So the much heralded Trump-Kim Jong Un summit (the U.S. and North Korea) has been cancelled by Trump.
It seemed like a good idea if it would do no more than forestall or prevent a nuclear exchange between the two nations.
On the other hand, meeting with the North Korean dictator, who by all reports lets his citizens starve while he gets fat and who kills of military officers who fall asleep while he is talking and who murders his own relatives who he sees as threats, could be seen as Neville Chamberlain negotiating with Hitler. In fact, Trump had already been saying complimentary things about Kim, after saying uncomplimentary things about him, and before returning to saying uncomplimentary things.
The main excuse for the cancellation were negative remarks by North Korean officials in regard to U.S. Vice President Mike Pence making comments to the effect the crisis between the two nations might end like Libya — you will recall that Muammar Gaddafi gave up his nukes but was ultimately killed by his own people. I guess Pence won’t get any awards for his prowess in diplomacy, and there goes Trump’s Nobel Peace prize.
I don’t have much more to say about all of this at this time other than too much trash talk (or any at all) by both sides accomplishes nothing positive.
For the U.S., better to say little to nothing but make sure behind the scenes it do everything to protect itself. All the North Koreans need to know is that we (the U.S.) will do what we have to do to protect ourselves, which would have to include the possibility of a preemptive strike. And when you have someone threatening you with annihilation, certainly a preemptive strike would be warranted, and in fact necessary.
That is not to say there is no room for diplomacy. In fact diplomacy I would think is preferable to tough talk which can lead to unwise actions when one has backed one’s self into a corner. I dare you to cross that line — the line is crossed. Now what?
But again, trash talk, like to professional boxers before a match yelling insults at each other to whip up interest in the match, is not diplomacy.