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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

USA needs Kim to propagandize

Some of the people who said President Trump would never get Kim Jong Un to give up his nukes are now saying we shouldn't make the deal because we are giving Kim what he wants in exchange for Kim giving up his nukes.

That is like saying you should not buy a car because you are giving the dealer what he wants -- money!

Jonathan Freedland of the Guardian apparently does not buy cars because he wrote, "Trump really has achieved a historic breakthrough – for the Kim dynasty."

The crux of the piece was this: "Look first at what Kim got from the encounter. Once ostracized as a pariah, Kim was treated as a world statesman on a par with the president of the United States, the two meeting on equal terms, right down to the equal numbers of flags behind them as they shook hands. The tyrant now has a showreel of images – including his walkabout in Singapore, where he was mobbed by what the BBC called 'fans' seeking selfies – which will feature in propaganda videos for months, if not years."

The Los Angeles Times used the same sour grapes approach.

"President Trump lavished praise on Kim as a 'great talent,' denied concerns about treating him as an equal and painted a rosy picture of North Korea’s potential future — one laid out in a bizarre, propaganda-style video that the White House had prepared for the North Korean leader," the Times editiorialized in a news story.

The Atlantic said, "Kim Jong Un’s Propaganda Victory."

David Nakamura of the Washington Post took the same tack in a story headlined as, "Critics worry Trump is already handing propaganda victories to North Korea. The warm display left some former U.S. officials who’ve negotiated with North Korea arguing that Trump had already handed Pyongyang another public relations victory."

Nakamura quoted former Governor Bill Richardson, one of the many we sent to North Korea who failed to achieve peace.

"Photo ops of the two together, smiling, those are disseminated in North Korea to show the two leaders are equal. Trump should avoid the propaganda, the one-on-one smiling and hugging," Richardson said.

President Trump ignored that advice, and for good reason. We want Kim to use this summit as propaganda. Let me explain.

In order to sell North Koreans on this deal, Kim needs to walk back seven decades of anti-American propaganda.

He needs a Soviet-style rehabilitation of the image of the United States in order to explain the deal because his people are about to learn the truth anyway. The investments -- largely from South Korea -- coming North Korea's way have the power to fundamentally transform North Korea into a modern, self-sufficient state.

I am not ignoring the ruthlessness and inhumanity of Kim's regime, but concentrating on that at the expense of peace has been one reason we have not had peace. We also refused to treat Kim as an equal, sending envoys instead of the sitting president to meet with Kim.

Critics on the left were silent when Obama cut deals with the ruthless and inhumane regimes of Cuba and Iran. And we received nothing in return.

Death to America is about to become Viva Donald Trump.

No wonder the small minds on the Left and in Never Never Trump Land are whining.

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43 comments:

  1. The left are so tiresome in their hypocrisy and Trump Derangement Syndrome.

    They heaped praise on Obama for doing nothing more than sending pallets of US taxpayer money to a terror organization that chanted "Death to America" as it unloaded the planes. Then they promptly provoked war by taking one of our patrol boats in international water hostage and humiliating our sailors.

    Tiresome leftists. Truly useful idiots whose utility has long since expired.

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  2. Let there be peace on Earth, but not if it makes Donald Trump look good.

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    1. Someone's bringing peace, Lord, Kumbaya
      Someone's bringing peace, Lord, Kumbaya
      Someone's bringing peace, Lord, Kumbaya
      Dear God it's Donald Trump
      Stop it stop it stop it, Lord, right now

      -TK

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    2. Got a cramp laughing.

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    3. Could've been written by any lefty or Ben Shapiro.

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    4. TK, that's great! I've stolen it (with attribution) and hope I see it everywhere!

      It is amazing how all the MSM would rather see us all burn in nuclear fire rather than have President Trump broker a peace with North Korea.

      Amazing, and incredibly saddening. SMH.

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  3. Two liars go into a room without a transcript. Both get to claim victory and whatever else they want for domestic consumption. Let us know when Trump gets even close to the framework Obama had in place with Iran. Nice photo op, though.

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    1. I guess all communications with you must cease, given that POTUS-Trump has taken off the table Obama's preferred option of "unilaterally surrender to obtain a terrible deal at any price." Thankfully, never again, do we have to worry about getting close to the framework Obama put in place with Iran. Thank God. Literally. Thank God.
      -TK

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    2. Heaven forbid that Trump should give NK anything close to what Obama surrendered to the crazy mullahs of Iran. Obama gave Iran everything they wanted from the deal and the US got nothing from it that we didn't already have before he caved in. Obama's deal with Iran gave them a green light to develop the nukes they say they will use to annihilate Israel, and Obama was more than okay with that because it's what he wanted, too.

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    3. Yuk yuk. Obama himself never signed the Iran deal. He said himself that if it failed in 10 years " It will be on me". In other words blame me when no one cares anymore. The mullahs are born rug merchants and knew a sucker when they saw one. They made 150 billion for no work. Trump hasn't paid a dime because the package hasn't arrived and is COD. He can still cancel the order but Bummer paid already. Also while he was "willing" to take heat in 10 years, Trump is a man and put his signature down for blame today, and has recieved plenty from the usual goobers. They know if he ever gets his package their criticism will be forgotten because they are flyspecks who never had anything at stake.

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    4. The Iran deal was GIVING them nukes. This one is the polar opposite. Mindless.

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    5. Envy is the ugliest deadly sin.

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  4. Right! "Critics on the left were silent when Obama cut deals with the ruthless and inhumane regimes of Cuba and Iran when Obama cut deals with them. And we received nothing in return."

    Virtually none of the Trump critics were similarly outraged by Obama's stupid deals -- but so far it looks like a great Trump deal, great for America.

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    1. Ever seen the pics of Justin Treacle next to a young Castro? The dude is his Dad.

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  5. Isn't it funny how agog the media were over Kim's sister during the recent Olympics, praising her as a superstar and joyously reveling in the stink eye she supposedly gave VP Pence? I don't recall any media complaining it was an error to let the Norks attend the Olympics because it might give them status on the world stage they didn't deserve. Indeed, the press was positively giddy over Kimmie's sis. So why are they now so critical of Trump taking a business meeting with Kim and doing a bit of old fashion schmoozing? Is their extreme bias against PDJT showing through? Why yes, yes it is.

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  6. Failed Fat ba$tard Bill Richardson is the last person I would go to for advice on anything.

    Kim Jon Un may or may not have been ruthless. His father and grandfather were. Maybe the brutality of the last few years were from the military and. It Kim. Maybe he was looking for a way out of the mess he inherited. Who knows.

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  7. Some say indeed Kim has to sell his deal to his backers. This may be true but no one knows for sure. But what is the point of the critics who say Kim is now an emboldened dictator? If the sanctions were kept really tight he wasn't going anywhere. In fact since half his gdp was going for nukes and missles he is now making money and is safer than ever on the domestic front. But he was in effect offered More. Trump showed him a tape made with blue screen technology that projected a world of the future for NK with no nukes. With Putin as a template, Kim could become one of the world's richest men, just like Vlad, and his family too. They could have their own jets,not Chinese hand me downs, and houses in Place Vendome to fly them to. Nice deal I would think.

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    1. A nice deal, I agree, and hopefully one Kim will adopt.

      I've read speculation that Kim wasn't the singular dictator that we all see, but rather has been a figurehead for the real rulers, the military generals of N. Korea. If Kim steps out of line, he gets what his half-brother got, so he does what they tell him and he simply acts the part in front of the world.

      The truth of this, if any, I don't know; but not long ago there was a huge... disturbance of the Force, shall we say, which left a deep gaping hole where once there were nuke facilities in North Korea. This same disturbance may have killed much of the leadership of the Nork military, and thus gave Kim a chance to break free of his bonds; hence the rapproachement we're seeing now.

      Without President Trump, there was no chance for any cordiality of relations with Kim. Try visualizing President Hillary handling this opportunity, and don't forget her memorable cackle about Gaddafi: "We came, we saw, he died."

      I hope Kim does prosper, and his people do as well; it's wonderful that whatever happened (I tend toward the "Rods from God" explanation) did so on President Trump's watch, and that he's one of the very few that could take advantage of this opportunity to make a deal that is to everyone's benefit!

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    2. I’ve read similar speculation and totally agree about Generals and rods.

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    3. So do I, Schlongy. Such a thing does not seem possible from near outer space. But hey, I had to take an Astrophysics class at The Zoo. Distance from target, earth’s rotation, gravitational pull, all that shit. I think it was done.

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  8. Trump treated Kim like an equal. That's how you're supposed to treat other heads of state.

    Unlike Obama he didn't bow and scrape, nor did he apologize for America. I'm not sure what they think Trump was supposed to accomplish by lecturing and belittling Kim.

    The media keep pointing out that Kim is a ruthless dictator, as if we never dealt with with guys like Stalin and Mao.

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  9. It's more than 70 years. North Korea has its people sure that America wants to destroy them over the sinking of the USS Gen. Sherman in the 1860s.

    These images may be propaganda, but it isn't in support of the lifelong teachings of the NK government. Direct opposite in fact.

    Yes, terrible things happened in the socialist North Korea. It's the socialism that is the common thread, not the Kims. They can change, socialism doesn't. But what benefit have the NK people derived from making NK leaders pariahs? What improvements in behavior are now undermined by Trump treating Chairman Kim with respect in photos and video that the NK people will see?

    And the cancelling of war games? Really, something that can be reversed, unlike a plane load of cash, in 60 days or less. Something that actually leaves more cash on the table if the wrong choice is made and more than games are needed?

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  10. Hell, I’d rather buy a shirt, some underwear, or a car that said “Made in North Korea” rather than “Made in China” any day of the week. Haters gotta hate, man, and although there’s still a lotta stuff to be worked out, this was a stunning first step. Dennis Rodman, pack your bags again. Your next trip over there will be as ambassador.

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    1. I figure a lot of North Koreans would like to purchase items that say "Made in the U.S.A." as well. "Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship." - Elric

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    2. Yeah boy, Elric! Let’s start em off with big ol My Pillows.

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  11. I think NK's first export should be PPTs (Personal Portable Toilet). San Fran a big market for starters.

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    1. +1! LOL! (Thank God I'm downwind in San Diego!)

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  12. What of Nancy's "spark of divinity"? Do not all human beings deserve to be treated with love and kindness?

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  13. Obama wanted to fundamentally transform America. Trump wants to fundamentally transform North Korea.

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  14. I'm not a Trump supporter. I don't think that this summit with Kim is harmful, and it's certainly better to be talking in a courteous fashion than exchanging stupid threats over Twitter. Maybe this is the start of something positive.

    But let's be clear that this isn't really anything more than that. The DPRK has consistently for the past 25 years said that it is committed to the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. That language was in the 1994 Agreed Framework and in the 2007 Joint Statement of the 6-party talks. Trump didn't get anything new from Kim in that regard.

    And while I'm willing to be hopeful that this is the start of some normalization of relations, I don't see any realistic way in which DPRK agrees to give up its nuclear weapons. Moreover, it's tiresome to see the incessant cheerleading from the right when Obama was crucified for saying that he would consider speaking with North Korea's leaders without any preconditions.

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  15. The Leftust media would not vote for Donald Trump if he were the Archangel Gabriel.

    Of course, if he were the Archangel Gabriel, they would not be in his constituency.

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  16. The conman in chief doesn't need anyone to propagandize. The White House produced this piece of garbage, which legitimizes a dictator. Zero commitment to democracy. https://bit.ly/2MkYI00

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    1. True - Obama legitimized Castro, dictator of Cuba. Not sure why you're bringing that up now, though.

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    2. Envy is the ugliest deadly sin.

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  17. I've been rethinking Dennis Rodman. At the time he was visiting North Korea, I thought he was crazy. Looking back now it all makes sense. America and the world owe him an apology, including from myself. I apologize Mr Rodman.

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    1. Me too, Worm. You were a seer. My bad.

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  18. Most people don't understand the concept of saving face. In East Asia (and other cultures/areas) it is essential. The President understands this very well. He is not only allowing Kim to save face, but North Korea to save face. I thought it was especially great that when the President refers to himself and Kim, He always puts Kim's name first. Kim can take all of this to his people and help undo 70 years of propganda.

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  19. Also Mr Trump always extends his hand to Mr Kim first. Very subtle but important gestures to these kinds of cultures.

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    1. It all makes sense. PDJT understands all of this from his business dealings. He is a stable genius dealing with others.

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