I’m telling you. You don’t believe me, but I’m telling you, this is all a bunch of nonsense.
Kim Jong-Un is now doing the national dance of North Korea for us. It’s called, “The Bait and Switch.” I think Chubby Checker invented. Come on now, I know some of you remember Chubby Checker. I don’t, but I remember commercials when I was a kid where you get his music and other oldies for a reasonable price, plus shipping and handling.
I understand shipping. What’s “handling”?
Anyhoo . . . Kim is trying to use all the niceness he’s been pouring on us now to say he’ll cut off the spigot unless we cancel a military exercise he’s known about for months. This is how it goes down, the North Koreans make “concessions,” like giving up a nuclear testing site they already tested into oblivion, and then all of a sudden make demands, pull back things they’ve offered, and then ultimately, if there is a deal, cheat.
Considering how horrifying a war with North Korea would be, it’s more than tempting to get swept up in Kim Jong-Un’s bullshit. But he is never going to give up his nuclear weapons or his drive to perfect missiles that can transport them to right over your head and mine.
Like I’ve said, it’s worth a try. And President Trump and National Security Advisor John Bolton are the two exact people I want doing this, because they’re the least likely to get suckered by North Korea. But even they can fall into a cycle of negotiation that looks so promising they will be under enormous pressure not to walk away.
If the deal does not provide immediate and completely verifiable results, they must walk away. This is a very dangerous game Kim is playing with us.