On Thursday, President Trump abruptly cut short his planned diplomatic triumph with North Korean dictator Kim Jung Un after Kim made clear he had no plans to denuclearize, and that he wanted all sanctions against his evil regime removed. Trump explained, “Sometimes you have to walk,” adding, “It was about the sanctions. Basically they wanted the sanctions lifted in their entirety, but we couldn’t do that.”
Trump was right to walk. Of course Trump should have walked away from the table – he had no other choice, given that Kim wasn’t going to give up his nuclear program, and wanted the world in return. That isn’t hard-nosed negotiating on Trump’s part. That’s mere refusal to utterly abandon any sensible North Korean policy. Let’s not grade on a curve here.