Trump Will Meet with Kim Jong-Un, and He Should Go Full Ronald Reagan. [VIDEO]

Trump Will Meet with Kim Jong-Un, and He Should Go Full Ronald Reagan. [VIDEO]

Trump Will Meet with Kim Jong-Un, and He Should Go Full Ronald Reagan. [VIDEO]

Did Hell suddenly turn into Ice Station Zebra? Because it sure seemed like the Devil was strapping on his ice skates late Thursday afternoon after President Trump agreed to meet with Kim Jong Un to talk about denuclearization.

Mind you, earlier on Thursday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had even pooh-poohed the idea of dealing with North Korea.

Needless to say, some of the President’s biggest supporters got their pom-poms out.

Trump über-fanboy Sean Hannity tweeted this:

Kim Jong-Un’s B-ball buddy Dennis Rodman also added his high fives for the President:

“Well done, President Trump. You’re on the way to a historical meeting no U.S. president has ever done.”

“Please send my regards to Marshal Kim Jong Un and his family.”

Well, okay.

Then there’s this shocker — CNN anchor Erin Burnett actually said that Trump could be a ‘great president’ if he can pull off the Ultimate Deal:

“If President Trump can truly solve this problem, that would be going down as a great president, and there’s no way around that. That is the reality here.”

Gov. Mike Huckabee followed Burnett’s comment with this gleeful bit of snark:

But hold on — should we be doing a Happy Dance? Or is this a time for caution? Furthermore, why is this even happening now?

After all, there’s been over 30 years of diplomatic failure between the U.S. and North Korea.

Rep. Ted Poe, a Texas Republican member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, adds that hatred of the United States is hard-baked into the Kim dynasty:

Little Kim’s desire to dominate the Korean peninsula and his hatred of the United States are inherited from his grandfather, Kim Il-sung.

Moreover, that loathing won’t be going away anytime soon. Poe adds that keeping the people of North Korea in a perpetual state of anger at the U.S. is vital to Kim’s survival.

Radio host Mark Levin is also very skeptical:

Levin also points out that North Korea’s GDP is only $40 billion. Compare that with South Korea’s GDP of $1.4 trillion, making it the 11th most wealthy economy in the world. So is Kim scheming for some much-needed financial relief?

Four-star General Jack Keane may be a bit more optimistic than Levin, but he still issues lots of caveats for dealing with the hermit kingdom:

But before he meets with Kim Jong-Un, President Trump should take a page from one of his predecessors — and no, I don’t mean Obama.

He should learn about President Reagan’s 1986 meeting with Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev at the Reykjavik Summit.

There Reagan and Gorbachev met to work towards nuclear arms reduction. And for a while, things went well. The two leaders were getting along swimmingly, and negotiations were going along at a fast clip.

But then they hit a wall.

Impasse. Credit: bbc.co.uk.

President Reagan wanted to keep Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) on the table, but Gorbachev said nyet. Then Gorbachev backed off a bit, saying, okay, Reagan could keep his SDI, just as long as it didn’t get out of a testing lab for ten years.

This time it was Reagan’s turn to put down his foot. Neither man could come to an agreement, and they left the summit empty-handed. No deal, no dice. Later Reagan said that this was the angriest moment of his presidency.

But we know how it all turned out, don’t we? President Reagan eventually won the Cold War, even though so many of us who grew up as Cold War kids never dreamed that it would actually come true.

President Trump needs to remember this history when it comes to North Korea. Be tough. Don’t bend. And always go Full President Reagan.

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3 Comments
  • David says:

    win one for the Gipper!!!

  • GWB says:

    “OK, look, FatMan, I’ve got a proposition for you.”
    “What you going to give me, Old Dotard?”
    “Well, I’ll take all my forces out of South Korea and leave y’all in peace…”
    “Yeah?! And?!”
    “Don’t interrupt, Short Fat and Nutty. I was going to say that in return, you move every bit of your military north to the Yalu and point it into China. Then you and your South Korean buddy work out a way over time to unify your countries that doesn’t involve a hereditary nutjob with any sort of control.”
    “But you nutjob and you in control!” (Clearing lose control and losing command of his crazy English)
    “Yes, but I am an elected nutjob and that’s totally different!”
    *totally incoherent rantings and ravings, blustering gestures*
    “Well, I offered him everything he said he wanted, but he didn’t go for it. I’m not the one who’s inflexible here. Too bad.”
    *walking out to tweet more insults to third-world jacka**es and our media*
    “Mattis, if he reaches for that button, shoot him.”
    “YES SIR!”

  • pkudude99 says:

    This past week I’ve been watching quite a few videos of North Korean escapees being interviewed about what it’s like to live there. They all talked about how they’re taught to hate the “big nose American bastards” pretty much from the womb. The stories they’re told about a supposed “Sinchon Massacre” are quite horrifying.

    So I have to agree with you that I wonder how feasible it would be for Kim Jong-Un to pivot to “The Americans are all right after all” after so many years of hatred and vilifying.

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