Kim Jong-un pulled a flip flop and his summit meeting with Trump is on again.
The mercurial dictator first agreed to discuss peace after he was presumably upbraided by his Chinese masters. Why? Possibly because a partial collapse of a North Korean mountain after a nuclear test. With more testing, the unstable region could release radiation into northern China. Or it could be the Chinese don’t want to see nuclear war on the Korean peninsula. Another reason for the summit? Perhaps the sanctions hurt North Korea and Trump’s show of strength has caused them to capitulate.
Don’t expect things to go smoothly. Already, the hermit nation wants the US to pay their Dear Leader’s hotel suite. If it were up to me, I’d book Kim into a Motel 6 or the Singaporean equivalent. He’s a brutal murderer who deserves prison–but since he’s willing to talk peace, he deserves a chance.
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North Korea needs money and probably wants billions of dollars in taxpayer money. In return, they’ll probably agree to dismantle their nuclear weapons. More likely, they won’t do that and simply hide their nukes while pocketing even more bribe money from their arch enemy—the U.S.
Let’s hope Trump doesn’t cave into their demands. Insist that inspectors can go anywhere in the country to ferret out hidden nukes. Clinton and Carter cut a terrible deal. The Norks got billions of dollars and nuke reactors in exchange for not building bombs. Instead they got their largess and immediately began building bombs. Trump will be harder to fool.