Sunday, June 03, 2018
This Would Work - Wouldn't It?
Donald Trump is going ahead with a planned meeting with Rocket Man, North Korea's Kim Jong Un. Trump wants Kim to dismantle North Korea's nuclear weapons and delivery systems. Kim wants to avoid ending up like Muammar Gadaffi. Point well taken.
Trump, being Trump, needs Kim to throw him a bone - something, anything, he can proclaim an outstanding victory when he returns to his base. Here's an idea.
Why doesn't Trump offer Kim a little something, maybe state recognition, in exchange for Kim offering to dismantle his country's longest range missile, the one everyone is afraid could hit Hawaii or even the US mainland.
Kim's long range missile is basically a waste of time. He could launch a couple. Maybe one might get through to some worthwhile target but, before it landed, dozens of proven and very reliable US missiles with their multiple but independently targeted warheads would be enroute to turn North Korea into glass.
It's enough that Kim can maintain a credible threat to South Korea and Japan. That's all he needs for nuclear diplomacy. And Trump gets to come home claiming that he has tamed the monster.