I can't say I'm even a little bit surprised that the summit with North Korea has fallen through. I wouldn't even bother blogging about this except that back in April I expressed some cautious optimism that maybe, just maybe, Trump's bull-in-the-china-shop tactics could be working. Nothing makes me happier than having my pessimistic prophecies be proven wrong, but alas, Donald Trump seems to be every bit as catastrophically incompetent and destructive as I feared.
Let's take stock: a year and half into his presidency the number of foreign policy deals closed by this supposed master negotiator is... zero. But he has, however, apparently succeeded in strong-arming the NFL into joining him in his perversion of patriotism and evisceration of the first amendment.
I would say that Trump is all hat and no cattle, except that in this case it would be an insult to hats.
[UPDATE] Have I changed my mind now that the on-again off-again summit is (apparently) on again? No, I have not. Why? Because by keeping his cool, not throwing a temper tantrum, and not offering any major concessions, Kim called Trump's bluff. And Trump, by reinstating the summit without extracting any major concessions from Kim, folded like a cheap suit. Now Kim knows that Trump desperately wants a deal. (If Obama got a Peace Prize, Trump has to have one too!) That gives Kim the upper hand in the negotiations (to put it mildly).
Trump has apparently completely lost sight of the fact that simply being in the same room with the President of the United States is a huge win for Kim. Trump, the master negotiator, is handing Kim that win with nothing at all to show for it. So no, I am not impressed.