If you believe the liberal media, Trump doesn’t know anything about diplomacy. He couldn’t be trusted to deal with a tyrant like Kim Jong Un they said. Yet President Trump came away with at least an agreement to denuclearize North Korea. So the liberal’s words lack substance.
What they fail to realize is that diplomacy is all about making deals. It doesn’t matter if the deal involves trade, war or other matters. If you know history you realize that deals depend upon time and circumstance.
Trump surprised me with his deal. He got eye ball to eye ball to Kim. He refused to appease Kim like Obama, Bush and Clinton. Obama failed in diplomacy because he didn’t understand how to make a deal. He was an appeaser. Trump’s victory makes him look like a school boy.
Trump is no fool. He and Kim made the agreement but the details still need to be worked out between the sides. Trump will not cut sanctions until there is proof that Kim upholds his end of the bargain. He still can cancel the agreement if Kim reneges on it. His negotiating from a position of strength was correct despite what the liberal media says. He put Kim in a position where he must demonstrate true intentions before the sanctions are gradually lifted.
What most Americans don’t know and liberals in particular is that President Trump negotiated an agreement and not a treaty. He specifically focused on what was most important which was denuclearization.
Later there may be an agreement to end the Korean War. The Korean War ended in an armistice which is just a cease fire. World War I ended the same way. There were months of negotiation before a formal treaty ended World War I. President Wilson signed the treaty but the Constitution requires that the United States Senate must approve all treaties. Despite the fact that Wilson signed the Versailles Treaty, the United States Senate did NOT approve the treaty. Years later the United States signed and approved a peace treaty that was passed by the Senate.
The reason for the Senate approving war treaties is that only Congress (both houses) can officially declare war. Congress did declare war on the Prussian Empire and its allies in World War I. So as an official war, the Senate exercised its Constitutional requirement by passing judgment on the Versailles Treaty.
The Korean War did not have an official declaration of war passed by Congress. Democratic President Truman sent American troops into Korean to stop a North Korean invasion of South Korea. Truman called it a “police action”. This is important because it was Republican President Eisenhower’s administration that signed the armistice.
What does this mean?
In future negotiations Trump may get an agreement ending the armistice and agreeing to peace terms. If this happens, President Trump does NOT need Senate approval because it was an undeclared war. It is in a sense what they call in history a “gentlemen’s agreement”. It would probably require a reduction of military forces on the Korean peninsula by both sides. American troops have been part of South Korea’s defense 1953. This will lessen tensions and create a new peaceful scenario for East Asia.
President Trump and Kim Jong Un have opened the door for changing history. We need to wait to see how far the door will be opened. It is to Kim’s advantage to scrape his nuclear program and build his nation’s economy. President Trump will not appease him. He will wait and watch like a good diplomat and make sure Kim upholds his end of the bargain. History has shown that North Korean promises are often empty words. Appeasers gave in to Kim’s father and grandfather with bribes. President Trump is a differed president, he means what he says and says what he means.