Trump Sells “North Korean Deal” Snakeoil

This Trump sideshow meeting with King Jong Un is a sad joke.  The world is truly now part of the President Trump reality TV show.  The American media, punditry, American politicians and even other world leaders now spend their time reacting to Trump’s  sideshow antics, which amount to little more than childish taunts, incessant whining, and endless streams of meaningless and idiotic assertions, which Trump’s enablers bend over backwards to airbrush away.

It goes without saying that the political Left , which includes most of the mainstream media offer up their own relentless, predictable, hysterical stream of anti-Trump rhetoric, doing more to bolster Trump’s support than to damage him.  The mainstream media help feed Trump’s extreme narcissistic public antics, but they also continue to damage their own credibility by allowing their hatred for Trump to cloud their judgment and poison their reporting.  Their hysterical spin has damaged their credibility far more than Trump’s pathetic whining about “Fake News” and “witch hunts”.

President Trump once again betrayed his closest advisers and he made a serious strategic military decision regarding U.S. military posture on the Korean peninsula, without any consultation with top military leaders or America’s allies in the region.  Partisan politics aside, this is a supremely reckless decision and the truth is he announced this without understanding the ramifications, without any consultation with America’s allies, and worst of all without any concern for U.S troops in the region.  He made this concession on halting military training exercises without North Korea actually having to do anything.  And he did it to secure Kim Jong Un’s happy photo-op to feed the Trump reality TV presidency show.

My gut reaction was the same as when Obama caved to Iran or cavorted with Cuban despots.  North Korea got Trump’s number.   Trump was so desperate for an agreement to feed his “tremendous deal-making” bluster, that he was willing to cave to North Korean demands.  And the treacherous icing on Trump’s North Korean craven cake was an American president praising the leader of a brutal, murderous regime and flat-out lying about Kim Jong Un’s concern for the people of North Korea.

If you step outside the dizzying American spin information war and assess Trump’s cowardly comments, his total ignorance of and disregard for preparation, details, historical knowledge and listening to subject matter experts (even his own), we are back to a blog post I wrote almost a year ago:

“But it is the unscripted Mr Trump that is real.”

The above line from Australian ABC political editor, Chris Uhlmann, should be the response every time Trump apologists once again mention that Trump can “act presidential”, as they cling to scripted speeches he delivers and speeches which he has no real input into their creation.  Other presidents relied on speechwriters too, but those presidents had political ideological core beliefs and principles.  Even for people like me, who vehemently disagreed with President Obama on almost every issue, I do not doubt for a minute his sincerity and conviction on issues.   This editorial is a must see report.  It is the grim truth:

“He is a character drawn from America’s wild west, a travelling medicine showman selling moonshine remedies that will kill the patient.

And this week he underlined he has neither the desire nor the capacity to lead the world.”


“There is a tendency among some hopeful souls to confuse the speeches written for Mr Trump with the thoughts of the man himself.

He did make some interesting, scripted, observations in Poland about defending the values of the West.

And Mr Trump is in a unique position — he is the one man who has the power to do something about it.

But it is the unscripted Mr Trump that is real. A man who barks out bile in 140 characters, who wastes his precious days as President at war with the West’s institutions — like the judiciary, independent government agencies and the free press.”

The key takeaway in Trump’s sideshow deal making is that he does not care how many of his advisers he betrays or throws under the bus or that top U.S. military commanders were left out of the loop on this major shift in military posture, all so that Trump could have his big staged photo-ops with Kim Jong Un.

Rather than being “a historic breakthrough on Korean hostilities”, this Trump staged Kim lovefest summit show, following Trump’s G-7  attacks on America’s staunchest allies prequel highlights, once again that Trump is a reckless, toxic leader, who puts promoting his reality TV presidency show over U.S. national interests.   No great strategic breakthrough occurred and America’s key allies were left out of the loop, all so that Trump, with his FOX News propaganda entourage could bleat on about “Trump the brilliant deal maker”.

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