WASHINGTON—At the beginning of the week, you may have noticed that the North Koreans, those irrepressible scamps, threatened to cancel the upcoming summit with our president*, which he was counting on to strengthen his administration* in preparation for May sweeps. The Norks decided that, no, denuclearization did not mean what the president* and his team thought it meant. (The brilliant geopolitical strategery of John Bolton seems to have played into this.)
You might conclude from this that, having gotten the validation of a summit agreement out of the United States, a solid win by any measure, the Norks had just played the president* for an all-day sucker. Ah, but you would be wrong, because Art of the Deal! From CNN:
Are you aware of this? I’m certainly not aware of this. What I am aware of is that the president*’s dealmaking genius starts and ends with the bankruptcy code and Other People’s Money, neither of which has a demonstrated track record as a tactic in the field of arms control. I also am aware that the North Koreans, apparently, can see a mark coming from an entire ocean away.