North Korea’s leadership is methodically preparing for a nuclear showdown against the United States and its allies in the Korean peninsula – and it is planning to win that confrontation
The Trump administration’s maximum pressure campaign against North Korea is just starting to take effect. Engaging with the Kim regime could derail the progress of this strategy.
It is not too much to suggest that the future prospects for the Kim family regime rest on the outcome of this winter offensive. This particular game is theirs to lose—and the Kim family regime has no intention of losing it.
The effectiveness of Trump’s foreign policy will be measured by how the US develops relationships with key allies and partners, and the Trump administration’s ability to shape real-world events in the US’s favor.
Diplomatic progress is not possible here because North Korea’s purpose is not to “open a dialogue” for the umpteenth time with Seoul, Washington, or Tokyo, but to conceal and distract from its menacing activities.
America’s military advantage over China is rapidly eroding. While the Trump administration has charted a bold path to resuscitate America’s strategic position in Asia, it needs to make good on its own plan by devoting additional funds, strengthening regional military capabilities, and countering China’s local advantages.
Danielle Pletka and Nicholas Eberstadt discuss North Korea’s political playbook as the Olympics begin.
For better or worse, until the Trump administration targets China-made cell phones, computers, toys, furniture and clothing, US trade numbers will look pretty much the same.