Know When To Walk Away

President Donald Trump

Kenny Rogers gave some good advice in his hit song, “The Gambler”. President Donald Trump risked reputation and political slams from Democrats by meeting with Kim Jong Un, premier of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. If he got a good deal, he would be a hero.  It would be Nobel Prize time for the New York real estate developer. It didn’t happen that way.

Trump went to the negotiating table and wound up walking away. You would think that he would have tried to retreat into the background and wait for this to blow-over, but that’s not his style. The President faced the world in a live press conference almost immediately after the failed negotiations, and answered questions for most of an hour without hesitation, and assisted by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Donald Trump is an unusual president in that in solving problems he likes to engage with the primary parties. That’s how he made his fortunes, and that’s how he is governing. To him, personal trust is part of the foundation of making a good deal. Knowing and understanding the person on the other side of a situation is all important. That’s Trump, and he places great value on relationships.

We need to place these negotiations into a different perspective. This is not a normal diplomatic situation. For decades those efforts failed miserably.  Kim wanted to be on the world stage, and he rattled his nuclear missiles for years to make that dream come true .  Now, it is Trump’s job to make the little tyrant give up his nukes, or suffer deathly consequences.

Are we on the brink of a nuclear war? Not necessarily, but we need to make Kim think we are. To do that Trump has to talk tough, and get really mean on economic sanctions. Trump is no cream-puff like Obama.

5 thoughts on “Know When To Walk Away”

  1. I keep hearing people say that the key to controlling North Korea is to find a way to gain the support of China. I am always amazed to hear such talk, as if it isn’t in China’s best interests to maintain a belligerent North Korean regime. From an international diplomatic point of view, Trump is the turd in the punchbowl. IMO, we need more directness in diplomacy and from a strictly American standpoint, we need to remain true to who we are as a people. Obama didn’t reflect any of our values, nor did Clinton or Kerry … so it is refreshing to find someone who is looking out for the American people for a change.

  2. It’s been a while since I thought of the mantra that basically says if you control China you control North Korea. I remember the five or six party talks we tried to use. I also remember the actual war where we were clearly winning, but tired of war. We had lost too many men, including my older brother. Nothing seems to work.

    To me that’s the biggest lesson about NOKO. Nothing in the negotiating sense works, and we have to sacrifice a lot to solve the problem, if it can ever be solved.

    I viewed Trump’s approach as a breath of fresh air, and all our hope were up, again. Under the circumstances, which Trump created, we are disappointed. I still think that Trump can pull it off, but maybe not within the next two to three years. I believe it will take some really serious personal pain for the Kim family, at least the threat of death to the premier.

    Thanks for you view.

  3. I don’t know, Ed. I listened once, and will go back and listen a couple of more times. The language thing is very interesting. Trump’s intelligence is not surprising to me. Just listening to him go ad lib is a real experience. He has his subjects under control, and loves to indulge the world in his conversations.

    By the way, I watched Mark Levine on TV tonight interview Brandon Straka, a gay former Democrat. Brandon has quite a story, and has started a movement called, #walkaway, a program that attempts to convince people to leave the leftist Democrat Party. He had a wow moment when he figured out a couple of years ago that the media is lying to the American public.

    Thanks for the link.

    Update: I listened some more, and I believe I see what you are talking about. We know Kim speaks English, and Trump seemed to know some of what Kim was saying in Korean.

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