◎ President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are back to square one.
◎ Whatever else happens in and to his presidency, a historic positive legacy awaits Trump if he re-grasps the opportunity he alone created.
◎ The real challenge will be America’s response to China’s first-level retaliation, and whether Washington is prepared to move up the escalatory ladder.
◎ Existential struggles are not conducive to compromise, especially when the opposing sides see the competition in those stark terms.
◎ The Trump administration should continue to emphasize that North Korea’s nuclear program ultimately does not ensure regime survival but regime demise.
◎ U.S. national security would benefit from Trump’s return to the core principles that guided his original instincts toward China and North Korea.
◎ How did the failure to secure a declaration of all North Korea’s nuclear and missile capabilities, let alone a specific commitment to destroy them, somehow move the ball forward?
◎ A proposed schedule of nuclear and missile dismantling would be part of a good-faith showing by Kim.