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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Time to watch re-runs of "M*A*S*H"

The President Who Imagines Himself Walter Cronkite 

No, seriously:

“He’d be in his country and running his country. His country would be very rich.”

But the pledge came barbed with a warning that if diplomacy fails, Kim could suffer the same fate as Libya’s Moamer Kadhafi, who was overthrown and killed by rebels.

Trump’s comments came as Pyongyang appeared to cool to the idea of the sit-down in Singapore on June 12, denouncing US demands for “unilateral nuclear abandonment.”

Trump suggested Kim’s apparent about-face may have been at the behest of Chinese leader Xi Jinping.

“It could very well be that he’s influencing Kim Jong Un,” Trump said, citing a recent meeting between the pair, their second in a month’s time. “We’ll see what happens.”
You know these Asians, they all stick together.  Inscrutable, too!

After the months of photo-ops and diplomatic backslapping, a North Korean official was quoted as saying the summit may not go ahead.

The official also groused about Trump’s National Security Advisor John Bolton, who referred to Libya as a model for denuclearization.

In 2003, Kadhafi agreed to the elimination of his country’s nuclear program and chemical weapons arsenal to gain sanctions relief.

And where is Kadhafi now?  And what lesson did Kim learn?  Maybe not to give up nuclear weapons, which Libya never had in the first place?

“The Libyan model isn’t a model that we have (in mind) at all when we’re thinking of North Korea,” Trump said while sitting at arm’s length from Bolton in the Oval Office.

“If you look at that model with Kadhafi, that was a total decimation. We went in there to beat him,” Trump said.
Actually, that was the "Arab Spring" and two civil wars later, we still haven't intervened militarily in Libya.  Which is the real reason there was a "BENGHAZI!" in the first place.

“Now, that model would take place if we don’t make a deal, most likely,” he warned Pyongyang.

Nice country ya got there, Kim.  Be a shame if something was to happen to it.  But hey, nothing needs to happen, right?

“But if we make a deal, I think Kim Jong Un is going to be very, very happy.”

Did he learn his negotiating tactics from '40's gangster movies?

Somebody tell me Mike Pence isn't quite this stupid.  Please.

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