North Korea

Mike Pompeo is On Deck For Another Embarrassment

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's last scheduled trip to North Korea was canceled by Trump at the last minute because, in the words of the White House, North Korea had not demonstrated any progress toward disarming.

There have been no substantive changes since then, but Pompeo is now scheduled to make another trip.

This time, Pompeo will also lay the groundwork for a second summit between Kim and President Donald Trump. The two world leaders first met in June in Singapore, when they both signed a vague agreement pledging to work toward the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

The State Department announced Pompeo's planned trip after the American diplomat met with North Korea's foreign minister, Ri Yong Ho, on the sidelines of this week's United Nations General Assembly session.

If nothing substantive has changed, what has changed?

Kim Jong-un signed a joint statement with the president of South Korea that says the North will disable one of their nuclear facilities if the United States takes "corresponding measures," but more importantly you may recall that Kim wrote a letter to Trump that appealed directly to his ego and vanity.

The letter from Kim to Trump said North Korea would like to disarm while Trump is in office, which is so hilariously transparent I can't even say it with a straight face.

Trump began laying the groundwork for a second summit after the letter from Kim Jong-un was received, not after Kim signed a statement with South Korea.

I'm obviously not an intelligence analyst, but I believe Kim Jong-un smiled for the cameras in South Korea and flattered Trump in a Dear John letter because this is his strategy for keeping his nuclear weapons. Each time it appears as though the North is falling back on their verbal commitments, Kim will pose for photos and stroke Trump's ego to buy more time.

Pompeo recently said he expects negotiations with North Korea to be complete by the year 2021, which means they will never be complete.

  • sawadee2000

    Chump Trump is being played like the naïve fool he is by Kim. Only Trump’s MAGA koolade drinking flat-earthers seriously believe that North Korea will EVER end their nuclear weapons program. Once upon a time, Brett Kavanaugh asked Monica Lewinski how many times Bill Clinton came in her mouth. I have to wonder how many times Kim and Putin have ejaculated into this moron’s mouth!

  • muselet

    … Kim wrote a letter to Trump that appealed directly to his ego and vanity.

    Because they’re so susceptible to flattery, narcissists very seldom make good chief executives, either of companies or countries.

    Donald Trump’s company has filed for bankruptcy protection multiple times.


  • 1933john

    Obviously, North Korea didn’t laugh during the “speech”.
    Also, I understand that the White House is in the process
    of formulating a “pink-slip” for the UN.

    • Badgerite

      That sounds like trump. And Bolton.

  • Aynwrong

    The world has Trump pegged.

    • Draxiar

      So does Stormy *wink wink nudge nudge*

  • David Greenberg

    Did you ever think you’d root for Kim Jong-U.N. on the other hand it’s possible he’s laughing so hard maybe he’ll get a debilitating hernia at worst or a stroke at best.

  • Georgie

    Pompeo? jeez I thought he was long gone.

    • Badgerite

      Only those without a real backbone need apply to work for this guy. Apparently Pompeo is like the rest of the gop these days. Invertebrate.

    • muselet

      He probably wishes he were.