Let’s be honest. Donald Trump deserves to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Something that nobody thought possible has finally happened. South Korean President Moon Jae-in is meeting with Kim Jong Un in the demilitarized zone between the two countries. There was a sign of goodwill when Un became the first member of the ruling family of the DPRK to cross the DMZ and briefly enter the south. This is also the first time in about a decade either side has agreed to come to the table to discuss the issues facing both countries. Topics like North Koreas nuclear program, and a chance at finally formally ending the war on the continent which has technically been ongoing since the 1950’s will surely come up. None of this would have been possible if it weren’t for President Trumps firmly asserted influence in the region.
It would appear that the U.S. hasn’t given much if any ground to get the two sides to agree to meet. During a segment on Fox & Friends, the president described over the phone the terms of the meeting. “I can tell you right now I haven’t given up anything. I haven’t even talked about it. They’ve given up nuclear testing, research. We’re going to close different sites, and I’m saying to myself ‘wait a minute. All of these things he’s given up and we haven’t even asked him.’ We would have asked but they gave it up before we even asked.”
New pictures were released of the then CIA director Mike Pompeo’s meeting with Un last month. We can only speculate on the details of what was discussed but judging by the speed that diplomacy is taking place since their face to face it must have been significant.
It will be interesting to see how the media chooses to cover something like this. It would be hard to deny that this is one of the most significant geopolitical meetings in recent history. If peace, de-nuclearization, or ultimately re-unification come as a result of these preliminary talks we’ll have witnessed without a doubt the biggest single political event since the fall of the Soviet Union and the reunification of Germany. This must have Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper panicked. They and the rest of the liberal media might actually have to give credit where credit is due and admit Trump did something positive.
Isn’t insane that we live in such a polarized political landscape that we can’t even count on mainstream news sources to even pretend to be unbiased? Despite what their corporate motto says, CNN doesn’t really come off as “the most trusted name in news”. In reality, this meeting could only be interpreted as a good thing. There is no amount of leftwing shilling that can detract from this. There is no amount of spin that should be able to convince an honest person that this isn’t significant either. Hopefully, when the talking heads start up tomorrow they will do a solid job of discrediting themselves to their viewers.
This might even be above and beyond whats necessary to be nominated for, let alone win a Nobel Prize. Considering our former president was not just nominated but actually won for the task of getting elected to office. Obama then went on to expand our drone program, and drop tens of thousands of bombs all over the world while killing thousands of people. Many of which were civilians. Its pretty interesting the level of slack that was afforded to him throughout his term in office. Think of the new reports if Trump conducted this many strikes that generally resulted in civilian deaths. He wasnt even allowed to have two scoops of ice-cream without people throwing him to the wolves. Sadly there are multiple articles written on this topic.
There is about as much nuance from the media in coverage of politicians they’re either for or against as there is actual understanding of the issues facing both Koreas. Much of the coverage of the tensions in the region has always been one-sided. To be fair the Kim family dynasty makes it pretty easy to criticize them. It seems like the lack of historical knowledge of the Korean people, their history of being ruthlessly colonized, and the legacy of the Korean war has led to many in the West seeing the standoffish nature of the North as unfounded and irrational. They were known as the “Hermit Kingdom” for a reason long before the peninsula was divided along the 38th parallel. Going from being ruled harshly by the Japanese military for a generation to then be bombed into the stone age by the United States a generation later is bound to leave people in a pretty sour mood, to say the least.
Talking is better than fighting and it appears that things are moving forward peacefully and productively. We should be critical of Trump when and if he makes a wrong move. On on this matter though, he deserves all the praise in the world.