The “historic” summit is now over. With the hype leading up to it, the term “histrionic” is more appropriate than “historic.”
North Korea signed a vague statement that it would work to see the denuclearization, someday, somewhen, sort of somehow, of the Korean Peninsula. That wasn’t even new. It just rehashed what the North Korea leader told the South Korean leader three months ago.
The concept of verification, even the faintest allusion to it, appears nowhere in the signed statement. Trump went in saying the United States would demand and achieve nothing less than “complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization.” Nothing close to that came out of this. Read the statement yourself.
Of course, we were treated to Trump gushingly complimenting Kim Jong-un, speaking of this murderous tyrant in much higher and friendlier terms than he does our allies. The meeting produced another brief Presidential bromance with another despot.
Trump praised Kim Jong-un as a “very talented man,” and did so in the context of answering questions about Kim’s brutally murderous tactics of ruling. Trump excused Kim Jong-un’s murderous ways, and even treatment that killed Otto Wambier, because poor, poor little Kim had to take over “a situation like he did at 26 years of age and is able to run it and run it tough.” Yes, our President really said that.
Continuing his effusive praise, “He trusts me, I believe, I really do. I think he trusts me, and I trust him,” declared a giddy Trump. So who needs verification when you have all that well earned mutual love and trust going on?
Kim Jong-un got what his nation has sought for decades, equality and respect on the world stage with America. Kim Jong-un wanted to no longer be regarded as the rogue leader of a rogue nation. He got it, right down to an American President justifying the murdering, and institutionalized torturing, North Korean regime because Kim took over the nation when he was young and had to be tough. The sight of the President of the United States justifying the brutality of this regime should make every American’s stomach lurch.
Kim Jong-un also got Trump to unilaterally end American training exercises in South Korea, while providing nothing tangible in return. Conceding North Korea’s position that our training was “very provocative,” Trump said the war games were expensive, what with flying planes in from Guam. In the actual words of the American President, “I know a lot about airplanes. Very expensive. I didn’t like it.”
What did Trump get? What did America get? You tell me. I can’t find anything.