Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Kim Jong-un”

Trump Is Running Out of Time on North Korea

His failed policy is also potentially sabotaging South Korea’s attempts at engagement.

Posted May 24th, 2019

Pompeo’s North Korea Lies Are Catching Up to Him

The Secretary of State has spent the better part of a year consciously spinning and misrepresenting Pyongyang’s position.

Posted March 12th, 2019

Washington’s Continuing Failure to Understand Our Adversaries

The U.S. keeps expecting North Korea to give up something that they have no reason to give up in exchange for something that isn’t as important to them as we think it is.

Posted March 4th, 2019

The Hanoi Summit Collapses

The administration’s fixation on North Korean disarmament at the expense of pursuing improved relations probably doomed the negotiations from the beginning.

Posted February 28th, 2019

The Hanoi Summit and the Fantasy of Disarming North Korea

The administration needs to face up to the reality that North Korean disarmament isn’t happening.

Posted February 21st, 2019

What Is the Point of a Second North Korean Summit?

Talking about disarmament that won’t occur is a waste of time for all concerned.

Posted January 21st, 2019

The Fixation on Disarmament Is an Obstacle to Peace in Korea

Since North Korean disarmament isn’t happening, holding inter-Korean rapprochement hostage to that unrealistic goal isn’t doing anyone any favors.

Posted December 26th, 2018

Trump and the Myth of ‘Disengagement’

Houellebecq makes a mistake common to defenders of Trump’s foreign policy: he invests great importance in the fleeting, superficial rhetoric that the president sometimes uses while ignoring the president’s actions.

Posted December 14th, 2018

North Korea and the ‘Great Deception’

If anyone has attempted a “great deception” over the last six months, it is the administration officials that have pretended that North Korea agreed to disarm at Singapore.

Posted November 12th, 2018

Pompeo’s North Korea Fantasy

Pompeo is making it quite clear that the administration “will not compromise” on demands that North Korea will never accept, so he may as well be announcing that the administration’s North Korea policy has already failed on its own terms.

Posted October 16th, 2018

The Trump Administration’s Dishonest North Korea Spin

Clinging to the lie that Kim made a commitment to disarm is absurd, and it makes it impossible to trust anything that the administration says about this issue.

Posted July 31st, 2018

Reneging on the Nuclear Deal Has Consequences

Trump doesn’t believe in mutually beneficial agreements, and so he insists on an all-or-nothing approach that always yields nothing.

Posted July 31st, 2018

The Administration Has to Accept That North Korea Isn’t Disarming

Negotiations with North Korea must have a realistic goal if the U.S. and its allies are to gain anything from them.

Posted July 26th, 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

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

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