any US citizen…err…ahh…I would like to retract that comment but it is already in NSA’s giant Utah data center.

https://original.antiwar.com/porter/2018/06/21/an-elite-coalition-emerges-against-a-trump-kim-agreement/

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…But media coverage of the Singapore summit shows that something much bigger and more sinister is now in play: a consensus among foreign policy and national security elites and their media allies that Trump’s pursuit of an agreement with Kim on denuclearization threatens to undo seventy years of U.S. military dominance in Northeast Asia…

The real concern of the opposition to Trump’s diplomacy, therefore, is no longer that he cannot succeed in getting an agreement with Kim on denuclearization but that he will succeed… Read the rest of this entry »

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Trump Confounds the Pundits

Posted by M. C. on June 17, 2018

I wish someone would just get the oil and gas pipelines built from Qatar through Iraq, Syria and Turkey. That is what this perpetual warmongering is about.

But then someone always finds a reason for war, like money, power and doing other county’s (the ones neocons bow down to) dirty work.

Did I mention money and power?

https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2018/06/14/trump-confounds-pundits.html

Philip M. GIRALDI

What will come out of this week’s summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un of North Korea remains to be seen, and one must hope for the best, but the bullets are already beginning to fly in the US media with The New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof declaring impulsively somewhat implausibly that Trump gave away the store by canceling military training exercises with South Korea and in legitimizing Jong-un’s rule by meeting with him without getting anything substantive in return.

Lost in the flood of news coming out of Singapore are Trump’s positive comments delivered at the earlier G-7 meeting in Canada, which may have opened the door to a possible meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and a return of Moscow to a reconfigured G-8. One hopes that China will soon also make it into the ultimate insiders’ club, which will have to be renamed G-9.

Washington’s most important relationship is with Moscow Read the rest of this entry »

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Trump’s Historic Gamble – LewRockwell

Posted by M. C. on June 15, 2018

Do you think we would be even close to this point with “We came, we saw, he died” Hillary?

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2018/06/patrick-j-buchanan/trumps-historic-gamble/

President Donald Trump appears to belong to what might be called the Benjamin Disraeli school of diplomacy.

The British prime minister once counseled, “Everyone likes flattery; and when you come to Royalty you should lay it on with a trowel.”

At his Singapore summit, Trump smartly saluted a North Korean general and then lavished praise on Kim Jong Un as a “strong guy” with a “good personality” and a “great negotiator.” “He’s funny, and … very, very smart … and a very strategic kind of a guy. … His country does love him.”

Predictably, Trump is being scourged for this… Read the rest of this entry »

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The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity : Trump/Kim Meeting Shows Value of Policy Over Politics

Posted by M. C. on June 14, 2018

Their biggest fear is that peace may break out and they are doing everything to prevent that from happening. Conflict is their livelihood

http://ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2018/june/11/trumpkim-meeting-shows-value-of-policy-over-politics/

written by ron paul

When President Reagan met with Mikhail Gorbachev in Reykjavik, Iceland, on October 11, 1987, it helped put into motion events that would dramatically change the global system. A line of communication was fully opened with an enemy of decades and substantive issues were on the table. Though the summit was initially reported as a failure, with the two sides unable to sign a final agreement, history now shows us that it was actually a great success that paved the way to the eventual end of the Cold War and a reduction in the threat of a nuclear war.

A year later Gorbachev and Reagan met in Washington to continue the dialogue that had been started and the rest is history. Success began as a “failure.” Read the rest of this entry »

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US Bellicosity – LewRockwell

Posted by M. C. on May 27, 2018

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2018/05/patrick-j-buchanan/is-us-bellicosity-backfiring/

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U.S. threats to crush Iran and North Korea may yet work, but as of now neither Tehran nor Pyongyang appears to be intimidated.

Repeated references by NSC adviser John Bolton and Vice President Mike Pence to the “Libya model” for denuclearization of North Korea just helped sink the Singapore summit of President Trump and Kim Jong Un. To North Korea, the Libya model means the overthrow and murder of Libya strongman Col. Gadhafi, after he surrendered his WMD. Read the rest of this entry »

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