Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Kim Jong Un beats Trump

Call the historic meeting between North Korea's dictator Kim Jong Un and conservative President Trump, "The Art of the Con." This being Trump, the meeting and its buildup was all about him. He clearly wants the Nobel Peace Prize. Vox It was all a dog and pony show for Trump. Kim Jong Un knew how to play Trump's ego and he got what he wanted.

So, with the world watching, what did the Great Dealmaker get for America? The answer is virtually nothing. It was just a signed letter with platitudes about peace and a "commitment" by North Korea that it would work towards denuclearization. (Huffington Post) There was no timeline for North Korea to even begin the process. Yes, there was no date say for North Korea to disclose its nuclear weapons test sites, or an accounting for nuclear materials or weapons. North Korea has played this game for years. Promise not to have nuclear weapons while developing them. And there is nothing about agreeing to independent verification.

What did North Korea get? Kim Jong Un got what his father, and grandfather never got. He got a meeting with the most powerful man in the world and leader of the free world, the President of the United States. This instantly gave him credibility and respect. (See former Ambassador Wendy Sherman's comments below at the seven minute mark.) And it gets worse for America, Japan and South Korea. Trump is cancelling future joint military exercises with South Korea. Folks, these are designed to prevent accidents between forces in event of war. The United States, South Korea and Japan got nothing for that cancellation.

My fellow Americans, conservative Republican President Trump only cares about himself and the optics of his image. His actions endanger not just Americans but now the lives of South Koreans and the Japanese. Vote liberal Democrat if you want to live.

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