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Assessing Trump’s North Korea Policy

Daniel Dale, a reporter for the Toronto Star, wrote to Jeffrey Lewis, an arms control expert at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, to get Lewis’s opinion on Trump’s handling of relations with North Korea. (Lewis has a Twitter account with the handle @ArmsControlWonk; Dale is using the word file as a reference to a project or subject, not a single document.)

Here’s how the exchange went:

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Joe
2 years ago

Lewis, and other collaborators such as Michael Krepon, write a lively and interesting blog called Arms Control Wonk:
https://www.armscontrolwonk.com/
I’ve been following them for years. Well worth reading.

Trump got chumped on Korea. It’s an article of faith among con-men that the easiest mark is another con-man, because they tend to believe their own bullshit. Trump just confirmed that axiom.

He had a block of time set aside to receive his Nobel Prize. He had his medal already struck. The up-side of all of this is that three hostages were released, Trump isn’t going to Singapore to berserk around like a rutting Musk Ox, and those medals are going to be very valuable.