A Masterclass on Negotiation

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So last Wednesday was a weird one.  Without even getting into the insanity and outright Republican trainwreck which was the Michael Cohen hearing, Donald Trump also went to Hanoi, Vietnam to hang out with his buddy Kim Jon Un and did…nothing.  Like, not a damn thing.  Which is weird.  Like, don’t get me wrong, Trump’s incompetence is foregone, but it seems like Trump’s negotiation team, lead by Mike Pompeo had already hammered out a few small things, including a possible declaration that the Korean War was over (I mean, it’s technically been a cold was since the 50s), which might very well have cinched up that Nobel Peace Prize Trump has been coveting, but in a wild turn of events, Trump pulled an about face and walked away from negotiations before doing ANYTHING.  I know Trump supporters are saying some dumb thing about good deal making allowing for the possibility of walking away at any time, and I suppose there is something to that, but part of that you walking away with the most leverage.  And while North Korea would LIKE to have their sanctions eased, they clearly don’t NEED it. They’ve been dealing with crazy sanctions on some level or another for a couple of decades now, ever since we found out about the severe human rights violations that are the way of life for North Korean citizens.  So what was the point of this summit at this point?  It was just a colossal waste of time and money, which is really going to end up being the tagline of this administration.


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So the White House has announced that they are planning another summit with the leadership of North Korea.  And to that I ask…why?  What is the point?  Listen, I think it’s important to continue to dialogue with North Korea, and to try and get them to do what they agreed to do, but these ceremonial “talks” are nothing but theater if all that’s going to happen is a victory declared, and then nothing changes.  And listen, I don’t know what the right move going forward with North Korea is. But it’s clear that neither does Donald Trump.  If the only purpose that an event like this is for Trump to meet with a dictator, and then come back and tell us all what a swell guy he his, and how good of friend they are, then it’s clear to me that there are more effective ways to be spending time.  I don’t know.  Maybe that’s just my opinion.  A summit with a leader of a hostile foreign nation isn’t supposed to be two bros bro-ing out for some bro-laughs.  Not when avoiding a nuclear holocaust is on the table.  It just occurs to me that the taxpayers should have to foot the bill for a glorified sleepover.

Et tu, Fox and Friends?

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Two days before his summit with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Trump declared that the mainstream media would fake news the heck out of his meeting.  He assured everyone that he would not be treated fairly.  It was a good thing you could get the real, fair and balanced word on the situation from Fox News.  If you wanted the real inside dope on Helsinki, Fox News wouldn’t steer you wrong.  So what did Fox News have to say regarding Trump’s meeting?  Abby Huntsman, one of the hosts of Fox and Friends, Trump’s favorite show, said that he was “throwing his own people under the bus”. Brian Kilmeade, another host of the show said his rhetoric was “ridiculous”.  In fact, all across the network, Fox News was breaking ranks to voice their dissent, that is until you get to Prime Time editorial shows.  Sean Hannity was sure to try and spin this the best way he could, by bringing Trump on to clarify the things he said, but even Hannity could hide his obvious discomfort at some of the things Trump was saying that night.  Trump may have tried to backtrack on his positions the next day, but you can’t stuff that monster back in it’s box.

Slip of the Tongue


One of the hosts of Fox and Friends called Donald Trump a dictator, and I could not be more tickled about it.  Seriously, I’ve watched the clip like 4 times, and I laughed equally hard every time.  The only big shame is that the camera wasn’t on Abby  Huntsman or any of the other jackasses, including Anthony “the Mooch” Scaramucci, at the time, so I couldn’t see them look deer in headlines.  That would have been television magic on par with the moon landing.  Huntsman later went on to clarify that it was just a slip of the tongue in the moment on Live TV.  I’d like to offer an alternative explanation: She said what she thought was true at the time and had to be corrected later.  I can’t prove that, but I think we all know it’s the truth in our heart of hearts.

Eyes on the (Peace) Prize

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So North Korea is starting to get skittish about their negotiations for peace and denuclearization, which I think a lot of people probably saw coming.  They cancelled their talk with South Korea, and are threatening to kill the summit with Trump over military maneuvers our military has been doing for decades.  So yeah, for those of you who thought that things with North Korea seemed to be going a little TOO smoothly, it looks like you were right.  But, as a few news articles have noted, there is speculation as to whether North Korea’s sudden skittish behavior regarding denuclearization may dash Trump’s hopes of getting that Nobel Peace Prize that he feels he so richly deserves.  And that loss…that would be the true tragedy….