Why the Trump Kim Jong Un Meeting Will Never Take Place
by John Lawrence, May 17, 2018
As originally conceived, the Trump-Kim meeting was just a chance to get together and perhaps strike up a mutually respectful relationship that could then lead to more fruitful discussions down the line. But once Trump's men got ahold of it, they turned it into something far different. Basically, they made sure that it would be Trump talking down to Kim and making him kowtow in return. Thus the US is incapable of making friends first and then conducting business later. They want to set up the relationship first putting Kim in a subservient position because after all we are the United States and he's, well, he's just some two bit dictator albeit one with nuclear weapons.
The US has become the world's bully and the Trump-Kim meeting was to be no exception despite Trump's initial willingness to just have at it with no preconditions. His national security advisor, John Bolton, was having none of it. So Kim, knowing this, will probably not go along with the meeting because, after all, he is not going to take any shit from the President of the United States or anybody else. Peace between North and South Korea does not require US approval. What is the US going to do - sanction South Korea if they make peace? No, President Moon, you can't make peace without out approval!
What if North and South Korea made peace forming one country. It's like Barack Obama said, to paraphrase, "There is not one North Korea and one South Korea, there is only the UNITED State of Korea." What would or could the US do if they were left totally out of the peace process? Nothing. The US could be told to take their soldiers and get the heck unceremoniously out of Korea period. And Kim would keep his friggin' nuclear weapons or give them to China adding to China's nuclear stockpile, in return for China taking Korea under its umbrella. It could happen.
The US fighting communism by stopping the communist Chinese at the 38th parallel has become a joke, an anachronism. Who even believes that any more? It's like the European war that was fought over a pail of water and then many years later they couldn't even remember what they were fighting about. Anyway as Nietsche famously said, "A good war halloweth any cause." I'm sure Hitler agreed with those sentiments.
Seriously, what if Kim came out and said, "Forget the US. I want to make peace with President Moon, and we will take up the nuclear issue at a later date. We want China, not the US, to broker the deal." The US is not all up in arms about China's nuclear weapons so why doesn't Kim give his to China while still maintaining some control over them. I'm sure the situation is finessable, and the Korean situation is normalizable. Trump already envisioned being able to reduce costs by getting the US military out of Korea. He could reduce them a lot more by getting the roughly 1000 US military bases out of other parts of the world as well.