Donald Trump should get credit for bring Kim Jun Un to the negotiating table if the talks happen, or brings stability to the Korean peninsula, or results in a good deal for the USA and it’s former allies. However this skeptic will wait and see. You see if name-calling, bluster and threats of war are what works to bring North Korea into the 21st Century, then let it be.
I have been a sharp critic of this administration for its policies to date as well as the character of its leader, so it is with some caution that I offer any praise of Trumps actions. I will be a believer of his tactics if any only if it works. Kim Jun Un has a history of negotiating then ignoring the terms of the agreement. Korea’s family dynasty has survived years of conflict with European and American negotiators while receiving Aid from those same countries. With the lack of an economy to support it’s people and virtually all of the aid received from the rest of the world invested in it’s military, Korea has been an outcast from the rest of the world.
From his Grandfather to his father Kim Jun Un is a paper-cutter leader with little vision beyond maintaining control over a military and an entire country of unenlightened followers. The issue today is whether this dictator is willing to change decades of rule by fear to something else that resembles sanity, and then negotiate with Trump in good faith. Good faith is defined as check, double check, and continuous checking on adherence to the terms of any agreement reached.
Trump has billed this meeting as historic before it has even happened, and as for most of his rants and tweets the substance will be in the results, not in his rhetoric. President Obama said that he hoped that the Trump administration some how would be successful for America’s sake, and in this delicate negotiation I hope he is right. As talks with these two shoot from the hip representatives could go in several directions with most of them bad. So I will join Obama and other statesmen’s hope that these talks will truly be historic and fruitful for the people of North and South Korea as well as the rest of the world, including the United States of America.
So if Trump is successful I will be one of the first to recognize his tactics as being effective and thus give him credit for bringing peace in that part of the world. But I will withhold that credit until the results are in.
But I’m Just Saying !