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Obama's Peace at Any Cost Leaves US Nuke Danger Debt

Obama's Peace at Any Cost Leaves US Nuke Danger Debt

Former U.S. President Barack Obama. (Palinchak/Dreamstime)

Michael Dorstewitz By Tuesday, 29 May 2018 04:02 PM EDT Current | Bio | Archive

Liberals ignore recent history each time they mock — and even celebrate — setbacks to the proposed summit between the U.S. and North Korea. They forgot former President Barack Obama’s own role to the deal’s obstructions.

They also have no conception of how negotiations work.

When North Korean officials snubbed U.S. diplomats by refusing to appear at a meeting to iron out the particulars of the proposed Trump-Kim summit, Trump drafted a letter cancelling the scheduled June 12 Singapore meeting.

Prior to this, many pundits, including Geraldo Rivera, host of "Geraldo Rivera Reports," on Fox, predicted that President Donald Trump would be "a shoo-in for the Nobel Peace Prize," assuming a deal could be reached with North Korea.

But when the president called off the meeting, the left pounced.

House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., called North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un the "big winner," and said he "must be having a giggle fit" because of it.

The California Democrat also claimed that Kim was "being legitimized by the president of the United States."

Joy Behar of ABC's "The View" was ecstatic. "That Nobel Peace Prize," she said. "There it goes."

The Left Is History-Challenged 

Liberals fail to acknowledge that the Obama administration largely contributed to the summit’s major stumbling blocks.

Plans for the scheduled Trump-Kim meeting next month proceeded smoothly until National Security Adviser John Bolton promoted the use of a "Libya model" for the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

That jogged North Korea’s memory.

"If [the Trump administration] forces us into a corner by pushing for the abandonment of our nukes only, in a one-sided demand, then we won’t have an interest in such talks anymore and will reconsider whether to respond to the upcoming summit," North Korea’s first vice foreign minister Kim Kye Gwan said.

But North Korea’s sticking point isn’t really the Libyan model for denuclearization — it’s what came eight years later.

Libya peacefully disarmed itself of nuclear weapons in 2003 during the George W. Bush administration.

Everything was in relative harmony until early 2011, when the U.S. launched "Operation Freedom Falcon," a prolonged military intervention of Libya — approved by then-President Obama. As a direct result, insurgents captured and killed Qaddafi later that same year.

Obama hailed Qaddafi’s murder as a "foreign policy success."

Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took the celebration even further — she was delighted and actually laughed that she had a role in the Libyan dictator’s death.

"We came, we saw, he died," she joked between network interviews.

Kim doesn’t want to end up like Gaddafi.

"(The) world knows too well that our country is neither Libya nor Iraq which have met miserable fate," Kim Kye Gwan said.

In March 2011, Trump said "Operation Freedom Falcon" "makes no sense whatsoever."

"I do really want to know who these people we’re fighting for — who they are. They call them the 'rebels' like they’re these wonderful guys," Trump said at the time. Adding, "I hear they may be aligned with al-Qaida."

Eighteen months later those "wonderful guys" murdered four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, in Benghazi, Libya.

"The Art of the Deal"

The first rule of negotiating with an adversary — whether it be business or political — is that you always have to be prepared to walk away from the table. 

"NK tried to leverage Trump and he pulled out instead," syndicated columnist and radio host Ben Shapiro observed. "That’s what he’s supposed to do."

Obama never learned that basic rule. The U.S. negotiated on-and-off for two years with Iran seeking a nuclear arms agreement.

Americans and the world would have been better served had then-Secretary of State John Kerry simply walked away from the bargaining table and continued sanctions against Iran.

The mullahs would have seen the light in that event.

Instead, the Obama administration desperately sought a deal — any deal and at any cost —that they could claim as a foreign policy win. Instead we were handed an agreement that even Democratic leaders condemned.


As of Saturday evening, the June summit between the two leaders is back on track.

"We’re doing very well in terms of the summit with North Korea," Trump told reporters. "So we’ll see what happens."

Those plans hadn’t changed as of Monday, when the president agreed to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to coordinate strategy prior to the summit.

The president confirmed Tuesday that a senior North Korean official is en route to New York to firm up summit preparations.

In the meantime the process will probably be hit with more speed bumps along the way -- that’s the way it generally works.

To paraphrase the late Yogi Berra, "It ain’t over until the fat kid sings." And if the fat kid sings the right tune, a Nobel Prize may be in the president’s future yet — despite his predecessor's missteps.

Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He’s also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.

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The U.S. negotiated on-and-off for two years with Iran seeking a nuclear arms agreement. The Obama administration desperately sought a deal, any deal at any cost, that they could claim as a win. Instead we were handed an agreement that even Democratic leaders condemned.
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Tuesday, 29 May 2018 04:02 PM
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