June 12, 2018

All Hail President Trump

I'm splitting with some of my "never-Trump" buddies on the North Korea summit.

Jim Geraghty says "North Korea Wins Suspension of U.S. Military Exercise in Exchange for Promises, Magic Beans " And his esteemed colleague, Jonah Goldberg has been tweeting a storm of NorK atrocities -- upset that the flags were side-by side.

I close my eyes and see Sec. Madeline Albright toasting his Dad with a champagne flute. I recoil in horror at President Obama's pallets of cash provided to the Iranian Mullahs. Do I think the Korean peninsula is destined for sweetness and light? Prob'ly not. But I am ready to call the President's diplomatic mission a success.

The "diplomacy curve" upon which I grade is pretty generous. As I mentioned, not much works -- ever. Tyrants gotta tyrant. But the suggestion that the status qup was working -- in any sense of the word is what the diplomats call "cray-cray."

Fewer American troops on teh peninula? Hell yeah! An implicit invite to participate in world markets instead of hermit kingdom? Why the hell not? Difusing tensions? I'm in! Restoring Dennis Rodman's diplomatic career? Umm, can I get back to you on that?

Worst case to me is status quo ante. Bets case is anythng else -- well done, Mr. President.

Even Reason is in

Is it gross for a president to flatter a vile dictator? Yes. But let's be clear: Presidents flatter vile dictators all the time. (Google "Saudi Arabia.") At least in this case there's the hope of cooling off those nuclear tensions, and of boosting rather than undermining South Korea's push for peace. Trump is even skylarking about perhaps one day pulling America's troops out of the peninsula. ''ll believe that when I see it, but it's surely better to have it on the rhetorical table than to have it be as unthinkable to the president as it is to the foreign-policy Blob.

Trump Revolution Posted by John Kranz at June 12, 2018 12:53 PM

It bears noting that DJT has assembled a dream team to take the deal forward, Pompeo, Bolton, Haley and (if it comes to it) Mad Dog Mattis!

So, this deal is already better than anything BHO could have put together!

Posted by: nanobrewer at June 19, 2018 12:15 AM

'At least in this case there's the hope of cooling off those nuclear tensions'

For now, until North Korea turns back to bad cop again...

The summit merely postpones conflict (until North Korea is more prepared and has mass produced more weapons. It doesn't prevent it.

'So, this deal is already better than anything BHO could have put together!'

So it's the second worst deal in history?

Posted by: Steve D at June 29, 2018 3:00 PM | What do you think? [2]