A Summit and a Communique

So we have a joint communique. It reads well, it says things that need to happen, and probably its covered in fine leather, the best. What does it mean?

Everything or maybe nothing at all. It’s much too early to tell. On July 5, 1776, Tom Jefferson’s Declaration was mostly a list of people George III thought should be hanged. Its high flown and moving words meant very little until made good in Patriot (and British) blood.

It’s a good start, and you can’t reach the finish if you don’t start. It starts from the fact that last year, the whole nuclear thing became real for Kim, and he got scared right out of his mind when he saw a glimpse of the real power of the United States, sword unsheathed, coming at him, with a president who really would let slip the dogs of war. And to fight through to victory, not some measly little-limited war.

Call it a near-death experience, cause that is pretty much what it was, those change people. Maybe it has here too, he’s a young man, long time left to enjoy life.

Melanie Phillips has as good a write up as I’ve seen.

As Trump himself has said, however, this is merely the start of a process. It has been suggested that his strategy is to reel Kim in over time like a big fish on a line, with every step towards denuclearisation being rewarded by another step in relieving sanctions. And that may be so.

Certainly, Trump’s over-the-top gushing over Kim should not be taken at face value. This was just part of the choreography for his grand theatre of negotiation. Nor do I think it credible that either he or his hawkish Secretary of State Mike Pompeo or even more hawkish National Security Adviser John Bolton could have failed to factor in the need for robust verification of the de-nuclearisation process and the difficulties in achieving that.

I was most interested by the body language between the two men, and also by something Kim said. Trump’s bombastic bonhomie seemed to me to signify the biggest beast in the jungle beating his chest to demonstrate his dominance; the more effusive the compliments, the louder the message that Trump could afford to be generous because the other guy had lost. It was not designed to make Kim look his equal. It was designed to humiliate.

That’s true, and I doubt it has much to do with Trump’s feelings (or lack thereof) for Kim. It’s a warning, to the Ayatollahs, to China, to the G7, to Putin, to all and sundry that the sheriff is watching them, and limited nonsense will be tolerated.

The only thing that has reduced American dominance in my lifetime is American non-leadership. America is still the worlds most powerful economy coupled with the worlds most powerful military just as it was in 1944. One is well advised to pay attention when such a one speaks.

And Trump is also right on Europe, there is very little support in America for continuing to support Europe, either militarily or economically. The Europeans have grown too arrogant, too sure of their entitlement, too lazy to defend themselves, and the people of America have noticed. Uncle Sugar is retiring. We’ll defend our friends, mostly the ones we restored from communism, and don’t want to go back, but that is close to the limit, and it just might be as anti-German as anti-Russian.

Melanie ends with this, and I think it a fair assessment.

The American strategy towards North Korea cannot be viewed in isolation from its strategy of isolating, weakening and ultimately destroying the Iranian regime. Tehran will be sweating that the outsourcing to Pyongyang of its nuclear weapons programme is not disrupted by the Trump/Kim negotiating process.

It cannot be sure. Trump’s policy of isolating Iran is already working. From being the unrivalled grandmasters of geopolitical chess, the Iranian regime now finds that the board and its pieces have been thrown up into the air by a vandal against the international order whose behaviour it cannot predict. And both China and Russia have already moved as a result to accommodate him.

Who knows where this will end? We cannot at present tell whether Trump will succeed or fail. But one thing seems indisputable: the assistance previously given by the US to the forces of utmost evil in the world has been stopped in its tracks. And only the most unhinged haters of this most extraordinary US President can deny that achievement.

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9 Responses to A Summit and a Communique

  1. the unit says:

    Melanie might should’ve said instead of “this most extraordinary US President”…the most since Jefferson , maybe ever. Way back, Adams wanted to pay Danegeld.
    Most prezzies since long time ago in 20th Century been New World Order Groomers. 🙂

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    • NEO says:

      True. I’m reminded that JFK at a White House dinner for Nobel laureates (back when that meant something) said that it was the most distinguished dinner in the White House, since Jefferson dined alone. 🙂

      Yep, only a few exceptions, especially after WW II.

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      • the unit says:

        Appeasement=Danegeld
        Trump diplomacy=Roto-Rooter
        🙂

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        • NEO says:

          I likee! 🙂

          Like

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  3. the unit says:

    Well, the “Communique” is this. After WWII anything in my dad’s shop stamped Made in Japan nobody would buy. There wasn’t anything in the ’60’s stamped Made in N or S Korea to buy. Nowadays I’ve bought stuff from everywhere man, including Viet Nam. So pocket book speaks. Big, long road. 🙂

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    • NEO says:

      Yep, and the Vietnamese Navy will be participating in a joint exercise this summer for the first time, as will Israel in the Pacific, but the Chinese have been disinvited.

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      • the unit says:

        I think 10 or 15 years ago Russian soldiers participated in a joint urban warfare exercise with us in Colorado. Seems I remember in Denver, unless just conspiracy ideas circulating on the net?

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        • NEO says:

          I never figured out which, either. It was a strange time, at least now we simply distrust the US government. Makes life easier! 🙂

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