Trump Might do With the North Korean Regime What No U.S. President Has Ever Done

President Trump acknowledged in an interview with Bloomberg that most political advisors would counsel him not to do this, but that he would ‘honored’ to do it if under the right conditions. He would meet with Kim Jong-un, if that’s what it took to avert a major military confrontation that would certainly lead to a massive war with many casualties.

“If it would be appropriate for me to meet with him, I would absolutely, I would be honored to do it,” Trump said.

“Most political people would never say that,” he said, “but I’m telling you under the right circumstances I would meet with him.”

As Bloomberg noted:  “No U.S. president has had direct contact with the North Korean regime and any contacts between the two nations have been limited since the signing of an armistice that halted the Korean War in 1953. Kim has never met with a foreign leader since taking charge after his father’s death in 2011 and hasn’t left his isolated country.”

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Trump is right that political advisors – like those who surround him – would not counsel diplomacy. Conventional wisdom these days is not peace. It’s war. If there’s someone in a far-away foreign country whom U.S. officials don’t like – usually it has to do with natural resources, or a desire to take control of a region – they’ll always advise war. And the media will be right there to drum up support for war based on some appeal to emotion about that particular foreign leader whom they want to take out.

North Korea’s regime has been far more brutal to its people than that of Bashar Assad, Muammar Gaddafi, or Saddam Hussein. But the United States has generally tolerated North Korea. Mostly because we don’t have a vested interest in taking over that region. Even if we did, I don’t think even saber-rattling U.S. officials would advise risking ticking off China.

Trump is also right to at least signal that he’d rather deal with this situation diplomatically. I don’t understand why so many people are so quick to want to go to war. How do you conduct peace talks with a delusional narcissist? I have no idea. But it’s a far better solution than blowing up the country, which would no doubt kill thousands of people who had nothing to do with Kim Jong-un, and it would lead to other disastrous consequences.

Maybe North Korea can’t launch a military strike on the U.S., but they can send ballistic missiles to their southern neighbor. Do we really want to risk the consequences of launching a military strike on North Korea when they haven’t actually done anything yet. Sure, they’ve threatened, they have films with their missiles blowing up the White House and U.S. battleships. They’ve talked about a ‘super-massive preemptive strike.’ But those may be nothing but empty threats. Maybe all that is Kim Jong-un projecting a completely false image of strength.

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