President Trump Realigning Geo-Political Alliances, and Few Paying Attention…

Perhaps it’s because the complexity is difficult to distill; maybe it’s because some just can’t give President Trump any credit; or perhaps it’s because the scope is too challenging to comprehend against the constant belittlement meme du jour.  Regardless of reason, President Trump is fundamentally realigning international geo-political alliances and almost no-one is connecting the dots.

President Trump obviously held a long-ball strategy with the Chinese; he’s described the approach in his books and lived the approach in his business life:

At the outset, position yourself at the furthest oppositional point when it costs you nothing; then leverage inward toward your opponent as they expend their resources to meet your stance.

Almost no-one is noting the scope of what President Trump has accomplished simply by positioning himself at the furthest extreme from the best interests of China, and then working his leverage back toward dual-interests as the Chinese expend capital to meet the point of mutual benefit.

President Trump has expended nothing other than his sheer will, and yet he has leveraged gains that are jaw-droppingly consequential.

♦ What’s the goal of identifying China as a currency manipulator?  To stop China from manipulating currency, right?  Well, arm-chair opposition says President Trump has reversed his position simply by ‘not doing something’.   However, that opposition doesn’t seem to acknowledge the end-goal of the labeling has been achieved without expending an effort.   The doing is unnecessary when merely the threat of the doing changes the behavior of the doer.

In two days, April 6th and April 7th, President Trump met with Chinese President Xi Jinping.  What actions has President Trump taken, other than ‘not’ doing something, and what actions has President Xi Jinping taken?

At the outset, position yourself at the furthest oppositional point when it costs you nothing, and leverage inward toward your opponent as they expend their resources to meet your stance.

Think about this when considering the consequences:

♦  China agrees to the framework of a 100 day outline to assemble the trade way-points for renegotiated bi-lateral trade deals.

What did that action cost Trump?

♦ For the first time ever, China did not support Russia in a U.N. Security Council veto vote surrounding Syria.   China abstained.

What did that action cost Trump?

♦ China turned around 12 fully loaded cargo ships laden with imported coal from North Korea.  400,000 metric tonnes refused unloading.   China begins an embargo against North Korean coal.  China begins importing coking coal for steel-making from the U.S. coal mines.

What did that action cost Trump?

♦ Additionally, in furtherance of economic sanctions – China halts oil exports to North Korea.

What did that action cost Trump?

♦ Additionally, in furtherance of political isolation – China halts direct flights between Beijing, China and Pyongyang, North Korea.

What did that action cost Trump?

♦ And in the most stunning seismic shift of geo-political alliances, China says it is now open to discussions of a denuclearized North Korea, meaning getting rid of N-Korean nukes, WITHOUT N-Korea being included in the talks. Hello?  China, the United States, Japan, Russia and South Korea discussing how to de-nuke North Korea.  (A new Marshal Plan of sorts)

What did that action cost Trump?

See how this works?  What affirmative action did President Trump have to take in order to get China to move toward the position of mutual benefit?

Answer: None!

Foolish people think President Trump doesn’t know what he’s doing.  Again:

…Position yourself at the furthest oppositional point when it costs you nothing, and leverage inward toward your opponent as they expend their resources to meet the position of mutual benefit… 

To gain all of the aforementioned action, massive benefits in U.S. interests, President Trump has done what?

“Not” labeling China as a currency manipulator is not affirmative action.  It is actually the absence of action; POTUS Trump is not doing something.  President Trump positioned himself at the furthest oppositional point during the election, and immediately thereafter.

He staked out this position with an intention to leverage action toward his needs.

The affirmative action President Trump is doing, very publicly, is complimenting the friendship he has begun with Xi Jinping; and praising President Xi for his character, warmth and leadership.

To build upon that mutually beneficial friendship – President Trump seeded the background by appointing Ambassador Terry Branstad, a 30-year personal friend of President Xi Jinping.

To enhance and amplify the friendship and personal respect – U.S. President Trump used Mar-a-Lago as the venue for their visit, not the White House.  And President Trump’s beautiful granddaughter, Arabella, sweetly serenaded the Chinese First Family in Mandarin Chinese song showing the utmost respect for the honored guests.

Unfortunately most people are unfamiliar with the severity of Chinese tradition as it relates to family and respect.  However, these gestures are intensely well received.  Russia’s Vladimir Putin can deliver nothing even remotely comparable to the charm of the granddaughter of the U.S. President singing for President Xi and his wife in their native tongue.

Do not underestimate the value of these gestures and how it was perceived by the recipients as personal respect – far above the level of traditional political respect which would be customary during such encounters.   President Trump made this visit personal, and his words after the meeting were all personal, not positional.

Whether or not people want to give President Trump credit for the approach, no-one should be able to challenge the outcomes all listed above.

Grandfather President Trump has highlighted Grandfather President Xi as a person, not a political figure.  Trump sets the relationship as personal, and with mutual human benefit.

One thing is certain, North Korea will NOT make any hostile action toward the U.S. because President Trump has elevated President Xi to a role beyond politics in the words highlighted within Chinese media.  The panda fur has not only been stroked perfectly, it has been elevated in its own magnanimity without even so much as a bow.

As a consequence it would now be a matter of personal disrespect for North Korea’s Kim Jung-un to take hostile action toward the U.S. President who has exhibited such personal respect to the regional Goliath.

Three things appear odd:  #1) How no-one amid almost all media can see how effective this approach by President Trump has been; and #2) Nothing has been expended in order to achieve these remarkable results; and #3) Accepting all of the above, Donald Trump has planned this out for a long, long time.

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560 Responses to President Trump Realigning Geo-Political Alliances, and Few Paying Attention…

  1. R. Coleman says:

    Excellent article. President Trump knows exactly what he is doing. MSM will never come out of their stick with him, so they don’t count. Loyalists having issues on flip flops are just not wise on what “the art of the deal” is. Suggested reading for anyone. President Trump has our back. Liberals just can’t see past their hatred. Sad!

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  2. Evelyn says:

    I would just like to revisit something that I observed during the Presidential campaign, Art of the Deal aside, that all of this is way beyond any human being’s ability to plan, strategize and coordinate. I am a huge Trump fan, but what we see playing out is ultimately not Donald Trump’s agenda, it is God’s agenda. Donald Trump is along for the ride and a willing participant, like King Cyrus, who was chosen and anointed by God to defeat and take over the kingdom of Babylon without the shedding of blood when Nebuchadnezzar’s son was weighed in the balance (by God) and found wanting. That event is where we get our popular phrase about the “hand writing on the wall.” Details about Cyrus are available in Isaiah 45 (45th President/Isaiah 45…nah, it’s just another one of those weird coincidences).

    The spiritual realm rules over the physical world that we inhabit at this time. A joyous and peaceful Resurrection holiday to one and all.

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    • Alexsandra says:

      Amen. And I am glad President Trump is invoking the name of Almighty God. That is the side to be on, the only side to be on. And the side not to complain against.


  3. Ron says:

    It’s amazing to me some of the comments I see here and on Breitbart. Self-important people who are sitting in their easy chair (as am I) who think they know better than President Trump, whom they claim to have voted for.

    I’ve never met Bannon. I’ve never met Jared. However, I trust Trump because he’s done us right at every turn, remember when all the morons were howling that he was abandoning the wall, and he flew back from Mexico and told us THAT NIGHT “Oh, There’s gonna Be a Wall, and Mexico’s Going to Pay For it. They may not know it Yet, But They’re Going To Pay For it!” .

    He’s never done us wrong. Ever. Bannon I don’t know. Guys like him can come and go, but when I look @ this I see results. Trump has been kicking ass and will continue to kick ass. If he wants to get rid of Bannon then I honestly do not care, I don’t trust the news stories about Bannon, I don’t trust Breitbart, and I don’t trust anything I hear… I just trust Trump will do what’s right and if he does less than I expect I understand that it was all a great man like him was able to accomplish… which is certainly significantly more than a lesser man would accomplish.

    Trump is doing a great job, a fantastic job and I fully support him. I couldn’t care less if Ivanka and Jared are Democrats, they both seem like great people to me and are family to Trump. Personally, I haven’t seen anybody in his family who wasn’t of the highest character and class, and that even extends to his Ex-Wives !

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  4. b4im2old says:

    Thx SD, for yet another great article that is spot on! 🙂

    IMO there are two basic types of people (with obvious deviations/variations from those two)and they leave hugely disparate legacies. Both exist in politics, families, business, education, social life, etc.. Arguably many factors influence the development of each type.

    IMO there are those that operate strictly from a base of greed, deception, and dominance (narcissistic sociopaths?) v. those that operate strictly from a base of honesty, integrity, and character.

    IMO our country has been under siege of the first type (duplicitous presidents, congress, local polititians, media, etc.) for so many decades that much of our population (NOT THE PATRIOTS AT CTH!) has known nothing else and they have been “conditioned” to believe there is “nothing else”. Thus they have no ability to discern the second type even when it slaps them in the face! The globalists are counting on this.

    Thankfully there are enough of the silent majority who DO get it, and our election of PDJT was the best testament to that fact! While even we may get a bit confused with our glorious President’s extreme agility in multi-tasking, I personally take great comfort in believing he’s “got this”! His sincerity in MAGA is IMO unwaivering!

    End of rant! 😉

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  5. Jay Chou says:

    Sundance, just to let you know I am sharing your article with the Editor of the South Morning China Post, here in Hong Kong. Cheers!

    Liked by 4 people

  6. Thalnks, Sundance. I finally “got this” earlier this week after saying I felt “betrayed” by the Syrian strike. Then, it all started coming together. BTW, Rush LImbaugh actually gets it too, I listen to him when I am in the car, in bits and pieces, and he was explaining the whole thing to a caller who was a Trump supporter and feeling really betrayed. I wish PTrump could somehow get his communication team out there explaining this stuff in a way that people will understand but not undermine the strategy…if that is possible.

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    • mysticrose80 says:

      You make a very good point regarding communications. I understand that he cannot come outright and reveal everything for obvious reasons. However, I do wish he or his folks were able to break everything down in a way that would be easy for concerned supporters to understand. One thing for CTH and a few others to connect the dots, but it makes a world of a difference if it were to come directly from the Trump camp themselves. Like it or not, not everyone is going to arrive at the same conclusion(s). Not everyone understands just how complicated the “business” truly is. Perhaps this is why I am not quite ready to beat up on BB, Infowars, et al, as irritating as they may be at times.


    • Alexsandra says:

      I don’t think Trump’s communication team is the problem. I think premature communication complaining and doubting on what are supposed to be his supporters parts are the problem. Even God Himself only gives us limited details. Thus we ponder rather than complain or second-guess if we are wife. A little more pondering before people open their mouths or type away with complaints would be wise.

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      • Alexsandra says:

        if we are wise

        Liked by 1 person

      • On this site in particular I think we need to accept that there are people from various locations on the political spectrum who support PTrump for various reasons. I find it totally unnecessary to put down others for their doubts, their questions, their concerns….why not just provide another point of view or some love and caring about their doubts. Why make negative comments on this site about other supporters who come here and might just need a little reassurance.

        In fact, kudos to Howie because when I posted something that said I was disappointed, his response wasn’t a put down, he said just have a little patience and wait and see what happens (this is a paraphrase). Now, that was helpful. I knew he was right, and it just felt good to have someone say that to me…it was reassuring. Implying someone is not wise, is not reassuring or kind.


  7. Thanks..not Thalnks…


  8. David says:

    North Korea don’t know yet who they are dealing with. The Obama days are over. As I see it the Chinese will have to lose trillions of dollars if they don’t help with North Korea. They do have the power to de-nuclearize NK.

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  9. David says:

    It’s pretty simple. Dear China, make those nuclear weapons of North Korea and your taxes on export to the US will drop from 35% to 15%. Otherwise say bye bye to being competitive in the US market. China needs the US market to keep their system going.

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  10. David says:

    Typo , I meant “make those nuclear weapons go”

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  11. President Trump kept his LEVERAGE as he POSITIONED for the DEAL with China:

    At the outset, position yourself at the furthest oppositional point when it costs you nothing, and leverage inward toward your opponent as they expend their resources to meet your stance.

    ♦ What’s the goal of identifying China as a currency manipulator?  To stop China from manipulating currency, right?  Well, arm-chair opposition says President Trump has reversed his position simply by ‘not doing something’.   However, that opposition doesn’t seem to acknowledge the end-goal of the labeling has been achieved without expending an effort. 

    • Moreover, President Trump has NOT yet GIVEN anything to get what he got, or had to CREDIT the Chinese-side of the dealmaking ledger for stopping the manipulation, PRESERVING his LEVERAGE.

    • BRILLIANT Dealmaking.

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    • pyromancer76 says:

      Pres Trump gave something. He gave credence and respect to a “great leader,” or another “great leader”, if you will, suggesting ways to add to China’s economy at the same time China stops stealing from the U.S. 0 permitted China to steal. The Chinese always are willing to oblige, but there is absolutely no respect. Pres Trump offers a way to win on a solid foundation, even if losing something — with respect.

      Also, those NORKs were probably getting way too uppity for what they are worth today and even for what they have been worth in the past. A psychotic strong man (tyrant) is not necessarily a useful (or safe) neighbor.

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    • ALEX says:

      You certainly get it and nicely done. The knee jerk click-bait world of social media and talking heads can’t or won’t…It’s very illuminating to see people defend Russia,Assad and all sorts of conspiracy to make their points…

      It tells us they are ideologues. The first sign of an ideologue is never admitting you are wrong.

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  12. gary says:

    Some are saying in this thread that TRUMP is open-minded and listens to all sides and people, and makes the best decision he can with available info, and is OPEN to changing course on the fly, if something new develops.

    OK, now apply that same concept to this forum! Be inviting and listen to all people and be OPEN-minded, and make the best comment you can based on new info and BE OPEN to change course if someone states stuff BETTER in a friendly and intelligent way.

    Sundance is a religious person, and Tolerance and Love and WISDOM are honored in his religion, same as me.

    So if we have a problem with something Trump does, speak up, and then listen for how others read the situation. And still stay OPEN.

    Trump is OPEN and Friendly, but also if he spots a SNAKE will not kiss it and pat it and feed it.

    There are trolls here (snakes) but there are also concerned people that might see stuff differently then you do , in sincere way.

    Happy Easter

    Go Sundance Go
    Go Trump Go

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    • eagle1965 says:

      Yes! Some of us don’t know as much as others and are simply inquiring about things because we are curious, not skeptical or critical. I am very interested in the insight and experiences many of you have here at the Treehouse!

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    • Excellent… also realize everything which Trump realizes as needing to be accomplished cannot be accomplished in single steps within the framework in which he is operating… he utilizes people’s talents to their usefulness, sometimes restructuring takes certain personalities and then the further refinement and rebuilding takes a different personality, I believe that Trump understands and has utilized this style of operational management for years.

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    • Gary,
      Thank you. Some of the vitriole on this site lately has made me visit less often. I just don’t need it.
      Happy Easter!

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      • the rabbit overlords have been running a special the last few weeks…i think they bumped the trolls pay up to 25 cents a post. apparently, they were given Easter off; it’s quieter on many of the conservative sites this morning.

        i have to giggle at what appears to be the liberal definition of diversity: as long as you look/act/ different but think the same as me, we’re good. they totally ignore the cultural aspect of that diversity…the cultures and traditions of other societies.

        i can’t speak to china, but i lived in japan as a young girl. my lil southern mama schooled us on our behavior: “we are guests in japan’s house. we will respect their customs and try every dish. you are not only representatives of our family, but your daddy’s business and the united states. but i will not walk 10 feet behind your daddy!” and so we did, and we truly grew to love and respect the japanese, their history, culture and customs. we all studied japanese, some more successfully than others….to the japanese, it was not the mastery that was important; it was that foreigners would make an attempt to get beyond taxi directions; it was a sign of respect. being invited into the home of a japanese is an honor and we ate and stayed in many homes. my point being….prez maga executed this beautifully, flawlessly, respectfully referencing xi’s personal history. *and* there was chocolate cake.

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        • Maquis says:

          It is amazing how a sincere effort at speaking others’ tongues and showing respect in accordance with their culture can open up so many doors, and hearts.

          These actions are met with every effort to help you learn their language and culture. You will be met more than halfway, and will make true friends.

          In Korea, it is such a delight to show respect to strangers on the street, often people that appear to have learned to ignore foreigners. Their faces light up so!

          I was always particularly sensitive in Korea to the manner in which decades of young GI’s behaved as conquering zeroes; carousing on city streets, drunken and culturally oblivious. Not all, but much too many.

          I was just one man, but every Korean I met I sought to engage with the respect they are so overdue. I was never rebuffed or disappointed in their response.

          Knowing a people’s history, and your nation/culture’s part in it, is as important as the other elements of respect.

          It is much the same with all peoples.

          Now President Trump has mastered all these principles, and many more. His display of respect was a tour de force, destined to echo through our relationship with China for a great long time
          Nixon may have opened China; but President Trump charmed her, with utmost sincerity, respect, and even genuine affection. Amazing.

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          • yellowrosetx says:

            And he will NEVER be manipulated into deplaning from the back of the plane when he lands in China. That was one of the most cringe-worthy of all the Obama incidents. We have come so far in such a short time.

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          • artichoke says:

            I remember when I visited France for the first time, with my translating dictionary because I knew about 10 words of French. (this was about 30 years ago) I had heard how French are so rude to Americans. But they were so nice as I butchered their language, flipping thru my pocket dictionary, and really appreciated my effort.

            Someone told me that what they hate the most is when Americans try to tell them how to speak French! LOL


      • MaineCoon says:

        My sentiment also. Vitriole describes it. I don’t need it either.
        Happy Easter to you too!


    • 2x4x8 says:

      Trump has 6 weeks to decide on scraping Obama’s Paris Climate agreement or not

      there is no art in the deal

      its either Nationalism or Globalism, Pro Business & Jobs or Anti-Business & Outsourching

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    • a.m. g says:

      and compare this with Ohole’s diplomacy w. an ally who sepaks the same language and is of the same culture–England–he gives an iPod of his own boring tedious hot gas speeches to the Queen! such a fool so glad he is goone…


  13. andrewalinxs says:

    if you think Trump does not understand what is going on in the world then you are wrong. He is not trying to placate a center ground.

    None of what you talked about has anything to do with the realignment of relationship between China and America. Here is a short explanation of the Trump Doctrine as best can be seen right now.

    Instead of Trump and the Untied states exerting effort to make countries like North Korea and Syria behave he is forcing their master. (China and Russia respectively.) To waste their time doing it. Honestly you should be thrilled President Trump is brilliantly forcing the rest of the world to clean up their own messes if they want to have a relationship with the Untied States they need to prove they can keep their own yard in order.

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  14. uptothere says:

    Rest assured China didn’t come away eith nothing in their pocket. I’m saying Trump got the best deal, and what a deal it was! But in return, China is getting a floor of negotiating they can count on, unlike the outgoing regime. Stability is the name of the game for China.

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  15. The Boss says:

    Thinking of President Trump’s long game….Arguably, he started playing it publicly during the primaries. The planning took place years before that. No wonder no one can connect the dots. Except for SD it seems.

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    • There were many times during the primaries that Trump would say something and I would think that he’s not saying in order to win a primary or national election, he’s actually “pre-governing” and setting an initial negotiating position to his counterparts and adversaries much in the way Sundance has explained.

      Sadly, most of the “intellects” in the media, even those in the Trump camp, seem not to have observed this. It certainly adds to the satisfaction of POTUS’s successes such as those listed on this post.

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  16. dreadnok89 says:

    I was one of these stupid people. This guy is a powerhouse. Just to see china turn on north korea after one visit. Trump really is showing these scumbag politicians whats up.

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  17. Sandra-VA says:

    Excellent article, Sundance!

    It is a crying shame that the media complex refuses to acknowledge any of this. In fact, their reporting is doing great damage to the USA – along with the D’s. Their constant drivel about this non-existent Russia collusion has cost the US the chance to realign the relationship with Russia,. The constant onslaught of hate towards President Trump has caused many around the world to join in the “ridicule”. This is dangerous stuff, but who will call them out and hold them to account? Nobody because they are the “gatekeepers” of the news.

    Not to mention that the leaks and subsequent reporting of classified material doesn’t do anything to help the USA get back to leading…. I refer here to the NBC reporting this past week which prompted the Pentagon to call it out as “dangerous”.

    Then we have the Cernovich/Posobiec crowd deciding to attack the Trump administration with some ridiculous meme of warring in the WH between Kushner and Bannon. Cernovich even THREATENING to release damaging stories that would “result in divorces” if he doesn’t get his way and Bannon stays in the WH. What they fail to understand is that by elevating this so called clash in the WH is that they CAUSED it to be worse than it probably was. For all we know, they made it up to try to get rid of Kushner… which then got the attention of the President who told Bannon and Kushner to “work it out”. All these people are doing is furthering their brand. They were never true supporters – they jumped on the train to elevate themselves and now they have to be oppositional to keep their brand elevated. These are the voices that could have spread the good news of what President Trump is achieving, as Sundance is doing… but no, they revert to their own core greed. These people are also dangerous. In fact, I would now put them in the same category as Louise Mensch (who is absolutely insane).

    The last paragraph probably won’t mean anything to those who are not on Twitter.

    Wouldn’t it be nice if there were real journalists again instead of an echo chamber?

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    • snaggletooths says:

      You said everything in your post I been thinking. Thanks


    • georgiafl says:

      Liked by 9 people

      • rolisize says:

        Media has thrown everything at Trump with no success… Now​ they will try to target his base…So expect to see “polls” that he is losing support, and more stories like the Breitbart to create the illusion he is losing support.

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      • ALEX says:

        I had left them a few months ago, but reading the comments it feeds that demographic. I think they have some fine articles, but it’s not deep stuff, just more of the same…

        Liked by 1 person

      • El Torito says:

        alleged, probably fake Trump supporters….


    • JEM says:

      “They were never true supporters – they jumped on the train to elevate themselves and now they have to be oppositional to keep their brand elevated”

      That is how I look at it, too, Sandra.

      I strongly, and I repeat strongly believe that “they”do not put even a little dent into the regular people’s support of PDJT. Just the opposite; they put a huge dent into their own credibility! It’ll be their downfall; they just don’t know it, yet.

      I used to think that these people hurt PDJT. No, far from it. Quite the opposite!!! They only reveal themselves for who they really are, which is that they, and in in some cases their books, are and always have been a big bs.

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    • Another day in Sundance University. Written so even I can understand. Thanks Sundance.

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    • artichoke says:

      Now Cernovich is saying it’s Kushner and Bannon together against McMaster, Petraeus, Susan Rice, those people who want a ground war in Syria.

      Did he say different before? I know Steven Miller not too longer said Cernovich is something like a crazy liar. And I didn’t think that was right either, Cernovich broke stories that helped Trump win the election.


  18. Brant says:

    I like how things are timed to be in front of the most advantageous groups. A couple weeks ago, something happened Monday or Tuesday (I think the Rice and Farcas situations) for the talk shows and blogs to give depth during the week that the Sunday shows would not cover and when they did, they would be bringing up the rear playing catch up. Now this NK issue is Friday/Saturday where the MSM Sunday shows are forced to cover the elephant in the room………the Trump win.

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    • TheLastDemocrat says:

      Hotel stays and gold games vary by the day of the week. Why not consider the day of the week when considering when to set a diplomat visit, or a policy announcement?

      —BTW: this is intense brain surgery rocket science to figure out. (Not Really.)

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  19. Bill lee says:

    Trump is a person not a politician he treats people as they treat him and is not afraid to say so these two leaders have mutual respect for each other and both are family men and grandfather’s.China has a American president that they can work with towards a common good democrats don’t want this it interferes with their agenda of a one world government they knew that if Trump became president that their plans would be over but is backfiring on them without trump the Obama threat to the US government would be in charge with Hillary Clinton as president so thank god was looking out for us and our country.

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  20. Rurik says:

    And I would not be surprised if something serious happens to Kin Jong Dumpling after a few months, when most people have forgotten about this incident. President Trump’s fingerprints probably will not be visible, and perhaps President Xi will even get the regional public credit for solving the problem. And President Trump will not care so long as the dirty work gets done on time..

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    • texasmama6 says:

      I still believe Kim’s own country will take him down. The generals are older, wiser, and know they were looking down the barrel at their own destruction this week. I expect serious thought is being given to who can step in, and when the time is right, poor K will have an unfortunate accident or illness….

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      • El Torito says:

        I hope so. It’s hard to imagine it, under a tryant that shoots people for dozing off in a meeting…Looks as though no one there dares to speak their mind.


      • are there any of these older, wiser generals left? fatboy has many disgusting methods for offing officers and family members that displease. i can’t believe he’s still among the breathing myself. but don’t look to the norks; they’ve endured 3 generations of genetic crazy and fat boy has already procreated.


  21. Good job, Everyone. Civility is key and as per usual ‘sundance’ is moving the chains. Awesome job, sir and ‘The Last Refuge’, too

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  22. Afghanistan Solution: Batter up…
    • How and Who will end its role as a Terrorist Sanctuary?
    • Will President Trump make Pakistan a win-lose offer they cannot refuse?

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  23. Another excellent article, Sundance, very well thought out …. always makes us see things in a different light.

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  24. Orygun says:

    The problem as I see is it is that we have never had a President who knows how to negotiate. We have always had mealy mouth politicians that rattle sabers and check their polls.
    This has been a learning experience for the whole nation and some of us are a little slow on the uptake.
    Let Trump be Trump.. He earned it! Be patient and wait for the results.

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    • Deep Blue C says:

      One more thing to consider: Not only have we not had negotiators in the Oval Office, we’ve also ONLY had politicians who were bought and paid for by everyone except we the people!

      Apparently, this makes a YUUUUGE difference, too!

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  25. TheLastDemocrat says:

    Here are two Crazy Ivan moves with NK:

    Drop close-range internet transceivers in various places. It will die out when batteries die out, or when NK locates it. Surely there is a way to lob modest power transceivers in their midst, where eventually the locals will stumble upon the open wireless. Make it look like Greenpeace did it.

    Once folklore says that guerilla internet access pops up here and there, for a day or week at a time, may will be pinging for it all the time.

    Drop some Blue Apron in NK at various places. Cover it as being from Medics Sans Frontiers or whomever.

    Then, Kim has to say that Greenpeace, or Doctors Without Borders, is evil. He will look like a jerk.

    Lob them from Kamchatka, the Arctic, wherever.


  26. Dean Douthat says:

    For to win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill. — Sun Tzu “The Art of War”

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  27. Brant says:

    He is greatly enjoying the international work. It is almost the exclusive arena for the Executive. He does not need congress at his elbow. Yes, he dealt with international in his businesses and probably met with leaders, but never in a position like he has now. Domestic is treading water much to his consternation I’m sure. I think he is going to spend a few months on the international work doing years worth of work in just a few months. He will then stride up to capitol hill and say, “I said, get it done now.” And he will be very public with his “communications” with them.

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  28. mikeyboo says:

    Trump and Xi may craft a fine agreement as to the handling of the chubby tyrant. However, if Kim fat bum is truly nuts all bets are off as to the outcome. Personally, I vote for “taking him off the board” as soon as possible.

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    • Maquis says:

      I would be pleased by that. Hard to see how it could be done. Perhaps…

      What say we send in a drone, low and slow, hyper-stealth. As it approaches Pyongyang it deploys a smaller drone, while dropping a control & telemetry transceiver relay on a little chute into a remote but line-of-sight tree line, to be caught and hidden up high.

      The first drone lands in a preplanned body of water where it is designed to sink and rapidly disintigrate. Even if it was seen, it would never be found.

      The second drone continues, and, based on range capabilities, may well perform one more “down-sizing” maneuver.

      Approaching the “Target” area, the last carrier drone, only inches long, deploys a swarm of super-micro (may we never see nano- !) drones resembling very small insects with Ricin injectors; or, poetically, each carry a drop of VX.

      The final carrier drone maintains the control link for video targeting purposes, if it can remain hidden (I have ideas on that) but the killer swarm is semi-autonomous and capable of functioning w/o outside direction. Machine vision, or as close as we have, searches for a large short guy with an idiot haircut.

      At some point, succeed or fail, their miniscule power supplies will dwindle, wherein all warm bodies with exposed flesh are targeted. If one detects lil Kim, multiple drones will assault him, and upon confirmation of hits, all others will target remaining warm bodies.

      Self destruct abilities, if possible, would then minimize evidence. Succeed or fail, when the swarm goes dark, the final carrier and dropped relays will begin self-destruct processes.

      Then we wait, and pray.


      • Maquis says:

        However, with semi-autonomous submarines with SLBMs, maybe nuked up, and numerous forces prepared for an assault straight out of the most violent and horrific video game imaginable, cutting the head off may not be sufficient.

        NK isn’t a Snake. It’s a Hydra. Chances are good we need the existing Command and Control infrastructure as well as the unadulterated Chain of Command in place, in order to effectuate a draw-down. Other leaders could have been preselected to carry out certain plans.

        There are simply too many disparate forces and weapons systems whose control is not as tightly bound to the CinC as are ours. The Kim’s rely on fear, I doubt their launch authentication procedures are as robust as ours, if they exist at all. So there are likely many heads that must roll simultaneously to utterly thwart a response to an assassination.

        So all these wild a$$ weapons systems and invasion plans, in the absence of their Dear Leader, could all be deployed independently by outraged, or fearful, unit commanders, certain that it is the end and that they MUST act.

        Essentially, Kim could have a virtual deadman switch. Intentionally, or not, a suspected or confirmed assassination could literally serve as a Command to attack on all fronts in all means. Kim cannot be eliminated without great risk.

        Another Global Menace brought to the World by Jimmy Carter and Billy Clinton.

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  29. Reality Wins says:

    Berkeley live:

    As usual, the antifa crowd is displaying their love of fascism and their hatred of America. Throwing M80s, bottles, 2x4s, and spraying pepperspray at Trump supporters.


  30. trapper says:

    The big Nork holiday came and went and nothing happened. That’s unusual. It’s possible either the Fat Boy blinked, or someone refused an order. By the way, where IS the Fat Boy today? Anyone seen him? Is he still there?


  31. rayvandune says:

    Mara Liasson on NPR this morning actually mentioned Trump’s “flip” on declaring China a currency manipulator as an example of how his policies are inconsistent and confusing. Yes Mara, when you are used to playing with just little red and black disks on the board, all those Kings and Horsies and Castles can be pretty confusing. Just wait and you will see who wins.

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  32. rayvandune says:

    Mara Liasson on NPR this morning actually mentioned Trump’s “flip” on declaring China a currency manipulator as an example of how his policies are inconsistent and confusing. Yes Mara, when you are used to playing with just little red and black disks on the board, all those Kings and Horsies and Castles can be pretty confusing. Just wait and you will see who wins.

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  33. zephyrbreeze says:

    This is called working towards win-win. Trump has a vision of how we can work together, but not with NK in the mix, or Iran. It’s actually reassuring that the left admits they don’t understand. That makes Trump even more of a surprise to them, and even more effective. The left are left to chase their tails, and they look like buffoons in the process.

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  34. WeThePeople2016 says:

    Trump knows what he is doing, and he knows how to win for the U.S. I was surprised and disappointed in some of the Trump supporters who have attacked him recently on his visit with the Chinese President and on his strike on Syria. Trump is looking at both the immediate and the long-term consequences. Some people can’t see or don’t understand how he operates. However, “true” Trump supporters know.

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    • JEM says:

      Frankly, I don’t know always how he operates…me being a regular woman. But I know one thing: I got this gut trusting feeling in him and his ability to bring about MAGA.

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  35. peace says:

    Actually I think Robert and daughter Rebekkah are paying attention and are beginning to worry that Trump might be a great president, thus blocking the way for Cruz to take over in 2020 as they’ve enlisted Brietbart to do another Trump hit piece today.


  36. Jane Sungaila says:

    President Triump seems to think way ahead of everyone. It’s as though he is standing over what is happening and sees the field, and can see what play he needs to put in motion.

    Smart, thoughtful, and decisive man. Also a very quick learner.

    I feel we have the president we need for this time in history.


  37. wodiej says:

    His intelligence continues to amaze me.

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  38. IMO says:

    Our Commander and Chief is the perfect messenger.


  39. webgirlpdx says:

    Next time some liberal mouths off about anything, immediately say…”.Aren’t the Geo-political alliances President Trump formed amazing? Have you ever in your lifetime seen something like this?”

    I guarantee they will have not a clue what you’re talking about and will probably turn and run like their hair’s on fire.

    Of course if by sight chance they have a tiny clue, after reading Sundance’s tutorial here, we have all the info we need to cream them….especially about the Russian boogy man who hides under their beds at night.

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  40. says:

    I’ve never read his book, but to me it was obvious that his “45% tariff on Chinese imports” was nothing more than a negotiating position. I even boasted to leftards that Trump would extract Chinese concessions FOR NOTHING! Forecasting events based on past actions is so much more accurate that forecasting from nothing more than prejudice and dogma.

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  41. The Ghost formerly known as Prince says:

    I’m getting sick to death of all these incessant “Trump flip flops!” and “New York liberal clique ascends in White House!”

    All shallow takes clearly intended to undermine President Trump.

    Stupid is as stupid does.

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  42. LoveofUSA says:

    Those Flip Flops, in my opinion, have never really been with us Trump Supporters.
    I’m amused by their flip flopping. It’s like watching them acting like a caught fish on the deck.
    They are mindless beings with a selfish anti-American agenda.


  43. jameswlee2014 says:

    This is nothing but a pathetic attempt to ‘separate Trump from his base’. Ha ha ha. They are now giving themselves a much needed exercise in plumbing the depths of their own irrelevancy. No one cares what they say other than as a source of unintended but nonetheless droll humor.

    He is ordering entire sections of the federal government to cut their budgets. In the past that meant slowing the increase. Not now. Now it means a real, year to year, reduction. Just the frowns from the White House have sliced illegal invaders by over half. The auto industry no long must produce cars that get 50 miles to the gallon even though go karts don’t get 50 miles to the gallon. Coal, oil, and natural gas can now be extracted without being penalized for the crime of keeping us all alive.

    The foreign policy of “be nice or I will introduce you to some Native American accouterments” insures that Assad will never use the gas again and will do everything he can to make sure Trump’s comment about not getting involved in Syria is an easy one for him to keep because Assad knows that the missiles that flew right through his air defenses and hit his base could just as easily flown through his bedroom window. See, if you do it right, you only have to do it once.

    The key is for the bad guys to know you have what it takes to annihilate them with a phone call and will not hesitate to do so. They have gotten the message. Does anyone believe that squashing the poison gas cockroach as soon as it crawled out of the woodwork is not putting America first? The attempt to make a ‘centerist’ out of Trump falls in the face of fait accompli. Trump has them on the run, all of them.

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  44. positron1352 says:

    Not only do we have a President who is highly capable in the art of negotiating, but we have a President who is courageous.He is communicating loudly that he is unafraid. Trump said that he would make America safe again. That requires at least 3 things for this genius ( I mean that literally, 156 IQ) to achieve. He has to get rid of the nukes in the hands of these unstable regimes and has to work at eradicating the cartels and terrorists who have already infilatrated our country: To elaborate, he must::
    1.Attempt to eradicate, or at the very least, neutralize terroism by isolating Russia from Syria, which he is doing, and allow Syria to be the client state for the United States which helps if we want to take on ISIS, Al Nusra, Al Qaeda, Hezbollah, etc., and ultimately, Iran, if necessary (and it will be), We now have Afghanistan and Iraq- If they hadn’t become our client states, they would be Russia’s. In time, we are drawing a nice circle around Iran, uless they come to their senses, which I doubt. That would take rational thinking. That leaves Saudi Arabia and Turkey…who are also on notice and who we can deal with effectively with this administration.
    2.Get rid of the nukes in the hands of Kim Jong Un, by Isolating N. Korea from China, being willing to use force, which he is in the process of doing; Repeat the process for Iran’s nuke program when necessary.
    3. Seal the border to the south to prevent gangs like, MS13 and other villanous gangs and cartels from entering this country along with whatever terrorists who wish to stroll across to our side of the line, by asserting and resetting our own rights to sovereignty. Hence, his deportation efforts.

    Presendent Trump is a very analytical and practical predatory individual, ( I mean that as a compliment.) He is an Alpha Male who knows how to manipulate for the benefit of his position and Sundance could not have said it more accurately. He had to take extreme postures in order to manipulate other countries leader’s looking out for their own best interests to be drawn to the middle. There is no other way when you are dealing with people who wish to stay in their leadership positions.

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  45. This is interesting… wonder if the gossip about KT McFarland leaving the administration and getting the ambassadorship to Singapore was a distraction to downplay how important Singapore will be to our National defense strategy…


  46. Never Surrender! says:

    Wow! What a fantastic read, SD! Thank you!!


  47. Ploni says:

    Really wonderful piece, Sundance.

    Thank you.


  48. Wow, excellent explanation. Thanks so much for explaining the true depth of what the President has been doing, it’s truly amazing how brilliant he is , juggling so many things at once. This definitely wasn’t thinking fast on his feet, he has been planning this out for a very long time. I also read a piece about his strategy with Israel because of what Obama did just before leaving. I’m so impressed that he has out played them all. He was right when he said “I’ve got this”. I chuckle when I hear the ignorance coming from the MSM, it’s too bad none of them see beyond their political agendas, sickening. Thanks again for bringing it out of the depths.

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