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Thread by @ThomasWictor: "(1) This is why "experts" and the press are useless. foxnews.com/opinion/2018/0… (2) The US--under Trump--is not going to announce to the wo […]"

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(1) This is why "experts" and the press are useless.

foxnews.com/opinion/2018/0…
(2) The US--under Trump--is not going to announce to the world what North Korea is doing.

Why?
(3) Because regular reports of North Korean concessions will make it appear that Kin Jong-un is dancing to our tune.

The East Asian concept of "face" makes it incredibly difficult for things to be accomplished.

For example:
(4) In Japan, all the government regulatory bodies find it impossible to confront corporations that aren't following the rules.

By even PRIVATELY telling Company X that they are not complying, you take away their face.

What's the result?
(5) Elevated roads collapse, tsunami gates fail, and nuclear reactors go into meltdown.

It's simply not possible for Japanese government regulatory bodies to force corporations to comply.

As a result, people die.
(6) Japan has been in a recession for close to 25 years.

They simply can't bring themselves to do what's necessary, because doing so will cause enormous numbers of people to lose face.
(7) So @realDonaldTrump understands that the ONLY WAY for North Korea to cooperate is if they appear to have the upper hand.

TONS of fake news out there.

thehill.com/policy/interna…
(8) "The State Department said Saturday that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo did not gift North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a copy of Elton John's 'Rocket Man' signed by the president, despite reports from South Korean media."
(9) The "experts" forget that the CIA DIRECTOR SECRETLY FLEW TO NORTH KOREA and had multiple meetings with Kim Jong-un.

Hello?

Do people understand how gigantic that is?
(10) THAT ALONE means that the problem is solved.

We have to have ups and downs, angry words, and drama so that the North Koreans don't lose face.

It's NOT a small thing.
(11) The Iraqis turned down a Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) with the US because Obama's people said ahead of time that OF COURSE Iraq would agree.

Information was leaked to the press, the Iraqis lost face, and they puled out of negotiations.
(12) So every time someone tells you that North Korea is not cooperating, remember that Mike Pompeo as CIA Director met secretly with Kim in Pyongyang.

When he went to Pyongyang, he told only CIA people.
(13) The meetings were to deal with the national-security aspects of the coming days.

So there's no doubt that CIA technicians installed a secure videophone line between Pyongyang and Trump Tower or Mar-a-Lago.
(14) Hysteria is the new normal.

Except for those of us who can think.

theatlantic.com/international/…
(15) "If you expected some immediate outcome from this summit meeting, it may be disappointing. But if we pay attention to the fact that we had a good start, actually it’s quite encouraging.”
(16) Here's an admission that I'm right.
(17) "'Over the last 10 years, there was virtually no dialogue between South and North [Korea] and between the U.S. and North Korea,' Cho said. 'Now we have established a solid platform for dialogue' at the highest levels, 'which can lead to a desirable outcome.'"
(18) He's saying in plain language that Trump, Kim, and Moon are speaking directly, out of the public eye.
(19) Ever since 9/11, non-Muslims made demands on Muslims that would never, EVER bet met.

You can argue about the Koran and the hadiths all you want.

The arguments are USELESS.
(20) Devout Muslims could never meet these demands because they would lose too much face.

That's just reality.

The concept of face is absolutely real.
(21) So along came Mohammed bin Salman (MbS), one of the most important figures of human history.

And HE found the solution.

alriyadh.com/1672718
(22) "Today, in non-Muslim countries, every human being has the right to choose his or her belief and belief. Religious books can be bought in every country. The message is delivered. Now it is no longer a duty for us to fight for the propagation of Islam."
(23) The message has been delivered.

MbS has gone on to say that anyone who tries to FORCE Islam on others is not abiding by the tenets of the religion.

AGAIN, arguing about this is USELESS.

The solution is the only thing that matters.
(24) It's a solution that saves face.

MbS found the answer to a problem that seemed to have no solution.

And he did it brilliantly and WITHOUT FANFARE.
(25) Westerners wanted statements that simply cannot be made, due to cultural mores.

And think about it:

This AGAIN would be western powers DICTATING to non-western countries.
(26) We had 70 years of failure in our attempts to reach North Korea.

And NOW, the leaders of North Korea and the US have direct communications.

It happened without fanfare.
(27) LOSERS want fanfare.

Trump will not give it to them.

The result of the negotiations with North Korea is a foregone conclusion.

But North Korea MUST be seen as having the upper hand.
(28) It won't hurt us.

But it will allow North Korea to bank enough face that they will magnanimously agree to our piddling requests.

"Oh, all right! If it means that much to you. Fine."
(29) They took down their anti-American propaganda in one day.

That's INCREDIBLE.

Doesn't it tell you something?

nypost.com/2018/06/23/nor…
(30) But tiny minds want their fanfare.

And unless they get it, they will tell you that Trump is a failure.

There ARE failures here, yes.

But @realDonaldTrump isn't one of them...
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