Disappointing turn of events, as President Trump has postponed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s planned trip to North Korea, due to a lack of significant progress by Kim Jong Un on denuclearization. Trump’s tweet put the blame on China for lessening its pressure on North Korea due to the ongoing trade conflict, but his tweet sending “my warmest regards and respect to Chairman Kim. I look forward to seeing him soon!” was a masterpiece of passive-aggressive subtext.
I’m sure this setback will spur more criticism of Trump for how he’s handling Kim by the talking heads and longtime Foggy Bottom diplomatic crowd who have been sneering and ridiculing him from the start, and continually carp that that’s not the way they would do it.
President Trump is trying a different tactic for dealing with Kim. He told us upfront that his deal-making approach might work or it might not; and if it doesn’t, then he will return to sanctions and military options. Meanwhile, here’s something nobody on the cable news channels seems willing to say to all the arrogant Ivy League legacy alumni who routinely attack Trump’s efforts, so I’ll say it.
You have no room to criticize anyone. Trump wouldn’t even have to be dealing with a nuclear North Korea if your feckless jawboning and weak-kneed appeasement hadn’t proven to be a miserable failure for two decades. Now, you want Trump to keep doing the same thing that’s proven not to work, which I believe is one definition of “insanity.” Even if Trump’s efforts crash completely, and North Korea continues building nukes and firing missiles toward Japan, that will be the exact same situation that prevailed when he came into office and inherited this dangerous mess from you self-proclaimed diplomatic geniuses. So until you come up with a better idea - even one - stop slamming the guy who’s at least trying something different than what you have proven doesn’t work.
Or as humorist Ring Lardner put it: “’Shut up,’ he explained.”