I’m not totally defending Trump. I think the ‘summit’ with Kim was long on theater, short on substance. Nothing is going to be based on a short meeting like that. North Korea has not suddenly stopped being a nuclear threat, if they actually were one, and it’s unlikely that we’re going to see instant re-unification. On the plus side, re-unification is just as possible as it was before.
I do think that the rage from the Democratic party over the summit is absurd. They mock Trump for suggesting that Kim build hotels, but North Korea does have a lot of beachfront property, and tourism can be a boon to anybody’s economy. Also, let us not forget the role Coca Cola and McDonald’s played in opening Russia to the West.
They make fun of the video Trump made for the summit, but I watched it and was actually surprised. For being done by Trump people, it was actually competently put together. Even the message was on point, that Kim could go down in history as a great man by bringing prosperity to his country. What better message? I don’t know that it will be listened to, but you don’t know unless you try.
The idea that he made a video, which is kind of a new step, just plays to Trump’s strength, which is TV. It reminds me of how he arrived for the speech announcing his candidacy, by escalator. We laughed then, too.
So, in summary: It’s O.K., even good, that world leaders should meet and talk. It should happen frequently, even casually. Not much usually changes, and I don’t expect it will this time.
Meanwhile, it seems Trump’s lawyer may soon be indicted, people along the path of the Keystone pipeline are putting up solar panels and windmills, which is a brilliant tactic, and the world is still turning around.