Rich, Reihan, Charlie, and Michael Brendan Dougherty discuss the trade summit with China, the prospects for peace with North Korea, and the latest in the Russia inquiry.

Editors’ picks:
• Charlie: Inequality and the Intellectual Dark Web
• MBD: A New Gulag in China

Light items:
• Rich: Mike Potemra
• Reihan: Umami taste
• Charlie: Alligators
• MBD: Time Pieces

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  1. Arnold Falk Member

    The early comments on this podcast were about trade imbalances. All four of you seemed to be dismissive of the topic, taking the positions basically that “bilateral imbalances do not matter” and “Trump doesn’t really know what he’s doing.” You might find it instructive to look at with whom the US has balances in its favor. There are positive balances with South and Central America (but not Mexico), Singapore, perhaps The Netherlands and the UK. But, the rest of the planet is represented by red figures, with the China situation (even with the positive figures for Hong Kong thrown in) a grotesquely huge deficit. The US is most certainly a major contributor to geopolitical rival China’s development with a $350 trade deficit. One administration after another has rationalized this problem with “Free Trade” arguments. It is just nonsense, and all of you know it. Any rational person’s conclusion is that whereas bilateral trade deficits aren’t bad per se, if that is basically what you have with most major trading partners and regions, then you sure as hell need to correct the largest imbalances. The standout cases are China and the European Union (mainly Germany).

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    • May 23, 2018, at 10:29 PM PDT
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  2. David Bryan Member

    Lovely tributes to and remembrances of Mike Potemra!

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    • May 24, 2018, at 8:43 AM PDT
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  3. Leslie Watkins Inactive
    Leslie Watkins Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    That Trump has canceled the summit with Kim Jong Un indicates to me that you guys don’t really get Trump’s incompetence. To my totally unprofessional eyes and ears, it’s been looking for several days like Kim was trying to get the thing canceled, but for some reason (probably good advice he apparently took), Trump undercut him. I have no idea what it means–if it’s a good or a bad decision. But most of his critics don’t know either, and I just wish they would quit asserting that they do. I didn’t vote for Trump and totally recognize his failings, and I’ve been critical in my own thoughts about his trade war talk, etc. But deep down, I personally like this brave new world better than the predictable blather style of past presidents kicking things down the road while speaking in soothing tones and wearing the mask of civility. (I’m gay and used to say during the Clinton administration’s issue with gays serving in the military: I know Gingrich will sell me out, but I suspect Clinton will too, if need be politically, and I’m supposed to like Bill and hate Newt.)

    As for MBD’s concerns about North Korea taking over South Korea. Again, I’m far less knowledgeable on the subject, but I was expecting him to say it would start another Korean war with the U.S. in league with our Pacific allies against North Korea and China. Not something I want, of course, but, to me, it defies reason to think that North Korea could just subsume South Korea without shots being fired, however pro unification Moon might be. South Korea subsuming North Korea, on the other hand, might be possible.

    Finally, I must disagree with Charlie (my fave) that what the person who infiltrated the Trump campaign was doing was not spying. It’s spying for the very reason Rich pointed out: the campaign was not told. If their motives truly were national security, surely they would have done so, especially given their so-called concerns about interfering with a national election.

    It might not sound like it, but I love this podcast, and I really like it when all four of you are together. I appreciate the diversity of thought and of subjects. You guys make me think more than react, and that’s unusual these days.

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    • May 24, 2018, at 11:41 AM PDT
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  4. FredGoodhue Coolidge

    I love Diet Mt. Dew!

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    • May 24, 2018, at 1:33 PM PDT
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  5. Quinnie Member

    I’ll be honest, National Review lost me as a contributor and supporter with this past presidential election. I still check in to the Editor’s podcast periodically, but this one had me cutting out 2/3’s through. The comment on the fear that North Korea could potentially abscond South Korea and that what occurred with the Trump campaign was not “really spying” left me exasperated. Finally, the group comes across as so insulated in their intellectual bubble/world, I can’t imagine any of them changing a tire or repairing a toilet.

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    • May 26, 2018, at 3:14 PM PDT
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  6. Mrs. Ink Member

    I understand that y’all hate Trump and Trump supporters, but it sure makes for a dull podcast. I used to really like this one, but I have had enough; if I want dull I can organize my spice cupboard.

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    • May 26, 2018, at 9:57 PM PDT
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