I watched, as did millions, the news coverage of the Singapore Summit.
‘ It sure looks as if President Trump was hoodwinked in Singapore.’
‘ Trump made a huge concession – the suspension of military exercises with South Korea. That’s on top of the broader concession of the summit meeting itself, security guarantees he gave North Korea and the legitimacy that the summit provides his counterpart, Kim Jong-un.’
‘ Within North Korea, the ‘very special bond’ that Trump claimed to have formed with Kim will be portrayed this way: Kim forced the American president, through his nuclear and missile tests, to accept North Korea as a nuclear equal, to provide security guarantees to North Korea, and to cancel war games with South Korea that the North has protested for decades.’
‘ In exchange for these concessions, Trump seems to have won astonishingly little. In a joint statement, Kim merely ‘reaffirmed the same commitment to denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula that North Korea has repeatedly made since 1992.’ Nicholas Kristof The New York Times
It was just a few short months ago that president Trump was comparing the size of his nuclear button to that of the North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-un.
The president also admonished Kim that he ‘better not mess with us or he would answer him with ‘fire and fury’ such as the world has never seen.’
Not exactly words of comfort.
It goes without saying, that to meet and talk is much better than trying out their nuclear buttons. All humanity prays and hopes and longs for peace. There should be no political party or partisan passion when it comes to the lives of millions of people.
The president said that, ‘he was honored to meet chairman Kim,’ on numerous occasions.
The president said that the North Korean dictator, ‘was a very talented individual.’
The president said that, ‘his people love him,’ when referring to Kim Jong-un.
Many of the citizenry of North Korea are starving…many are in labor camps…many have been killed by the Kim Regime…including members of his own family and his brother who he had poisoned.
‘Peace for our time was a declaration made by the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Neville Chamberlain in his 30 September 1938 speech concerning the Munich Agreement and the Anglo-German Declaration.’
‘….It is primarily remembered for its ironic value: less than a year after the agreement, Hitler’s continued aggression and his invasion of Poland was followed by declarations of war on Germany by France and the United Kingdom.’ Wikipedia
President Trump said that he would be able to determine if the North Korean dictator was serious about negotiating, in the first five minutes of their meeting. After their first and private meeting…the president declared that they had a strong relationship.
The meeting, with only transalators present, lasted forty minutes.
Now I actually believe that leadership can be taught…and that extraordinary leaders are gifted or born with certain abilities that are rare.
I have always took some, limited, pride in being able to ‘read’ people. Also, a leader is able to make decisions in the moment…and should be have the courage to step away from their advisors, at times, and to take calculated risks.
But, the most important personality trait in a leader is consistency. Those who you are leading and working with should be able to count on your word…as if it was bedrock and pure gold…not plastic and sprayed with gold paint.
Note: Singapore Summit photos are by Vox.