Today’s Campaign Update
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)
Open borders in action! – A 20 year-old Muslim man was shot and killed by Paris police after he had gone on a knifing campaign in which he murdered one victim and injured four others, shouting “Allahu akbar!” as went about his merry way. The man had claimed asylum as a Chechnyan refugee 10 years before. Fake analysts on CNN and MSNBC will spend the next month agonizing over what this poor man’s motivation could possibly have been.
Your fake news media in action! – Well, the media campaign to downplay the coming deal with North Korea to de-nuclearize the Korean peninsula has begun. It was so predictable, but still so tiresome.
Writing at Politico, some guy named Anthony Ruggiero, a senior fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, says that the Crazy Little Fat Guy is setting a trap for Donald Trump. He cites as his reasons for thinking this “lessons” from previous negotiations with leaders in North Korea. Hooboy. Here’s the link – read the whole thing for yourself if you have 7-10 minutes to waste.
Look, this deal is already done. The major points have already been negotiated, and all that’s going to be hammered out over the next few weeks before President Trump and Kim Jong Un meet in Singapore in early June are the remaining details. Contrary to what Ruggiero says in his piece, every signal we have seen related to this event indicates that the major points of an agreement were settled weeks ago. President Trump’s public statements on the matter indicate that, Kim’s concessions since early April indicate that, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s multiple trips to North Korea indicate that.
Donald Trump is not Barack Obama or George W. Bush or Bill Clinton, the presidents who tried and failed to reach some sort of accommodation with previous members of the Kim dynasty. Trump is not negotiating from a position of weakness and appeasement with the Crazy Little Fat Guy. He is not, as were his predecessors, especially concerned about what the Brits or the French or the Germans think about it all. He doesn’t give a damn what the UN Security Council’s concerns might be.
This is a deal that has been struck between the U.S., South Korea, Japan, China and Russia – Kim is only a bit player in all of this. Japan is sick of having to worry about the little nitwit firing off a nuke and taking out one of its cities, South Korea is sick of having to spend so much of its national treasure defending itself from its northern neighbor, and Russia and China are sick of dealing with all of the tension and disruption in trade and their economies that Kim’s antics create.
Contrary to Ruggiero’s claims, we have not seen concessions of the sort we have seen from North Korea this time in advance of prior negotiations. Think of the major concessions Kim has made since April 1:
- The formal end of the Korean War and the standoff at the demilitarized zone with South Korea, a tense situation that had gone on for 64 years;
- The release of three political prisoners well in advance of the meeting with President Trump, with no U.S. concessions of any kind in return. No easing of sanctions, no bags of money, nothing.;
- The announcement of the dismantling of his main nuclear testing site in advance of the meeting with Trump, inviting international journalists and other observers to be present when it happens.
Yes, there have been releases of political prisoners before, but the other two concessions are completely without any similar precedent whatsoever. After all, how many times can you end a 64 year-old war, or dismantle a nuclear testing site?
One of the bits of sage wisdom that Ruggiero offers President Trump is to “Be prepared to walk away from the table,” something the President himself has publicly said he’d be ready to do on at least a dozen occasions. Great catch there, guy.
But there will be no walking away from the table, because this deal is already done. Donald Trump is not going to fly Air Force One all the way over to Singapore on June 12 unless he knows in advance that the deal is complete and everybody is going to walk away happy.
Ruggeiro’s bio notes that he spent 17 years in the U.S. government. He might want to spend a few hours reading Trump’s book.
Expect to see the media campaign to downplay the upcoming deal with North Korea and deny Trump credit for it to really start ramping up in the coming week. Ruggiero’s piece is just the first shot across the bow. Yes, it’s extremely tiresome, but that’s all these people have at this point.
Just another day in Donald Trump just keeps on winning for America.
That is all.
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