Trump’s Convenient and Hypocritical Self-Delusion

Upon his return from Singapore, Trump immediately, and predictably, declared that he had fixed the entire problem of nuclear weapons in North Korea through sheer force of personality, without one single tangible thing actually being done. And of course, he did it on Twitter:

I joked on Facebook a few weeks ago that if we ever get a deal on nuclear weapons in North Korea — and we won’t, not him or any other president — we should put the exact same enforcement mechanisms and inspection regime into it that is already in the Iran agreement that he violated. Then we could watch him declare those same provisions that he now claims are useless and don’t prevent Iran from making nuclear weapons to be the greatest, most beautiful, gold-plated, stupendous provisions in the history of the world. And you know damn well that’s what he’d do because he doesn’t have the foggiest idea what was in that agreement. In fact, non-proliferation experts from both parties said it was the strictest inspection regime ever put in place. Frankly, I was shocked that Iran agreed to it. So let’s compare what he said about the Iran agreement when he announced that he was violating it.

He claimed that the deal “allowed Iran to continue enriching uranium,” which is true but still dishonest. They can only enrich it for power generation, which requires enrichment to no more than 3-5%, but not for weapons use, which requires at least 90% enrichment. He said the deal put the world on “the brink of a nuclear breakout.” Another lie. “The agreement was so poorly negotiated that even if Iran fully complies, the regime can still be on the verge of a nuclear breakout in just a short period of time,” he claimed.

So let me see if I have this straight. An actual signed agreement with the strictest enforcement regime in the history of non-proliferation agreements, which they were in full compliance with according to the UN and our own intelligence services, was a worthless deal that had to be torn up. But no deal at all, just a promise to consider a deal, with no restrictions, no concessions, no enforcement mechanism and no inspection regime has now magically saved the world from the terror of North Korea’s already existing nuclear weapons.

Is he actually this deluded? No, of course not. He’s just lying, like he always does, in the service of self-aggrandizement. But precisely how stupid would you have to be to believe this? As stupid as your average Trump voter.

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