Do “smart diplomats” ever get tired of saying stupid things? Former Obama National Security Adviser Susan Rice did it twice this week alone. She claimed that if President Trump, who voiced strong support for Iranian pro-democracy protestors, wants to help them, he should “be quiet.” You mean the way her boss did when a previous wave of Iranian protesters turned to Obama for support and he gave them the cold shoulder as the government crushed them? Heck of a job advising, Susan!
She compounded the idiocy by again blasting Trump over his tweet about having a bigger nuclear button than Kim Jong-Un. Now, you can criticize that for being a sophomoric sexual reference that’s beneath the dignity of the office once held by Bill Clinton. Or you can disagree with the tactic of strongly firing back at Kim’s nuclear threats. But it takes a special reservoir of chutzpah to criticize Trump for how he’s dealing with the giant mess left behind by over 20 years of your own style of “smart diplomacy” pussyfooting. Rice just wrote a New York Times op-ed in which she claims that Kim is rational enough to be kept in check by the “Mutual Assured Destruction” concept (appropriately known as “MAD”) and can be allowed to have nuclear weapons – yet he’s also so unstable, he might fire nukes at us because he’s MAD over a Trump tweet. Times subscribers should demand their money back.
Sean Hannity recently dredged up the October 1994 video of President Clinton lauding his deal with North Korea that was going to make the world safer by assuring they would dismantle their nuclear program. Through all the intervening years, as “smart diplomats” have spoken softly and peddled their big schtick about being the mature, dignified experts in diplomacy, North Korea has steadily built reactors, kicked out weapons inspectors, tested nukes and ICBMS, and are now threatening to fire them at us. This is the self-proclaimed "best and brightest"'s doing, and Trump inherited it. Even if you don’t like how he’s handling it, how could he possibly be handling it any worse than they did? Their solution is to keep repeating the same behavior that clearly hasn’t worked, which is the definition of insanity.
Maybe Ms. Rice should take her own advice and just “be quiet.”