from June 13, 2018
This is a
Nederlog of Wednesday,
2018. It is a bit special in that all five reviews of today are about
yesterday´s meeting between Trump and Kim.
This is a crisis
log but it is a bit different from how it was until 2013:
I have been
writing about the crisis since September
1, 2008 (in Dutch, but
since 2010 in English) and about
the enormous dangers of surveillance (by secret services and
by many rich commercial entities) since June 10, 2013, and I will
continue with it.
moment and since more than two years
problems with the company that is
supposed to take care that my site is visible 
and with my health, but I am still writing a Nederlog every day and
I shall continue.
2. Crisis Files
five crisis files
that are mostly well worth reading:
A. Selections from June 13, 2018:
1. The Summit Was Unprecedented, the Statement Vague and the
The items 1 - 5 are today's
selections from the 35 sites that I look at
every morning. The indented text under each link is quoted from the
link that starts the item. Unindented text is by me:
2. What Happened in the Trump-Kim Meeting and Why It Matters
3. Trump Vows to End “Provocative” War Games on Korean
After Historic Summit with Kim
4. Trump-Kim Summit Raises Cautious Hopes for Peace
5. 'Peace Is Bad for Business': War Profiteer Stocks Plummet
Diplomatic Progress With North
Summit Was Unprecedented, the Statement Vague and the Day Historic
is by Mark Landler on The New York Times. It starts as follows:
In a day of personal
diplomacy that began with a choreographed handshake and ended with a
freewheeling news conference, President Trump deepened his wager on North Korea’s
leader on Tuesday, arguing that their rapport would bring the swift
demise of that country’s nuclear program.
Trump, acting more salesman than statesman, used flattery, cajolery and
even a slickly produced promotional video to try to make the North
Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, a partner in peace. He also gave Mr. Kim a
significant concession: no more military drills between the United
States and South Korea, a change that surprised South Korea and the
hours of face-to-face contact, in which Mr. Trump even gave Mr. Kim a
peek inside his bulletproof presidential limousine, he said he believed
that Mr. Kim’s desire to end North Korea’s seven-decade-old
confrontation with the United States was sincere.
was very firm in the fact that he wants to do this,” Mr. Trump said at
the news conference before leaving for home. While cautioning that he
could not be sure, Mr. Trump said, “I think he might want to do this as
much or even more than me.”
I say, for I did not expect this. Then again, I should
add that I did not expect anything, but this was a quite
Here is some more, on the outcomes, that are not
as rosy as the above quoted bit might suggest:
a joint statement signed by the two after
their meeting — the first ever between a sitting American
president and a North Korean leader — was as skimpy as the summit
meeting was extravagant. It called for the “complete denuclearization”
of the Korean Peninsula but provided neither a timeline nor any details
about how the North would go about giving up its weapons.
statement, which American officials negotiated intensely with the North
Koreans and had hoped would be a road map to a nuclear deal, was a page
and a half of diplomatic language recycled from statements negotiated
by the North over the last two decades.
made no mention of Mr. Trump’s longstanding — supposedly nonnegotiable
— demand that North Korea submit to complete, verifiable, irreversible
denuclearization. It made no mention of North Korea’s missiles. It did
not even set a firm date for a follow-up meeting, though the president
said he would invite Mr. Kim to the White House when the time was right.
is all true, but so is the following, at least for now:
the outcome was short on substance, it still helped replace the fears
of a nuclear showdown with diplomacy. For Mr. Trump, the spare joint
statement seemed almost beside the point. He said the meeting was
successful because it had reduced tensions.
Trump said he had taken Mr. Kim’s measure during three hours of
meetings — plus a lunch of prawns and crispy pork — and found him
genuine in his desire to lead North Korea out of a spiraling
confrontation with the United States.
is more in the article, which is recommended.
Happened in the Trump-Kim Meeting and Why It Matters
This article is by
Max Fisher on The New York Times. It starts as follows:
the most informed observer might struggle to know what to make of the summit meeting between President Trump
and Kim Jong-un of North Korea.
theatrics, such as a four-minute video that Mr. Trump showed
Mr. Kim, gave the event an air of surrealism. Expectations ranged
wildly, with Mr. Trump promising the deal of the century and many
analysts fearing a blowup similar to what happened at last’s week’s Group of 7 meeting in Canada.
Mr. Trump’s habit of making misleading statements, along with his
record of defying norms, can make it difficult to parse which of the
summit’s outcomes matter and which don’t, which bring Mr. Trump and Mr.
Kim closer to their respective goals and which move them further away.
Yes indeed. But the rest of this article consists of ten
points that attempt to make clear what was and was not achieved in
the meeting. Here are the first two points:
(1) Almost any talks between the
United States and North Korea, while those talks are ongoing,
significantly reduce the risk of an accidental or unintended slide into
war, which could kill millions. The simple act of talking
changes North Korean and American behaviors and perceptions in ways
that make conflict far less likely. That’s a big deal.
(2) The joint statement signed by Mr. Trump and Mr.
Kim contains polite diplomatic platitudes but is otherwise largely
empty. Among adversaries, this sort of statement is a common,
low-pressure way to keep talks going. It doesn’t resolve any issues,
but it keeps the countries engaged.
Yes, I agree with both points. Here is one more point:
(5) The United States staged the
summit meeting in a way that handed Mr. Kim some symbolic but
meaningful concessions. At the North Koreans’ request, the two
countries and their leaders were presented as equals — elevating Mr. Kim
from global pariah to a superpower’s
peer. Their meeting was given pomp and ceremony at points verging on
that of a royal wedding. Because Mr. Kim’s legitimacy is among his
greatest vulnerabilities at home and abroad, this staging was a big
gift to him.
This is also true, although I think I should add that
this result may be undone. There is more in te article, that is
Vows to End “Provocative” War Games on Korean Peninsula After Historic
Summit with Kim Jong-un
This article is by
Amy Goodman and Juan González on Democracy Now! It starts with the
Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have wrapped up a historic
summit pledging to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean
Peninsula, with President Trump announcing the end of U.S.-South Korean
war games. The summit marked the first-ever meeting between a sitting
U.S. president and a North Korean leader. For more, we speak with
investigative journalist Tim Shorrock in Singapore.
Yes indeed. And this is a
long and interesting interview with Tim Shorrock. I will quote three
bits of it, and this is the first:
I say, for both sound
considerably more optimistic about each other than I expected. Here is
some more with Tim Shorrock:
GOODMAN: The U.S.-North
Korean summit began with President Trump and Kim publicly shaking
hands. They then met privately for less than an hour, with only them
and their two translators. This was followed by a large meeting with
top aides. At the conclusion of the summit, President Trump and
President Kim spoke briefly to the press while signing a joint
So we’re signing a very important document, a pretty comprehensive
document. And we’ve had a really great term together, a great
relationship. … Would you like to say something to the press?
Today, we had a historic meeting and decided to leave the past behind.
And we are about to sign a historic document. The world will see a
major change. I would like to express my gratitude to President Trump
to make this meeting happen. Thank you.
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Thank you very much. Thank you
very much. It’s fantastic. Thank you very much, everybody. We’ll see
you a little bit later. And we’re very proud of what took place today.
I think our whole relationship with North Korea and the Korean
Peninsula is—it’s going to be a very much different situation than it
has in the past. We both want to do something. We both are going to do
something. And we have developed a very special bond. So, people are
going to be very impressed. People are going to be very happy. And
we’re going to take care of a very big and very dangerous problem for
the world. And I want to thank Chairman Kim.
I agree with Shorrock.
Here is the last bit I am quoting from this article:
GOODMAN: (..) Well, Tim,
this is the end of an historic day. Talk about the highlights, what you
were most surprised by, the significance of what has just taken place.
SHORROCK: Well, it was a
pretty amazing day. I think the most significant thing I heard—I just
actually returned about an hour ago from—I was at that press conference
with President Trump. It’s the first time I’ve seen him in action live,
and it’s the longest press conference, I think, he’s given in his
entire presidency. He was exuberant. He was buoyant. He was
enthusiastic. He was cracking jokes. He seemed really, you know, very,
very pleased with himself.
The most surprising thing I
heard was when he said, you know, “We’re going to end the war games.”
And that had not been previously announced.
Something like this has been signed before, yes. And some of the
language is very similar to past agreements, not only the '94
agreement, but agreements that happened after that. But the difference
is you had the two leaders meeting. I mean, obviously, this was an
unprecedented meeting between the president of the United States and
the chairman of North Korea, the leader of North Korea. So, you know,
you've never had a document where the top leaders of the countries
signed. So that makes it, you know, a much stronger agreement.
Yes, I think that is
correct. There is a lot more in the article, that is strongly
Summit Raises Cautious Hopes for Peace
article is by Joe Lauria on Consortiumnews. It starts as follows:
In time it will
become evident whether the joint statement signed by U.S. President
Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jung-un on Tuesday will lead
to a formal end to the Korean War, denuclearization of the Korean
peninsula and an end what the North sees as U.S. provocations against
Yes, I think this is all
correct. Here is some more, with some perspective:
On the morning after, we are
only left with the atmospherics and images from the historic meeting
between Kim and Trump in Singapore. The two leaders—who just months ago
were hurling insults at each other, with Kim calling Trump “dotard,”
and Trump calling Kim “Little Rocket Man,”— left Singapore and the
details of the negotiation to their administrations.
As the document they signed
has not yet been released, it is difficult to know what exactly they
have agreed to. Trump held it up briefly so that reporters could read
that he had “committed to provide security guarantees” to North Korea
and Kim “reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete
denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.” How that
denuclearization is carried out may be the most difficult detail of all
to work out.
Three times, in 1994
and again in 2005 and 2007, those negotiations failed when the U.S.
refused to trust Pyongyang. New sanctions were piled on North Korea by
the U.S., and with the assent of Moscow and Beijing, at the United
Nations. But it was not until the North successfully tested nuclear
weapons and developed an intercontinental ballistic missile that could
soon reach the U.S. West Coast that Washington apparently got serious
about reaching a deal, which was only begun in Singapore on Tuesday.
This seems also correct,
although I hope Trump will not get the Nobel Peace Prize. But that is probably a personal
and this article is recommended.
At his press conference
following the summit, Trump said the U.S. would “suspend” military
exercises and he expected the North to “very quickly” denuclearize. For
Trump personally, an ultimately successful outcome would be a triumph
in that he had to outmaneuver neoconservative aides, such as his
national security adviser, John Bolton, just to get the summit to take
place. Trump may be motivated by vanity in wanting to win a Nobel Peace
Prize, but if peace actually results, it would only be his fiercest
critics who would quibble with his motive.
Is Bad for Business': War Profiteer Stocks Plummet After Diplomatic
Progress With North Korea
is by Jake Johnson on Common Dreams. It starts as follows:
contractors were practically
drooling over the prospect of all-out war with North Korea as
President Donald Trump was recklessly flinging "fire
and fury" last year, but Tuesday's summit
between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un appears to have
dampened war profiteers' dreams of yet another catastrophic U.S.-led
military conflict—at least for now.
Demonstrating that even the
slightest whiff of peace is enough to scare investors in America's most
profitable military contractors, USA Today reported
on Tuesday that shares of Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman,
Boeing, and General Dynamics all "took a dive" as Trump and Kim signed
a vague, non-binding agreement that is merely
the first step toward a lasting diplomatic solution.
"Peace is bad for
writer Ajit Singh in response to the new report.
Yes, I think this is
also all correct, and it does give some background to what is going on.
Then again, while I agree with Johnson that the shares of the American
war industries fell, they did not fall by much:
According to USA Today:
Shares of Raytheon, which
makes Patriot and Tomahawk missiles, fell 2.6 percent. Lockheed Martin,
which supplies the Pentagon with air and missile defense systems as
well as the F-35 Stealth fighter jet, tumbled one percent. And Northrop
Grumman, which has increased its focus on cyber warfare and missile
defense systems more recently, declined 1.3 percent. Boeing, which
makes Apache helicopters and aerial refueling aircraft, dipped 0.2
percent. General Dynamics, a Navy shipbuilder, fell one percent.
contrast, the Dow Jones industrial average edged up 20 points.
And as Johnson makes clear in
his ending, this small setback for the war industries is compensated by
Quite so, and this is a
But before you start
feeling bad for America's war profiteers—and before you give Trump
credit for dragging their stocks down—just remember that Democrats and
Republicans in Congress just granted the U.S.
president's wish for a $717 billion Pentagon budget, much
of which goes straight into the pockets of companies like Boeing,
Raytheon, and Lockheed Martin.
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