Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “North Korea”

North Korea and the Trump Administration’s Lack of Credibility

If they are willing to mislead the public about what was agreed to at Singapore, they will keep misleading us at every stage to come.

Posted July 16th, 2018

Trump Touts a ‘Contract’ with North Korea That Doesn’t Exist

If Trump thinks that he has somehow been betrayed or cheated, he is much more likely to listen to the ravings of Graham and Bolton.

Posted July 9th, 2018

Pompeo’s Desperate North Korea Spin

The problem for Pompeo is that the public can’t trust what he or the president says about any of this because they have spent the last three weeks lying about what happened in Singapore.

Posted July 8th, 2018

Maximalist Demands and Diplomacy Don’t Mix

When the U.S. makes the maximalist demands that hard-liners want, it is a good sign that there is no desire for a diplomatic solution.

Posted July 8th, 2018

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

American-made bombs are killing civilians, destroying infrastructure, and fueling anger against the …

Posted July 6th, 2018

The Administration’s All-or-Nothing Diplomacy Cannot Succeed

By repeatedly insisting that the U.S. won’t settle for anything less than their maximalist demands, the administration has ensured that the U.S. will come away from the process with nothing.

Posted July 6th, 2018

The President’s North Korea Delusions

Most of the administration’s critics have been urging them to acknowledge reality and recognize that deterrence remains the practical alternative to a disarmament that isn’t happening and a war that must not happen.

Posted July 3rd, 2018

A President at War with Reality

A president that routinely lies to the public about major national security issues cannot be trusted to negotiate anything on behalf of the U.S.

Posted July 2nd, 2018

North Korea and ‘Useful Fictions’

We could promote the falsehood that the Singapore summit was a “rousing success” all we want, but that isn’t going to fool anyone for very long.

Posted July 2nd, 2018

Trump’s Parallel Reality

Trump’s description of his parallel reality unwittingly calls to mind his most reckless and destructive actions, and it shows how oblivious he is to their consequences.

Posted June 21st, 2018

Pompeo’s Nuclear Deal Hypocrisy

Pompeo denounced the very good nuclear deal with Iran as a surrender by the U.S. Now he is claiming that the U.S. can trust North Korean intentions just because Kim told him something.

Posted June 21st, 2018

Trump’s North Korea Fabulism

When the president is congratulating himself for achieving things that haven’t happened and probably won’t, that should tell us that there is a lot less to the policy he is touting than meets the eye.

Posted June 21st, 2018

Bolton Keeps Trying to Sabotage North Korea Diplomacy

Bolton rejects lengthy talks because he has no interest in a diplomatic solution.

Posted June 20th, 2018

The JCPOA and the Singapore Statement

The president’s rejection of the nuclear deal with Iran and his embrace of the “deal” in Singapore seem wildly contradictory, but both stem from contempt for expertise and total ignorance of the relevant issues.

Posted June 19th, 2018

There Is No Denuclearization ‘Deal’ with North Korea

Trump is claiming to have “solved” the problem and eliminated whatever threat supposedly existed before now, and yet absolutely nothing has changed in reality.

Posted June 18th, 2018

Pompeo’s Insulting North Korea Spin

The administration is trying to spin their unsuccessful effort as a triumph in a deliberate effort to mislead the public about what they have done.

Posted June 13th, 2018

The Trump-Kim Summit

North Korea’s arsenal is the reason they were able to receive the recognition and status that they now have, so they have every incentive to keep it.

Posted June 12th, 2018