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Psyops, surely. Pretending you’re going to assassinate someone has a much more predictable outcome than actually assassinating him, IMO. Plus, it’s not technically illegal.
Fascinating that Chinese and US interests are starting to converge on this issue. I hope Trump doesn’t fuck it up with his anti-Chinese blather.[/quote]
Well, not sure they are converging. China isn’t going to mess up all their progress they’ve achieved by going against the US. They make Iphone parts that we buy. North Korea doesn’t buy that stuff, wouldn’t be able to help maintain their economy.
Trump has stopped calling them a currency manipulator apparently in exchange for their cooperation. It seems how Trump is able to get stuff done, how he negotiates. I’m glad for that part, I hate this talk of currency manipulation.
He ragged on NATO very much. Then as members make an effort to pay 2% of their budget to defense, which is requirement, he says NATO is great, it’s negotiating strategy. This is getting closer to the Nixon Doctrine, that Europe should be able to defend themselves instead of relying on American might to defend them.
After Trump’s apparent streaks of success, I’m not sure we’ll ever get a president like this again. Enjoy it while it lasts.
That all depends on NK right now. Kim is still ready for another nuke test, and his anniversary is Saturday. China is frantically sending representatives warning them, Trump isn’t bluffing. He isn’t like Obama, this is for real; he really means it.
If NK persists, there will be fireworks.