Eyes on the (Peace) Prize

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So North Korea is starting to get skittish about their negotiations for peace and denuclearization, which I think a lot of people probably saw coming.  They cancelled their talk with South Korea, and are threatening to kill the summit with Trump over military maneuvers our military has been doing for decades.  So yeah, for those of you who thought that things with North Korea seemed to be going a little TOO smoothly, it looks like you were right.  But, as a few news articles have noted, there is speculation as to whether North Korea’s sudden skittish behavior regarding denuclearization may dash Trump’s hopes of getting that Nobel Peace Prize that he feels he so richly deserves.  And that loss…that would be the true tragedy….

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Good News

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Friday really should have been a slam dunk day for Trump and co.  He got to welcome home 3 freed prisoners from North Korea, and for even the most disliked of Presidents, and event like that is a banner day.  You shake some hands, say welcome home, and the evening’s headline is at the very least positive, if not glowing.  But Trump’s people have to defy expectation.  They can’t have a normal day.  So instead, his staff has to leak that a random staffer at the White House was being glib about the health of John McCain.  Again, we are reminded that Trump hires the best people.

Donald Trump: Arbiter of Peace

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Donald Trump really wants the world to know that he deserves the Nobel Peace prize. And honestly, he’s got some people on board with that rhetoric, and not just his usual sycophants. Listen, I don’t feel like I know how much Trump’s input had in how things are shaking about between both Korean states, but at this point, I don’t know that it’s fair to say that anyone but the people involved really know.  South Korea’s president wouldn’t object to Trump receiving the honor. But from my perspective, it seems like Trump’s rhetoric could’ve done more to provoke war than peace. And despite his insistence that any positive developments out of North Korea are entirely his fault, maybe, just maybe, the delegations from South Korea and Japan have also, perhaps, been involved in making some headway.  I dunno.  I mean, surely Trump isn’t a braggart who likes to bolster his own accomplishments and prop up weak or non-existent victories.  Right?  But at the end of the day, I’m just worried it sets a poor precedent if you give a Nobel Peace Prize to people who threaten Nuclear Armageddon.

The Honorable Kim Jong-Un

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So Trump called Kim Jong Un “honorable”, and…well let’s just say it rubbed a lot of people the wrong way.  I mean, I kind of understand where Trump is coming from on this.  He’s acknowledging that Kim has given the appearance of openness and open-mindedness preceding talks between world leaders, and that is not a bad thing, but to call him “honorable” feels like a total slap in the face to everyone who opposes him and to everyone under his tyrannical thumb.  Seriously, North Korea is on the constant verge of starvation, citizens have very few rights, they’re encouraged to spy everyone around them, which no doubt makes trust impossible.  They have gulags and re-education facilities that are basically torture factories, and at the tippy top of that pyramid is Kim Jong Un, a man who never had to work for anything, is pampered and treated basically like a god.  “Honorable” is not a word that feels appropriate sitting anywhere near Kim Jong Un.

A Stormy and a Hard Place

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I don’t actually know that if Trump’s porn star affair gets validated that anything substantial will actually happen.  I don’t expect it would honestly change anyone’s mind about the man one way or the other.  I’m 100% sure it will ultimately lead to nothing….yet at the same time, I just want to see it run it’s course.  I mean, it’s a fascinating story, and the fact that some poor lawyer had to get a home equity loan to pay off this porn star, ultimately to be stiffed by his boss is just amazing to me, and now there is this 60 Minutes interview that the White House is trying to kill, and by god, at this point, I just want to hear the story!  And regardless of what happens if the story finally breaks, the fact that Trump can’t run away from this story fast enough is somewhat gratifying as well.

Preparing to Chat

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So officials from South Korea, who had been in talks with the leadership in North Korea headed stateside to begin the process of facilitating talks.  Now, if literally any other person were sitting behind the desk in the Oval Office, (and I mean literally anyone else, like George W., definitely Obama, hell Nixon would probably knock it out of the park!) this might feel like hopeful news of a resolution that we might not have expected in our life time.  As much as Trump has exacerbated tensions with North Korea, he’s not at fault for the precarious situation they’ve created.  But it will be his fault when things go south with these talks, because I can’t bring myself to believe in the hope that Donald Trump will handle this situation with dignity and class.  I just don’t have that level of optimism. I mean, he can’t seem to decide if the invitation he accepted to chat with North Korean leadership is a good idea.

North Korea’s Cunning Charade

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North Korea has really been using the Winter Olympics as a good stage to show a softer, gentler side of fascism.  Their propaganda department has been doing an expert job of getting Kim Yo-Jong, the sister of Kim Jong Un, some favorable spotlight, with some really well staged opportunities in South Korea.  I know that this is part of a careful, and calculated plot to gain more favorable relations with the countries sanctioning the heck out of them right now, but I kind of humorously imagine that this might rankle Un a little bit, that his little sister is so much more well like than he is.

The Allure of the Button

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So it’s being reported that Rex Tillerson and James Mattis are basically holding Trump back from making an attack on North Korea.  I guess he’s just itching to go for what they are internally calling a “bloody nose” approach, which must be music to the ears of America’s favorite bully.  All of this would be way more funny if millions of lives didn’t hang in the balance.