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Behind The Scenes Shifts In American Foreign Policy Led To Summit Success

President Trump said before the meeting, “It’s a process” and so far, the results of the Trump – Kim Summit have been encouraging enough to call the summit a success, however, it remains to be seen if the behind the scenes changes in U.S. policy outlined here will ultimately result in the desired goal of a nuclear-free North Korea.

How President Donald Trump Can Make the Most of the Summit

CHQ contributor Doug Bandow offers eight suggestions about how President Trump can make the most of the summit with North Korea's dictator Kim Jong Un, including ending the U.S. “hostile policy” toward North Korea in return for Pyongyang’s commitment to denuclearize.

Crying Chuck Schumer’s Hypocrisy On North Korea Summit

Crying Chuck Schumer’s letter to President Trump is merely one more example of how desperate Democrats are to politicize and then torpedo anything Trump does. If the President really wanted to play the same game, he should announce that he was willing to give the North Koreans the same deal Obama gave the Iranians and watch the Democrats squirm.

To Make the Summit a Success, Don’t Mention Toxic Libya Model

After Libya denuclearized the U.S. and Europe showered Muammar Khadafy with flowers. But then a popular revolt broke out and the West used it to launch a campaign for regime change on the cheap. The onetime Libyan strongman died a particularly public and gruesome death and that's not how Kim Jong-un wants to end up.

Kim Jong Un Should Have Read 'The Art Of The Deal'

In Trump’s analysis, the latest North Korean verbal assault was an obvious prelude to cancelling the summit, and the necessary counter was to cancel before they did, putting his adversary in the weaker position of having to ask him to come back to the table.

Run Operation Iron Mask against North Korea’s Kim Jong-un

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is almost unique to the degree that power is exercised by one man. However, rather than taking "Little Rocket Man" out through violent regime change CHQ contributor Doug Bandow offers a not entirely tongue in cheek plan to substitute a new Kim Jong-un for the real one.

Japan’s ‘Lost Generation’ of Economic Growth: Blame High Taxes

John Fund, National Review

The key to revitalizing the American economy and creating good jobs is to pass tax reform this year. It will be no panacea, but the absence of real structural changes in our tax code for the past 30 years has clearly set us back. Now is the time to seize the opportunity for change. If we flub it, we could face a Japanese-style sluggish economy that could sap our innovative spirit and also create social tensions.

Tokyo Should Take Over Its Own Defense: Not Every Problem Is America’s to Solve

Doug Bandow, CNS News

Washington has spent more than seven decades playing globocop. The world has changed. So should U.S. policy—including toward Japan. Prime Minister Abe appears determined to make Japan a more capable security dependent of America. Washington should insist that he make his nation security independent.

Is War With Iran Or North Korea Inevitable?

Certainly, a nuclear-armed ICBM-equipped North Korea or Iran is intolerable to our interests and to the future of western civilization. The question for President Trump is at what point do the other options available to stop the threat be judged failures?

War With North Korea Is Not An Option

Stepping back militarily and allowing the prosperous and populous states of South Korea, Japan and Australia to take over their own defense surely is better than starting the very war Washington has spent 64 years attempting to prevent.

Strike a Deal with China on North Korea

The administration’s best shot would be to mix diplomacy and sanctions in an initiative backed by the Chinese. But winning that assistance requires persuasion rather than compulsion. The administration must convince Beijing that pressing the North further is in China’s interest as well as America’s interest.

The Coming Economic Disaster, and the Last Chance to Avert It

David P. Goldman, PJ Media

The attitude of the Establishment has shifted from contempt to panic, rather like the British facing a Japanese army advancing on Singapore in 1942. The Establishment is now defeatist. It is one thing to concede more power to China in the South China Sea, for example, and quite another to accept Chinese dominance in high-tech trade. That would be a disaster. Unfortunately, we are now headed for such a disaster.

Should Japan and South Korea Go Nuclear?

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

North Korea devotes 25 percent of GDP to defense. South Korea spends 2.6 percent, Japan one percent. Yet these mighty Asian allies, who run annual trade surpluses at our expense, require us to defend them from a maniacal little country right next door. After this crisis, South Korea and Japan should begin to make the kind of defense effort the U.S. does, and create their own nuclear deterrents.

Will Donald Trump Start the Second Korean War?

There is no magic solution to the North Korea Problem. But military action should be a last resort, reserved for preempting a direct and imminent threat that doesn’t presently exist. Washington must avoid triggering the Second Korean War.

Pence Says Trump Will End Decades Of Failed North Korea Policy

"We're going to abandon the failed policy of strategic patience. But we're going to redouble our efforts to bring diplomatic and economic pressure to bear on North Korea. Our hope is that we can resolve this issue peaceably," Pence said in an exclusive interview at the Korean DMZ.

If China Wants to Lead the World, it must Trust Its Own People

People who do not trust those who govern are unlikely to embrace the government. Beijing cannot compel genuine loyalty.

U.S. Should Stop Reassuring South Korea: Status Quo is Brain Dead

The U.S.-South Korea alliance has outlived its usefulness. Instead of reassuring Seoul, the Trump administration should prepare to renegotiate the alliance, creating a looser but more equal cooperative military relationship. South Korea should take on responsibilities commensurate with its capabilities.

Washington Officials Should Stop Stressing about the World

Obviously the world is a messy place. But what stresses American policymakers? It’s not the problem of defending the U.S. No other country has a conventional capability to reach America. Thus, America's national security team need not worry about the sort of potential threats facing virtually every other nation.

Philippine President Duterte Goes Native in Beijing: Has China Really Won?

Washington doesn’t need to “win” in the Philippines. Better that the American people win by dropping an expensive and risky commitment to go to war on behalf of a nation largely irrelevant to U.S. security.