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Sunday, March 11, 2018

Trump's Big Stick Brings Kim Jong Un to Negotiating Table

By Douglas V. Gibbs
Author, Speaker, Instructor, Radio Host

It took time for Ronald Reagan to bring the Soviet Union to the negotiating table.  The Russian leadership bucked, at first.  Talks collapsed, at first.  But, after a sequence of meetings, President Reagan worked Russia into a position of not only working with the United States to produce a historic treaty, but to alleviate the fears of a world who had been nervous about Reagan's tough stance with the communist giant.

President Donald Trump has taken a similar tough stance with the enemies of the United States, and once again the appeasement establishment is nervous, fully believing that the reason the dictator is an enemy is because of something America has done to tick him off.

Our new President is not skeptical about using the strength of the United States military as a tool when it comes to standing firm and dealing with the nations of the world from a position of strength.  As a result, the North Korean regime, who has been willing to talk to nobody since the rise of its new young leader, Kim Jong Un, has offered an invitation to President Trump to sit down and talk, and the White House has accepted the offer.  The meeting marks the first time a serving U.S. president has sat down with the leadership of the heavily militarized and diplomatically isolated country.

The exact date and place has not been determined (they are searching for a neutral site), but the meeting is a potential turning point after more than six decades of confrontation involving North Korea, its southern neighbor and South Korea’s allies.

President Trump's charisma, his seemingly unpredictable nature (especially in the eyes of the leftist politicians and media), and his "take no prisoners, I am not backing down" attitude, has paid off, and the media is breathlessly watching, as they clutch their chests, to see what happens.

Our relationship with North Korea cannot possibly get any worse, so, as Trump told us when it came to electing him in the first place, "Why not take a chance on him?"

President Trump tweeted regarding the impending meeting of leaders, "Kim Jong Un talked about denuclearization with the South Korean Representatives, not just a freeze. Also, no missile testing by North Korea during this period of time. Great progress being made but sanctions will remain until an agreement is reached. Meeting being planned!"
6:08 PM - Mar 8, 2018

Kim is the only person able to make decisions in his “uniquely authoritarian” regime, so elevating the pudgy dictator by being willing to talk to him seems dangerous to the media talkers.  Then again, President Trump was put into the White House partially because of his incredible ability to be a superior deal maker.

“At this point we are not even talking about negotiations,” a senior U.S. official said, while stressing that the U.S.’s ultimate goal was complete denuclearization by North Korea, subject to stringent verification.

Any program of negotiations is a step by step process, and I am sure the fake news leftist media is already preparing their "Trump failed" broadcasts if a taming of the North Korean communist regime doesn't occur after the very first meeting.  That said, this is a sign of obvious progress between the two leaders since nobody, and I mean "nobody", has been able to get North Korea to talk since the cease fire at the end of the Korean War during the youthful years of The Greatest Generation.

Without talks, U.S. intelligence agencies have told us that there is nothing standing in the way of North Korea pressing ahead with more missile tests.

South Korea’s national-security adviser, Chung Eui-yong, conveyed Mr. Kim’s invitation to meet and noted that North Korea had promised to suspend nuclear and missile tests while it engages in talks on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Mr. Trump said he believed he was seeing “great progress” from North Korea.

“Skepticism and caution are critical as these discussions continue,” said Sen. Bob Corker (R., Tenn.), the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

While there is a hope of denuclearization, for North Korea the agreement may require the U.S. withdraws troops from South Korea, and to effectively end the U.S.-South Korean military alliance - something President Trump would never allow.

Rep. Ed Royce (R., Calif.), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said the Trump administration must ensure Pyongyang’s offer isn’t a bid to buy time to work on its program.

“North Korean regimes have repeatedly used talks and empty promises to extract concessions and buy time,” he said. “We’ve got to break this cycle.”

Democrats fear that if the talks don't go well, an itchy button-finger of the President may seek a military solution.  Democrat Senator Ed Markey voiced exactly that concern.  “If the talks between the two leaders do not go well, it is not an excuse to justify military action for a situation that has no military solution.”

It's almost as if the Democrats think that Trump is more dangerous than North Korea’s pudgy dictator.

The meeting is the latest turn in a topsy turvy rollercoaster ride that has been speeding out of control globally.  I am just thrilled about the possibility of not only denuclearizing North Korea . . . but, could you imagine if this was the first step towards an event as historical as the fall of the Berlin Wall?

One can hope.

Such a world-changing event would send Trump's approval rating into the stratosphere, and leave the hard-left progressive commies twitching in a catatonic state.  Science has, after all, proven that the liberal left crazies are indeed the psychotic ones.

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

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