Oh Look, Trump Didn’t Stop North Korea’s Nuclear Program After All

Oh Look, Trump Didn’t Stop North Korea’s Nuclear Program After All November 13, 2018

In the least shocking news I’ve heard since…well, this morning… it appears that Donald Trump didn’t solve the North Korean nuclear problem after all, despite tweeting out that everyone could sleep better at night after his meaningless photo op with Kim Jong-Un that didn’t include any actual deal to do anything.

North Korea is moving ahead with its ballistic missile program at 16 hidden bases that have been identified in new commercial satellite images, a network long known to American intelligence agencies but left undiscussed as President Trump claims to have neutralized the North’s nuclear threat.

The satellite images suggest that the North has been engaged in a great deception: It has offered to dismantle a major launching site — a step it began, then halted — while continuing to make improvements at more than a dozen others that would bolster launches of conventional and nuclear warheads.

The existence of the ballistic missile bases, which North Korea has never acknowledged, contradicts Mr. Trump’s assertion that his landmark diplomacy is leading to the elimination of a nuclear and missile program that the North had warned could devastate the United States.

Trump is the master of the pointless gesture, followed by a declaration that he has achieved some great victory as the Greatest Negotiator Ever. But he has no follow-through because all he wanted was the appearance of a win, not actually doing something substantive. He’s an empty suit, a carnival barker, his only goal is to get maximum attention and credit, not to actually deserve that credit.

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