USUAL SUSPECTS: Never Trump Neocons Trash Trump/Kim Summit
The usual suspects strike again!
Finding every way to possible to derail President Trump’s presidency, the Never Trump gang is having a field day with Trump’s historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.
Trump could be on the verge of defusing an unnecessary conflict with the rogue nation, but the Never Trumpers aren’t having it. This crowd is turning to its usual schtick of digging up anything negative to throw at Trump and discredit his efforts to bring sanity to U.S. foreign policy.
Lindsey Graham, a seasoned member of the political establishment who has never seen a foreign military intervention he didn’t like, went on ABC’s This Week to promote his interventionist alternative to Trump’s tough diplomacy.
After a group of Senate Dems made demands for a potential deal with North Korea, @LindseyGrahamSC says “I embrace this letter… here’s the question for my Democratic colleagues: If diplomacy fails, will you support my efforts to authorize use of military force as a last resort?” pic.twitter.com/Z0HohkSuVs
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) June 10, 2018
Senator Rand Paul rightfully took Senator Lindsey Graham to task for drafting an authorization for the use of military force (AUMF) in North Korea in the case that Trump’s meeting with Kim Jong-Un goes down in flames.
Paul said, “Lindsey Graham is a danger to the country by even proposing ideas like authorizing war with Korea, my goodness.”
With a country that is already $20 trillion in debt, entertaining any form of military adventure is the height of insanity.
But the Never Trumping did not stop there.
Ben Shapiro, one of the most reliable Never Trumpers, pulled the Hitler Card without hesitation:
Imagine that Kim is Hitler here and try not to let your stomach churn at the triumphal music playing beneath these images. Because Kim is Hitlerian. https://t.co/DuqIPJH5vp
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) June 12, 2018
In neocon land, every authoritarian leader is on the verge of becoming the next Hitler. Thus, we must use military force to remove them from power, destabilization be damned.
Senator Marco Rubio thought he could get slick by taking shots at Kim Jong Un:
One more thing about KJU. While I know @potus is trying to butter him up to get a good deal, #KJU is NOT a talented guy. He inherited the family business from his dad & grandfather. He is a total weirdo who would not be elected assistant dog catcher in any democracy.
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) June 12, 2018
Kim Jong Un may be an authoritarian tyrant, but Trump’s 50+ years of negotiating cannot be underestimated, especially when he’s up against a relatively young and inexperienced leader.
Last but certainly not least, Bill Kristol showed his fanatical Never Trump colors:
Throughout the 2016 election cycle and even to the present, Bill Kristol has been wrong about every aspect of Donald Trump’s presidency. This is par course for all political analysis coming out of the Swamp these days.
The pundit class can doubt Trump as much as they want, but Trump is no Bill Clinton, George Bush, or Barack Obama. Trump is one of the greatest salesmen and negotiators in recent memory. For far too long, DC has been filled with virtue signalers and resume padders that produce very little results as far as public policy is concerned.
Trump is at least walking into this meeting with some preconditions being met.
Time will tell if lasting peace in the Korean peninsula will be achieved, but Donald Trump has a proven track record of pulling off the unthinkable.
Instead of constantly wishing the worst for these negotiations, let’s at least hope for cooler heads to prevail.
We are at a critical juncture where one of final communist regimes in history could finally fall peacefully.
Let’s not make all of Trump’s efforts to get this far at the negotiating table go to waste.