Why President Trump Deserves Credit for Progress in North Korea

Why President Trump Deserves Credit for Progress in North Korea, by Scott Adams.

Kept pressure on China for sanctions. Again and again. Publicly, but with complete respect. Used the risk of shame and the hand of friendship at the same time. …

Offered no concessions prior to a satisfactory agreement.

Did not believe that the best deal we could get was a nuclear freeze. Went for the whole arsenal, and gave Kim two options on how to lose it all. …

Went to war against individual companies and people breaking the sanctions and trading with North Korea. Did not leave the job of stopping cheaters to the home governments that couldn’t or wouldn’t stop them. This was a new and effective strategy, and probably one of the biggest factors in making Kim flexible.

Used visual persuasion of captured tankers. That’s strong persuasion saying, “Don’t try it. We can see you from space.”

Added military unpredictability to the mix (intentionally). …

“Paced” Kim’s rhetoric, insult for insult, which is actually good persuasion. Trump used humor, which changed the mood from scary to “What is happening?” That is good persuasion technique.

President Trump’s taunt-tweets were personal messages to Kim, which had the effect of treating him like a peer and humanizing the situation in a way we’ve never seen.

Bear in mind that Obama got a Nobel gong before he’d done anything, and went on to be the first U.S. president to be at war every day of his eight year term.

hat-tip Matthew