Talking is better than war.

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We have a few more days here a few blocks from the Santa Monica palisades and the beautiful Pacific Ocean.

We came back last night to where we are staying after a dinner with a friend and I checked the internet for news of the Singapore meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jung Un.

In spite of our best efforts, the dangers of the world intrudes.

The details of the agreements were vague.

There were pictures of Kim and Trump signing some documents, but nobody could say what exactly was in them, or what they had agreed to.

I’m not sure I cared.

I’m like a lot of you. I never quite know if Trump is crazy or playing some dangerous game.

I do know that his foreign policy adviser, John Bolton, wants to attack North Korea with nuclear missiles.

Today.

Now.

I do know that it was just a few months ago that many were seriously expecting an imminent nuclear exchange.

This threat of war came almost exclusively as a result of Trump’s threats, his warning of “fire and fury like the world has never seen.”

How ironic that the Democrats are now attacking Trump for not being tougher with the North Korean leader.

If only the Democrats were so tough on Trump on other matters.

If the world is only a little safer today than yesterday as a result of the meeting in Singapore, than I don’t care if it was Donald Trump and Kim Jung Un who did it.

Talking is always better than nuclear war.

 

 

13 Replies to “Talking is better than war.”

  1. This was posted on the WH email this morning. It is what was signed in Sentosa Island, Singapore. Trump got a photo-op. Kim got the US to stop joint military exercises between the US and S. Korea.
    …………….
    STATEMENTS & RELEASES

    Joint Statement of President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea at the Singapore Summit
    FOREIGN POLICY
    Issued on: June 12, 2018

    President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) held a first, historic summit in Singapore on June 12, 2018.

    President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un conducted a comprehensive, in-depth, and sincere exchange of opinions on the issues related to the establishment of new U.S.–DPRK relations and the building of a lasting and robust peace regime on the Korean Peninsula. President Trump committed to provide security guarantees to the DPRK, and Chairman Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

    Convinced that the establishment of new U.S.–DPRK relations will contribute to the peace and prosperity of the Korean Peninsula and of the world, and recognizing that mutual confidence building can promote the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un state the following:

    The United States and the DPRK commit to establish new U.S.–DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity.
    The United States and the DPRK will join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.
    Reaffirming the April 27, 2018 Panmunjom Declaration, the DPRK commits to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
    The United States and the DPRK commit to recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.
    Having acknowledged that the U.S.–DPRK summit—the first in history—was an epochal event of great significance in overcoming decades of tensions and hostilities between the two countries and for the opening up of a new future, President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un commit to implement the stipulations in this joint statement fully and expeditiously. The United States and the DPRK commit to hold follow-on negotiations, led by the U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, and a relevant high-level DPRK official, at the earliest possible date, to implement the outcomes of the U.S.–DPRK summit.

    President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea have committed to cooperate for the development of new U.S.–DPRK relations and for the promotion of peace, prosperity, and security of the Korean Peninsula and of the world.

    DONALD J. TRUMP
    President of the United States of America

    KIM JONG UN
    Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

    June 12, 2018
    Sentosa Island
    Singapore

  2. Human rights in North Korea: ‘Today I lost every hope’…audio from BBC

    The historic summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is “very disappointing” when it comes to human rights, a North Korean defector says.

    Many analysts already see the summit as a victory for Mr Kim, who runs a totalitarian regime with extreme censorship and forced labour camps.

    Jihyun Park is one of the many who have defected from North Korea – she now lives in the north of England.

    Release date: 12 June 2018
    Duration: 4 minutes
    bbc.co.uk/programmes/p069v7qr/player”>

      1. “Chairman Kim has before him an opportunity like no other to be remembered as the leader who ushered in a glorious new era of prosperity for his people,” Trump says.”

        Kim killed his half-brother and uncle. He has over 100,000 people starving in concentration camps. These are complete families who are incarcerated due to one member doing something like voice a criticism. Rural people are starving while Kim eats the top delicacies from all over the world.

        Now, because of the ultimate ‘charm’ of Trump, all is going to change? New prosperity?

        I’m waiting to hear what S. Korea thinks of this meeting. I hope they aren’t terrified. Kim would love to be dictator of a unified Korea.

        I hate all militaires. Kim has the 4th largest military in the world. This and his nuclear power took all the money so that people in rural areas are starving. Even his soldiers aren’t given enough food to eat.

        Maybe this starvation is causing Kim to act differently. It’s also possible that Trump envisions a Trump tower in N. Korea.

  3. Thank you for the information, carol.
    Although I’m skeptical RE: the truth of any press releases coming out of the WH.
    Possibly worse than bad or mis-translations (which my husband & I were joking about {sarcasm} yesterday). In reality, of course, not really funny.
    None of this is, especially not the alienation of our closest neighbors & allies.
    Another real danger to the world.

  4. This came from CNN:
    North Korea summit

    President Trump got back to the White House early this morning, as the world continues to react to his historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. US allies in South Korea and Japan were stunned at Trump’s pledge to end military exercises with the South. Many US lawmakers and some in the Pentagon were, too; they feel the President made a big concession to Kim without getting anything in return. And many questions remain about exactly how the world will verify that the North is indeed getting rid of its nukes. But James Clapper, the former director of national intelligence and a frequent Trump critic, gave the President credit for pulling off the summit, saying it puts the US and the world “in a much better place.”

  5. Good God libs, you people are absolutely nuts. Trump is the first president to pull this off. Do you want diplomacy or war?

    1. “To me, it was quite disappointing that we really did not put on paper any way that would test the seriousness of Kim Jong Un,” Joseph Yun, who until March served as the administration’s special representative for North Korea policy, told The Post. “We have to suspend our judgment” until something else happens, he said, but “there is nothing from the meeting to say we’ve achieved anything.”

      How the Trump-Kim meeting is polling: A new poll from Politico/Morning Consult found nearly half of voters believe Trump can handle the threats from North Korea, but significantly fewer believe he will be able to convince the nation to denuclearize. Just 18 percent of voters said it was “very” or “somewhat” likely North Korea will dismantle its nuclear program as a result of the leaders’ historic summit.

  6. I certainly hope North Korea really does want to de-nuke and live peacefully. However, far better people then Trump have been fooled in the past. Trumps proclaiming his successful meeting is disturbingly similar to “peace in our time”.

    1. While neither Trump nor Kim are leaders to admire, which is the greatest threat to world peace? I would argue it is Trump. “Peace in our time,” was coined by Neville Chamberlain as he caved to Hitler’s demands. What is the parallel here. Is Kim Hitler? Or is Trump?

  7. It’s a propaganda film from N. Korea. Have to skim through it since it’s all in Korean.
    …………..
    North Korean triumphalism.
    A film released by Pyongyang makes the most of last week’s “meeting of the century” between Kim Jong-un and President Trump. It portrayed Mr. Trump in a positive light, but made clear that Mr. Kim was the main attraction.
    Published on Jun 14, 2018

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