Tom Hall: Less than 48 hours after pulling out of the June 12 summit, the Donald was begging North Korea to put it back on track. The bankrupt dictator of a resource-free, starving nation was leading the dear leader of the U.S. around like a bull with a ring in its nose.
John Peeler: When Trump appointed Bolton, informed observers had to assume that Bolton would do whatever he could to sabotage the rapprochement with North Korea, as he did.
Mel Gurtov: What analysts miss is that opportunities remain for advancing mutual security on the Korean peninsula, if the US is willing to bargain.
Gareth Porter: Strong circumstantial evidence indicates that he leaked intelligence to a Washington think tank sympathetic to his views in order to generate media questioning about the president’s announced plan to reach an agreement with North Korea’s leader.
Kary Love: No, the people who deserve the Nobel Peace Prize if peace is attained are the Peace Workers of the World. I think they have scared KJU and DT into peace.
Murray Polner: Talk about diplomacy, deterrence, even living side by side a nuclear-armed North, is rarely if ever heard from the Democrats and their long list of wannabe candidates for the White House and Congress.
Dan Embree: Finally, the Bannon book (OK, the Wolff book) revealing that Jared is a “suck-up”, that Ivanka is “dumb as a brick”, that Junior will “crack like an egg” once Mueller shines a light in his face, and that you are “an idiot surrounded by clowns”.
Kristen Christman: How can North Korea be expected to disarm when there’s talk of toppling Kim and U.S./South Korea war games may be cover for an invasion?
Kristin Christman: Kim Jong Un’s current interest in nuclear weapons has unclear purposes: To wage aggressive war? To ward off U.S. aggression? To raise his self-image? Or to use as a bargaining chip for aid?
Lawrence Wittner: Indeed, when it comes to nuclear weapons policy, escalating U.S. threats seem to have confirmed the North Korean government’s fears of U.S. military attack and, thus, bolstered its determination to enhance its nuclear capabilities.
Kevin B. Anderson: A new stage of imperialist degeneracy, itself rooted in the political and economic crisis of U.S. capitalism, lies behind Trump’s threat of nuclear genocide against North Korea and his moves toward war with Iran.
Robert Koehler: Only beyond the context of war are there any options at all. Only beyond the context of war does humanity have any hope of avoiding suicide.
Winslow Myers: Even if someone more sophisticated and seasoned occupied the White House, the provocations of North Korea cry out for redefinition. With nuclear weapons, we humans have created a monster that rhetorical escalation cannot control: a game of chicken with nukes is a game without winners.