MAGA folks danced in the street when it was announced Trump arranged de-nuke talks with Kim Jung-un.
Trump made history, the MAGA crowd cheered and tweeted. He did what Obama and Clinton were unable to do—persuade Kim to drop his mad quest for nukes and ballistic missiles.
Trump sends his new secretary of state, former CIA boss Mike Pompeo, to talk with North Korean officials. Pompeo announces progress. It’s all good for the cameras. MAGA devotees heap praise on the former tank commander and his boss.
It looks like a historic moment.
Prisoners were released.
Mike got the bones of US soldiers repatriated!
Then the wheels begin to come off.
From the Associated Press on July 7:
High-level talks between the United States and North Korea appeared to hit a snag on Saturday as Pyongyang said a visit by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had been “regrettable” and accused Washington of making “gangster-like” demands to pressure the country into abandoning its nuclear weapons.
It was a mystery from the start.
Why all of a sudden did a communist dictatorship run by an ancestral cult of personality decide to engage in nuclear disarmament talks with an openly hostile nation responsible for flattening its country 65 years ago?
Add to this Kim is well aware of what happened to Gaddafi in Libya after he gave up his weapons program. Bolton made a point of reminding him.
It’s hard to believe North Korea would actually consider giving up its nukes. Advanced weapons systems are the only way Kim might hedge against a 1950 repeat.
Did Kim realize these talks would go nowhere?
Did the American people?
Then there’s Mike’s top secret Easter visit to North Korea while still CIA boss.
Did he strike a deal with Kim?
The takeaway is really quite simple. North Korea will not agree to denuclearization without a US promise to remove its bases and troops.
This is not going to happen.
While Pompeo offered a relatively positive assessment of his meetings, North Korea’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the U.S. betrayed the spirit of last month’s summit between President Donald Trump and Kim by making “unilateral and gangster-like” demands on “CVID,” or the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of North Korea.
In other words, the US acted like it always does in foreign affairs—as the polite bully in service of the indispensable nation, making demands it knows an adversary will not and cannot accept. Pompeo threatened no sanctions relief if Kim didn’t negotiate in what the US considers good faith. He said war games would resume.
Of course, there will need be a pretext sold to the American people. Fox News is on the case.
It’s insane to think this showboated political stunt will result in anything positive.
Short of Kim groveling and acquiescing to every demand, the United States will say he is intransigent. It will be two steps back.
Back to Rocket Man and Fire and Fury.