Friday, April 20, 2018


The Far East is the next powder keg created by the Obama power vacuum. Candidate Trump took a tough position on China trade and military expansion. Then came the Mar-a-Lago conclave and Chino-US relations improved markedly. President Trump told Xi Jinping that if he wouldn't fix North Korea, the US would. After a virtual blockade, Kim Jong-Un signaled willingness to parley.

UPDATE: On Thursday President Trump and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe held a very special joint presser at Mar-a-Lago. In above Periscope Scott Adams explains why it was so special. In the meantime there's more good news from Korea.
North Korea has expressed its desire for “complete denuclearization” of the Korean peninsula and is not seeking conditions such as U.S. troops withdrawing from the South first, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Thursday. Moon said big-picture agreements about normalization of relations between the two Koreas and the United States should not be difficult to reach through planned summits between North and South, and between the North and the United States, in a bid to rein in the North’s nuclear and missile programs. “North Korea is expressing a will for a complete denuclearization,” Moon told reporters. (More)

April 18, 2018 Joint Presser at Mar-a-Lago. 

April 18, 2018


CIA Director Mike Pompeo met with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un over Easter weekend in an effort to lay the groundwork for a summit between Kim and President Trump, Fox News has confirmed. Pompeo's trip, which was first reported by The Washington Post, came to light hours after Trump told reporters that the U.S. and North Korea are holding direct talks at "extremely high levels" in preparation for what would be an extraordinary meeting following months of heated rhetoric over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program. Though the White House did not initially comment on the reports, Trump acknowledged the meeting in a Wednesday morning tweet, saying it went well. (...)

Trump, who welcomed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to his Florida resort Tuesday, said five locations for the potential summit are under consideration. The president would not disclose the sites but said the U.S. was not among them. "We'll either have a very good meeting or we won't have a good meeting," Trump told reporters. "And maybe we won't even have a meeting at all, depending on what's going in. But I think that there's a great chance to solve a world problem." The president did not answer shouted questions about whether he has spoken with Kim. Kim's offer for a summit was initially conveyed to Trump by South Korea last month, and the president shocked many when it was announced that he had accepted. (More, incl. video)

March 20, 2018


Ever since KJU signaled his willingness to meet with the US President, pundits have been wondering what made him do it. Especially anti Trumpers are groping in the dark, primarily because their prejudice prevents them from objective analysis. So what they do, is making predictions based on past experience. In the mainstream media their faulty analyses are all over the place. Scott Adams, who has his own particular set of tools he calls "persuasion" deals with it in this Periscope.

Scott Adams is listing a number of variables that are different from the past.
  1. Sanctions
  2. Ubiquitous technology and the free flow of information
  3. The nature of President Trump 
  4. The fact that even for the leadership, North Korea isn't a good place to be in
The virtual economic blockade is worse than is reported. Fuel prices have doubled. At one point so many air defense radars had to be shut down to conserve fuel, that the military missed an US-South Korean exercise because they couldn't detect enemy aircraft.

Also underreported is a Trump victory in the United Nations Security Council (which includes China and Russia) unanimously adopting Resolution 2397. That decision included reducing the supply of petroleum products such as gasoline, diesel, and kerosene from 2 million barrels per year to 500,000 barrels per year.

Earlier Resolution 2375 cut the supply of refined products from North Korea by 4.5 million barrels to 2 million barrels per year was given teeth by the US and South Korea browbeating China into upholding it's end of the deal, allowing the interception of  smugglers.

We now see that North Korea is beginning to accept South Korean culture. A South Korean singing group will be performing in Pyongyang next month. It is impossible to overstate how big of a change this reflects in North Korean attitude. Two months ago the punishment for watching a South Korean soap opera was death.

The winds of changes are blowing thanks to President Trump! Perhaps the deal with Saudi Arabia is the new model for dealing with young hereditary tyrants thirsting for normalcy, coolness and prosperity (source).

Sep. 4, 2017


President Trump said on Twitter on Sunday that the US is considering cutting trade to any country doing business with the Norks. South Korea said on Monday it was talking to the US about deploying aircraft carriers and strategic bombers to the Korean peninsula after signs North Korea might launch more missiles in the wake of its sixth and largest nuclear test. The U.N. Security Council is meeting at this moment to discuss new sanctions against the isolated regime. President Trump has also asked to be briefed on all available military options. Officials said activity around missile launch sites suggested the DPRK is planning more missile tests.