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As of today, it looks as if Donald Trump’s attempt to cut a deal with North Korea will likely be a flailure. Jay Bookman takes a look at the situation; a snippet (emphasis added).

So how will Trump react when — not if, but when — it all starts to fall apart? In past negotiations with Congress over issues such as spending, Obamacare and gun-safety laws, Trump has tried to salvage a deal by basically caving to other side, only to be reined back in by his staff and conservative leadership. That’s because Trump cares a lot about getting the credit for closing the deal, and not at all about the actual details or policy involved in that deal.

(snip)

The alternative Trumpian response — anger and frustration that his dreams of being world peacemaker have been dashed, making him look foolish in the process — is equally likely and even more troubling. History tells us that Trump is not a man who responds maturely to public failure; his instinct is to get vindictive and lash out blindly, blaming everyone but himself. And in this context, that could get an awful lot of innocent people killed.

Afterthought:

Not many are saying this outright, but it’s clear that Kim Jong-Un has played Dealmeister Trump like a drum. Kim kept dropping the breadcrumbs, and Trump obligingly gobbled up the bait. Now drops the hammer.

In the process, Trump has given the despotic regime in North Korea a patina of international legitimacy it has not previously had, which, methinks, was Kim’s goal throughout.

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