While President Donald Trump was quick to implore the media to give him "credit" for the announcement late Thursday that he is set to meet with Kim Jong-un in person some time in May, analysts and anti-war groups argued in response to the news that it was South Korea's persistent diplomatic efforts—not Trump's "fire and fury" threats—that led to the potentially historic breakthrough.
Looking beyond Trump, who is a random function lacking predictability and often sensibility, there is the military-industrial complex and its cheerleading nest of neocons who desperately want to maintain their beachhead in South Korea. They crave tension between North and South and work overtly and covertly to maintain it. Their vision of the American hegemony is sacred to them–their raison d’être one might say–right after profits, that is. Peace and profit are and have been for quite a long time at war with one another. True and bold leadership is needed to facilitate the former as the latter is on autopilot.
Yes, no surprise, the Korean people want peace in their time. The very best way to achieve that would be for the US to leave the peninsula.
Without US interference, peace might be achieved permanently.
If we’re going to be honest, then let’s do what nobody in the corporate media will do and admit that the real reason we’re finally getting a face-to-face meeting between the leaders of the US and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is the gutsy persistance of Kim Jong-un to keep pushing ahead to develop both nuclear and thermonuclear weapons and missiles that can credibly deliver them, in the face of US boycotts and threats. Now that he’s got them, nothing short of an all-out US war that could risk involving China and Russia, and that would at a minimum kill millions, and tens of thousands or more Americans can stop him.
Since the Korean War ended in a stalemate, the US has refused to negotiate a peace with North Korea, preferring to use that stalemate as an excuse to post 50,000 US troops in South Korea and maintaiin a colonial rule of that country under the fig-leaf of a Security Council resolution giving it the lead over a UN military response to North Korea’s initial attack over 70 years ago, and has refused to accept the existence of the North Korean government.
Now finally, the US is going to have to accept North Korea, and reach some kind of peace agreement, if it hopes to get North Korea to give up its weapons, and that last part will be a tough one to win, given how the US treated Libya’s Muammar Ghaddafi after he agreed to drop any effort to obtain nuclear weapons, and how the US has treated its agreement with Iran over dropping it’s nuclear fuel enrichment project.
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You could say that same sentence about every other country in the world. The U.S. is the biggest threat to world peace of any other country - this is confirmed by the majority of respondents in multiple world-wide polls over the last decade.
Swish. Right. On. The. Money.
The only way to keep the US from invading your country and stealing your resources is to develop a credible deterrent.
As someone who worked in the intelligence apparatus in the ROK during Jong il’s succession of his father, I can tell you that I’m impressed with Un’s savvy at his young age. He may have the goofiest haircut in the eastern hemisphere, and his girth screams “hey, you mind if the rest of us get a bite of that, boss?”, but the reality is he’s played a pretty good hand with a pretty lousy draw of cards. And Ro is not to be underestimated in all this. Her reputation as a cunning enabler of her brother is rising quickly. Those two are a formidable team. And if the St Dept thinks it can steamroll the Kims, they’re going to be in for a hard lesson if these talks ever occur.
Which is precisely why Iran isn’t at all concerned about the US walking away from non-proliferation treaty Obama engineered.
Look no further than Pakistan for more evidence in favor of procuring a “nuclear deterrent.” They’e BFFs with the Taliban, harbored Bin Laden and got an aid package as a reward!
I highly doubt N. Korea will give up its nukes. After all, isn’t that what Libya did–and look where it got them! No, you can’t trust the leadership of the U$A. You can’t trust the neocons. The only thing they understand is force.
It wasn’t called a war; it was called a “police action” because that was how Congress managed to abdicate it’s constitutional,responsibility of it’s sole authority to declare wars.
Trump no doubt, would like to be nominated, like the war criminal and drone killer Obama, for the Noble Peace Prize!
It seems that many people, including Chistine Ahn, are putting the blinders on. The fact is there is credit enough to go around. It was both the efforts of Moon and the heaving sanctions lead by the U.S. that help create the planned face-to-face meeting. Too many times in the past sanctions were placed on North Korea, however, the international community including and importantly China, did not put enough pressure on Kim Jong Un, which is why he was able to continue with his nuclear program. The difference now is that we have a President that means what he says and does what he says he will do. Our last president did neither and was a major factor in kicking the can to the present. Many want to show North Korea as afraid the U.S. will invade and take over their country, when the truth is they are afraid to lose the power and strangle hold they have on the people of north korea that are poorly cared for by the North Korean government. Kim Jong Un keeps power over his people by claiming he was proclaimed the supreme ruler by God; He knows that when the people realize that this is not true, he will lose the power he has.
Bottom line is that it took several conditions and diplomacy on everyone’s part to get to this point, hopefully it leads to a peaceful end; especially for the sake of the people of North Korea.
I can see by your comment that you do not understand the history in that area of the world. Prior to the U.S. setting up a presence in the area there was constant conflict going back centuries. Yet, over the past 65 years, there has been relative peace. If the U.S. was to leave, Kim jong Un would not hesitate to attack the south and take by force the resources that his country is lacking. For those who believe the U.S. was not willing to negotiate, you again have your facts wrong. The U.S. has consistently been open to negotiations, however, the rulers of the north have proved to be irrational. That is because their source of power comes from lies to the people and deadly force to those that oppose them. It is only by our superior military that we can force diplomacy and hopefully put North Korea on a good path that is good for everyone, especially the North Korean people.
We can probably depend on Trump’s screwing things up with north and south Korea. He ought to take his orange butt and micro-privates out of international affairs and let the grownups run things.
I’m sure Trump and Kim will really hit it up well.
The good news is that everyone on the peninsula and downwind will breathe a sigh of relief as tensions de-escalate. The bad news will be that Trump will no doubt envy Kim’s absolute rule-for-life over the N. Koreans, and Trump will redouble his efforts to achieve the same back home…
Keep up your great work and thanks for once again stepping into third class and making sense of things. Too bad CD doesn’t give you much space on deck.
Libya did not actually have nukes. Other than that, your comment is spot on. The only nation known to actually have given up its nukes is post-apartheid South Africa. Those nukes were cooperatively developed by Apartheid Israel, Apartheid South Africa - and probably the U.S.
Truman never made a request to Congress - He went through the United Nations because the Soviets were boycotting Security Council meetings at the time. So it was officially a U.N. police action - not a U.S. one. Thus, I always wondered why North Korea doesn’t pursue getting a peace treaty with the U.N. instead of with the U.S.
Don’t be surprised if in a few days trump will be saying the news that he is willing to meet with the little rocket man “Fake News”.