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Pompeo’s Desperate North Korea Spin

Mike Pompeo keeps clinging [1] to a hopeless North Korea policy:

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo shot back against North Korea on Sunday, saying the regime’s criticism that U.S. negotiators acted in a “gangster-like” way during his two-day visit to Pyongyang was unfounded.

“If those requests were gangster-like, the world is a gangster,” said Pompeo, noting that U.S. demands for North Korea to denuclearize were supported by a consensus among U.N. Security Council members.

Pompeo has been claiming for weeks that North Korea agreed to something that it never agreed to do, and now that there is no doubt that he has been wrong about this he doesn’t have a good explanation. It may be that other Security Council members agree that North Korea should disarm, but that doesn’t matter as long as North Korea flatly rejects that demand. Their refusal to do the very thing that Pompeo claims North Korea already accepted underscores why the public can’t trust Pompeo’s assessment.

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The Secretary of State continues to ignore the obvious:

Pompeo downplayed North Korea’s criticism on Sunday, telling a reporter that Pyongyang did not have an issue with the idea of complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization [bold mine-DL] — a term better known by its initialism, CVID — despite the North Korean Foreign Ministry singling out the phrase in its statement.

If North Korea doesn’t have an “issue” with this, they are putting on a very convincing show to make everyone believe that they do. 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. The plain text of the summit statement included no details about what North Korea was expected to do, when it would do anything, or how its actions would be verified. Pompeo assured us that it was all implied and understood, and we were supposed to take his word for it. He dismissed basic questions about the content of the statement as “insulting and ridiculous” because he had no good answers.

Now that he has been embarrassed once again, Pompeo lashes out [2] at media coverage:

Mr. Pompeo blamed the media for the stark differences in how he assessed the talks compared to how North Korea’s Foreign Ministry viewed them.

“If I paid attention to what the press said, I’d go nuts,” he said.

In fact, the press is just relaying the competing versions of events. Pompeo’s predicament is that his account of what North Korea has agreed to and what it will agree to doesn’t match up with the publicly available facts. The more that he complains about the easy questions that he can’t answer and the accurate reporting that he can’t refute, the harder it is for anyone to take his claims about this process seriously.

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#1 Comment By Realist On July 9, 2018 @ 3:06 am

“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.”

The problem for Pompeo is that the public can’t trust what he or the president says about any of this because the US has spent the last decades lying about everything.

FIFY

#2 Comment By Anonymous On July 9, 2018 @ 6:51 am

Alas in Peoria this will go down as further proof of The Donald’s unparalleled negotiation skills and general badassery.

The narrative for domestic consumption is that the Norks begged for Trump to come to S’pore and then caved in with gusto. In contrast, the “swamp creatures” from previous administrations are too dumb or wimpy or venal to pull off something like that. Buncha losers!

This enchilada has propelled the recent uptick in Trump’s approval ratings, and apparently it will be milked for all it is worth.

#3 Comment By Jon On July 9, 2018 @ 9:37 am

What we see here is a stream of Orwellian doublespeak where through this not so subtle legerdemain of semantics meanings are swapped for their opposite. When negotiations are not fairing well, they are bringing positive results. And when the assertion that the two players are closer to a resolution through this dickering, there is an ever widening gap between opposing sides. So that when one side proclaims the other is denuclearizing as a done deal allegedly born out from the high profile meeting in Singapore, the other asserts that such is not the case.

During the Marcos years in the Philippines, Imelda the appointed mayor of Metro Manila fenced in the notorious slums of Tondo from view calling it urban renewal. A similar phenomenon occurred in the South Bronx, NYC when the then mayor, Koch, papered up the broken windows of abandoned apartment houses with images of windows decorated with curtains, shades and flowering flowerpots. He did not call it urban renewal but a beautification project for when funding was scarce for real capital improvement. This also reminds me of how Mussolini officially changed the name of Italy’s peasantry to the more respectable term of farmers and called it agrarian reform. Apparently this might be what is happening here with regard to North Korea.

What then is the takeaway from this charade termed negotiations? Very simply, 2 + 2 = 5.

#4 Comment By Argon On July 9, 2018 @ 9:44 am

Realist: “The problem for Pompeo is that the public can’t trust what he or the president says about any of this because the US has spent the last decades lying about everything.”

Both sides do it defense…

#5 Comment By hetro On July 9, 2018 @ 10:20 am

The North Koreans were trying for a phased process with concessions from BOTH sides, not a surrender from themselves alone. So far what they got is a weak “we won’t do military exercises over your country for the time being.” From this, the West (specifically Bolton-think) apparently expects trundling their nuclear weapons to the US in the next few months or so. Obviously the deal will fail, and never had a chance in the first place. However, North and South Korea will continue to proceed toward reunifying. This most significant aspects of what is now happening will become obvious later, around 2020.

#6 Comment By rayray On July 9, 2018 @ 10:52 am

Pompeo is learning what everyone who has been in the administration has learned…the Trump stain is hard to wash off. You cannot work for this man without becoming a liar – that is job #1.

#7 Comment By b. On July 9, 2018 @ 10:56 am

“complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization …a term better known by its initialism, CVID”

Synonymous with “unconditional surrender”, no acronym in common use, and a homonym to “Cognitively Venal Impunitivism Derangement”, a politically transmitted disease resulting from the unrepentant spread of disinformation.

Ladies and Gentlemen, we present the Washington Pompost presenting US Secretary of State Pompeous. Just how common is that “initialism” that the Willy Pete of the 4th Estate is trial-ballooning here?

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#8 Comment By b. On July 9, 2018 @ 10:56 am

“complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization …a term better known by its initialism, CVID”

Synonymous with “unconditional surrender” (no acronym in common use), and a homonym to “Cognitively Venal Impunitivism Derangement”, a politically transmitted disease resulting from the unrepentant spread of disinformation.

Ladies and Gentlemen, we present the Washington Pompost presenting US Secretary of State Pompeous. Just how common is that “initialism” that the Willy Pete of the 4th Estate is trial-ballooning here?

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#9 Comment By b. On July 9, 2018 @ 10:59 am

Next up:

“Post-War Planning, Parameters, Implications and Possibilities” (PWPPIP)

#10 Comment By One Guy On July 9, 2018 @ 2:37 pm

Aw, c’mon; who are you going to believe, Trump/Pompeo, or your own eyes?

#11 Comment By Sid Finster On July 9, 2018 @ 3:20 pm

Just as Bolton did all he could to sabotage a deal,
Pompeo also doesn’t want a deal, but he also doesn’t want his boss to look bad.

#12 Comment By RenoDino On July 9, 2018 @ 6:05 pm

He forgot to bring the pallets of cash money to make the Koreans rich starting from Kim on down as promised by his boss Trump.

How many plumbing contractors, now broke, did Trump tell that same story to?

Kim will give up his nukes like Pfizer will lower their prices.
When Trump has zero leverage in a situation, he likes to chase his own tail to show that he’s engaged.