Trump’s Criticism of NATO Ignores the Real Questions

Donald Trump’s bluster at the NATO summit only has to do with money, not whether the alliance serves any genuine security purpose.

Donald Trump waves as he walks off stage after holding a news conference before his departure at the NATO Summit in Brussels, Belgium, July 12, 2018. With Trump are Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, center, and National security adviser John Bolton, right. Pablo Martinez Monsivais | AP

The usual NATO summit begins and ends with U.S. and European leaders issuing platitudes about the unbreakable bonds between Western democracies. The two-day summit that began Wednesday is not the usual NATO summit. President Donald Trump came to Brussels armed with a barrage of insults and Twitter blasts against his ostensible

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Trump Scraps North Korea Summit to Save Face – What Comes Next?

Pyongyang has emphasized that it won’t tolerate the unilateral shifting of goal-posts beyond acceptable lines, while Trump has been caught between the positions of top diplomat Pompeo and John “Strike First” Bolton.

President Donald Trump speaks during a signing ceremony, on Thursday canceled next month's summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, citing the "tremendous anger and open hostility" in a recent statement by the North. Evan Vucci | AP

WASHINGTON -- United States President Donald Trump’s cancellation of next month’s summit with the Supreme Leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Kim Jong-un, came as a bit of a surprise and a jarring break from developments such as the release of three U.S. hostages by Pyongyang and the country’s apparent follow-through on a

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Who’s to Blame If the US-North Korea Summit Isn’t Held?

There is plenty of blame to go around if the Trump-Kim summit never happens. But one thing is clear: the barrage of criticism leveled exclusively at the North Koreans is unwarranted, and reminiscent of Cold War propaganda.

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Virtually everyone in the US faults North Korea for threatening to cancel the Trump-Kim summit scheduled for June 12 in Singapore. No one, including the liberal media, bothers to address North Korea’s conditions for a successful summit or the reasons for its warning about a cancellation. Let’s review the matter with some objectivity. First, we

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The Korean Massacre the U.S. Needs to Apologize For

To help make peace in Korea, the U.S. should follow South Korea’s lead and apologize for its role in the devastating Jeju massacre.

South Korean president Moon Jae-in at a memorial for the victims of the Jeju massacre. (Photo: Blue House)

Singapore has been chosen to host the unlikely summit between U.S. president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in early June. The choice for the summit venue went against Trump’s preference for the meeting to take place at the Peace House in Panmunjeom, where the world had been captivated just weeks before by the amicable scenes of

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Mood Darkens as US, Japan, North Korea Start Throwing Punches on Way to the Ring

“Deliberately provoking the other party at a time when conditions on the Korean Peninsula are moving in the direction of peace and reconciliation can be regarded as nothing other than a dangerous attempt to pour cold water on the mood for dialogue … and take us back to square one.” — DPRK Foreign Ministry

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WASHINGTON -- As the U.S. summit with North Korea fast approaches, both countries are jostling to preserve their respective interests. The tense signals, subtle shifts in position, and U.S. provocations make clear that the summit won’t be short on tough negotiations. Despite the honeyed words of previous months following U.S. President Donald

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