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FOB Pentagon Big Loser In Korea

by Oui Tue Jun 12th, 2018 at 05:14:45 PM EST

Trump makes his deal with the last hardline Communist regime to end 27th July 1953 Armistice in the Koreas. Comparable deal  with Russia in the offing on Ukraine?

Trump says U.S. to stop war games with S. Korea | Xinhua News |

The United States will stop conducting war games with South Korea, U.S. President Donald Trump said here Tuesday after a historic summit with Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

Answering questions at a press conference at the Capella Hotel in Singapore's resort island of Sentosa, where his meeting with Kim took place, Trump said it is not part of the equation now to bring home the U.S. soldiers stationed in South Korea.

But "we will be stopping the war games ... unless and until we see the future negotiation is not going along like it should," he said. He added that such military drills are "very expensive" and "very provocative."

The DPRK has consistently denounced the military drills as a dress rehearsal for northward invasion.

Trump said South Korea contributed to the "expensive" war games, adding that if the war games stop, significant costs could be saved.

The annual South Korea-U.S. military drills are carried out twice in spring and fall. This year, the springtime war games were conducted in April, delayed due to South Korea hosting the Winter Olympics. The autumn military drills were scheduled for August.

What's next for US troops in S. Korea? A look at possible scenarios | Stars & Stripes |

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Singapore part of Malaysia? US red-faced after `reunification' blunder in Pompeo comments | South China Post |

The US State Department published on its website remarks made Monday by top diplomat Mike Pompeo ahead of the historic meeting, in a post initially stating they were delivered at a hotel in "Singapore, Malaysia".

The wealthy financial hub and its larger neighbour were part of the same country for two years in the 1960s until Singapore was expelled over ethnic divisions with Malaysia, and they have been separate nations ever since.

The slip-up was quickly corrected after it started to go viral but not before triggering sniggers from netizens, with one Facebook user lamenting: "To the average American, the world is America."

Ivanka Trump's `Chinese proverb' tweet leaves China totally baffled | South China Moring Post |

Ivanka, the daughter of US President Donald Trump, had posted on her Twitter account on Monday: "`Those who say it can not be done, should not interrupt those doing it.' - Chinese Proverb"

The tweet, which was pinned to the top of her Twitter account, came hours ahead of her father's historic summit meeting with the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore. Ivanka Trump made no reference to the meeting, but many internet users immediately assumed her post was linked.

Twitter is blocked in mainland China, but screenshots of the tweet soon went viral on the social media site Weibo as users debated the origin of the quotation.

Most Chinese internet users guessed it was a wrong translation of the common Chinese proverb: "Do unto others as you would have them done unto you" from the Analects of Confucius.

Other top candidates included "Those who accomplish great things do not seek opinions from the ordinary" from The Book of Lord Shang.

Another phrase suggested was coined by the former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping: "Empty talk harms the nation. Practical actions help it thrive."

Bolton sidelined as Trump readies for North Korea - 4 days ago
Mike Pompeo and global foreign policy, compared to Bolton, he's Henry Kissinger

Further reading, a study published in 2017 ...

The Sino-Rok-U.S. Triangle: Awaiting the Impact of Leadership Change

May it was from Mao, "To read too many books is harmful."

Trump certainly follow that advice!

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Tue Jun 12th, 2018 at 05:23:24 PM EST
nicely played!
< wipes tears >

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jun 12th, 2018 at 07:58:32 PM EST
The Democrats Out-Right the Right on North Korean Summit
4 JUNE Senator Chuck Schumer and other Democrat leaders in the Senate engaged in a cynical stunt to stake out a position to the right of John Bolton on the summit between Trump and Kim Jong Un.
Top Senate Democrats cautioned President Donald Trump on Monday that they would not support lifting sanctions against North Korea unless a nuclear agreement with that country met five standards they laid out in a letter to the President.
In addition to Schumer and Menendez, the letter to was signed by Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, of California, Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont and Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio. The letter did not say anything about what should happen with US troops in South Korea, but Schumer and Menendez both said they didn't believe the troops should not [?] leave anytime soon.

"To pull troops out at the beginning, before anything else is done, I think would be a big mistake and would be the wrong signal," Schumer said. "To our allies and to North Korea itself."

Objectively, there was never much ideological space between the right-wing policies of Dick Cheney or John Bolton and the neoliberal right-wing policies of Democratic party policy-makers. The differences were always merely tactical and not strategic in the sense that they all want the North Koreans to be supplicants.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jun 12th, 2018 at 10:05:14 PM EST
Many parallels between two leaders: police investigation into corruption.

Important step in denuclearization of Korea | Ynet News |

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commended US President Donald Trump Tuesday evening on the "historic summit " in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

"This is an important step in the effort to rid the Korean peninsula of nuclear weapons," Netanyahu said in a video released by his office.

Circling back to the region, the prime minister added, "President Trump has also taken a strong stand against Iran's efforts to arm itself with nuclear weapons and against its aggression in the Middle East. This is already affecting the Iranian economy.

Trump himself brought up Iran during his press conference after the meeting with Kim. "I think Iran is a different country now than it was three or four months ago ... I don't think they're so confident right now," he said.

Read: full text of Trump-Kim agreement  

What links Benjamin Netanyahu's corruption probe and ThyssenKrupp? | DW |
Case 3000: German submarines contract, ThyssenKrupp allegedly bribed senior Israeli Naval officers

Related reading ...

Just like U.S. media colluding with the CIA and military intelligence during conflicts from Libya through Syria, Iraq into Afghanistan ...

When the Media Collude with the IDF to Whitewash Gaza War Crimes | Tikun Olam |

When an individual makes a difference: Eva Bartlett

Eva Bartlett schooling Norwegian journalist on why MSM lies about Syria

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jun 13th, 2018 at 12:56:14 AM EST
yes, the winner of this round of Double-Down Ignominy is too close to call.
Dems rip Trump concessions, 'embarrassing' rhetoric with Kim
"In his haste to reach an agreement, President Trump elevated [!] North Korea to the level of the United States while preserving the regime's status quo," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said in a scathing statement.
"What North Korea has gained, however, is tangible and lasting ... We've legitimized a brutal dictator who's starved [!] his own people," Schumer said.
[Chris] Murphy said Trump was legitimizing North Korea's human rights abuses [!] and faulted Trump for agreeing to end military exercises or "war games" with South Korea while talks with the North continue.
USA  official body count  looks like an edge tho'.

Statement on Visit to the USA by UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, 2017

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Jun 13th, 2018 at 04:04:51 AM EST
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