What concession?

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What concession?

[cap­tion id=”” align=“aligncenter” width=“640”] B-​52, by Air­man 1st Class Vic­tor J. Caputo — US Air Force, Pub­lic Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=68131933[/caption]

I am com­pletely con­fused by the head­lines. First, any North Korea arti­cle is being buried by small news, like a woman smil­ing in her mug shot after a DUI-​induced mur­der. I mean, yes, it’s a sad story, but hardly his­toric. So when I do search for North Korea, I get this:

North Korea receives a huge con­ces­sion.

So I’m think­ing, wow, what did we do?

We stopped an exercise.

Seri­ously? That’s huge? It’s no where near Yuu­u­uge, and cer­tainly not huge. Let’s rack and stack for a second.

What has North Korea done:
1. Shook hands with South Korean Pres­i­dent
2. Said he would nego­ti­ate with Pres­i­dent Trump.
3. Said he would stop nuclear test­ing, and took mea­sures to do so.
4. Released some pris­on­ers.

What the US did:
1. Stopped fly­ing some bombers.
2. Sus­pended some exer­cises.
3. Uhm…

Seri­ously. Vox makes a big deal that the bombers are nuclear capa­ble. So? We have loads of nuclear weapons that can hit North Korea now. Like, with­out fly­ing bombers. And we have plenty of non-​nuclear options, from Tom­a­hawks to artillery. That doesn’t count what Japan and South Korea could use.

We just gave the equiv­a­lent of a “free glass of water with a full meal pur­chase” “con­ces­sion” to North Korea. If any­thing, we saved money in fuel costs and pilot OPTEMPO. It lit­er­ally cost us noth­ing. North Korea can’t get back the pris­on­ers or reverse some of the dis­man­tling of its nuclear site. Our bombers could be fly­ing tomor­row if we wanted. We have done noth­ing that can’t be undone in a mat­ter of minutes.

Trump gave North Korea this “con­ces­sion” because it’s dumb and doesn’t mat­ter. Would you throw away a mon­u­men­tal deal over an incon­se­quen­tial detail? I sure wouldn’t.


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B-52, by Airman 1st Class Victor J. Caputo – US Air Force, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=68131933

I am completely confused by the headlines. First, any North Korea article is being buried by small news, like a woman smiling in her mug shot after a DUI-induced murder. I mean, yes, it’s a sad story, but hardly historic. So when I do search for North Korea, I get this:

North Korea receives a huge concession.

So I’m thinking, wow, what did we do?

We stopped an exercise.

Seriously? That’s huge? It’s no where near Yuuuuge, and certainly not huge. Let’s rack and stack for a second.

What has North Korea done:
1. Shook hands with South Korean President
2. Said he would negotiate with President Trump.
3. Said he would stop nuclear testing, and took measures to do so.
4. Released some prisoners.

What the US did:
1. Stopped flying some bombers.
2. Suspended some exercises.
3. Uhm…

Seriously. Vox makes a big deal that the bombers are nuclear capable. So? We have loads of nuclear weapons that can hit North Korea now. Like, without flying bombers. And we have plenty of non-nuclear options, from Tomahawks to artillery. That doesn’t count what Japan and South Korea could use.

We just gave the equivalent of a “free glass of water with a full meal purchase” “concession” to North Korea. If anything, we saved money in fuel costs and pilot OPTEMPO. It literally cost us nothing. North Korea can’t get back the prisoners or reverse some of the dismantling of its nuclear site. Our bombers could be flying tomorrow if we wanted. We have done nothing that can’t be undone in a matter of minutes.

Trump gave North Korea this “concession” because it’s dumb and doesn’t matter. Would you throw away a monumental deal over an inconsequential detail? I sure wouldn’t.


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