Donald J. Trump accomplished what no other President has accomplished in nearly 70 years. He has opened a direct line of communication with the North Koreans, and their “Great Leader”, Kim Jong-Un.
The meeting was classic Trump from the very beginning. His reminding us that “we are going to get a good deal, or we are not going to have the meeting” was pretty much helping to nudge the ball toward the goal line during the process.
As “The Donald” pointed out in his books, you get the deal done, then go about announcing it. Political theater at it’s finest. Some may call it a quickie.
Some may say one side benefits more than the other with a quickie. But if you both coma away with a grin, it’s a win-win. Sometimes, really fantastic relationships start with a “quickie”.
I think it’s pretty obvious that this deal was “in the bag” before President Trump and Kim Jung-Un shook hands for the first time.
The media circus that has surrounded the entire summit would be amusing, if it was not so sadly misdirected. CNN was whining that the shrimp and ice cream was just too expensive and extravagant for world peace. MSNBC worried vocally that Trump would not come back with a “Complete, Verifiable, Irreversible, Denuclearization”
Irreversible? I know what that word means, I just question how you make such a completely idiotic demand. Any country, even a poor one like North Korea will and can develop nuclear weapons. They have built them, so how, exactly, do you put that genie back in the bottle? You don’t.
What you do is give them lots and lots of reasons not to use them. Some are military, but much more effective are economic reasons, and they spring from capitalism.
Countries that do business together tend to find ways to avoid lobbing missiles at each other. If you depend on the south, for example, for cutting edge electronics that you and your people like, and they depend on you for raw materials to make said electronics, everyone is adding value, trade takes place, and we find ways to do more things together, and fewer reasons to kill each other. Makes sense, doesn’t it?
The world is a safer place since the summit. It is a first step. A journey of 1,000 miles starts with that all important first step.
To the best of my knowledge, the complete agreement has not been released. There is a lot of guessing as to what’s in the agreement.
Do I believe it’s comprehensive? No.
Is it the final deal? Nope.
Is it the first positive steps since the early 1950’s. You bet it is.
We watched nearly 70 years of conventional diplomacy fail, time after time after time.
Then on April 27, 2018, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shook hands at the truce village of Panmunjom inside the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas.
The first time that’s ever happened. EVER. Since longer than this writer, or either man has been alive.
I’m not a gambler. I would wager that South Korean President Moon Jae-in has a better shot at actually something better than the uneasy truce we have endured.
It would not even be a possibility if it was not for our President Trump.
Trump did something that Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush and Obama failed at accomplishing. They FAILED.
Do we have a deal with everything that everyone wanted? Nope.
Do we have a deal that makes us all that much safer? Count on it.
All because of one man who took a different approach, and has left an indelible mark on history.
That builder, reality TV host, thrice married, visionary and opinionated New Yorker and American.
The man I’m pleased to call President Trump.