Adam’s discussed the summit stuff at length, but it’s just so absurd to me that there were people who actually thought that not only it might happen, but that some good would come out of it. Donald Trump is the living embodiment of Dunning-Kruger.
Let’s put it this way. The North Korean leadership and Kim Jong Un think about nothing else but this issue, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They are constantly balancing their behavior so that China just doesn’t say fuck off and wipe them off the face of the earth. They’ve explored every angle, know what they want, and have gamed everything out beyond anything you or I could imagine.
In the other corner is Donald Trump, who has not thought about this at all. Ever. He’s thought about how good it could be for him if he could “win,” but he has no idea what a win is or how to achieve it. He’s surrounded by sycophants and ideologues, and most of the ideologues (BOLTON) know only threats of force and use of force- that’s their entire intellectual arsenal. And while Kim Jong Un and company are used to dealing with China, Twitler’s debate partner is… Steve fucking Doocy.
So, yeah. This ended about how anyone should have expected- with us looking stupid, our allies betrayed and burned, and NoKo with a clear win.