The Rushmore Report – Trump and N. Korea: Is He a Genius Or Is He Being Played?

From 1910 to 1945, Japan ruled the Korean peninsula. At the end of World War II, Korea was divided along the 38th parallel into North and South Korea, with each under the control of the Soviet Union and the United States, respectively. The subsequent Korean War (1950-1953) ended in a stalemate, and has left the two countries separated since. Now, 73 years after the division, President Donald Trump is seeking to negotiate peace and the denuclearization of North Korea. His summit with Kim Jong Un is just a week away. But can Trump do what the previous 12 U.S. presidents failed to do? Can he bring the art of the deal to a whole new, international level? Or is he being played by the North Korean dictator?

Since he took office, Trump has designated North Korea a state sponsor of terror (again). He has called the North Korean leader “Little Rocket Man.” He has ridiculed the foreign leader with schoolyard insults. He cited the “open hostility” between the two countries. He promised an attack like never seen on earth if Kim Jong Un didn’t straighten up.

In response, Jong Un insulted Trump’s Vice President, his country, his leadership, and even questioned his manhood.

Still, the summit is a go.

The South Korean president warned Trump to not trust his northern counterpart. China did nothing to encourage the dialogue. American allies have pretty much sat this dance out. Within his own political leadership in Congress, Trump has been met with doubters, naysayers, and antagonists.

Still, the summit is a go.

Can Trump succeed where Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush, and Obama failed? Well, for starters, he secured the release of American hostages – without paying a king’s ransom. That’s a first. He has the North Korean dictator talking. That’s a first. And he has brokered a place a time to meet. That is also a first. But the summit was called off just two weeks ago. But that was then.

Still, the summit is a go.

Will peace come to the Korean peninsula after 73 years of fighting? Will one of the world’s truly rogue nuclear powers agree to dismantling her nuclear capabilities? Will America step up and offer protection while relaxing sanctions?

It’s too early to tell. But credit President Trump for trying. There are many obstacles to overcome. But we have to start somewhere, and Singapore is somewhere. And peace talks have to begin sometime. Next week is that sometime. Will peace come? Will North Korea sacrifice her forces? There’s no way of knowing. But we do know this: despite all the criticism from the Left, despite the volatility of both national leaders, peace has a chance. Why? Because . . .

The summit is a go.


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