The American Autocrat and the Murder Meet
photo: public domain, President Donald Trump’s Instagram

Kim forced the American president, through his nuclear and missile tests, to accept North Korea as a nuclear equal, to provide security guarantees to North Korea, and to cancel war games with South Korea that the North has protested for decades. In exchange for these concessions, Trump seems to have won astonishingly little. In a joint statement, Kim merely “reaffirmed” the same commitment to denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula that North Korea has repeatedly made since 1992. – Nicholas Kristof [New York Times]

MILITARY EXERCISES will be curtailed because they’re “very expensive” and Kim Jong Un wants it so.

It took South Korea by surprise.

What did the American autocrat get for his concessions? Trump thinks Kim will denuclearize.

A more sober-sounding Mr. Kim said: “It was not easy to get here. The past worked as fetters on our limbs, and the old prejudices and practices worked as obstacles on our way forward. But we overcame all of them, and we are here today.”

Later, as they reconvened with top aides, Mr. Trump declared of the nuclear impasse, “Working together, we will get it taken care of.”

Mr. Kim responded, “There will be challenges ahead, but we will work with Trump.”

Trump wanted to meet Kim in Singapore. He wanted it badly.

Secretary Mike Pompeo did most of the heavy lifting to get this set up. Looks like he’s smart enough not to want credit.

With the American flag flown with the DPRK flag, Trump’s historic concessions was to a murderer whose regime starves, tortures, and kills its people.

Oh, but America can’t talk about human rights with such a despicable despot.

Trump wanted a good old-fashioned media spectacle, an all night love fest from state media. If you watched Fox News, that’s what he got. Reality diplomacy in the age of Trump. All spectacle, little substance.

Don’t look now, but the gun for the 2018 midterms just went off.

…and Trump came with a pitch straight from Hollywood, complete with a picture of Rocky in the White House.