The Kim-Trump Talk

CAL THOMAS COMMENARY MARCH 12 2018

         NORTH KOREA’S MURDEROUS DICTATOR, KIM JONG-UN, HAS SCORED A MASSIVE POLITICAL VICTORY. PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS SCORED A MASSIVE POLITICAL VICTORY BY GETTING KIM TO AGREE TO FACE-TO-FACE TALKS ABOUT GETTING RID OF HIS NUCLEAR WEAPONS WITH THE GOAL OF A NUCLEAR-FREE KOREAN PENINSULA.

         TAKE YOUR PICK. I’M GOING WITH THE FIRST ONE. AS I WROTE IN MY COLUMN LAST WEEK, A WASHINGTON GROUP THAT KEEPS TABS ON THESE THINGS HAS A LIST OF THE VIOLATIONS OF VARIOUS ARMS AGREEMENTS MADE WITH NORTH KOREA. IT EXTENDS TO 37 PAGES.

         ALL PREVIOUS TALKS AND AGREEMENTS HAVE BEEN VIOLATED BY NORTH KOREA. THE WEST PROVIDES FOOD AND OTHER INSENSTIVES IN HOPES THE REGIME WILL CHANGE. IT DOESN’T. AND THE CYCLE REPEATS.

         EVEN PESSIMISTS LIKE ME HOPE THIS MEETING WILL PRODUCE POSITIVE RESULTS AND PRESIDENT TRUMP WILL HAVE A GREAT FOREIGN POLICY VICTORY, BUT IF THIS WERE A BANK LOAN, KIM’S CREDIT RATING WOULD BE NON EXISTENT AND THE BANKER WOULD BE A FOOL TO LEND HIM MONEY.

         UNRAVELING NORTH KOREA’S NUCLEAR PROGRAM AND MISSILES IS GOING TO TAKE MORE THAN ONE MEETING, BUT AS THE PRESIDENT LIKES TO SAY, WE’LL SEE. I AM NOT OPTIMISTIC. I’M CAL THOMAS IN WASHINGTON.