I think we can call this deal “DOOMED.”
Courtesy of CNBC:
Ten years ago, Stephen Biegun was tapped to tutor first-term Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, then the Republican candidate for vice president, on foreign policy.
Now, Biegun is once again serving an unconventional politician who ascended to office lacking experience in foreign policy. This time, he’s the Trump administration’s special representative for North Korea, and the stakes couldn’t be higher.
Biegun was named to the position last week. A somewhat unusual selection for the role — he has focused for much of his career on Europe — experts say he may have the precise quality that is needed during the fraught negotiations: an ability to talk with President Donald Trump.
“It’s been the case where no one in the State Department has the ability to convey the complexity of this process to the president in a way that he understands and will go along with,” said Brett Bruen, who served as the White House’s director of global engagement under President Barack Obama.
So the same guy who could not explain what the Bush Doctrine was to Sarah Palin is now the guy who is supposed to help get the North Koreans to give up their nuclear weapons program?
Yeah, we’re fucked.
And keep in mind that the reason this guy is supposed to be more capable of doing this job than his predecessors is that he is thought to be able to dumb down the information enough that Trump can understand it, not because he is an expert in this area.
Just let that roll around in your head a little.