A Few Nice Letters and Trump Rolls Over for North Korea

A Few Nice Letters and Trump Rolls Over for North Korea July 2, 2019

Art of the deal?

I remember when then-President Barack Obama made the horrendous deal with Iran near the end of his presidency.

He would hand over pallets of cash to the regime, in return for what amounted to nothing – curtailed nuclear ambitions, and guidelines that basically allowed for them to police themselves.

Right wing pundits and politicians howled in disbelief and disgust! I know they did this because I did the same thing.

How could we trust Iran? Are they not the same nation that has railed against the United States for decades, sponsored terrorism against our people, and in general, proven themselves not to be reliable partners in any sort of peaceful existence in this world?

Of course they are, and at no time should they be trusted. President Obama made a really bad move.

Now, riddle me this:

How is it that the same talking heads that have screeched over the horrendous deal Obama made with Iran at the end of his presidency are crowing over the successes of President Trump, as it concerns North Korea and the murderous dictator, Kim Jong Un?

Last weekend, President Trump made history by being the first sitting American president to grovel before the leader of the tyrannical hermit nation.

Like a loyal dog, Trump met with Chairman Kim at the DMZ, then accepted Kim’s invitation to step over the border and enter North Korea.

His name was Otto Warmbier.

So let’s be clear about this. Trump’s motivation has much less to do with dealing with North Korea as a nuclear threat, and everything to do with people calling his move “historical.”

It is all about Trump and this legacy he sees for himself. It is his ego, above country, above protocol, and above every bit of intelligence that has been gathered about North Korea and the Kim regime’s ambitions for years.

For starters, nothing positive has been gleaned from the love affair between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un.

North Korea, according to every reliable source, has continued to pursue nuclear weapons.

So is anyone shocked to hear that even with that information, our president continues to speak glowingly about Kim, or that he’s now considering rewarding the Kim regime for their thumbing their noses at sanctions and continuing their nuclear ambitions?

That’s right. The word is rewarding.

The New York Times is reporting that the Trump administration is considering lifting some of the tougher sanctions on North Korea, giving them the stamp of approval as a nuclear world power, with the only caveat being they promise to freeze their current nuclear programs.

You can’t make this stuff up, folks.

The plan would aim to prevent more nuclear weapons from being created in the country, but “it would not, at least in the near future, dismantle any existing weapons, variously estimated at 20 to 60. Nor would it limit the North’s missile capability,” according to the paper.

The Times, which noted that US officials previously said they would never support such a plan, said officials in the administration hope the idea “might create a foundation for a new round of negotiations” with North Korea and noted that the administration’s current goal is still to fully denuclearize the country.

And by “new round of negotiations,” they mean another chance for Trump to get clowned on the world stage.

As a part of the plan reported by the Times, US negotiators would try to get North Korean negotiators to agree to “expand the definition” of Yongbyon, the country’s main nuclear-fuel production site. Under the potentially new definition of Yongbyon, the site would reach “beyond its physical barriers” to include various facilities around the country, including one where America and South Korea believe the country is producing uranium fuel.

A senior US official involved in North Korean policy told the Times “there was no way to know if North Korea would agree to this,” and noted that in the past, North Korean negotiators “insisted” that only Kim “could define what dismantling Yongbyon meant,” according to the report.

And in an all-too-familiar, sad display of just how left out of the loop he is, White House national security adviser John Bolton suggested he knew nothing of the deal, at least, as reported by the NYT.

“Neither the NSC staff nor I have discussed or heard of any desire to ‘settle for a nuclear freeze by NK,'” he wrote. “This was a reprehensible attempt by someone to box in the President. There should be consequences.”

Sit down, John. At this point, we all know Trump will do what he does, and his advisers are, at best, window dressing.

It is abundantly clear that there is no dictator, tyrant, or despot that Trump does not admire. There are no strongmen he does not dream of imitating.

This makes us less safe. This makes us, as a nation, a laughing stock.

Our allies no longer trust us. Our enemies no longer fear us.

There will be a price to pay for Donald Trump.

 

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  • The best explanation that can be said for Trump’s love affair with dictators, though still not good, is that he believes everyone is as susceptible to flattery as he is. While I am positive that plays a factor in Trump’s reptilian like brain, there are too many other examples of Trump having totalitarian tendencies. Here is one of the latest examples.

    “All in for Senator Steve Daines as he proposes an Amendment for a strong BAN on burning our American Flag. A no brainer!” ~Donald Trump (6/15/2019)

    Of course if it is a crime there must be a punishment. Since this wasn’t a reckless spur of the moment thought for Trump, we know what he has in mind.

    “Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag – if they do, there must be consequences – perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!” ~Donald Trump (11/29/2016)

    Gee, what could go wrong giving a despotic government and narcissistic president the power to arrest and to revoke someone’s citizenship, especially for such a petty “crime” that violates our Natural Right to free speech? This is nothing more than the extreme Right wanting to pass their own “feel good laws” which have devastating consequences. The Trump Revolution has much more in common with the French Revolution (France’s Reign of Terror) than it does with the American Revolution.

    “If the basis of popular government in peacetime is virtue, the basis of popular government during a revolution is both virtue and terror; virtue, without which terror is baneful; terror, without which virtue is powerless. Terror is nothing more than speedy, severe and inflexible justice; it is thus an emanation of virtue; it is less a principle in itself, than a consequence of the general principle of democracy, applied to the most pressing needs of the patrie.” ~Maximillian de Robespierre

    We might have been able to ask Robespierre how that worked out, except he was beheaded by his own people for not being extreme enough.

  • Michael Weyer

    Meanwhile Trump is planning for tanks to be used at the Fourth of July celebration in Washington. Gee, who does that sound like?

    BTW, he claimed they would be “brand new Sherman tanks.” The army stopped making Sherman tanks in 1957;

  • IllinoisPatriot

    The US battle-survivable (Not-just-for-show tanks are so heavy they would / will tear up the streets in DC. That does not begin to address the carbon footprints of those diesel engines….

    Perhaps Trump will have some Shermans after all – from a museum somewhere – that won’t cause damage to the city or the streets just so Trump can see tanks on 4 July…..

  • Michael Weyer

    They are saying a tank parade would damage roads and the Lincoln Memorial.

    And that’s assuming it doesn’t pour rain which make it even worse. Telling that the Pentagon has been trying to explain to Trump how this is a bad idea but of course he has to prove he loves the military show.

  • chemical

    Gee, who does that sound like?

    Weakness. Only weak nations need to throw military parades to con their citizens and/or enemies into believing the military is stronger than it actually is. Strong nations don’t bother with all that and just win wars. See also: USSR, North Korea.

  • Ellen Elmore

    Susan, I agree with everything you said. The hypocrisy from the Trumpbots is truly stunning. Yes, there will be a price to pay for having Donald Trump as our president. The price includes the destruction of the Republican party. Here is an interesting fact. I was banned from commenting on the articles on The Resurgent. I guess Erick Erickson does not like me holding him accountable for switching from #NeverTrump in 2016 to a full supporter of Trump in 2020. The Trump cult is alive and well and lives at The Resurgent.

  • Michael Weyer

    It’s just like how Red State went from true conservative thought to firing any Never Trumpers and turning into Brietbart 2.0.

    It’s just amazing as even under George W, there were folks on the right willing and able to rail on him for his many mistakes. Suddenly, no matter how deep right your background is, any talk against Trump makes you an Obama-loving Soros operative who wants socialism. That this worship is for Trump, of all people, makes it more mind-boggling.

  • Michael Weyer

    The thing is, our military is strong. Our navy is bigger than the next 17 navies combined and the Pentagon’s annual budget is greater than the GNP of most of South America. Not to mention the nuclear capability to wipe out all life on the planet ten times over. But no, Trump has to show off and his follower will hail him for it.

    I swear, I have seen the cultists actually say “no Republican President has loved the military and is loved by them then Trump.” That includes Dwight Eisenhower, one of our greatest generals who remains one of the few Presidents to leave office as popular as he was when he entered it.

  • John Hinkle

    Sit down, John. At this point, we all know Trump will do what he does, and his advisers are, at best, window dressing.

    Ha! Excellent!

  • IllinoisPatriot

    I forgot about the damage that can be caused by the ground vibrations of moving tanks to historic monuments.

    Thanks for bringing that up….

  • IllinoisPatriot

    Not just that but while the Trumpies and GOP (but I repeat myself) are whining about socialism, they are also cheering every socialist policy and action Trump takes or enacts through misappropriation of Congressional authority.

  • Michael Weyer

    I swear, Reagan would be considered a screaming liberal by today’s GOP and right-wing media.

  • JASmius

    I used to have so much respect for John Bolton. Now I don’t even pity him, because he brought this serial humiliation upon himself.

  • JASmius

    Don’t you mean “The Trumpsurgent”?

  • JASmius

    Reportedly there will be two tanks and two Bradley fighting vehicles. As a Red Square military parade, that’s awfully weak sauce.

  • Mother124

    Well, as trump once said, regarding Putin: If he says nice things about me, I’ll say nice things about him.

    It’s all about HIM, as you know!