Last fall, the New York Times sent columnist Nicholas Kristof and three others to North Korea. His October 5 column was ominous, "Inside North Korea, and Feeling the Drums of War."
Nuclear war is near, he warned, blaming Kim Jong Un and President Trump equally.
He did not say World War 3, but he implied it.
"I told Choe Kang-il that my visit gave me a sense of déjà vu, reminding me of a trip to Saddam Hussein’s Iraq on the eve of the American invasion. The difference is that a war here would be not just a regional disaster but a nuclear cataclysm," Kristof wrote.
"Choe was unimpressed by my warning. He said that Iraq and Libya had made the mistake of giving up their nuclear programs; in each case, America then ousted the regime. He added that the lesson was obvious, so North Korea will never negotiate away its nuclear warheads."
A-ha! It is America's fault.
Of course, Hillary and Obama bombed Libya. She bragged, "We came. We saw. He died."
And Hussein did not exactly give up his nukes. Israel took his nuke program out.
In his October 5 piece, Kristof said there was only one solution.
"First, Trump should stop personalizing and escalating the conflict," Kristof wrote.
"Second, we need talks without conditions, if only talks about talks: I’d suggest a secret visit to Pyongyang by a senior administration official, as well as discussions with North Korea’s ambassador to the United Nations.
"Third, human rights have to be part of the agenda, backed by the threat of suspending North Korea’s credentials at the United Nations.
"Fourth, we should support organizations that smuggle information on USB drives into North Korea; this would be cheap and might contribute to change in the long term.
"Fifth, increase cyberwarfare, which the U.S. has already used effectively against North Korea.
"Sixth, let’s enforce tighter sanctions, but only if harnessed to a plausible outcome."
President Trump not only sent senior officials -- they do not get much more senior than the secretary of State -- but President Trump met Kim Jong Un in Singapore.
Kristof should be jubilant.
Of course he isn't. He's a fake. He's a fraud. He's dishonest. After all, he's a liberal.
So he tweeted, "So sad that the Trump is meeting with the most totalitarian leader in the world and won't let the words 'human rights' past his lips. This betrays Otto Warmbier, Megumi Yokota, and 100k prisoners."
President Trump made the release of three prisoners a condition for the summit, as well as blowing up tunnels at Mount Mantap, where the nukes are tested.
And President Trump did this: "Although the issue of denuclearization was the biggest topic during the meeting of President Donald Trump and North Korea dictator Kim Jong Un, President Donald Trump told the media that he did bring up human rights abuses with the leader of the Communist nation."
The story from Singapore is simple. President Trump and Kim came. President Trump and Kim saw. President Trump and Kim closed their deal.
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