Big Optical Shift – Unprecedented New Year Speech by North Korean Chairman Kim Jong-un…

Yesterday we noted how subtle (and not so subtle) messages have been coming out from Beijing China admitting how the party of Chairman Xi underestimated the cunning fortitude of U.S. President Donald Trump.   Today, a stunning visual is broadcast from inside North Korea which follows the same general outlook.

Remember, nuance and subtle optics are very significant in Eastern projections of political brand messaging.  When they present a nationally broadcast message every grain of sand on the optical beach has been thought out, considered, staged and carefully placed by hand with great forethought toward the intended audience. The optics are everything. [That’s also the reason why POTUS Trump used a video presentation (specifically for Kim) at the end of the Singapore summit.]

In an unprecedented international broadcast, North Korea’s Kim Jong-un delivers a message not just to his people, but more specifically to the international community.  The backdrop, the venue for the message as broadcast, reflects a stunning shift for the country of North Korea.  Notice the background message is ‘economic‘: Business attire; business office etc.  The guiding hand of Chairman Xi is visible, and the transmission is full of messages highlighting the influence of the Trump Doctrine.


It is critical to remember that Chairman Xi (Beijing China), is still the leading influence agent over Chairman Kim (DPRK). That nuanced/subtle (hostage/captive) influence message is also inherent in the background of this broadcast. As the U.S. -vs- China confrontation continues, this video message provides additional support that Chinese Chairman Xi Jinping is no longer underestimating the cunning of POTUS Trump.

Discussions of these geopolitical messages need to be entirely separated from the propaganda explanations provided by U.S. media.  U.S. corporate media, advocates for extreme globalism, spin everything into a criticism of President Trump; however, the message here from Kim Jong-un is far more consequential.

Chairman Kim is talking about security issues, denuclearization, weapons, military exercises etc.  However, the bigger background message is centered specifically on the economics.   Broadly speaking President Trump’s doctrine is: the strategically applied use of economic influence to achieve national security objectives.

That Trump Doctrine, a radical shift in the deployment of U.S. geopolitical influence, is the entire reason why Chairman Kim Jong-un is engaging this speech; in this venue; in this business manner; for this domestic and international broadcast.

Remember also, the clock is ticking…. the deadline for U.S. and China trade negotiations is March 1st, OR ELSE, a massive round of devastating (for China) tariffs kicks in and almost everyone agrees the Chinese economy cannot sustain itself under that pressure.  So Chairman Xi needs to use his hostage, Chairman Kim, in this negotiation period.

[*Important point*: South Korean President Moon Jae-in, the primary point of contact for Chairman Kim, is ideologically the Asian political equivalent of Barack Obama. So that interpersonal dynamic also overlays the issues with a unified Korean peninsula.]

The full video as originally broadcast from North Korea is even more insightful.


The influence of the Trump Doctrine is clearly on display.

Things are really going at a rapid pace now….

Peace is the prize” ~ President Donald Trump

The nature of the Trump foreign policy doctrine, as it has become visible, is to hold manipulative influence agents accountable for regional impact(s); and simultaneously work to stop any corrupted influence from oppressing free expression of national values held by the subservient, dis-empowered, people within the nation being influenced.

There have been clear examples of this doctrine at work. When President Trump first visited the Middle-East he confronted the international audience with a message about dealing with extremist influence agents. President Trump simply said: “drive them out.”

Toward that end, as Qatar was identified as a financier of extremist ideology, President Trump placed the goal of confrontation upon the Gulf Cooperation Council, not the U.S.

The U.S. role was clearly outlined as supporting the confrontation. Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates needed to confront the toxic regional influence; the U.S. would support their objective. That’s what happened.

Another example: To confront the extremism creating the turmoil in Afghanistan, President Trump placed the burden of bringing the Taliban to the table of governance upon primary influence agent Pakistan. Here again, with U.S. support. Pakistan is the leading influence agent over the Taliban in Afghanistan; the Trump administration correctly established the responsibility and gives clear expectations for U.S. support.

If Pakistan doesn’t change their influence objective toward a more constructive alignment with a nationally representative Afghanistan government, it is Pakistan who will be held accountable. Again, the correct and effective appropriation of responsibility upon the influence agent who can initiate the solution, Pakistan.

The process of accurate regional assignment of influence comes with disconcerting sunlight. Often these influences are not discussed openly. However, for President Trump the lack of honesty is only a crutch to continue enabling poor actors. This is a consistent theme throughout all of President Trump’s foreign policy engagements.

The European Union is a collective co-dependent enabler to the corrupt influences of Iran. Therefore the assignment of responsibility to change the status is placed upon the EU.

The U.S. will fully support the EU effort, but as seen in the withdrawal from the Iran Deal, the U.S. will not enable growth of toxic behavior. The U.S. stands with the people of Iran, but the U.S. will not support the enabling of Iranian oppression, terrorism and/or dangerous military expansion that will ultimately destabilize the region. Trump holds the EU accountable for influencing change. Again, we see the Trump Doctrine at work.

Perhaps the most obvious application of the Trump Doctrine is found in how the U.S. administration approached the challenging behavior of North Korea. Rather than continuing a decades-long policy of ignoring the influence of China, President Trump directly assigned primary responsibility for a reset to Beijing.

China held, and holds, all influence upon North Korea and has long-treated the DPRK as a proxy province to do the bidding of Beijing’s communist old guard. By directly confronting the influence agent, and admitting openly for the world to see (albeit with jaw-dropping tactical sanction diplomacy) President Trump positioned the U.S. to support a peace objective on the entire Korean peninsula and simultaneously forced China to openly display their closely-guarded influence.

While the Red Dragon -vs- Panda influence dynamic is still ongoing, the benefit of this new and strategic approach has brought the possibility of peace closer than ever in recent history.

No longer is it outlandish to think of North Korea joining with the rest of the world in achieving a better quality of life for its people.

Not only is President Trump openly sharing a willingness to engage in a new and dynamic future for North Korea, but his approach is removing the toxic influences that have held down the possibility for generations. By leveraging China (through economics) to stop manipulating North Korea, President Trump is opening up a door of possibilities for the North Korean people. This is what I mean when I say Trump is providing North Korea with an opportunity to create an authentic version of itself.

What ultimately comes from the opportunity President Trump has constructed is entirely unknown. However, the opportunity itself is stunning progress creating a reasonable pathway to prosperity for the North Korean people. Chairman Kim Jong-un has the opportunity to be the most trans-formative leader within Asia in generations; but it is still only an ‘opportunity’.

Whether Kim Jong-un can embrace openness, free markets and prosperity is yet to be seen. Freedom is a precariously scary endeavor because there’s always a danger loosening the grip on control can lead to fear, which can lead to even tighter more authoritarian, control.  (continue reading)

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184 Responses to Big Optical Shift – Unprecedented New Year Speech by North Korean Chairman Kim Jong-un…

  1. sundance says:

    Liked by 35 people

    • Marc says:

      I’d love to see local prices under $1.50 before summer. Currently, my area is about $1.90 for regular. Thanks, President Trump.

      Liked by 10 people

      • Jake says:

        I saw gas for $1.719 in Denton Texas. That’s the lowest I’ve seen but many places are below $1.80…

        Liked by 4 people

      • sickconservative says:

        As much as I like low gas prices we have to remember that to low creates its own problems.

        Liked by 2 people

        • Jerry Joe says:

          Oil industry getting out in front of it’s coming war with electric?


        • Marc says:

          True, but the affordable oil price is much more a positive than a negative. Yes, it means oil jobs will decline over time and the pay will be stymied but it was on an artificial high due to OPEC and the oil boom a few years back. Stock price dips are what they are, dips. Normalization will occur with time, no matter the price of the barrel if we let the free market actually work.

          Main Street USA needs the cheap gas, heating oil, diesel, and electric bills more than oil companies and Wall St. need $100 barrels.

          Liked by 8 people

          • Jerry Joe says:

            Marc, you and I are on the same page. I love the internal combustion engine and low fuel prices. The electric drivetrain, which is gaining momentum, has fewer parts and maintenance. I see it as job availability. Our automobile manufacturing history of the 1950’s and 1960’s and its coordination of the human workforce is more than amazing in retrospect and given little recognition outside of its aficionados. Low oil price is a win-win for our workforce.

            Liked by 4 people

          • thegoosefish says:

            Isn’t the United States the leading oil producer in the world now? Must be why the Dallas fed dropped its business forecast the other day. Low oil prices hurt us also.

            Liked by 1 person

            • rah says:

              Yes, and Texas alone is now producing more oil than Russia. It is not just China that see’s it’s self being backed into a corner, Putin is on a bubble too.

              Liked by 2 people

            • Marc says:

              Hurt us in what ways? The Saudis and Russians produce a ton of oil and it only hurts them because they’re totally reliant on crude sales. The US has many other industries to hedge itself against market forces. It’s a net good to have cheap oil.


          • Will Hunt says:

            Rarely, if ever, in any human, economic, political development or event does everyone benefit yet we still seem to expect zero downside impact from everything. Its akin to demanding that a chemical engineer design a reaction that goes 100% – doesn’t happen – ever.


        • EVERY price shift creates problems for some. It’s fantasy land to think that low prices are bad for the economy. They may hurt oil producers a little but there are about 200 million adult consumers in the US that get a raise each time the price of gasoline drops.

          One other thing you won’t see on CNBS or the BullSteeet Journal: The cost of crude oil per barrel in Saudi Arabia at the head (the hose connected to the tanker) is under $2.00/BBL! Assuming the metrics are about the same in the US just how hard is the Big Oil balance sheet and income statement hurt by a 20% drop in the price of crude????

          Don’t think for one second that the globalists aren’t in the oil business. They ARE! And we all know that the media who chortles all this BS about “low oil prices: bad” are the mouth pieces for the Multinationals/Globalists.

          Bring on the cheap oil! It’s GREAT for the Country Classes- you know the people who pay all the bills in this country, who keep everything running smoothly, and create new wealth by their efforts and ingenuity.


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      • Where do you live? Here, lowest I have seen is around $2.27 but mostly around $2.47..Western NC,,,we gave a gas tax.

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      • donna kovacevic says:

        In Ontario the gas is anywhere between .98c and $1.14 a liter.


      • TreeClimber says:

        Charleston SC, average is about $1.80-$1.85.


      • faridrushdi says:

        I paid 45 cents a gallon my senior year in high school, 1974. In today’s dollars it would cost $2.27, so today’s amount is fine with me. Five years later it was $1.25/gallon ($3.77 today) and man that hurt.

        I remember OPEC cutting oil production right after the U.S. supported Israel in the Yom Kippur war in 1973. It was just the next year and prices started to skyrocket. I always thought Nixon should have made some behind-the-scenes threat to our friends in the Middle East, though I’m guessing the Soviet’s influence there at the time probably tempered his anger. Of course, he might have had his mind on other things …

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        • Great post Faridrushdi! I think that whole “oil crisis” was BS. The USA was then and is still the largest holder of Crude reserves. We have the most refining capacity on the planet- then and now, so B! S!

          I also believe Nixon was a globalist. Remember his passion to get Communist China manufacturing goods? How’d that work out for us? Gee thanks Tricky Dick. It follows that a globalist president would participate in a plan to destabilize the US.

          Think of all the crap we deal with today thanks to the “oil crisis”. CAFE, EPA, Environmentalist laws, insane inflation, Jimmy carter telling us to not put up Christmas Lights, the BS little jokes they call automobiles these days, the destruction of American Pride, the downsizing of dang near everything!

          I have a fully restored 1971 ElDorado Convertible in my garage- 19 feet long, massive engine and frame, long sleek and elegant with lots of power. When I pull up next to a modern sedan they look like little clown cars. Young people ask me “Why did they build them so big?” I tell them “Because we could!” By 1977 we had Granadas, Pacers, Vegas.and Volares. Straight crap. I can’t begin to imagine how much we as a Nation and as a People lost thanks to the favorite trope of all leftists: “Scarcity! Conserve! Downsize! We’re running out of EVERYTHING!!” One other thing: The “oil crisis” brought Japan to our shores with their little roller skates. That was the beginning of the end for US Automobile dominance. Sad, sad SAD!


      • kiskiminetas says:

        Ours gas in Chattanooga is around $1.74. When I first came down here in the mid 90’s got gas for $1.18 across the state line in Georgia.


      • MattyIce says:

        I was ecstatic to get gas for $3.13/gallon in Commiefornia yesterday.

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    • Terrific opening thread for the New Year, Sundance.

      Beautiful illustrations of President Trump’s geopolitical strategy in action, tapping the potential to produce the most consequential global realignment for GOOD in the history of the world.

      Liked by 18 people

    • Now why would this be your first comment on this thread, Sundance?

      Wouldn’t have anything to do with bringing Russia to its economic knees, would it?

      Which would trigger Putin to
      • OWN a CONSTRUCTIVE “Syria Solution”,
      • STOP attempts to Militarily Intimidate and Energy-Extort our Eastern European Allies,
      … and reap the Energy-Profits upside when Putin decides to
      • JOIN a complete Energy Blockade of Iran that will remove its 2 MM BPD of oil exports from the market that Russia can join OPEC to replace.

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      • Voltaire says:


        Nice opinion on a way of bringing Russia to the right side of the Iran negotiations!

        Liked by 4 people

      • Ghost says:


        Exactly, there are two countries targeted with the lower oil prices. Iran and Russia. Oil may continue to fall , or remain low until both leave the middle east to the auspices of the gulf coast allies. Regional solution doesn’t include either one unless you count there fall or withdrawal.

        Putin was around when this was done in the 80’s, oil fell from the $40.00 to around $10.00 a barrel. good bye U.S.S.R., The gulf states have deeper pockets.

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    • Green Gas says:

      Thank you kashoggi, after he got it gas went straight down , Trump put there feet in the fire .
      Dec 31 2018 2.35.
      Dec. 24, 2018 2.413
      Dec. 17, 2018 2.46
      Dec. 10, 2018 2.511
      Dec. 3, 2018 2.544
      Nov. 26, 2018 2.63
      Nov. 19, 2018 2.70
      Nov. 12, 2018 2.773
      Nov. 5, 2018 2.84
      Oct. 29, 2018 2.896
      Oct. 22, 2018 2.925
      Oct. 15, 2018 2.961
      Oct. 8, 2018 2.984
      Oct. 1, 2018 2.947
      Sept. 24, 2018 2.923
      Sept. 17, 2018 2.921
      Sept. 10, 2018 2.912
      Sept. 3, 2018 2.903
      Aug. 27, 2018 2.906
      Aug. 20, 2018 2.90
      Aug. 13, 2018 2.921
      Aug. 6, 2018 2.93
      July 30, 2018 2.924
      July 23, 2018 2.911
      July 16, 2018 2.94

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    • McGuffin says:

      Gas is $1.71 today in my town , East of Dallas.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Low energy prices bring low cost of goods including food, low inflation, and a higher quality of life. That alone is enough to make the UniParty cause Romney to attack Trump.


  2. amwick says:

    So, simple minded person that I am,, I noticed his business suit right off, not the uniform that he used to wear. To me that is a good sign…

    Liked by 30 people

    • TMonroe says:

      And the ‘oh, hi there” camera from an office

      Liked by 13 people

      • WSB says:

        I was shocked looking at this ‘set’ this morning. Then had hosting efforts for the day.

        PS, SD, thank you for clarifying what we are seeing. And your analysis on the events taking place.

        The office looks pretty new. Not sure what the fake fireplace is. What is that racetrack recess for? Does anyone have a hi-def photo to review the ‘books’ on the shelves?

        That Pyongyang Micky D’s franchise is looking Better and better, Kim.

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    • ladypenquin says:

      I caught SD’s tweet about the optics, and then came to the article. That optics change is Very Significant. Beautiful. Almost like emulating VSG POTUS. 🙂

      Kim is communicating overtly and covertly – his people are paying attention, and more importantly, so is our President.

      If North Korea denuclearizes, and joins the 21st century, POTUS does deserve the Noble Peace Prize, but the fake peaceniks will avoid giving it to him. Why did Obama get the prize? Because they saw his election as a sign the U.S. was going to succumb to their fascist new world order.

      Liked by 25 people

      • Kristin says:

        The Noble Peace Prize has lost all its meaning, certainly after Obama.
        President Trump is right: Peace is the prize to covet.
        He does not need to make that Scandinavian trip.

        Liked by 22 people

        • ladypenquin says:

          IF he does win it, I hope he simply tells them to send it over, he’s too busy saving his country to make the trip.

          Liked by 19 people

          • Peoria Jones says:

            That would be epic – especially if he notified those commies via tweet!

            Liked by 17 people

            • Dutchman says:

              Frankly, I’d like him to tell them to
              “Stick it, where the Sun don’t shine”
              (In typical N.Y.’er fashiin), he’s too busy working on lasting Peace in the rest of the,World to attend the ceremony, but he’ll send John Bolton to pisck it up for him!

              IF, and its a BIG “IF”, he actually ‘conquers’ China, he could be responsible for liberating more people
              (Population of China and Nork) than anyone in History.

              Help me out, Grandma cofeve, please?
              “BLESSED are the Peacemakers, for,….”
              Can’t remember the rest!

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        • Monadnock says:

          Agree completely – awarding the Nobel to Obama stripped it of any value – if they award it to PDJT, I can’t decide if I’d expect him to be gracious and accept it, or if I’d expect him to tell those Leftists that the emperor is naked and thanks, but no thanks.

          (If it was me, I’d reject it, but then I’m not the gentleman that POTUS is. Good thing he’s in the big chair and NOT me.)

          Liked by 4 people

        • Dee Paul Deje says:

          but but but Trump’s going to start a nuclear war on Twitter by calling him Rocketman.

          Liked by 1 person

        • Yy4u says:

          The Nobel means nothing. They give ot to the Marxist with the Mostest. VSGPDJT doesnt qualify. Once Barack Obama won it, it became meaningless.

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      • WES says:

        Lady: Yes it was his reward for embracing never ending war!

        Liked by 2 people

      • Michael Todaro says:

        The huge thing no one talks about is Kim’s burning desire to be a welcome guest at Mar a Lago. Swiss educated, multilingual, he probably feels kinship with Melania, Donald too. It’s the ultimate feather in a world leader’s cap. Watch the Mexican and Brazilian presidents also. Globalists need not apply. Italy, Hungary, Poland…all good ! MAGA/KAG ! Happy New Year 🍹😎

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      • Newton Love says:

        > “… POTUS does deserve the Noble Peace Prize, but the fake peaceniks will avoid giving it to him. …”

        The Noodle Piece Prise will be given to Little Kimchie, without a mention of PDJT’s name.

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      • CNN_sucks says:

        Not surprise if anti trump wants to sbotage PDJT. These people are evil, ruthless and dont care about the country just winning.

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    • Phil Free says:

      Kim has never let himself be seen wearing a TIE, before. An actual TIE. They’re certainly working the optics. 😀

      Liked by 17 people

    • Voltaire says:

      Baby Trump!

      I laughed my azz off when I first saw the picture yesterday.

      Incidentally, I came across an article about N. Koreans thinking of rebellion. Immediately thought of China. It was in a tabloid type online newspaper, but it fit my possible chinese-strategic-options list.

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    • Actually, what I noticed was the business suit and tie on top and very wide legged slacks (traditional style) below. I thought that was interesting; like a compromise.

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  3. Bubby says:

    Is reunification still possible, a realistic outcome of President Trump’s unprecedented foreign policy towards China and North Korea?

    Liked by 2 people

  4. The Boss says:

    Thanks for posting this article. What little I’d heard of Kim’s address from the enemy of the people – by their holiday lineup of losers – was too obviously slanted to be of any value. This was a great read.

    Liked by 11 people

  5. WES says:

    North Korea is still evading sanctions as usual but as for oil they have been forced to transfer oil from the oil tankers into smaller ships making it more inefficient and expensive to evade sanctions!

    No wonder President Trump remains unpreturbed about North Korea’s continuing sanctions cheating!

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  6. MsB says:

    It would be nice if all Americans would read this article and see how SMART Our President is with foreign policy through economic leverage. Great article! Happy New Year!

    Liked by 17 people

  7. libby says:

    When you say the south korean leader is like obama, i read to mean the South korean leader, like obama, wishes they were leader for life in total autocratic fashion like the commie leaders they adore


  8. patrickhenrycensored says:

    Liked by 22 people

    • yucki says:

      You’re great, PT!

      Liked by 6 people

    • MaineCoon says:

      A wonderful response tweet that brought to mind the “One Destiny” video President Trump gave Chairman Kim Jong-un at the Singapore Summit. The tweet re-emphasizes the video theme, “great economic potential.”.


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    • Voltaire says:

      N. Korea is a development gold mine.
      Speaking of gold mine, it has HUGE, barely tapped mineral resources.
      Paired with the South’s factories, Korea as a whole would rival Japan, and ultimately threaten China.
      And that is the rub. China is deathly afraid of invaders, for good reason.
      If Taiwan is an “unsinkable aircraft carrier”, Korea is an unstoppable Normandy invasion.

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      • Pyrthroes says:

        Our direct ancestor Hugh FitzBaldric II, an illegitimate grand-nephew of storied Baron Foulques d’Aunou (“Falcon of the Orne”), commanded d’Aunou’s troop of archers at Hastings in 1066.

        With that brutal heritage (not that the family didn’t benefit), we feel Duke William the Bastard had absolutely no business mounting his Franco-Norse invasion, and that –for all its long-term positives– Merrie England’s subsequent three-century oppression through medieval times indelibly rankles to this day.

        Democidal Invasions threaten everyone. But via Hsi Chin-p’ing [Wade-Giles for Xi Jinping], as Trump is well aware, China’s war of ethno-cultural extermination against Uighur Turkish (Islamic) peoples in the far northwestern province of Sinkiang [Xiajaing] dispels all ChiCom pretensions to benevolence in either North Korea or Taiwan.

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  9. DMWT says:

    The MSM reminded us that this is the time that Baby Kim proudly shoots off his rockets and banters about like a Proud Boy. and yet, that same Press will not be covering any of this. I love his subdued western look. This kid went to Western schools. He can’t wait for a big Mac.

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  10. thegoosefish says:

    guess we got our answer from PDJT in his tweet; he’s ready

    Liked by 6 people

    • MaineCoon says:

      China is ready too. Both NoKo and China don’t want sanctions much less the big increases slated for China in few months.

      I would not be surprised if P45 & Kim have their 2nd summit in the next 60, maybe 90, days. Moving very quickly, indeed.

      Liked by 5 people

      • Jan says:

        Good point. Any ramp-up or stricter enforcement of sanctions against NoKo costs China more money that they have to give to keep NoKo afloat. Bigger tariffs on China goods not good either.


  11. 335blues says:

    Seriously, $1.84. Then the marxist obama drove the price up over $5 per gallon trying to destroy our economy.
    The marxists will again work to destabilize America when they control the house in 2019-2020.

    Liked by 8 people

    • California Joe says:

      It’s all California state tax in the price too! I pay $3.69 for high test in South Orange County, CA.

      Liked by 3 people

    • thetrain2016 says:

      No. That $1.84 was the lowest advertised price at ONE “Welcome Barack Hussein Obama” gas station. The average in L.A. / Long Beach area where I lived back then was well over $3.00, closer to $4.00.


  12. Dan Patterson says:

    Gas prices are a reflection of market forces and government intervention – most everything has a price tag with two entries, the costs plus the government “vig”. PDJT deserves credit for forcing the governmental piece lower and improving supply, hence the lowered prices, and yes a gold star.
    But the bigger star is the PRNK diffusion from hair-trigger violence to baby-steps into a peaceful society.
    And yes, all because of PDJT.

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  13. weirdflunky says:

    Everything the President is doing hinges on the 2020 election. The “one worlders” are playing the delay game. There’s no doubt that the Chinese are debating among themselves and doing the math. Can we play the delay game until the lunatic in Washington is out of office and then back to business as usual?

    The answer to that question will determine what they do going forward. Everything else is sideshow bs.

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  14. ndanielson says:

    Peace is the prize. My goodness. That is light years beyond the flop eared Marxist. In four words it eclipses the totality of little Barry Davis’ eight years.

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  15. mikeyboo says:

    “[*Important point*: South Korean President Moon Jae-in, the primary point of contact for Chairman Kim, is ideologically the Asian political equivalent of Barack Obama. So that interpersonal dynamic also overlays the issues with a unified Korean peninsula.]”
    That is the most horrifying sentence I have read on The Treehouse. Talk about a nightmare.


    • Jake says:

      I don’t entirely believe that the US is letting Moon Jae-in be the PRIMARY point man. That might be for optics. I think everyone knows that our VSG is the Primary point man and what he says will go. Moon will follow along and take all the credit that the Donald will allow.

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  16. hoghead says:

    What must the rank-and-file citizens of PDRK be thinking as they watch this speech? Can you imagine living in that hell hole for decades of darkness and suppression, being force-fed the party boilerplate about “us” and “them” all those years, when all the sudden, THIS?

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  17. Xi and KIm seems to be so much more reasonable as well as far smarter than Chuck and Nancy. Maybe we could make some kind of trade, although I doubt either XI or Kim would give much for either one of them. But they might make some kind of further concessions if we promised not to send Chuck and Nancy to them. Or maybe XI could use Chuck and Nancy to help with the labor intensive part of maintaining their Great Wall. Or maybe Kim could put Chuck and Nancy to work planting next sesson’s crops. ‘m sure our President can work something out with them.

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  18. Doug Amos says:

    Excellent and timely. America too must overcome the fear generated by the media to seize a once in history opportunity. Decadence, brutal oppression and despair at the hands of the sewer rats or life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness if we grasp the hand of President Trump. ‘Everything you have ever wanted is on the other side of fear’ – Geo. Addair

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  19. The_Real Bob W. says:

    In both the short/subtitled and longer/voice-over-translation videos, KJU expressed a concern for DPRK sovereignty. How confusing! When PDJT expresses concern for USA sovereignty, he’s: attacked/ignored/warmongering/etc.-ad-nauseum. Are they BOTH communists? Is Mueller on the right path? And further confusing…

    …DPRK sovereignty seems to involve dismantling a wall, while USA sovereignty involves building one. If only we lived in a communist, socialistic society. Life would be SO much simpler!

    Seriously, long may PDJT’s efforts on behalf of us ‘Muricans bear fruit!!!

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  20. Zorro says:

    I hear that Beto O’Rourke and Elizabeth Warren are really good at this stuff.

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  21. Ruckus Tom says:

    I’ve always wondered if President Trump planted a seed in little Kim’s head when they first met and the President showed Kim a video of exotic beaches (in Florida) and told him “this could be yours”, or something like that. There are a lot of gamblers out there. What if little Kim got the idea that North Korea could be the Las Vegas of the far East? And don’t forget basketball … Ambassador Dennis Rodman.

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  22. trapper says:

    “a heyeday of peace, prosperity, and reunification of the Korean peninsula.”

    ”fundamentally liquidate the military-led hostility between the North and the South”

    “realize complete denuclearization [of the Korean peninsula] as clarified in the June 12 DPRK/US joint statement.”

    There it is. Re-confirmed denuclearization, changed focus to civilian business and foreign relations, and (most importantly) identified the fall guys who will take the rap for a half century of hostilities. This is a bad time to be a military general in North Korea, because it was all THE MILITARY’S fault. Chairman Kim just said so.

    And now that the designated fall guys have been decided upon (always, always, always the first order of business) everything else is full speed ahead.

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  23. Lactantius says:

    All Communist thugs adopt a uniform-for-life dress style. It stems from the Roman Emperors and then the Roman Catholic Church which has worn career gear since near its inception. The Mao jacket has given way to the Xi suit, but when the Chinese Commie leaders come together they meet in a set worthy of Wizard of Oz in its “subtle” presentation: “subtle” like the neck on a giraffe or the jaws on Moby Dick.

    Kim Jong Un of North Korea not only went to business world coat and tie, he even dumped the dictator props. That is really significant, if it prevails.

    For a long time, Kim Jong Un played the hermit dictator selling black market stuff to reprobates. Now he sees a way out of his self-made asylum in which he can trade the favor of letting others remold him in exchange for guarded esteem, international investments and a secure rice-bowl for him and his chosen ones. In my opinion, he has stumbled into a Gorbachev level epiphany.

    With or without Kim Jong Un, Chairman Xi of China has Hitler sized problems in his reach to overtake the United States economy by January 1, 2020.

    The South China Post reported: “Shanghai’s stock benchmark ended 2018 as the world’s worst market performer for a second year, falling 24.6 per cent over 12 months as an unprecedented trade war between China and the United States weighed on the Chinese economy and crimped corporate earnings.”

    “The city’s key stock index closed the year at 2,493.90, while the benchmark on the smaller Shenzhen bourse fell 33.2 per cent during the period to 1,267.87. The combined capitalization of the two exchanges fell by US$2.4 trillion to 43.3 trillion yuan (US$6.3 trillion) during the year, overtaken by Tokyo as Asia’s largest equity market.”

    In 2018, Chairman Xi’s refusal to compromise with President Trump has cost his country $2.4 trillion. For every $1 in profit Red China took in trading with the USA, it lost $6 in its net worth.

    Chairman Xi has to employ millions of new workers each year to cover the costs of Communism in an economy which is becoming every more dependent on higher standards of living. The young adults head for the ever expanding Chinese cities for a chance at rising above the level of peasant and to help support their elders in the villages. Chairman Xi can control the country population in Mao fashion, but unrest and disturbance in vast cities is another sort of challenge for any political leader.

    One early morning I awoke on a Yangtze River boat to observe a primitive sight from my stateroom window. Foot wide planks stretched from the river boat deck to a small open boat and another foot wide plank led to a step on the shore. Old, sinewy men with yokes on their shoulders were running barefoot on the planks to the boat with enormous nets of foodstuff suspended in nets from each side of the yoke. I went to investigate and those nets of food stuff weighed at least 75 pounds each.

    Chairman Xi’s reality is not anything the everyday American understands, because our “news” is as “dumb” as a deaf-mute. Our globalists have permanent short-term tunnel vision. And our pundits are dogma paralyzed. Even CTH has its own reactionary heel-nippers. The “big picture” is not impossible to see; but, a person really does have to see when he looks.

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    • G. Combs says:

      Lactantius, I always considered those aiding China in replacing the USA in any fashion as completely and utterly BONKERS!

      Trade? Fine, but to AID them in being a world military power as Clinton Did? You have to be completely nutz or very very short sighted. That goes for the Corporations too who traded short term gains to find themselves stolen blind a few years down the road.

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      • Lactantius says:

        As I opined: The globalists have permanent short-term tunnel vision.

        Look at the boy-wonder, Mark Facebook Zuckerberg. He has no more idea of his tomorrow than does the man in the moon. He has all the useful wealth a person can attain and the rest is pure wasted capital that can’t buy him a nanosecond of good. But he will turn himself inside out to win at whatever game he is playing. He has no nation, no posterity, no soul. He is a Borg of his own fluster-cluck cluster management which has taken control of him. He is the ultimate globalist. He would sell propane to the devil to ramp up the fires of hell.

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  24. Jane Smith says:

    Chairman Xi and Chairman Kim,
    both in suits,
    both giving economic New Years addresses to
    both their own people and the world.

    Prime Minister Abe, in a suit, to speed up peace talks with Russia,
    President Putin, in a suit, tells Donald Trump Moscow is open for dialogue on wide-ranging agenda.
    President Moon Jae-in, in a suit, promises “irreversible” peace on the Korean Peninsula.

    Sounds like a concerted effort for peace hopefully leading to economic prosperity.

    “Peace is the Prize”.

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  25. Another venial General attacks the President. Friends with you-know-who no doubt, who set the stage. Just like Mueller and Comey. SOB’s.

    General McChrystal on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday, said President Trump is dishonest and immoral. — — And this while the President is trying to bring peace to the world! Imagine if Kim hears this! (President Trump is dishonest? This means I can’t make a deal with him! – Chairman Kim)

    “General” McChrystal got fired like a dog by Obama. Last assignment a total bust. Known for big, dumb mouth. Hillary lover!”
    – President Trump tweeted

    These Generals, these scums, are going to war against our President. Those who have wished to remain aloof and above it all, will soon have to choose sides.

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  26. 4EDouglas says:

    To the NeoCons and NeoComms(Dems ) alike this is an unmitigated disaster.
    The “Oceania is always at war with East Asia” crowd must be crying quietly in their beer.
    Next the Mullaocracy in Iran..

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  27. Spectre says:

    What they thought would be happening in early 2019:

    – Trump “creating chaos” meme gains momentum w government shut down
    – Stock market takes another leg down

    What President Trump is going to hit them with:

    – Major break though in China/US Trade talks
    – North Korea gives up nukes or significant progress is made to that end
    – Stock market returns to prior highs or close to it (10-15% lift from here)
    – Heads explode all over Washington Establishment and within US Financial Media
    – Dems look petty and pathetic, while PDJT takes the high road

    Really hopeful reading your post, Sundance.

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  28. CorwinAmber says:

    excellent analysis Sundance, but I won’t believe that peace is possible until Kim delivers an address from his kitchen via a cellphone…but hey, that’s just me

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  29. Curry Worsham says:

    “When they present a nationally broadcast message every grain of sand on the optical beach has been thought out, considered, staged and carefully placed by hand with great forethought toward the intended audience.”

    That rang a bell.
    Maureen Dowd on Bill Clinton:

    At the end of the day in Normandy, Bill Clinton walked down to the beach with three veterans of Omaha Beach — Joe Dawson, Walter Ehlers and Robert Slaughter. The tableau was appealing: the young President enjoying the company of the aging heroes. But suddenly the President’s aides began tugging the veterans away, mid-conversation, so that Clinton could walk off at sunset down the beach in his dress shoes and have a preplanned meditative moment, with the bluffs on one side and the sea dotted with warships on the other. Originally, the White House told photographers they were considering a “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” moment, where Clinton and children would throw flowers into the sea. But they settled on “a moment of solitude.” The President knew he was supposed to look reflective for the three cameras and dozen photographers who joined him. But after looking soulfully out at the ocean for a moment, he seemed at a loss for what to do next, according to a photographer on the scene, who was scared that Clinton was about to mouth the words “What do I do now?” But then, spying the stones at his feet left by his advance staff to show him where his camera mark was, the President crouched down and began to arrange the stones into a cross. He gathered more stones to finish the cross, and then bent his head as though in silent prayer. The White House aides were ecstatic. “Wasn’t it great?” they asked reporters.

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  30. Dutchman says:

    “Assigning responsibility is not JUST for international relations; PDJT is using the same technique, in deaing with Congress.

    My curren fantasy; when Congressional leadership goes to the W.H., to ‘deal’ on the Wall and shutdown, firstly the cameras stay.
    Secondly, he introduces Nancy and Chuck and Mitch and Ryan to his team of ‘crack negotiators’;
    “These are Angel family members, they have been trying to MEET with all of you, for YEARS.
    THEY are my negotiators, so go ahead. Explain to THEM why you won’t finance a wall, Chuck and Nancy.
    And don’t smirk, Mitch, you can explain to them WHY your maintaining that STUPID filibuster rule!”

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  31. fractionalexponent says:

    Sundance, thankyou again for explaining the Trump Doctrine. Thankyou for the education.

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  32. czarowniczy says:

    We discussed well over a year ago the codependence of China and North Korea and how China wants NK, just as Russia did the Bloc nations, as a speed bump between it and the US. I’m seeing China prompting Kim, not that he doesn’t want it, to push US troops out of SK before any really meaningful reapproachment, Xi would much rather deal with SK sans the US involved.

    I still say that part of Xi’s control of Kim is that China has members of NK’s upper military ranks on their payroll. Kim has a nasty habit of arbitrarily offing members of his general staff, not conducive to aq feeling of job security or loyalty, and I’m betting that’s one of the reasons Kim reshuffles the ranks every now and then. I don’t think Xi trusts Kim any further than he can toss him and Kim ain’t taking and personal checks from Xi either.

    Another factor I’m seeing but ain’t hearing mentioned is Japan’s population problem. Japan’s population is aging, it has the ‘oldest’ population in the 1st world and it ain’t getting no better. Census reports show people 65 and older are at least 25% of the population and by 2050 are expected to be in excess of 33%. Not only are they living longer but they, just as white populations in the US and Europe, jes ain’t making replacements.
    In 2014 Japan’s population was ~127 million, by 2050, unless they start getting jiggy, it will drop to ~97 million with, again, a large over-the-hill portion.

    China’s population is aging rapidly too but they will still have the numbers. With Japan, China’s chief rival in Asia, decaying there will be a significant power shift, China will be it. The only viable opponent in Asia will be India, whose population by 2050 should surpass and be younger than China’s. I don’t see Australia flexing its muscles, I see them as acting all ‘defence-y’ but not assertive. I won’t see it unless I hit a 103 and even if I do I might not know what the hell’s going on by then, but it’ll be interesting.


  33. Newton Love says:

    Sundance, I humbly suggest a follow-on post to this one (the Trump Doctrine applied to NK and China’s Red Dragon (Panda Mask) economy as leverage to get NK to comply).

    The follow-on post would provide your thoughts on the “stuff” in the press about China declaring ownership of the South China Sea, and how many Chinese Admirals are saying that America is afraid of their military power.

    The latest is a military adviser saying that the Chinese will quickly sink a US Navy aircraft carrier, because losing 5,000 sailors is what America fears most. He doubles down with saying that they will quickly sink two carriers, doubling the pain America fears most.

    He finished with the threat that if a US Navy vessel or battle group were to sail into Taiwan, they would sink them all.

    I think this is a stupid bluster by the Chinese, and is a second mask that the Red Dragon wears to work for their trade escape from PDJT’s incredible cunning shown in the Trump Doctrine.


  34. Bendix says:

    I just want to note that none of our other politicians could have done what Donald Trump has, due to their inability to even understand American culture, let alone Eastern ones.
    How can some stuck up snot diplomat type like John Francois Kerry figure out other people, when he can’t even ‘get’ Donald Trump?
    WE get him, and we come from all over America.

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  35. Sedanka says:

    As murderous dictators go, I kind of like the guy.


  36. Texian says:

    This is just China being cunning.. And/or hedging their bets against the deep state..
    (If it’s the latter, one cannot blame them..).

    China has stopped its nuclear ambitions in North Korea, so now the U.S. cannot participate in joint military exercises with Korea, nor deploy any “outside strategic assets” within Korea, and also cannot impose any sanctions [tariffs].. If any of these “terms” are violated, they will “explore new paths”..


  37. Reloader says:

    Upthread someone mentioned Chuck & Nancy relative to Xi and Kim. And it struck me that …

    … Communist China and Korea have nuclear weapons, and they have thwarted multiple US govt/presidential administrations, and they have millions at their disposal, and they have international allies, and national resources, and … Donald Trump is stepping on their throats.

    Tell me again why we are supposed to be concerned that VSGPDJT is threatened by loathsome, pitiful worms in the U.S. Congress …. ?


  38. What say you Britain GCHQ’s….Propaganda Arm….”The Guardian” ?
    Looks like you’re Aiding & Abetting N. Korea’s “Rocket-Man” Puppet-Master–>Communist China…..AGAIN.


  39. Ospreyzone says:

    The long hand of the Panda skillfully manipulates a menagerie of sock puppets. Mr. Kim is one, Mitch McConnell another. With recent events choreographed as they are, I now imagine the puppeteer’s hand has found another warm sock in the Senator-elect from Utah.


  40. TwoLaine says:

    This just begs for another video.

    Next up, Apprentice DPNK with Kim presiding over the Board Room.


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