Yeah, the more i read about it, the more apparent it is that Kim has been wanting to be taken seriously for a long time; meeting with him was never an obstacle, it's what he wants to legitimize his dictatorship. Meeting with him while getting some concrete progress on liberties, human rights, de-nuclearization, etc, was the barrier to prior meetings. So Trump got none of those, but got photos, legitimization of his regime, AND a promise to decrease US support for South Korea on the border.You certainly caught this comment from the summit, right?
Any bets on amount of time before there's a Trump Hotel in N Korea?
"They (North Korea) have great beaches. You see that whenever they're exploding their cannons into the ocean. I said, 'Boy look at that view. Wouldn't that make a great condo?'," he told reporters after meeting Mr Kim.
Oh come, now, Koz -
We gave North Korea what they wanted and more
What did we give them? A sit down?
That's about the only thing that's binding here. Six months ago people were gnashing their teeth about nuclear war. Now, we seem further away from that, but people are convinced that it's a bad thing.
We agreed in writing to stop our military games and remove the nuclear defense curtain over South Korea.
What did we get in return? Nothing
And they agreed in writing to denuclearize.
Either "in writing" matters, or it doesn't. You can't argue that it's binding when the US does it, but not when North Korea does.
Trump gave up the war games. What did North Korea give up?
The best thing about the summit is seeing so many progressives crying about us not showing off our military strength enough.
What good do the war games do? What purpose do they serve, other than a thumb in the eye to North Korea? Basically, they’re a preparation for skirmishes that would never happen. It’s 1 million troops against what, 50,000? No amount of “games” are going to even those odds.
You win a war against North Korea by never having one in the first place.
While I can't remember as to the exact thread, and especially because it was some time ago, didn't you once state that you wanted the the United States to have the most powerful military on the planet that would also remain at optimum readiness, because, well, war games, as much as they are saber-rattling spectacles more often than not, imo, comprise a good portion of that necessary preparation.
Oh well, on the plus side, Trump can now use all of the money that we'll save from not holding said military exercises on his new real estate venture