“Just landed – a long trip, but everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office. There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea. Meeting with Kim Jong Un was an interesting and very positive experience. North Korea has great potential for the future!”
It follows up on the agreement the two great men signed committing to a denuclearization of the Korean peninsula – although ‘denuclearization’ was not defined. Which hardly matters as no time frame or action plan was outlined.
Let’s just call it Trump’s Neville Chamberlain moment. In 1938, returning from Munich, Chamberlain also had a piece of paper and assurances from a dictator. One line from the agreement was this:
“We regard the agreement signed last night and the Anglo_German Naval Agreement as symbolic of the desire of our two peoples never to go to war with one another again.”
So much for that.
Chamberlain also added this:
“I believe it is peace for our time. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Go home and get a nice quiet sleep.”Compare that to another Trump tweet:
“Before taking office people were assuming that we were going to War with North Korea. President Obama said that North Korea was our biggest and most dangerous problem. No longer – sleep well tonight!”
Let’s just say the gloating is premature. But promises are always confused for achievement in Trump’s head and among his loyal subjects. And that isn’t their only folly.
The conservative media have fawned over Trump in celebrating the President’s bold step of talking to Kim. Which is inconsistent – or widely hypocritical – considering their previous excoriation of President Obama for even suggesting such a thing.
But it does accord with the Trump zealots and their fickle belief in the correct course to take. In their estimation, if Trump does ‘it’ then it is mete and proper. If Obama did ‘it’, then it was an error of judgment threatening to bring the Republic to its knees. Even if ‘it’ is the same thing.
I do not know what Kim’s aims are but I doubt we shall see an end to the North Korean weapons programs. There may be a temporary halt as Trump throws money at Kim to keep the illusion of accomplishment alive. But the North Koreans have long been scorpions — true only to their nature, and slaves to their belligerence.
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