Korea and Trump

KOREA

I consider the Korean negotiation a sham, a waste, a tv show, and (worst of all) a threat to peace.

The agreement looks something written on the back of a napkin. There’s nothing new in it all, and the term, “denuclearize,” means zip.

Trump is the person who created the drama and danger of war in the first place. Are we supposed to congratulate Trump for defusing a war situation that he himself created? Say what? That’s a bizarre argument.

Trump got played. The U.S. made concessions (ending war games). North Korea made none. There are no timelines now, no nuclear verification systems, and Kim can continue doing whatever militarily while we talk. Kim has no responsibilities other than smiling at Trump.

Most important, Trump should not have met directly with Kim. It was a bigly mistake. He gave Kim and North Korea what they wanted most: international credibility and status. And Trump gave it to Kim for zippo, nada. Trump is a pathetically weak negotiator, and he made us look weak.

And our moral status is now in ruins, shattered. We decided to negotiate with a genocidal maniac, violent psychopath, and torturer-in-chief, and we got nothing. Trump got played. We all got played because Trump is our president. Kim won this hand big time.

As far as I’m concerned, Trump sold us out for tv ratings and hotel deals. I believe that the situation on the Korean peninsula is much more dangerous now medium- and long-term. The North Koreans believe we’re weak, and they’re probably already planning to conquer South Korea. Who thinks Trump will come to South Korea’s aid now if North Korea invades the south? Good luck with that one, South Korea. You’re on your own. We’ve got a prez who is an inveterate liar, and no one has your back.

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DR. LAURENCE H. KANT (LARRY KANT), MYSTIC SCHOLAR: Engaged Mysticism and Scholarship in the Pursuit of Wisdom; Discovering meaning in every issue and facet of life; Integrating scholarship, spirituality, mysticism, poetry, community, economics, and politics seamlessly. Historian of Religion: Ph.D., Yale University, 1993 (Department of Religious Studies); Exchange Scholar, Harvard University, Rabbinics, 1983-84; M.A., 1982, Yale, 1982 (Department of Religious Studies); M.T.S., Harvard Divinity School, 1981; B.A., Classics (Greek and Latin), Tufts University, 1978; Wayland High School (Wayland, MA), 1974. Served on the faculty of Cornell University (Ithaca, NY), York University (Toronto), and Lexington Theological Seminary (Lexington, KY). Works in many languages: Ancient Greek, Latin, Hebrew, Aramaic, Syriac, English, French, Italian, German, Modern Greek (some Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish). Holder of numerous honors and awards, including The Rome Prize in Classics (Prix de Rome) and Fellow of the American Academy of Rome.
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