An interesting, if not entirely unexpected development: MOSCOW — Russian authorities are denying reports that they are moving troops to the border with North Korea over growing tensions in the Korean peninsula. The Interfax news agency on Friday quoted Alexander Gordeyev, spokesman for the Far Eastern Military district, as saying that the movement of heavy weaponry, caught on film and widely distributed on social media, is part of “absolutely scheduled maneuvers of combat readiness.” Gordeyev said the military hardware was on its way back from drills elsewhere and denied any connection to the tensions around North Korea’s nuclear program. https://www.washingtonpost.com/worl...624539060e8_story.html?utm_term=.e29bcb1700c2 This is, I think, the problem of the current US administration (a) having no policy while (b) doing everything to stir up conflict in the region. As Trump plays "strongman", talking up his hard lines and his "Armada" while not taking any actual steps to achieve a solution, other players are moving their pieces across the board. Trump may think that a military strike is one of his options, but the more time he spends showing off his assets and crowing about them to the world, the more time he gives his opponents to prepare countermeasures. (That is, assuming Putin isn't moving to back Trump up. ) What ever happened to "being unpredictable"? To the "element of surprise"? Trump is daily running his mouth off, while around the world other leaders are acting.