All the slavish, 2020 preparations to make for glorious
benefit of Lord Trump, by both his devoted base and the clingers of the pundit
set stink just a little worse, this morning.
While Trump’s former attorney (fixer), Michael Cohen aired
all his dirty laundry before Congress and the world on Wednesday, the president
was in Vietnam with North Korean dictator, Kim Jong Un, sucking at being a
The first bit of news from the Trump-Kim Summit II was that –
as I predicted – Trump was going into the talks with the bloody communist
tyrant looking for nothing substantial.
The reports coming out on Wednesday were that the U.S. would
no longer expect the rogue regime to give an accounting of their nuclear
The decision to drop, for now, a significant component of a potential nuclear deal suggests a reality that U.S. intelligence assessments have stressed for months in shaping talks as they progress: North Korea does not intend to fully denuclearize, which is the goal Trump set for his talks with Kim.
Go in expecting
nothing, come out with nothing, then call it a win.
In recent months researchers have discovered that North Korea has as many as 20 undisclosed ballistic missile sites, according to Beyond Parallel, a project sponsored by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a defense think tank. One of the sites is the Sino-ri Missile Base about 130 miles north of the demilitarized zone between North Korea and South Korea, where about 28,000 U.S. troops are stationed.
What Kim wants is sanctions relief, and there has been some
murmurings from the administration that perhaps that could be a thing they
To be fair, many were afraid Trump would balk at Cohen’s
testimony and attempt to draw attention away by giving up the farm to Kim, by
way of sanctions relief, removing U.S. troops from South Korea, or a number of
other concessions that would surely set the media ablaze.
He did none of those things, and the word today is that the summit
has been cut short, after the two sides reached a stalemate, regarding
While many of us now feel comfortable enough to exhale,
however, with Donald Trump, there is
always another shoe to drop.
Let’s take a step away from Vietnam and back to Helsinki,
Specifically, let’s remember the president of the United
States standing beside another dictator, Russian President Vladimir Putin,
after having a private huddle, throwing his own intelligence community under
the bus, and delivering the Putin-approved line about Russian interference in the
2016 election, as the world watched.
It was shameful.
Now, back to the present, and that same U.S. president,
Donald Trump, being questioned about North Korea’s human rights abuses, and the
death of American student, Otto Warmbier.
Warmbier was returned to the United States in June 2017,
after being held in a North Korean prison for a year.
He took a propaganda poster off a wall.
When he was returned, he was in a vegetative state, brain
damaged, and died days later.
On Thursday, Trump capped off the end of the summit by, once
again, siding with a dictator.
Kim, according to Trump, denied knowing anything about Warmbier’s treatment, and Trump believes him.
“He felt badly about it. He felt very badly,” Trump said at a news conference after his second summit with Kim, after saying they discussed the matter privately. “He tells me that he didn’t know about it and I will take him at his word.”
The Kim family have full control over the torturous prison
camps in their nation. Human rights activists have long called out the abuses
of the North Korean citizens captured and held in them.
In fact, a reporter attempted to ask Kim if he would be
discussing his nation’s abominable human rights record, only to have Trump
interrupt and say they were talking about “everything.”
Trump said he believed Kim’s denial in part because it would not be in Kim’s interest for Warmbier to wind up in a coma as he did during his imprisonment in North Korea.
“I don’t think that the top leadership knew about it,” Trump added. “I don’t believe that he (Kim) would have allowed that to happen.”
He ordered the murder of his own uncle, and reportedly his
He had the Minister of Education for North Korea executed by
firing squad for having a “bad attitude.”
He reportedly had another official executed by flame
Somebody should inform Trump – who praised Kim earlier for
being a “rich kid” who had remained unspoiled by his upbringing of privilege.
So the one good thing Trump did, which was to walk away from
any further negotiations with the rogue nation, is a relief. It could have been
so much worse.
His incessant praise and defense of dictators, however, is a stain. And a disgrace.
He didn’t stop a problem. He simply delayed it for a little