In 30+ years working in politics in Defense and Foreign Policy, I have been through many summits: Arabs and Israelis, where agreements were signed, Americans and Soviets where détente kept us from blowing up the world and led to the end of the Evil Empire. I have worked on countless hours in work leading up to, during, and post world leader meetings.
The summit between Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un was a failure nonpareil in post World War II diplomacy. It was the most miserable excuse for a meeting between leaders in my decades of working in policy and politics.
One would have to return to World War II, and Yalta as FDR and Roosevelt gave Eastern Europe away to the Soviets to find a greater debacle. At least the Trump show did not put half a continent under the yoke of communist dictators.
Donald Trump is fleecing the people of the USA as he tries to use national security to sell the Trump brand. The meeting was nothing more than another show, a photo opportunity, a nothing. That does not mean there are no consequences to the meetings. Whether the talks will produce détente remains to be seen.
What was right about the Trump/Kim photo-op.
I am a huge fan of talking with our enemies rather than shooting at them, and they fire back. Trump reaching out to a foe was a 180 degree turn away from the Bush Doctrine of shoot first, don’t bother to talk.
That is why I cheered Barack Obama reaching out to another member of Reagan’s Axis of Evil, Iran, rather than continue along the same foreign policy path that had not brought a change to that nation in over 30 years. I believe engagement brings change, and without spilling American blood. There are plenty of instances supporting my view: the Soviet Union, another Obama achievement, Cuba, and China to name a few.
In every instance, diplomacy won change without a single bullet fired. In that context, the gesture by Trump is the correct course of action. Once we get past the nobility of speaking to our enemies, what we say and do has grave consequences, and things fell apart quickly with this summit.
The bad cannot be ignored or rationalized away.
Where were the discussions on human rights? In every summit, the United States had with the Soviet Union, and China, the question of human rights was high on the agenda. The plight of the Refusniks in Soviet days and the abuses at Tienamen Square were discussions at every meeting of between our Presidents and the Heads of State of nations with whom we sought to improve relations.
The regime of Kim Jong Un is one of the most murderous on the planet. Where FDR and Churchill gave away much of Europe to Stalin, Donald Trump did not even bring up Kim’s human rights abuses.
Today, The National Journal laid out an excellent article about the Summit by Mona Charen. Here is a key takeaway from the article which you can read here:
In 2014, a United Nations report concluded that North Korea’s crimes against humanity “entail extermination, murder, enslavement, torture, imprisonment, rape, forced abortions and other sexual violence, persecution on political, religious, racial and gender grounds, the forcible transfer of populations, the enforced disappearance of persons and the inhumane act of knowingly causing prolonged starvation.” –Conservative commentator Mona Charen, writing in the conservative National Review, June 15, 2018
Reports this morning are that Trump has pulled the United States out of the UN Commission that investigates human rights. It is unclear on whether he is doing so because of their reports against another Trump buddy, Israel, or his new BFF the most murderous dictator on the planet, Kim Jong Un.
As is usual, there is a con job going on by Trump.
Donald Trump lied to America about the North Korean threat. There is an old saw that says, “The easiest person to con is a con man.” Kim assured Mr. Trump all is well on the nuke front. There is a Russian proverb that Ronald Reagan hijacked, and many believe the words originated with him. “Doveryai, no proveryai,” spelled phonetically, means “Trust but verify.”
“There is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea,” Mr. Trump proudly tweeted. How stupid does he think the American people are that they would swallow that? Some are pretty stupid, evidently, and are drinking in what is perhaps his largest, and most dangerous lie of all. How many missiles have the North Koreans destroyed as of today? None. How many warheads have been produced by North Korea? We have no clue. How many has Kim given over to the United States for disposal as of right now? None.
I helped implement the Cooperative Threat Reduction Treaty with the four nuclear republics of the Former Soviet Union. That treaty eliminated the only class of atomic weapons ever destroyed. I know what it takes to remove a nuclear threat, and nothing is any different today than it was one week ago in terms of national security. Kim can have a whim, and if he has a nuclear capability as the world believes, then he can launch one at Hawaii or the West Coast of the USA immediately.
As of the writing of this article, we do not know what Kim’s nuclear capabilities are or if they are just puffery. We do know he can build rockets. Where is the treaty that will allow for inspection, verification, elimination of all nuclear and missile capabilities?
The whole charade is one big con-job, and Americans are the marks. The summit was a failure that gave legitimacy to a killer. America lost. The great dealmaker gave away the store and what is worse, became the cheerleader for a tyrant.
Yes, Kim’s people do cheer for him wildly, and profess great love and admiration. They do so because they don’t want to face torture, rape, starvation, or elimination.
Donald Trump mused he wants Americans to treat him the same way. That outpouring is due to a human rights abuse, and not love. All he has to do is to abuse the people of the United States as Kim does, treating them like slaves, whose lives have no meaning except to serve the dictator, and he will get the same treatment.
[A NOTE TO MY READERS ON FACEBOOK, a Facebook automatic bot hit me with a 30-day ban for writing the word “pig” in a post. It was a humorous post, but the automatic bot called it hate speech. If you ever write the American idiom ‘a pig in a poke.’ I would not advise doing it on Facebook. Sharing this article on Facebook will not get you banned since all Facebook sees is the title and the link, and not the content. So the word 'pig' is safe from Facebooks censors. I find it curious posters can sling anti-Semitic comments my way with impunity, yet a non-hateful use of the word pig gets me blocked.
I will be back on Facebook, either on July 14, 2018, or when Facebook gets it worked out as they say they are doing. I have yet to see Facebook do anything they say they will do, so to my Facebook Friends, see you July 14th, which is Bastille Day. You know I'll have a lot to say about that.]
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