According to a new assessment by the CIA, as filtered through the lefties at NBC News, North Korea does not intend to put denuclearization on the table when they meet with President Trump next month. While any analysis that comes to us from NBC has to be taken with a grain of salt – they’ve practically been salivating at the thought of Trump failing to make a deal – it is troubling to learn that U.S. intelligence officials are pessimistic about the possibility of Kim Jong Un giving up his nuclear weapons. Could Trump be headed for a political dead end when he goes to Singapore? Will the meeting even take place? Clearly, much is up in the air as our president tries to sign the agreement of a lifetime.
Trump is continuing to pursue a nuclear summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un even though the CIA analysis, which is consistent with other expert opinion, casts doubt on the viability of Trump’s stated goal for the negotiations, the elimination of North Korea’s nuclear weapons stockpile.
“Everybody knows they are not going to denuclearize,” said one intelligence official who read the report, which was circulated earlier this month, days before Trump canceled the originally scheduled summit.
In an odd twist, a list of potential concessions by North Korea in the CIA analysis included the possibility that Kim Jong Un may consider offering to open a Western hamburger franchise in Pyongyang as a show of goodwill, according to three national security officials.
It suggests Kim is interested in a peaceful gesture to an American president whose love of fast-food burgers is well known — and who, during the 2016 campaign, had said he wanted to talk nukes over a burger with the North Korean leader.
Ugh. We should be able to read a straight news story from NBC without feeling our gag reflex come up. Why do they have to tint literally every single bit of their political reporting with such an obvious between-the-lines (and not) disdain for Trump and anyone who respects him? Is that really what news has come to in the –
You know what, it’s fine. It’s fine. We’re not going to do this today.
We’re going to stay on message, and the message is: North Korea.
Essentially what we glean from this, assuming that the underlying reporting is factual, is that Kim Jong Un isn’t prepared to magically give up his nukes at the first meeting between himself and Trump. But then, we’re not sure anyone expected that outcome? This is a process that’s going to take some time as the two nations slowly build trust. What looks unlikely or even impossible today may seem much different a year from now. Let’s let this president and his able administration do their thing.
After all, that we’re even at the point we’re at now defies much of what the “experts” have told us.