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Sunday, May 27, 2018

National Review sings All You Need Is War

President Trump may yet hold his June 12 summit with Kim Jong Un. This greatly disturbs the Never Trump editors at National Review.

In an editorial, "The North Korean Summit Should Stay Cancelled," the once-respected magazine advised, "The United States shouldn’t, yet again, let the North Koreans play scorpion to our frog."

Past presidents have dismissed North Korea as pissant backward country, tossing it a few bushels of corn now and then in the hope that it would go away.

But lo and behold, the pissant backward country developed nuclear weaponry and intercontinental ballistic missiles. This upsets a rather important trade center.

Instead of being dismissive, President Trump is treating Kim Jong Un as an equal. This flatters Kim's ego, of course, but it also means that Trump can play hardball with North Korea without appearing to be a bully.

The Korean War is not over. We only have a long cease-fire that occasionally is broken.

Meetings between the leaders of the two countries have been largely symbolic but encouraging. The war may end quickly and decidedly with a possibility of a timetable for unification emerging.

There are several sides to this peace agreement. North Korea is China's backdoor and China wants to keep it shut. The United State must represent not only our own interests but Japanese interests as well. Japan cannot directly enter the talks. Koreans and the Chinese hate Japan because of the war crimes when it occupied those nations.

Meanwhile, the Washington Establishment has its own interests at stake. A 68-year-old war, albeit largely quiet for 65 of those years, serves a purpose.

National Review wants to keep hope for war alive, telling readers, "President Trump says there’s still the chance of a summit at some point. It’d be better to give up hopes for a splashy meeting and instead double down on the maximum pressure campaign. There’s still room to tighten up further by, for instance, cracking down on the regime’s illicit sources of cash and imposing secondary sanctions on Chinese entities dealing with the North. The longer-term goal would be to crack the regime, or at least its will."

"It’d be better to give up hopes for a splashy meeting and instead double down on the maximum pressure campaign."

The same people who complain that any other economic action President Trump takes will lead to a trade war would rather put the screws to a beligerent then sit down and work something out.

As Ozzy Osbourne sang, "Maybe it's not too late, to learn how to love and forget how to hate."

If a drunk and drugged out rocker gets it, why don't the geniuses at National Review?

And there is hope. Thae Yong Ho, former deputy chief of mission at the North Korean Embassy in London, defected to the West and testified before Congress this week, the Japan Times reported.

"While on the surface Kim Jong Un seems to have consolidated his power through this reign of terror, simultaneously there are great and unexpected changes taking place within North Korea," Thae said.

"The free markets are flourishing. As more and more people get used to free and capitalist style markets, the state-owned socialist economic system becomes increasingly forgotten about."

Thae explained the importance of the nukes and ICBMs: "Today, Kim Jong Un thinks that only nuclear weapons and ICBMs can help him avert the continuing disintegration of the North Korea system."

Ask the Soviet Union how nukes and ICBMs save a regime.

Oh wait. They went out of business a quarter-century ago. My bad.

A little "Crazy Train" never hurts.


  1. Guess they want the war to continue like it always has.

  2. Oh, I'm just dying to hear what Jonah Goldberg has to say. Hahaha

  3. The fact Trump has gotten more his way than all the rest from Willie on have doesn't seem to recommend his way to them.

  4. It turns out that Kim Jong Un had started free market reforms shortly after assuming leadership of North Korea.

    Too bad the American Press and our "experts" force me to rely on foreign sources for real news.

    1. You had better chose a better source than
      aljazeera,oh I forgot to notice name.

  5. A good rule of thumb - have someone else read National Review (thank you Don) for their advice to PDJT. Then, do the opposite.

  6. The expert-elite position toward North Korea, which I would describe as "shovel billions their way while otherwise pretending they don't exist" resulted in a belligerent nuclear North Korea. The expert-elites hate POTUS-Trump more than anything else for exposing the shallowness and idiocy of expert-elite consensus. And they will try to sabotage POTUS-Trump's work so that he too will fail like they've failed. Dangerous times for those of us who love this country. The real danger is coming from inside the house.

  7. The NeverTrumps at NRO would rather see us get attacked by desperate Norks than see Trump get credit for solving this decades old problem.


  8. "The geniuses at National Review." Of course you mean Mark Steyn, John Derbyshire, Ann Coulter... oh wait, none of those geniuses work for NRO any more, do they.

    It takes real talent to kick yourself between your own legs, over and over again, so this week's Participation Trophy goes to NRO!

  9. Hey -- wasn't the Korean war (ok, "Conflict") officially a United Nations action?
    I seem to remember that it was the United Nations Command that was officially in charge, and when I visited Panmunjom Joint Security Area in the late '70s the two flags on the conference desk were UN and North Korea.

    1. OK. And the UN is relevant to....whom, exactly?

  10. The letter was a masterpiece. It put the ball 100% in L'il Kim's court and reminded him he's trying to play games with a giant that can swat him like a fly. Result - the summit is back in play.