Regions / North Korea
The president's over-the-top threats have made war seem like a real possibility. And war would be catastrophic.
At this dangerous moment, the United States needs more connections with North Korea, not fewer.
The evidence is in: The "adults in the room" at the White House have enabled Trump's worst impulses, not checked them.
From his feud with Bob Corker to his plans to renege on the Iran deal, Trump's mood swings mean a dangerous new era of foreign policy.
Despite a generally abysmal human rights record, North Korea has shown improvement in one specific area: disability rights.
The practical reality is this: To de-escalate this situation, the United States must be prepared to swallow its hubris and sit down with North Korea.
If the U.S. made a deal with Maoist China in the 1970s, it can surely cut one with North Korea today.
South Korea's alliance with the U.S. means foreign troops on its soil, strained relations with China, and a North that sees no point in negotiating with anyone but Washington.
Some in the Trump administration are still eyeing regime change in North Korea. They're missing what's really going on over there.
The same risk of nuclear miscalculation that haunted U.S.-Soviet relations still hovers over the Korean peninsula.