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Bolton is to diplomacy what a wrecking ball is to demolition

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From youtube.com: National security adviser  Bolton details the Trump administration's strategy on 'Fox News Sunday.' National Security Adviser John Bolton suggested Sunday that President Trump will not meet with Kim Jong Un unless the North Korean leader agrees to give up
National security adviser Bolton details the Trump administration's strategy on 'Fox News Sunday.' National Security Adviser John Bolton suggested Sunday that President Trump will not meet with Kim Jong Un unless the North Korean leader agrees to give up
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President Trump's national security adviser John Bolton talking about the template for denuclearization of North Korea on Fox News Sunday, May 20, 2018

Let's not mince words. If the summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un doesn't come off as scheduled on June 12 in Singapore the blame shouldn't be on North Korea having second thoughts. It should be laid squarely at the feet of Trump's national security adviser John Bolton.

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Because it was Bolton who brought up the "Libya Model" as the "template for negotiating the denuclearization of North Korea", on "Fox News Sunday". You remember that "model". It was for Libyan President Muammar Qaddafi to relinquish his nuclear materials to the US in 2003 as a good faith gesture. That lasted till he was brutally murdered by US and NATO backed rebels in 2011.

Oh sure Kim called off the summit meeting with South Korean President Moon last week in response to the joint military exercises going on since May 12 between the US and South Korea that included B-52 bombers and stealth fighter jets calling it a provocation.

But after the Bolton remarks Kim said, "We will not be interested in talks anymore if they only try to push us unilaterally into a corner and force us to give up our nukes. It would be inevitable to reconsider whether to respond to the upcoming summit with the US".

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To which Trump remarked he was "not happy" about North Korea's attitude. The summit "may or may not happen. If it doesn't happen, maybe it will happen later. It may not work out for June 12".

Well It's fairly simple. It doesn't take much imagination if you're Kim listening to all the bullying remarks coming from Trump's key insider Bolton. Why on earth would you consider giving up the one deterrent that has kept the US from attacking your country? Sure you've said you're ready to denuclearize the entire Korean Peninsula if you get assurances you won't be attacked. Then there's Bolton spouting the Libyan model.

Bolton is to diplomacy what a wrecking ball is to demolition.

Issuing not so veiled threats and continuing war like provocations against a country just weeks prior to a summit meeting with them are nothing more than ultimatums which Kim and North Korea are not dismissing lightly. Nor should they.

Yes there was Moon meeting with Trump on Sunday at the White House doing his best as the key go between Trump and Kim attempting to keep the June 12 summit on track but when one side-the US-remains verbally belligerent toward the other side-North Korea-that planned sit down is pretty much in jeopardy.

What's crazy is Trump really wanted to meet face to face with Kim after accepting his invitation. Trump wanted that Nobel Peace prize people were talking about. He even had the US Mint custom make a coin commemorating the Trump/Kim summit. But that was weeks before Bolton came on as Trump's national security advisor spouting his "wrecking ball" diplomacy.

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For sure there will be further tit for tat in the coming days between the Trump, his inner circle and Kim regarding the June 12 summit but from here it's likely dead in the water.

Trump's scuttling the US on the Iran nuclear deal also shouldn't be lost on Kim considering it was a multinational agreed upon pact to which the US was a signee.

So the obvious question is why would Kim want to meet and negotiate in good faith with a man like Trump making any assurances he may offer in writing?

Ah anyone got some used toilet paper handy?

 

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There was a saying of G. Gordon Liddy," The world is not a playground." Like it or not, there isn't a country that wouldn't enjoy seeing the US brought down. None of the players are children.

If your agent went out to buy a car, and he came back and said, "It went great! They took our first offer!" Your first, and proper response would be to believe that he had offered way too much for the car.

A complex negotiation like this will be marked by shutdowns, indignant cries and slamming doors. This administration put North Korea in a tougher spot than any previous one. In the past, the nations who took part in the embargo were responsible for policing compliance. Trump observed the ports by satellite and would confiscate ships of violators. That made suppliers unwilling to risk such a great loss.

He got China to cancel shipments of coal it had bought from North Korea. The trade negotiations with China also are linked to their influence of North Korea.

One of the reason for a budget surplus under Clinton was that because of the fall of the USSR, we were relieved of the incredible expense of our strategic reserve that we had to maintain to protect Europe.

Imagine the windfall from being relieved of the expense of strategic reserve we maintain to protect Japan, and southeast Asia. We can give some in trade negotiations with China to enlist their help with N. Korea.

The details go on and on, but there is very little awareness in your 2-dimensional analysis. Bolton is bad cop to Trump's good cop. Trump brought Kim onto the world stage and nurtured a greater awareness of Kim's total personality.

When Kim called Trump a "demented old lunatic." Trump tweeted, "I am insulted that he called me old. I would never call him short and fat. I want to be his friend and I try so hard. Maybe someday."

Trump is operating outside your prissy, childish analysis. How has all your other predictions about Trump worked out?

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Agree that international negotiations are complex. Do you really think advertising to the world Kim is totally on board with giving up all his nukes because of you, and you can hardly wait to collect your Nobel, is a good tactic? I guess we'll have to see.

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He didn't advertise to the world that Kim was totally on board with anything. He stated that unlike administrations in the past where it was merely sought to freeze progress, he is asking for total denuclearization.

That is what he claims is his firm requirement. He has said that one has to be ready to walk out of any negotiation.

The statement, about him being hardly able to wait for a Nobel Prize,is example of projection. Name one time he mentioned the Nobel Prize. Moon suggested it. When he was asked about it, he said that "peace was the prize"

Trump has talked from the very beginning of this great opportunity. That's not claiming any surety The tactics you claim to be Trump's aren't his at all.

"I guess we'll have to see." is the one true thing you said. But, there is much more possibility than ever before.

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"...Bolton is to diplomacy what a wrecking ball is to demolition..."

...a wrecking ball is appropriate for demolition -- "Bolton" and "diplomacy" could serve as the definition of "incongruity"...

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Agree the analogy is flawed. It would't pass muster on a College Board test.

Bolton is definitely a big factor in the spped bump to the summit, perhaps intentionally.

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Let's be perfectly clear John Bolton, the dual Israel/US citizen is nothing more than a sales agent for Israel using the U.S.'s military and the blood of America's youth to fulfill the whims of Israel. He is a very dangerous person.

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