February 25, 2024

Bob Woodward’s ‘Rage’ reveals more about Trump than North Korea

The book is addictive, but misses key historical events in its retelling of what happened between the US and North Korea

It started almost before the beginning. On Jan. 26, 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump asked Matt Pottinger — who would later become deputy national security adviser — to prepare options on North Korea. It was only his sixth day in office.

Tensions were high. Pottinger came back with a spectrum bent in the direction of malign rather than benign: Options ranged from accepting North Korea as a nuclear power to regime change through CIA covert action or a military attack.