The U.S. Special Representative for North Korea, Stephen Biegun, was recently touted in the media as a good man with an impossible task. There are two implications wrapped up in this assertion. The first is that Biegun cannot achieve U.S. strategic objectives through negotiations with North Korea. The second is that he, and ultimately President Trump, will be responsible for failure at the forthcoming summit with Kim Jong Un in Hanoi and beyond.
Both are false.
David Maxwell, a 30-year veteran of the United States Army and a retired Special Forces colonel, is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Follow him on Twitter @davidmaxwell161.