Trump Is in No Position to Solve North Korea But the Fear Is That He'll Try

President Donald Trump's Tuesday tweet on North Korea typifies his cluelessness about international politics, in ways both subtler and more alarming than usual:While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out. At least I know China tried!That afternoon, on the eve of a long-scheduled meeting between Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and his Chinese counterpart, "senior officials" told a New York Times reporter that they were "still trying to gauge the meaning of the president's tweet." It's a disturbing sign, though all too normal in this administration, that those entrusted with delicate diplomacy have to parse their marching orders from the sound and fury of the boss's random outbursts.So let's parse this tweet for clues of what it might reveal about the mindset and intentions of the most powerful man in the Western world.  Continue reading...

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