Strategy – Will President Trump Break Norms and Arrange Meeting With Kim Jong-un? Indications Point Toward Yes…

An interesting article in the Washington Times poses a possibility of President Trump holding a deconfliction summit with North Korea –SEE HERE– And that begs a question of whether or not it’s actually plausible. I would state unequivocally yes, and here’s why.
If you have followed the foreign policy pattern of President Trump you immediately recognize he does not restrain himself to DC political customs or DC political norms. Indeed as Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi optimistically noted, President Trump can accomplish many things because he brings a unique perspective to the world of policy and diplomatic engagement. Later repeating: “He Can Do The Impossible“.

Additionally since we originally outlined the likely scenario for a restart of the ‘six party talks‘ (China, South Korea, Russia, Japan and the U.S.), on August 13th, there has been some visible activity providing further evidence toward that end.
•Japan (Shinzo Abe) has stated they have “great confidence” in President Trump’s Asian national security approach. •South Korea (President Moon Jae-in) has stated they are “confident there will not be war again on the Korean peninsular“; •and they are willing to send a special envoy to North Korea to begin talks. •In addition, China has quietly removed the 71-year-old veteran diplomat, Wu Dawei, from the position of negotiator toward the DPRK, and replaced him with 58-year-old Kong Xuanyou. Kong is a long time Chinese diplomat in charge of Asian affairs and he speaks Korean.
All of this generally under-reported diplomatic activity has taken place within the past week while the American media was busy pushing Charlottesville narratives.  But more importantly this activity took place while President Trump directed USTR Lighthizer to begin a section 301 trade investigation into China.  POTUS Trump is ramping up the pressure on Chinese President Xi Jinping, but more specifically this action targets Beijing’s communist old guard who control both their economy and the DPRK behavior.

Additionally, into this uniquely Asian geopolitical dynamic we have India, and Prime Minister Modi, apparently finding some new energy to push back against their neighboring nemesis China.  Literal “pushing back“, heck they got into a fist fight.
Now, between Trump’s China trade action, and Modi’s regional geographic action, there appears to be a traditional squeeze play working out.  It would be intellectually dishonest not to recognize the appearance of some coordination, especially given the plans for Ivanka Trump to travel to India next month.  [*nudge, nudge* *wink, wink* say-no-more]
Here’s where it gets interesting.
When you understand that Beijing is really the support structure for Kim Jong-Un, in that China uses the DPRK to keep the Western (mostly U.S.) economic threats out of Asia, you realize it’s against Beijing’s interest for President Trump and Kim Jong-un to deconflict.
If diplomacy prevails in the Korean Peninsular, the historic economic arrow is gone from China’s quiver.  Indeed, many would argue there’s no greater threat to China’s overall ‘One-Road/One-Belt’ economic program.  With peace comes viable economic relationships.  The ability of China to use the DPRK as a sweatshop for their economy would potentially and realistically collapse.
So Beijing would want to impede diplomatic efforts.  It’s in their sneaky-self best interests; it’s also just how they roll.  However, even though China controls much of the Washington DC swamp via purchased lobby activity, they can’t control Trump; and they certainly can’t control Trump’s diplomatic approach toward engaging a foreign government.
Therefore China’s default position would be for China to ‘control‘ any meeting between the U.S., South Korea, and/or Japan, with Kim Jong-un.  When you recognize this, you recognize what that provides – MORE TRUMP LEVERAGE.
See how that works?
POTUS Trump knows it would be against Beijing’s interests for Kim Jong-un to meet a reasonable and non-political deal maker like President Trump.  That knowledge only fuels the probability of such a meeting taking place.
In an effort to control such a possibility, China will have to move fast to cut off any back channel discussion between Godzilla Trump, T-Rex and Dennis Rodman’s BFF Kim Jong-un.  Hence, we discover the motive for Beijing working to quickly get Kong Xuanyou, the new emissary, into place.  China is simply trying a better play for control by putting ‘six party talks’ back on the table.
Don’t be surprised to hear of those “six party talks” within days or weeks.  And don’t be surprised to hear of the potential for direct talks and direct engagement with North Korea either by South Korea or Japan, or by…. wait for it, yup Godzilla Trump via T-Rex.
President Trump isn’t constrained to DC political customs and diplomatic outlooks of non-engagement with North Korea.  Don’t be surprised if he doesn’t make a move within the next 30 days toward those ends.
After all, almost every bit of recent activity in Asia dovetails nicely with the position as it appeared only a little more than a week ago: August 13th:

As we have outlined extensively, President Trump holds all of the cards in this economic and trade standoff. The U.S. is China’s customer and there’s a $350 billion trade deficit.

However, President Trump cannot be completely open with the strategy because part of the long-term plan is to allow China to save face by giving up North Korea’s nuclear ambitions.

It would be against Trump’s interests if the entire global and geopolitical community understood what was happening.

So the question becomes, how will we know when President Trump has won in the economic and national security challenge?   Well, first let’s look at the geopolitical landscape and the known and identified calendar to view the goal timeline:

♦We know President Trump is planning to attend an ASEAN meeting in November.

♦We also know that President Trump is planning to visit China later this year.  Most likely that trip will be part of the ASEAN engagement.

So it makes sense that President Trump would like to conclude the outline of the economic diplomacy by the time of the ASEAN and China visit – such that: A.) President Trump can outline the agreement and stroke the panda’s ego on his turf; and B.) President Xi Jinping can announce his magnanimous victory on behalf of great Panda’s incredible achievement in providing great security to the world.



Meanwhile, just prior to the ASEAN/China meetup, President Trump’s secret weapon, Ivanka, who happens to be the most beloved American in China, is deployed to India to capture the world’s attention with Narendra Modi hugs.

President Modi is the “Trump Card” in the geopolitical economic gamesmanship.  China is currently at odds with India’s rise to economic power; Ballywood is very hot in the U.S. right now; and a warm Modi – Trump economic relationship is a foil against China’s heavy-handed extortion of their economic partners.

Whoopsie sounds like the makings of a fork in China’s One Road/One Belt plan.


::::still smiling::::

Again, President Trump holds all the economic cards.  Just look at what he did to neuter Russia’s economy when everyone was paying attention to the bouncing laser dot on the wall.  The American and Western media missed it, but President Trump moved the entire geopolitical world via a strategic energy platform.

Sip this next paragraph slowly to enjoy the strategery:

From OPEC (Saudi Summit) to the EU and Baltic States (Poland Pre-G20); to North African energy development via President Macron (Libya and Mali); to walking away from the Paris Climate agreement; to discussions with Theresa May on a bilateral trade deal; to massive shipments of coal to U.K. and France; to closing a deal to deliver Ireland massive amounts of Texas LNG; to our own internal U.S. energy production policy with pipelines, Oil, Coal and Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) etc.

President Trump used all of those “allied” relationships to lower global energy prices.

The bigger part of the ‘big-missed-picture‘ was how that energy strategy impacted adversaries like Russia, Iran etc. and simultaneously supported the larger America-First economic and geopolitical space.

President Trump thinks seriously long-term, and really BIG picture.

President Trump thinks so far out in front of his detractors they genuinely cannot fathom the sequential logic behind the day-to-day granular activity.

Yes, in large part this is what makes President Trump so enjoyable to watch politically. Just like the American media, our international adversaries and competitors have no reference point for a U.S. President that is entirely independent from influence.

::::Yup, smiling::::

So we can safely predict that sometime in late fall, most likely before the ASEAN visit timeline in November, President Trump and Rex Tillerson will be engaged in a new round of Six Party Talks, initiated by request of the increasingly desperate China.

China will structure the DPRK talking points to set up the meetings.  This is a part of how China is allowed to save face and sets up the magnanimous Panda narrative.

The six party talks will be essentially a Marshal Plan of sorts for North Korea.  Japan, South Korea, The United States, China, Russia and North Korea will enter into a set of negotiations publicly sold as engaging in diplomacy and reducing tension.

President Trump (or T-Rex) will sit on the patio complimenting Xi Jinping (or deputy), and Russian, Japanese and South Korean emissaries.

Meanwhile, in the conference room, Secretary Wilbur Ross, USTR Robert Lighthizer and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will play the role of Willy Wonka handing out the golden economic tickets to the representatives who all line up with their requests.

President Trump’s golf partner Shinzo Abe will already have his ticket, but he’ll play along.  The only real negotiations will be between the U.S. Russia and China.  Russia will be negotiating for higher regional energy prices to get their GDP growing again, and China negotiating to retain as much of the $500 billion trade surplus as possible.

The end result will be Kim Jong-un giving up his nuclear ambitions for good; the U.N. enters under carefully negotiated terms, and Big Panda promises to the world to be the magnanimous insurance policy therein.  Everything between now and that outcome is optically chaff and countermeasures.

That’s essentially the way the bright economic and national security future looks today.

Then again, it might get brighter – gilded even.

After all, this is President Donald Trump we’re talking about.

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167 Responses to Strategy – Will President Trump Break Norms and Arrange Meeting With Kim Jong-un? Indications Point Toward Yes…

  1. starfcker says:

    Dennis Rodman. Can you believe it? The ball sure bounces in funny ways.

    • nimrodman says:

      I am Nimrodman and I approved this message …

    • Cozette says:

      Yep. Kim’s idol and the only outsider he trusts is also best friends with President Trump. They have a mutual friend! When Dennis recently visited Kim he brought with him a copy of The Art of the Deal as a gift. God as an amazing sense of humor and it’s incredible what He can accomplish when people allow Him to use them for His purposes. Dennis Rodman and Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un are a classic example.

    • fred2w says:

      That’s the truth.
      In my youth, I dismissed Rodman as a joke because of his stunts. Yet in retrospect, give Rodman credit for being his own man. Which explains why he voted for Trump.
      Conversely, many Black Christians who mocked Rodman have been exposed as sheep who support whatever cause or politician Fake News tells them to. Hence, you have “anti-gay” Black pastors who nevertheless voted for the re-election of openly pro-gay Obama. Sad.

      • Dave says:

        I am a lifelong Detroit basketball fan and have watched Dennis Rodman since he was a tattoo-free rookie. He is a troubled guy, often wildly immature, but he has more depth than many glib and popular NBA stars with better images. That includes lasting friendships with people who could not be more different than him. And he is obviously unafraid to buck popular opinion.

      • Old Codger says:

        “…voted for the re-election of openly gay Obama. Sad.”
        Fixed it for you! Reggie Love was PO’ed when he read your version!

  2. Plato says:

    Of course it’s plausible….Kim needs a way out without having his economy (sic) destroyed. PTrump, knowing his Sun Tsu, will give it to him.
    The exploding heads of the Alinsky left will be just a bonus.

    • nimrodman says:

      “The exploding heads of the Alinsky left …”
      Yes, because they’ve been hyperventilating “Why not talk? Trump’s going to blow them up and start WW3 without even trying diplomacy !!!” yada yada …

  3. […] sundance An interesting article in the Washington Times poses a possibility of President Trump holding a […]

    • daughnworks247 says:

      They hate each other. The Sunnis/Shia have NOTHING on the Chinese/Indian rivalry.
      For the past 15 years, we’ve done biz in India and China. It’s weird when I have to deal with people’s preconceived notions. Because I am the American, I am seen as the neutral party with a greater voice and a bigger stick. Because they are all men and I am the woman, they dare not to disappoint me, as I am like their mother, or the wise and careful wife they wish they had.
      It’s weird. It’s really weird.
      I’ve probably settled 75+ skirmishes between factories in India and China over materials and hundreds of millions of dollars. The things they do to each other are things which would NEVER cross the mind of an American businessperson. They’re awful.
      Boys will be boys.

      • Joel says:

        We resemble that remark

      • Founding Fathers Fan says:

        The sunni-shia ‘rivalry’ has been going on for 14 CENTURIES!

      • Wow, very impressive career work. Please tell of a skirmish for us prying minds. Entertain us for a moment daughnworks247.

      • maiingankwe says:

        I’m with Mz. Molly, would love to hear a good story or two of your firsthand experiences. You have our interest piqued, Bigly.
        I don’t know who is right or who is wrong in the land dispute. It just came off as China being a big bully, which is par for the course. Is there even a right or a wrong in this case? All I know is I would’ve dug my heels in when I heard China threatening me it to be worse than our last clash if I didn’t run with my tail between my legs. They sure as heck didn’t mention a sit down to air their grievances with a nuetral party. Like President Trump. He he. Which is why I saw China as the bully. No diplomacy whatsoever. Again, I really don’t have the full story, so I could actually be out of line. I am just going off of what I’ve witnessed in the past with China and other countries.
        My Dad used to say, there are always two sides to a story. He also said, it takes two to argue and one to walk away. I don’t see either walking away on this one though. All I see is India standing up to a bully. I could very well be wrong since I don’t have a bloody clue to who is in the right. I sure would’ve liked to have seen the video of them going at it like kids though. Pushing and shoving and throwing stones reminds me of the playground way back when. Sheesh, grow up, but I guess it’s far better than shooting each other and causing a right war between the two.
        If you prefer not to share a story, a bit of background to how this scuffle all came about would really be helpful in understanding what is going on over there. You could always add a story before or after too. I know, a bit pushy this fine morning aren’t I? You’re just so good at writing, it’d be a real joy to read.
        Be well,

  4. Fun read Sundance! Thank you!
    :::SMILING:::: indeed!

    • The Boss says:

      I’ve never been a fan of Monday mornings. Today is an exception. Great analysis. Need to reheat my coffee.

    • Alison says:

      Sundance provides the armor of knowledge for us to withstand arrows from the anti-Trumpers.
      ::::grateful bow:::::

  5. trumpfan1 says:

    I think trump should bring that bitch Maxine water for the meeting with kim. her loud will most likely annoy him and feed her to the dogs.

  6. Just Scott says:

    I have never seen KCNA Watch’s DPRK Threat Index go as hight as it is ATM, ~80%. It has been very low for quite a while.
    Meanwhile, all seems quiet at

  7. fleporeblog says:

    I shared this yesterday but will share again just to emphasize SD’s point in terms of Energy.
    Folks I decided this evening to do some research on just what our President is accomplishing in the Energy Sector since SD has talked the last two days about our country’s GDP. I was so pleasantly surprised to see that even our VP is going around the globe ? getting countries to buy our LNG. What I found is amazing. However, what I realized is that this revolution is truly in the beginning phases because we only have one company that has the ability at this point to finalize the LNG process and get it on ships ? to get delivered throughout the world. The exciting part is that more and more areas will be able to do the same in the next few years (see the expansion below).
    From the article linked above:
    Growing pipeline networks have boosted gas exports to Mexico and are providing new domestic outlets for gas trapped in the Marcellus and Utica Shales. Pipeline export capacity to Mexico is expected to nearly double by 2019. Several interstate pipelines are under review to deliver gas to the Midwest, eastern Canada and Gulf Coast for export. Liquefied natural gas exports have increased six-fold in the last year, and five new terminal projects are expected to be completed within three years. While coal and natural gas compete as electric power fuels, they can both prosper if energy markets expand.
    Ukraine ?? and our Coal:
    From the article linked above:
    Ukrainian state-owned energy firm Centrenergo has signed a contract with America’s Xcoal Energy & Resources to supply 700,000 tons of coal to Ukraine this year.
    “This contract was signed in fulfillment of the agreements between the presidents of Ukraine and the United States reached during our president’s visit to America in June,” said Centrenergo head Oleg Kozenko.
    The US company will deliver 700,000 tons of coal, sending a ship or two each month till the end of the year. Kozenko added that thanks to American coal, Kiev hopes to get through the heating season of 2017-2018 without a problem.
    Poland ?? and our LNG (this has the potential to expand massively {include 10 additional Eastern European countries} for political reasons):
    From the article linked above:
    “Poland suddenly declared Russian gas — which it has purchased for decades — to be of poor quality. This is difficult to understand because Germany is happy with everything, but the Poles suddenly don’t like the gas for some reasons. But the pipeline gas will always be the cheapest,” the expert said.
    At the same time, Polish President Andrzej Duda declared that the country could become a hub through which American LNG would enter Central and Eastern Europe. According to him, this issue was raised at the talks with US President Donald Trump in early July.
    South Korea ?? and our LNG:
    From the article linked above:
    Korea Gas Corp. and Cheniere Energy commenced a 20-year sales agreement to ship U.S. gas during the weekend.
    June 26 (UPI) — A gas company from Korea, one of the largest buyers of liquefied natural gas in the world, said it commenced a sales agreement with a U.S. supplier.
    The Korea Gas Corp. commenced a 20-year sales and purchase agreement with Cheniere Energy Inc., which operates the only facility in the United States with the permits necessary to export super-cooled LNG.
    China ?? and our LNG:
    From the article linked above:
    Houston-based natural gas exporter, Cheniere Energy, Inc.’s LNG shares rallied more than 3.3% on May 12 to close at $48.68, following President Donald Trump’s recent trade deal with China. The deal aims at bolstering U.S. trade access and exports to China, including LNG exports, which will pave way for Chinese importers to secure LNG contracts from US suppliers.
    Until now, Chinese buyers did not purchase long-term LNG supplies from the U.S. directly. This deal will help the developers to target Chinese buyers directly and is also likely to support direct Chinese investment into liquefaction and upstream developments in U.S.
    Lithuania ?? and our LNG:
    From the article linked above:
    United States Vice-President Mike Pence said in Tallinn on July 31st he was convinced that the shipment of liquefied natural gas (LNG) purchased by Lithuania from the US would be one of the many in the future, informs LETA/BNS.
    Speaking at a joint news conference with the presidents of the Baltic States, Pence stated that the shipment due to arrive in Lithuania in August would contribute to boosting regional energy security and stability.
    “The president and I were pleased to see a Lithuanian firm’s recent decision to purchase LNGfrom the US. And when the first delivery occurs next month it will benefit not only our prosperity, but it will contribute to regional security and stability,” said the US vice-president.
    France ??, United Kingdom ?? and Germany ?? and our Coal:
    From the article linked above:
    This is all horrifying to the climate-change lobby, but they might note that U.S. coal exports are rising to countries that claim climate-change virtue. Exports to France increased 214% during the first quarter of this year amid a nuclear power plant outage. Other European countries like Germany and the U.K. are utilizing U.S. coal to stabilize unreliable renewable sources and make up for electric capacity lost from the shutdown of nuclear plants. First-quarter coal exports were up 94% to Germany and 282% to the U.K. Et tu, Angela Merkel?
    Ireland ?? and our LNG:
    From the article linked above:
    American natural gas firm NextDecade has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Port of Cork to develop a new Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) and associated LNG import terminal infrastructure in Ireland
    Under the terms of the MOU, the potential development at the Port of Cork would receive LNG from NextDecade’s planned Rio Grande LNG project in South Texas. Estimated worth €338 million euros, or almost $400 million dollars.

      • Lanna says:

        To ship Nat gas it has to be turned into a liquid by cooling, making it LNG. To use it, it has to be warmed — re-gasify it. There was an import/export imbalance, largely due to Barry’s chokehold on U.S. liquefaction. Over 20 companies were waiting for LNG export licenses during the Obamination regime.
        Under President Trump, there are no brakes on this train. (Production units that cool gas are called liquefaction trains.)

      • WhichWayWesternMan says:

        On the Russian energy issue, shipping LNG to Europe will always be relatively more expensive. The US Is thus caught in a paradox – when gas oil prices are high, shipping to Europe will be economically viable. However, once US energy enters the market, the price will drop. Russia will still be able to make a profit because of their comparatively cheaper extraction, processing, and shipping costs; but US energy suppliers won’t.
        Furthermore, Russia is tightening its hold over European energy markets through Nord Stream 2 and Turk Stream, while its companies are acquiring vast rights to oil extraction in Kurdistan, Iran, and Iraq.
        Europe has always been resource poor (which is why the Great European Powers embarked on their colonization project). Russia, however, is resource rich and labour poor (considering the vast size of her territory), so the US must constantly expend effort keeping the two apart.

        • fleporeblog says:

          The Three Seas Countries would rather purchase our LNG even if a little more expensive than the Russian oil because they get the added benefit of our protection. You will see a lot of that occurring around the world. South Korea ?? just purchased $15 billion dollars ? of our LNG because there is a price for American strength protecting you. Same with Ukraine ?? and them purchasing coal from us.

      • magagirl says:

        Wow!, thanks for the info Fle. Future looking bright. I think 5 GDP is looking more like a 10 GDP ?. Our President is turning the world upside down and our economical future looks fantastic.

    • Thank you so much for all this information! I’ll pass it along!

    • fleporeblog says:

      PJ they are the only one that is able to ship LNG. However many others will be operational in the next year or so.

    • CharterOakie says:

      Excellent stuff, flep, and exciting.
      The excerpt from the WSJ article mentioned only gas from the Marcellus and Utica Shales (Appalachian Basin). But these developments, e.g nat gas shipments to Mexico via pipeline and LNG shipments from the Gulf Coast, bode very well for a couple other shale plays that had suffered with weak gas prices in recent years: the Barnett (Forth Worth Basin) and the Haynesville (E. TX / NW LA). Those basins are geographically closer to much of the action, and, crucially, the midstream infrastructure — still lagging in the Appalachian Basin — is pretty much fully built out already.
      Reading recently that more associated gas is coming out of the ramped up Permian Basin oil production than had been expected, which would also be a logical source of supply for both Mexico and for LNG exports from the Gulf Coast.
      Drill Baby Drill! Pipe Baby Pipe!

    • Paco Loco says: We have been flaring natural gas at Prudoe Bay since 1976 because there’s no gas pipeline. Just imagine the energy and $$ lost because the US didn’t back a gas line from Prudoe to Valdez that could run adjacent to the Alyeska Oil pipeline. We have had insane energy policies for decades. Unleash the Wolverines!

      • CharterOakie says:

        Gov. Sarah Palin gave that project her utmost. She would have succeeded with it eventually were it not for all that transpired post-2008, which is also about the time that natural gas prices began their slide to the current $3 +/-.

      • Paco Loco says:

        …and then there’s the ANWAR. Undiscovered and untapped billions and billions of barrels of oil and gas that Obama locked up.

    • Yippeekiyay says:

      Thank you flep. Great job. Hopefully we will see the effects of all of this before the 2018 elections. More winning!!!

  8. wheatietoo says:

    China would probably ‘insist’ on being present at any meeting between Pres Trump and Kim Jong Un…because they would be afraid that their little Kim might develop a man-crush on PDJT, like he did with Dennis Rodman.
    It would be good to see a meeting take place in neutral territory somewhere.
    Not in China.
    Certainly not in North Korea.
    How about Saudi Arabia?
    King Salman would probably lend them one of his palaces for a meeting.
    That would be fun…maybe another Sabre Dance afterward.

  9. Just Scott says:

    Aaaand Friday, the Great Panda cracked down on Taobao (like eBay) for selling “forbidden network hacking tools” a.k.a. firewall-breaching VPN software used to circumvent the net censors.

  10. fleporeblog says:

    The other great thing about India ?? and Ivanka’s visit at the end of November is the fact that we are currently in negotiations with them over the price for our LNG. Keep in mind that India ?? has a population of 1.25 billion people. Also Iran ?? does a lot of their business with India ??. I have a funny feeling that a deal will be in place and announced during the visit. Our President even joked about the fact that President Modi was a tough negotiator. They have an incredible relationship and India ?? will benefit Bigly once the RAISE Act is passed into legislation.
    From the article linked above:
    At a joint news conference with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the White House this week, Trump said the United States looked forward to exporting more energy, including new major long-term contracts to purchase American natural gas.
    NEW DELHI/NEW YORK/LONDON: India’s biggest importer of U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) is trying to re-negotiate prices with the U.S. seller, sources said, undermining plans by U.S. President Donald Trump to export more gas to the fast-growing Asian nation.
    At a joint news conference with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the White House this week, Trump said the United States looked forward to exporting more energy, including new major long-term contracts to purchase American natural gas.
    The effort is part of Trump’s policy of seeking to assert power abroad through a boost in natural gas, coal and petroleum exports. He said on Thursday that the “golden era” of the U.S. energy business was now underway.

    • Glenn E Stehle says:

      Your research includes some great stuff. Thank you so much for your hard work.
      This especially is worth repeating. After all, it’s not just the economics that matters, but the geopolitics too:

      The effort is part of Trump’s policy of seeking to assert power abroad through a boost in natural gas, coal and petroleum exports. He said on Thursday that the “golden era” of the U.S. energy business was now underway.

  11. Pam says:

    If anyone can be successful here, it’s POTUS. He’s not called the master negotiator for nothing. 😉

    • Cozette says:

      These tweets and posts and comments about Ivanka in Sundance’s article show what a vital role Ivankas is playing to further her dads mission to help America and the world. The fact that she’s not just the Presidents delegate but his beloved daughter means alot to people in more traditional cultures IE everywhere else but Europe. In a way she went to be functioning for her dad as Eleanor Roosevelt did for her husband. They are both internationally recognized ambassadors of good will. When some people here snark about her and demand that she leave the WH because she is an ENEMY of MAGA I wish they’d realize they’re projecting just as the Left does. MAGA is for everyone who has love in their heart and only with love will we succeed. God bless you Ivanka and God bless your dad.

      • Bannon thinks she has horns

      • pyromancer76 says:

        Another aspect to her importance as President Trump’s ambassador re entrepreneurial activity — in addition to Ivanka’s being his beloved, trusted, and well-trained daughter — is that she is putting forward general entrepreneurship “under cover” of women as entrepreneurs. This position completely undercuts the marxist-feminist (a general position, not just from the perspective of women) ability to preach hatred of American “patriarchy”.
        In her intro of her father July 2016 she said: “My father values talent. He recognizes real knowledge and skill when he finds it….He is color blind and gender neutral. He hires the best person for the job. Period.”

      • jmclever says:

        It also explains why RINOs and NeverTrumpers are out to discredit her at all costs.

  12. LEET says:

    How do you practice diplomacy with pure evil. President Trump will need to be bathed in prayer for that meeting.

  13. indiamaria2020 says:

    As Neo would say….”WHOA”…..

  14. Daniel says:

    What?! This president breaking the norms?! Color me shocked!

  15. Oldschool says:

    Went to bed last night wondering, with the latest naval incident, if China has more leverage than we think and wake up to this first post from Sundance. Thanks SD, needed it!!

  16. Oh, C’mon. This would be unusual for any other president, but not President Trump. His “America First” policy isn’t hot air, or all talk and no action. Kim Jong Un threatened America, and America responded with her strength, because America now has a strong leader. Please don’t believe anything that you hear coming from BSNBC, unless it can be independently verified.

  17. The left has no idea what POTUS is doing or capable of! They are so engrossed with hatred for POTUS they can’t acknowledge any of this! So is the media! We have a brilliant president and they refuse to see it! Makes me angry!

    • Fe says:

      Our President is and will continue kicking them all in the teeth. Their hatred will consume them.

    • Cozette says:

      Educate everyone you can. We ALL are the media now. The Real News Media. It was the same way in the Soviet Union where most of the media was propaganda. People created underground networks for getting the word out about what was really going on.

      • Judith says:

        I was taught in an elementary school, that practiced air raid drills during the Cold War, about the evils of Russian propaganda and Communism. The teacher stated that the Russian people could not speak out freely. She taught that Russians were ignorant of their plight because there was no free press, only government propaganda 24/7. I was taught that children, programmed to obey their tyrannical government, turned in parents to authorities for speaking out against oppression. Even as a child I was skeptical. I thought, “How do I know that Americans aren’t in the same boat? How do I know whether or not we are shielded from the truth? How do I know we are not victims of propaganda by our own tyrannical government?” Turns out I was right on the money.

  18. bluegirl says:

    EXCELLENT summation. As always, thank you Sundance!!!!

  19. MfM says:

    In the article you mentioned – six party talks… and left out North Korea. It was obvious since there were only five that in reading, proofing and double checking you left out the obvious.
    Interesting reading. I’m going to be rereading later today to digest all the parts.

  20. ZurichMike says:

    But wait! Squirrel! Shiny thing! Russians! Tax returns! Misogynist! Racist! Homophobe! Transphobe! Tax returns! Nazis! Racist! Misogynist! Racist! Homophobe! Statues! Statues of horses! Confederate flags! Slavery! Racists! Misogynists! Tax returns! Russians!

  21. magagirl says:

    Sundance, thank you for explaining this to us, it’s so easy to understand it from you. If I see all this info somewhere else, not explaining the big picture, I get lost.
    So now, these questions come to my mind. Is China’s lobbyist giving money to BLM and Antifa? SD posted an article that was linked to another article where the chinese think the US race divisions make the country difficult to govern ?.
    So now, PT is flipping the tables and it looks like we will turn into a powerful enery exporter and it will be under their best interests that PT is successful, would the opposition decrease since now I think there would be more lobbyist that support american interest? Just thinking…

    • Cozette says:

      China is connected to the people behind the chaos including via the media. They’re part of the Globalist Bilderberg group who declared President Trump their #1 global enemy. Soros is like a captain for the people behind that group who like to remain very private.

  22. wodiej says:

    The media are actually doing us a favor by ignoring these good things. They can’t obstruct the real agenda.

    • TheLastDemocrat says:

      They will look over their shoulder one day, and see they missed the bus.
      This day may be mid-terms. If not, then the list of good things will roll Trump to an even greater re-election.

  23. freddiel says:

    SD, I really like your writing style. Great article and comments.

  24. Southern Son says:

    Excellent, As always Sundance!!
    Reading your Work (We Thank All of the Staff too!), never fails to make me Smarter.
    And gettin’ anything through this noggin ain’t easy.
    You make it so Much Fun, to boot.
    May I suggest, Woolmoons Awesome synopsis on Trump at this time, with maybe a pic of a Suspicious Panda for kicks.
    Press ON!, Sundance!!

  25. Ploni says:

    Good morning, Sundance, and thank you!

  26. Daniel says:

    Let’s keep this simple and easy. Walmart and Amazon can get cheap manufactured goods from India rather than China and not see a major change in business model or practices. That’s a win for those two giants and for many others.
    We don’t “need” China while we’ve got friendly relations with India. That’s the starting point for the negotiations with China. Is China willing to change to avoid being rendered irrelevant?

  27. Joshuatree says:

    What’s the chances, if and when Trump succeeds, that he breaks down on funding & personnel in South Korea? 30K troops for over 50 yrs!

    • kiskiminetas says:

      I think as far as funding SK I say yes roll it back seeing that they are making all kind of money. The troops need to stay as the region has been a tinder box for years due to China’s military hegemony and desire for expansion. There are reasons for them building a road that reaches all the way to the Mediterranean Sea./Europe and economics is just one of them.

  28. Remember this? Candidate Trump on May 17, 2016 said: “I would speak to him, I would have no problem speaking to him,” he said. Exclusive: Trump would talk to North Korea’s Kim, wants to renegotiate climate accord

  29. Black_Knight_Rides says:

    Ponder this:
    President Trump offers help for the NORKS to create a sustainable economy, using the labor they’ve been donating to China for their OWN benefit.
    This gives the NORKS leverage in future deal-making with China, which has been bleeding them economically to keep them “Dumbed-Down-and-Dependent in CHINA’s Plantation Ditch”.
    Just like America’s Democrats have kept Blacks “Dumbed-Down-and-Dependent in the LEFT’s Plantation Ditch”.

    • TheLastDemocrat says:

      With NK, here is a problem: the regime survives by convincing the populace that the entire world is against them, and that is why things are so bad.
      It is kind of like 10 Cloverfield Lane: you are stuck with the nutty John Goodman character, holed up in miserable conditions, because he is keeping you alive, and safe from the threats outside, but you wonder whether the threat outside is real. And you get just enough “news” to prove things are terrible outside.
      Or M. Night Shyamalan The Village.
      The point is that the outside world has to be kept as the terrible “Bad Guy,” but the totalitarian regime also requires severe oppression. Or, the government gets toppled.

  30. jeans2nd says:

    Diplomacy, Dennis Rodman-style: Ex-NBA player gives Kim Jong-un Trump’s book ‘The Art of the Deal’
    we cannot lose – win/win/win/win/win/win
    well, mebbe Russia notsomuch

  31. MaineCoon says:

    “I’ve come a long way, baby.”
    By reading Sundance’s daily articles, I have been educated to such an extent in such a relatively short timeframe that reading today’s article was an ‘easy read’.
    Point being, if this can happen to a person with no knowledge of such things, why have the D.C. powers that be over last decades not been able to think outside the box for a lasting solution the likes of this one?
    Was it really all just ‘globablism’ that blinded them or drove them to be willing participants for money? I guess that’s a rhetorical question, but I am interested in any thoughts.
    About halfway through the article, three words came to mind: Trump Peace Treaty. The official end to the Korean War.
    IIRC President Trump campaigned on a de-nuke Korean Peninsula. Another promise kept.
    President Trump damn well better get credit for this in USA and beyond — no matter how much face saving he allows Xi. The behind-the-scene gossip better be Trump – not Xi. After SA, I think it will be.
    Then there’s Ivanka. I previously commented regarding the article on her India trip, “She will serve President Trump well or he wouldn’t be sending her.”
    My sentiment hasn’t changed, but I will add that I see her China/India role as the primary purpose PT brought her to D.C. as a Sr. Advisor.
    I like Ivanka. I think she serves PT well. Will accomplish more than an ambassador.
    IMO whatever concerns people have about Ivanka are nothing more than a pimple on an elephant’s arse. Inconsequential. After all, PT raised her – not vice versa. He’s the parent here.
    In addition anyone who trashes Ivanka is directly trashing President Trump. Stupid, imo. Very shortsighted. Can’t see big picture. Ivanka criticism immediately makes one a PT adversarial and that includes Breitbart/Bannon if negative Ivanka/Jared stories continue on that sight as they did this weekend.
    Ivanka goes to China. Hard to compete with a youngster singing in Chinese. The last vid gives on overall picture of how Ivanka and Arabella have been involved in all things Chinese for quite a while.
    By end of 2017: Trump’s Korean Peace Treaty. De-nuclearization of Korean Penisula. Major trade issues with China negotiated.
    Best President EVAH.

    • G. Combs says:

      “…why have the D.C. powers that be over last decades not been able to think outside the box for a lasting solution the likes of this one?”
      Because the entire mess has been orchestrated by the Elite, not for decades, but for CENTURIES!!
      The neurochemistry of power has implications for political change
      Congressman McFadden on US Bankers/FED funding Bolshevik Revolution (Search for Russia)
      My comment on the BACKERS of Karl Marxlink

    • G. Combs says:

      A commenter at another blog added this piece of information on Marx and Communism:
      SxyxS says:
      “Well,of course it was the middle class Marx was against.
      Marx secretary Pieper was at the same time employed the Rothschild. When the Rothschild left Frankfurt they went to Paris (the first place Marx lived in Exile)
      and London (the second exile home of Marx).
      Marx was never about freeing people, but to turn all human beings except that at the top to the lowest common level= the proletarian.
      A system where only 3 classes exist:
      The very few at the top:
      Stalin/Lenin (Rockfeller/Rothschild)
      Their well paid serves = Stasi/Apparatchicks to controle and indoctrinate
      and the rest (95%) that is controlled and killed by the Stasi.
      They have exchanged Stalin/Lenin for Obama/Hilary.
      Their well paid serves are the presstitutes, Anchormen & Hollywood actors
      and presstitutes all talking the same shit ((except James Woods and Rob Schneider))
      And the rest is supposed to become pussyfied boys,bitchie girls,ooh-ooh Party Whores on drugs,”I-shop;therefore i am” idiots doing everything tv tells them.
      Communism was and is the “hotel california” of all ideologies = you can check out any time you like,but you can never leave.
      Were communists aware that their system won’t be accepted by the people??
      100%!! That”s why they knew that they had to fight conter-revolutions from the beginning and force people to stay in their countries.
      The rest of his comment is just as good.
      Also see:

  32. Some Old Guy says:

    In re Russia leverage, I would think/hope that leverage would be applied to try and isolate Iran as well. All in all, this provides a lot to chew on. Thanks!

  33. G. Combs says:

    On LNG
    My farm is sitting on a Natural Gas gold mine. So is much of North Carolina. THIS IS WHY North Carolina HAD to have a Democrat for a governor. To STOP NC LNG export.
    This is the Triassic Basin Natural Gas bearing shale in North Carolina.
    This map of the USA does not show the Triassic Basin running through the piedmont (middle) of North Carolina.
    Deep sea TANKER ports (green) (Click to enlarge) A small tanker port at Moorehead City N.C. and a medium size port in Wilmington N.C. These ports are between 150 to 200 miles from the Triassic Basin through nice easy terrain. No mountains. Heck, barely any rocks! Great for building a pipeline.

  34. mikebrezzze says:

    Trump is making obama look like “Ned and the first reader”! Did obama use his big pencil he got one the first grade to doodle on his feaux executive orders?

  35. CharterOakie says:

    Sundance — excellent, as usual. You briefly mentioned a key point that I have been thinking about: the Chinese Old Guard. Absolutely essential.
    Trump may have developed a good rapport with Xi, but that’s not enough. So a bit of “fire and fury,” India, and 301 to get the attention of the entire ChiCom system. Good. Leverage wherever possible.

  36. I posted this comment over in “That Didn’t Take Long,” but I’ll post it again here:
    If President Trump succeeds in leveraging economics to not only restore America’s greatness, but also to short-circuit the various “powder kegs” that his predecessor left lying around (including the powder kegs on America’s own streets), then he will have succeeded in accomplishing something that hasn’t happened in 582+ years of Anglo-centric history . . . leading a nation through a Crisis Turning without an accompanying “hot war.” (To be fair, a trade war that never deteriorates into a military war is still a state of war, according to the legal definition of war, but without the accompanying mass destruction and bloodshed.)
    I wrote about this, at some length, just over a year ago ( I stand by my assertion that, according to the Strauss-Howe Generational Model, the organic excrement will make physical contact with the air current distribution machine circa 2019, give or take a couple of years. And yes, I’m well aware that we’re now on the leading edge of that plus-or-minus window. However, I’m also well aware that, if anyone can accomplish something heretofore not done once in our cultural history, then it is most certainly President Trump who can do it.

    • missmarple2 says:

      I wondered if anyone would bring up The Fourth Turning. I read that book several years ago and in fact, it’s one of the few books I kept when I moved in with my daughter.
      I would not be surprised if the President has read it. He seems very prescient on a lot of events, doesn’t he?
      I agree with you. If anyone can do it, he can.

      • Please read the opinion piece that I linked in my comment. I discuss the Generation Model in much more detail in that article.

        • missmarple2 says:

          I just finished it. I am going to recommend it to several people.
          I am interested in your indication that Pence (since he was selected according to one of your 3 choices) is being trained as a likely successor. Mike Pence was my governor and I wasn’t that fond of him, because he had a habit of playing to the evangelicals and exhibiting a tin ear to how it would sound to other groups. I was dumbfounded when he was chosen as VP.
          Pence is a cautious man and also one of integrity. He would not have signed on without getting a detailed explanation of how President Trump intended to fix things. He also was well aware of the corruption in Congress and removed himself from the House when he came home to run for governor. Friends and I have commented on how he has been transformed into something better than we ever expected.
          What has struck me over the last year is that he has stuck with President Trump through thick and thin (even the Pussygate tapes). He has been given a great deal of responsibility (like the Latin American trip he just completed). And he seems to be with President Trump at a lot of important meetings. I think you are correct in that he is being trained in both the Art of the Deal (international version) and how to spot problems on the horizon.

          • Thank you for the read. Please feel free to comment on that article (as I’d like something there other than one of RightMichigan’s resident concern trools).

          • Judith says:

            Thank you for your informed perspective regarding the character of VP Pence. One reason I regard him with suspicion is my distrust of people who use religion as camouflage. They come off as insincere. I also wonder why the globalists and their media hounds never attack him vociferously as they do everyone else in the Trump administration. I don’t completely trust Pence, who is thick as thieves with GOPe like Paul Ryan, but I truly hope I am wrong about his intentions.

    • MfM says:

      No one on the left is giving Trump any credit for getting NK to calm down a bit. For two weeks much of what I read and heard (that wasn’t race, race race) was how Trump was leading us into a nuclear war with NK that would spread to China and Russia.
      I agree with you that if anyone can accomplish all these goals it’s Pres. Trump. He doesn’t have a personal agenda… his agenda is America. Make America Great Again is a catch slogan but at the heart of that is his love of his country and wanting it to survive and be strong again. You look at the men and women he’s surrounded himself with in the cabinet. All are movers and shakers mostly towards the end of their careers (or lives) they are already wealthy and powerful. They are used to playing for large stakes and are doing now for the country not for themselves or their company.
      The left will never be happy. The joke that if Trump cured cancer they would complain that he put chemotherapy experts out of business is true.

  37. MfM says:

    Those “massive” shipments of coal and LNG to the UK, France,Ireland and other countries, are massive to those countries, but only a drop in the bucket to our production. To me that’s what makes them wonderful negotiating tools.

  38. Paco Loco says:

    A trip down memory lane and the faulty Obama Pacific Centuty TPP policy. Can you believe that Obamas TPP didn’t include China! ..
    Note the third paragraph from the end that suggests a strong national economy should be our main focus.

  39. unconqueredone says:

    President Trump is actively doing more to stabilize and create world peace than the pretender who received the Nobel Peace Prize and then spent 8 years with his feet on the desk of the Oval Office while the world fell apart.

  40. carrierh says:

    And now you know why Congress members are desperate because Trump is a fantastic strategist (wouldn’t want to play bridge or chest or even poker with him because you will lose), from his business building in other countries, he also has the knack to befriend them even if they are not friends, he knows how to build relationships unknown to anyone I can think of in our history as America, and he always amazes everyone who think they have pegged him and to their regret they find he has pegged them! Reminds me of our deceased Pope John 23, carry a big stick but walk softly. Finally, an honest man taking and making America great while all politicians hate him because he is NOT a politician and one of them. This is also why WE have to drain the Congress swamp and we will see a lot of them running for cover as their treasonous acts become known and seen. Soros and other evil elites will soon be put out to pasture and that frightens them as well. Trump’s mind is an amazing instrument for America and the world as it will also cool down a lot of intrigue, wars as well! Our prayers must continue daily for Trump and MAGA because it is a well-oiled machine trying to do us and our President in. I also approve of Ivanka and her children learning Chinese because in CA it is also a taught language in many schools. Apart from the governments abroad and formerly here, China has friendly people who have or are learning English, they work hard, they save money and they, too, like the good life. We have good Chinese friends there and little by little real freedom is growing there, thank God. Trump gets what he and we want and need, but does it with thinking, planning, offerings, and above all as a great strategist and business man and as always I say, thank you God for hearing our prayers and protect this Trump gift to America.

  41. Travis McGee says:

    The fact that the US has transitioned into an energy exporter rather than importer is going to catch most people by surprise when the word finally gets out and the press can’t cover it up. MAGA

  42. helix35 says:

    You read this stuff, the chronicles of a great man, a man whose foresight and vision will make not only America a better place, but the entire world a better place– and then you juxtapose that with the stupid, idiotic nonsense put forth by these cretins in the media day after day, and you think you’re living in a crazy place, where good judgment and reason have taken a permanent holiday. Up is down, black is white, good is evil, wrong is right–you hope beyond hope that the insane media narratives will just collapse under the weight of their own inanity. But they won’t—too much money and too many powerful interests at stake. We live in interesting times.

  43. n1ghtcr4wler says:

    this is so cool to watch. at the same time it makes me angry how disgusting the media and polticians around the world are to attack Trump as stupid and crazy

  44. jeans2nd says:

    And, right on cue, China ramps up the SJW pressure to take pity on DPRK and make China the good guy..
    “Sharp rise in Chinese food exports to North Korea as starving nation leans heavily on its only ally
    Isolated state bringing in more basic supplies from neighbour despite latest round of UN sanctions”
    (Ignore that part that says China is breaking the U.N. agreement which they agreed to enforce.)
    This will not work China. But thanks for playing.

  45. i'm just sayin'.. says:

    Dennis Rodman the future first U.S. Ambassador to NK? 🙂

  46. Swedishmeatball says:

    Love this analysis SD! I am in Southern Cali and I have recently noticed alot of trains hauling coal. I have not seen that in quite sometime, which tells me our economy is on it’s way to Ludicrous Speed!!

  47. Long term means that from now on China “is” NK’s puppet master. Any barking by NK and China is responsible. Got it.

  48. Bert Darrell says:

    If SD’s predictions RE a meeting of PDJT with the NorKo fat kid and other ASEAN personalities, it’ll prove that PDJT learned the “don’t let a crisis go to waste” approach when or before it became popular in the infamous Obama years to slip through nefarious actions.
    While the MSM was incessantly beating the Charlottesville fake news drums, he was negotiating key future meetings with friends and foes. I wonder if he has a waiting list so he can advance MAGA goals as the fake media unwittingly helps out.

    • carrierh says:

      Not hearing anything more from all the naysayers, are we? Embarrassed? Probably not but angry as can be that they did not forecast anything of value except their dislike/hate of a great leader. Sorry, you all, but you lost big time and didn’t have a clue or information why he WOULD WIN. We did and we voted for him.

    • Founding Fathers Fan says:

      Aren’t these the same people who believe in ‘global warming’? I have some tropical islands to sell you in the Arctic Circle.

      • tsforex says:

        Wow. Those islands didnt sink yet? Becareful make sure you balance the amount of people on each side. Dont want them to flip over. Makes for ugly landscaping!

    • kaste668 says:

      Some one should post the one of all these people the night he won. The only way they could all be that sure, was they knew the Dems had rigged the system. What they did not count on was the American People and GOD. Trump was never a joke. They tried to make him one, and they believed their own press and their own polls.

  49. alligatriot says:

    Thank you for another session in my “continuing education” studies of “How The World Works”!
    Your articles and insight, Sundance, spur me to do further research and as an added bonus, the folks who comment here have additional knowledge, perspective and experience to contribute!
    Mondays certainly look good when you survey the future with just a bit of positive information.
    “Breakfast in the Treehouse is the most important meal of the day!”

    • auntiefran413 says:

      I wish I could like this 100 times! It’s co very, very true. My gratitude to Sundance! I’m a political slow learner, but you’re bringing me up to speed.

  50. yy4u says:

    Interesting analysis.
    The definition of insanity is to keep doing what you’ve been doing but expecting different results.
    Paying off NK under the table while rattling sabres has achieved nothing. Why not try something different. Maybe it’s as simple as Kim Jong-un just wants “respect”. We see this all the time. Nations and people pretending to respect ridiculous people and countries just to keep them from doing something stupid. Why not try?

    • wolfmoon1776 says:

      Just be careful, is all I have to say. Nothing prevents North Korchina from adopting a new strategy of lies and deceit. One thing I say – NO SECRET DEALS. That is how they keep the “cheatables” out of view of people who are not easily fooled by the bad guys.
      Cheatin’ ChiComs. Repeat 1000 times.

    • n1ghtcr4wler says:

      this worked with Gaddafi and look how Clinton and Sarkozy killed him. kim doesnt want to end up like him by giving up nuclear weapons

  51. winky says:

    With all these untapped resources that will make our country powerful and rich, I am sure that the the Clintons and Obama were lusting to control all of it while they sold our country out to enrich themselves…..lock the up.

  52. If President Trump does have a “face to face” with Kim Jong Un, “unprecedented” physical security measures should be in place. The NORK leader is just goofy enough to try and use the occasion to assassinate Trump. I wouldn’t put anything past the goofy little bastard.

  53. Lunatic Fringe, Phd. [undocumented] says:

    Glad to read that there may be a peaceful solution on this. I’ve mentioned before that if NoKo has such a badass military we should use them to our advantage to clear the sand people. Treaties and subcontractors, not wars!

  54. palafox says:

    Shouldn’t the understood agreement — for each of those countries listed — be to meet in Helsinki or Cape Town or somewhere far, far away from Pyongyang, and arrest J-U Kim as soon as he steps off the plane?

  55. psadie says:

    Okay sounds good but PTrump should send Sec. Mattis ahead of his meeting so he can smooth the way…
    “I come in peace. I didn’t bring artillery. But I’m pleading with you, with tears in my eyes: If you f**k with me, I’ll kill you all.” General James Mattis
    Hey North Korea are we perfectly clear on that???

  56. MfM says:

    I’m so grateful to Pres. Obama and Pres. Clinton and the ones in between. Why?
    If they has established these international relationships Trump wouldn’t be able to use them for bargaining chips!

  57. M33 says:

    There’s an old Vulcan proverb:
    “Only Trump could go to North Korea.”

  58. David R. Graham says:

    USA faces West, so China/Korea/Japan are West Asia to us. MacArthur was first to bring that reality to my attention. Sundance’s reasoning here springs from taking China/etc. in that perspective and I think it is accurate. It is certainly American. And if this is what POTUS Trump is doing, then he also sees China/etc. as West Asia, much to everyone’s benefit. USA is a Pacific nation, not an Atlantic one, or, only secondarily an Atlantic nation.
    The India connection I am particularly strong about. USA, India, Russia, three brothers regulating the next several centuries:

  59. scott467 says:

    “As we have outlined extensively, President Trump holds all of the cards in this economic and trade standoff. The U.S. is China’s customer and there’s a $350 billion trade deficit.”
    And the customer is always right!
    Or at least that’s what it says in the history books, and in old movies from before my time. Never actually seen that perspective myself… but I can dream!

  60. shannynae says:

    I just have to say this…..first of all, yes, this is coming from an emotional point of view rather than intellectual and yes, I am sick of war and sick of the loss of life of our beloved soldiers. That said, a part of me was hoping that Kim Jung Un would be wiped from the planet along with his military. I want the NK people to wakeup one morning and not be fearful, I want them to have food for them and their children, I want the 200,000 plus people that are held in gulags released from their hell. I fear that solving this real crisis through sanctions and talks and using China does not free the country nor help these people in any way. Am I wrong? One last thought, yes, I know that many innocents would have to die to free this country and yes that bothers me.

  61. scott467 says:

    “However, President Trump cannot be completely open with the strategy because part of the long-term plan is to allow China to save face by giving up North Korea’s nuclear ambitions. It would be against Trump’s interests if the entire global and geopolitical community understood what was happening.”
    But they — the entire global and geopolitical community — they DO know, don’t they?
    I mean, everyone who is interested enough to care?
    The Chinese certainly must have figured out what DJT is doing. The Indians and Japanese and South Koreans have probably been informed by DJT personally what he is doing, and if not, they can certainly see what Sundance sees. They have lots of people in government who are paid to watch these things closely and figure them out. And if they can’t, then they can read it here, lol!
    And if people like Sarah Palin and Lou Dobbs read CTH, then the whole news media and everyone in the U.S. political-class with a stake in the outcome must ‘know’ what DJT is doing, because… people talk. They certainly have access to CTH, and CTH readers post links back to CTH articles all over the Interwebs. It may be a small footprint in the greater scheme of things, but everybody here found it… that’s why we’re here.
    So there must be a lot of people who ‘know’. And if that is the case, then what we’re really talking about, with regard to giving China an opportunity to ‘save face’, is that everyone who ‘knows’ what DJT is doing just aren’t talking about it publicly in political speeches or to the world at large via corporate propaganda megaphones, i.e., on the official multinational globalist consortium ‘news’ outlets.
    Which means the whole thing is a charade, to ‘hide’ reality from the general public who, for the most part, wouldn’t (and don’t) even care.
    The Chinese have to know what DJT is doing. So does everyone else in ‘diplomatic world’, and lots of people in ‘news’ media, and lots of regular people (e.g., us). Which essentially means that everybody who is interested enough to care already knows that China’s ‘face saving’ is not only gracious of DJT, but also part of the plan.
    But then there’s this: it’s one thing to discreetly help someone to ‘save face’, but if everybody (who has any interest) already knows that’s what is going on, then what’s the point?
    What ‘face’ is actually being ‘saved’?
    The general public is busy living their lives or watching Kardashians, they don’t care. And everybody who DOES care already knows. So what’s the point of the whole elaborate peacock dance?
    And besides all that… why does China care what anyone thinks?
    They don’t care what anyone thinks when they build islands to expand their military presence.
    They don’t care about ‘saving face’ when they arrest political prisoners or engage in all kinds of human rights abuses. So why do they care about ‘saving face’ over the Nork’s nukes?
    It’s sorta like a Mafia leader being concerned about proper etiquette at a dinner party. Everybody in the room knows who he is and what he does, and he knows they all know — if they didn’t, then he wouldn’t have the power of fear over them, and that’s half the fun of being a Mafia boss.
    So why does Mr. Mafia care if anybody sees him eat his steak with a salad fork?

    • svenwg says:

      The Chinese concept of “Face” is completely different to the Western outlook of being let off the hook gently. It means everything to them to maintain Face, they would rather kill themselves to avoid ‘losing face’ amongst their people firstly and the world secondary!!!

  62. Farmon says:

    Havent been on here in a long time. I’m SO grateful for these insights. SD obviously has a very keen sense of PDJT, and the MAGAnomics. Wow, need an intern? (and to think I’ve already had one career). One thing that this kind of winning gets me thinking more about though is entrepreneurship. Love getting our economic engine running again!!

  63. MrE says:

    Sundance, I sincerely hope Jinping & Co don’t read here. 🙂

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