When president Trump threatened to “totally destroy North Korea” if it launched any type of nuclear missile attack on Japan, Guam, the United States, etc., Trump haters said that he was going to start a nuclear war.
This is much like the situation in 1983 when Republican president Ronald Reagan called the communist Soviet Union an “evil empire” and the liberals were certain that Reagan was going to start World War III.
Reagan’s taunt of the Soviet communists came after decades in which world leaders were totally deferential to them for fear of their aggressive military posture. This is precisely what the communists wanted.
But Reagan knew, and Trump knows, the score – that the United States has the greatest military in history and that the Soviet Union was a poor empire and that North Korea is a very poor nation today.
At the same time, North Korea has nowhere near the technology to launch a nuclear missile strike on anyone and Trump knows it. Its military is composed of old technology from the 1960s picked up from China and the Soviet Union. Its huge army is full of soldiers who are literally starving and would defect if given the chance.
To show you how poor North Korea is, consider this fact: The Gross Domestic Product (annual economic production) of North Korea is listed at $25 billion by the World Bank and even less by other sources like the United Nations. This is less than the GDP of the small, rural US state of Vermont while North Korea has 40 times as many people as Vermont. Wow.
Ever since Trump began menacing North Korea with verbal taunts and military exercises using our advanced technology, North Korea has slowly been backing off of its threatening actions and rhetoric which have intimidated American presidents, and South Korea, for decades.
Indeed things are changing. Genocidal North Korea is still technically “at war” with South Korea after the end, in 1953, of the war that allowed South Korea to remain free. The two nations never signed a peace treaty. America helped to defend South Korea in that war in which we lost 33,000 US soldiers. But Fox News reports:
President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that North Korea and South Korea will be meeting to end their decades-long war — and both countries have his “blessing.”
… “South Korea is meeting and has plans to meet with North Korea to see if they can end the war,” Trump said at his Florida home at Mar-a-Lago, with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe by his side. “They have my blessing on that.”
The war began in 1950. Without ever signing a peace treaty, North and South Korea are technically still at war.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un are set to hold a summit on April 27 in a village on the border, South Korean media and Reuters reported.
This, friends, is a direct result of president Trump’s tough talk and actions. This is what we get with a strong leader. Asian leaders love Trump for finally getting the job done.
It gets better. The Chicago Tribune reports about North Korea potentially dismantling its nuclear weapons program, which American presidents have been seeking for decades:
CIA Director Mike Pompeo made a top-secret visit to North Korea over Easter weekend as an envoy for President Donald Trump to meet with that country’s leader, Kim Jong Un, according to two people with direct knowledge of the trip.
The extraordinary meeting between one of Trump’s most trusted emissaries and the authoritarian head of a rogue state was part of an effort to lay the groundwork for direct talks between Trump and Kim about North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, according to the two people, who requested anonymity because of the highly classified nature of the talks.
The clandestine mission, which has not previously been reported, came soon after Pompeo was nominated to be secretary of state.
“I’m optimistic that the United States government can set the conditions for that appropriately so that the president and the North Korean leader can have that conversation will set us down the course of achieving a diplomatic outcome that America so desperately – America and the world so desperately need,” Pompeo told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last week during his confirmation hearing.
This is another big success for Trump if North Korea follows through. And the president was wise to say unequivocally that he will walk away from any meeting if North Korea is dishonest in its dealings. Good. He is saying that he will not be played for a sucker just to look like he is achieving something. Fantastic.
Update: Breitbart News reports:
Various reports in American and South Korean state media Friday evening indicated that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un announced the halt of nuclear and missile tests in his country. The reports did not specify whether the tests would conclude permanently.
The South Korean newswire service Yonhap reports that the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) published the announcement from Kim, which read, “from April 21, North Korea will stop nuclear tests and launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles.”
“The North will shut down a nuclear test site in the country’s northern side to prove the vow to suspend nuclear test,” the announcement concluded.
NK News, a website focusing on updates from the communist country, reported that Kim told a Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) meeting that there was “no need” for such a nuclear program anymore.
Reuters also confirmed the KCNA report. Sputnik, a Russian state site, added the detail North Korea will “join international efforts to halt nuclear tests altogether,” according to Kim.
Fantastic. If this is true and it develops into the full dismantling of North Korean nuclear weapons, then Trump deserves the Nobel Peace Prize.
Nikitas3.com sees the same pattern emerging with Trump and North Korea as we saw with president Reagan and the Soviet Union, which collapsed in 1991 after a decade of pressure starting with president Reagan and continuing with his successor George HW Bush.
This is called “peace through strength”. By keeping our military strong and up to date with the best and most advanced tactics and weaponry, the whole world is safer. God bless America, our military, and president Trump.
Trump Staff Chaos? No Problem
There are repeated and ongoing criticisms that members of president Trump’s White House staff are coming and going like customers at a restaurant on a busy Saturday night.
Steve Bannon, Rex Tillerson, Hope Hicks, Reince Preibus, etc. Boom, boom, boom…
Yet president Trump is getting more accomplished than the most seasoned and well-staffed presidents in the last 100 years. So perhaps the president’s staff is just a legacy of the old, polite Washington bureaucracy. Or more accurately, part of it.
It is also important to remember that the first year of any new administration is often chaotic. In case you don’t remember the first year of Bill Clinton’s administration in 1993 was an absolute mess.
As Trump settles in you can expect more and more continuity and order. After all, a new company often hires people just to fill slots. Then the company refines its staff as time passes – some people stay, some go depending on how they fit in, how good a job they are doing, how much the CEO likes them.
But the big question is: Who cares if Trump’s staff is disorderly? After all, he is getting things done. Lots of things.
Look at how much success he is having with North Korea after just 15 months in office. On the other hand we saw only failure under more than 20 years of liberal or ‘establishment’ rule with Bill Clinton as president, or with Hillary Clinton as secretary of state. Or Barack Obama. Or George W. Bush. Or Madeleine Albright or John Kerry or Condoleezza Rice as secretary of state.
All of them were classic bureaucrats. They sounded professional and conciliatory and willing to accommodate, but never got any real results on North Korea.
Why? Because they were professional and conciliatory, not tough like Trump. And the evil forces in North Korea took advantage of this soft attitude.
In fact Obama screwed up the whole country but the media loved his technocratic style and tone, and his loyal and professional “staff”. So what does that say?
Answer: It means that “staff” does not compensate for incompetence; it only presents the appearance of legitimacy.
Conclusion: Let Trump be Trump. He does things his own way and gets things done.
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