So, South Korea announces that Kim Jung "Fat Boy", the most recent in a line of dictatorial madmen to rule North Korea, is very interested in having talks with the United States. They claim they want to reunify with South Korea to make Korea whole again. The press jumps on the bandwagon, already talking it up as a great prospect while conveniently forgetting the history of the North Korean government with the United States. After all, President Bill Clinton came to an agreement with them that they would forego any work on nuclear armaments in return for being able to have useful nuclear power for electricity. And we even gave them billions of dollars in aid to help feed their starving population which is suffering the result of malnutrition. Stand your average North Korean citizen up beside the average South Korean and you will see a clear picture of what lacking proper food does to the body.
And this brings us to President Trump and what he is likely to do with any discussions with North Korea. American leaders have considered this before, yet they have been unwilling to talk honestly and openly about what must follow, something which North Korea will clearly not accept, and in the interim the dictator has used the time to continue perfecting missiles. We are now in the danger zone on their developing capability, yet the media just gnashes its teeth blaming Trump for creating a problem that's been building for generations.
Never forget that the tyrant has made it clear that they are designed for use against the American mainland and there is not reason to doubt he means it. After all, any man who would have his uncle lashed to a bomb to watch the detonation is certainly someone crazy enough to start firing away. He merely takes short pauses to talk peace and friendship since he knows how gullible American politicians have become. Spineless is perhaps the perfect word for it.
As we've seen, much to the glee of some and chagrin to others, Trump is a different kind of President, coming from a business background where positive action and results matter. Yet, at the same time, he is shrewd and smart and he will suggest many different approaches before he finalizes his action plan. So, I think you can count on this. If the President decides to engage with the little tyrant, he will do so in a way where he can guarantee that what he is doing will bring fruit. Just like his sanctions and threats of action have clearly shaken the corrupt North Korean leader, Trump will demand verification of any and all steps he would even conceivably agree to and make sure the follow-up takes place routinely. This is quite unlike Clinton who, once the agreement was met, had no plan to continuously verify. Realistically, "Little Kim" likely has no plan to show us anything unless he and his corrupt regime elite are starving as severely as his poor people.
Look for an approach that includes Reagan-like trust but verify steps, all the while backed up by the strength of our military if the rogue Korean tries to take military steps. And if that approach fails, look for an even stronger embargo until Kim is either deposed or cries uncle. Dictators only respond to force and strength, for they expect the Americans to always bend and ultimately be weak in dealing with them. After all we have a solid track record of weakness going back to the aftermath of World War II with a few exceptions. Our actions in dealing with North Korea need to make it clear that we hold the cards to peace. It will be up to our opponent to accept them or continue to fail as a society.