President Donald Trump's Singapore thing with Kim Jong Un is a nice piece of a larger puzzle. Certainly the Korean peninsula is in a strategic location bordering China and within missile range of Russia and Japan. But as historic as ending the Korean War would be, President Trump has a larger game plan.
On Saturday, he brushed aside the G7 as irrelevant, and it is with its nonsense about climate change and gender equality. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzō Abe is a stand-up guy, and maybe the new guy in Italy is too. But the others are two teenage boys and their shrewish mothers. You used the wrong pronoun, Mister President.
President Trump physically and symbolically left the G7 behind to talk to Kim. President Trump's actions raised eyebrows -- and they fell off.
The G7 no longer matters. Remember Donald Rumsfeld's line about Old Europe? President Trump views the world that way, embracing the liberated Eastern bloc nations and not really caring what Brussels thinks.
Meanwhile, another meeting took place on Saturday. Chairman Xi held the 18th annual summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization — Russia, China, India, and a few of the istans. Iran also sat in on the meeting. Reporting from Qingdao, the Times of Israel said, "Authorities emptied an entire oceanside swathe of the city — clearing out shopkeepers, residents and day-trippers to make way for Xi, his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani."
Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi also attended the summit.
Xi is using President Trump's rescission of Obama's unconstitutional Nukes for Iran deal to build a new Axis of Evil: China, Russia, and Iran.
"SCO members may use granting full membership to Iran as a way to demonstrate support for (Tehran) and the nuclear agreement," Dawn Murphy, professor of international security studies at the US Air War College told the Israeli newspaper.
New lines are being formally drawn. Trump has been at it for one year and has sized up world leaders. Britain, France, and Germany are pathetic. The Poles, Hungarians, and other former Soviet states are largely useful. The Gulf States and Israel are reliable allies.
China is the enemy as it paid off American politicians to get trade deals that have funded its military growth. That's the real problem in the world. The Canadian tariffs on cheese and butter are not killing the economy, but President Trump went after them to make a point to China.
Peeling North Korea from the Chinese sphere of influence reverses nearly 1,500 years of history, where Korea was an independent protectorate of China. It ended in 1905 with a Japanese invasion but resumed after World War II.
Meanwhile, Al Arabiya English reported, "A strike by Iranian truck drivers which entered its third consecutive week has expanded to the capital Tehran amid the country’s ongoing oil crisis and a halt in shipping services.
"Video and pictured circulating on social media show the strike affecting the main highway in central Tehran, where truck drivers raised banners with slogans calling for solidarity.
"Iranian activists on social media said that drivers parked their trucks on the main road in a long convoy to join the strike."
President Trump has left Iran to Saudi Arabia and Israel to take care of. It's their table, not his.
North Korea is just one piece in the peace puzzle that President Trump is assembling. He is an advocate of peace through strength. This is why he discarded the weak sister four in the G7, and why he wants to cut a deal with Rocket Man. The Dotard knows what he is doing.
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