Thursday, May 24, 2018

Peace In His Mind

Well, so much for that Nobel Peace Prize. Ah, so close, yet so far.

Like all presidents before him, Donald Trump learned that North Korea can’t be trusted when it comes to negotiating. The announcement that the meeting with Kim Jong Un “will not take place,” did not come as a surprise to those who felt it shouldn’t have been scheduled in the first place. Frankly, I not only had my doubts about the prospects of reaching a substantive agreement between both countries, given Trump’s penchant for shitty deals, the fear was he’d do something stupid like pull American forces out of the peninsula. Thankfully that won’t happen. Now all we have to do is pray somebody kidnaps the guy with the nuclear football.

Trump expressed his disappointment at Kim in a letter which read in pertinent part, “Sadly, based on the tremendous anger and open hostility in your most recent statement, I feel it is inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting.”

Okay, two things: One: you know Trump didn’t write this because it’s actually well written and it has punctuation in it. This man wouldn’t know a comma from a hyphen. Two: “Long-planned?” Are you joking? You agreed to this meeting in less time than it takes you to say "Fake News." Seriously, there are people who put more thought into taking a dump than you did with this meeting.

But while Trump may not have personally written the letter, he nonetheless dictated it. That’s because it contained all the typical “my dick is bigger than your dick” bravado we’ve come to expect from him. “You talk about your nuclear capabilities, but ours are so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used.” Naturally the markets went into a spiral. Seems nothing turns off capitalists more than the prospect of World War III turning their fortunes into ashes.

And now there might be an even bigger problem apart from Trump’s bruised ego. By canceling the summit, Trump made Kim look like the good guy, which, given the fact he’s murdered tens of thousands of his people, including his own uncle, is quite a feat. His impulsiveness, first in accepting the invitation to meet, then pulling out, has made America the outlier in the region. North Korea now has the leverage in the internationally community it didn’t have a few months ago. Way to go, Sparky.

Look, I understand, it’s tough raising kids. That’s why my wife and I decided not have any. But one of few remaining adults in this administration has to take this ass hat aside and tell him to stop treating world leaders like they’re Meat Loaf and Gary Busey. You don’t get to fire heads of state, no matter what your base may think. Jesus, the lives of 7.4 billion people hang on what this juvenile delinquent does and so far, based on all the evidence we’ve seen, I’d say we’re pretty damn lucky the planet’s still here.

The danger, though, with playing Russian Roulette is that sooner or later you catch the bullet.

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