Diplomatic Show

President Trump is saying he’ll know in the first minute whether North Korea is ready to give up its nuclear missiles. If so, why does he need a summit? Kim Jong Un knows already how far he will go to get back into the good graces of the world community. Does he need a diplomatic show to make his statement? Both men want to be seen on the world stage as competent, dynamic leaders. Hence, they are risking failure to make their entrances. It is hard to believe that anything of merit will come out of the gathering, but both men will have generated international headlines. That appears to be what they want. Trump can boast of his deal-making skills. Kim wants legitimacy. Photos of the two men meeting will be good enough for the two of them. It is hard not to be cynical in times like this.