Trump may have just out-done Obama yet again. This time, in regards to that Peace Prize. You will remember that about a month after he was elected, Obama was granted a Peace Prize. Why? Who knows? Probably because he checked all the right boxes ideologically and the things he claimed he would do lined up with their worldview.
Would he still have gotten that prize if they knew he would destabilize Libya, be accused of staging a coup in Turkey, break that promise to close Gitmo, etcetera? He was given an award for who he seemed to be, and what he seemed to do.
Fast forward one Presidency. What do we see?
We see basically the opposite. Instead of a smooth-talker with grandiose promises about making the oceans recede and the earth heal, we got a bold and brash New York Corporate mover and shaker. For all the Media(D) handwringing about Trump having that Nuclear Football, their fever-dreams about Trump dragging the world into a Thermonuclear Holocaust and World War III, we’re actually going the other direction.
President Trump had a serious problem on his hands, one he inherited from decades of placating North Korea. ‘Little Rocket Man’ was testing more and more dangerous missile tech, and daring anyone to do something about it. Experts were predicting he could pose a serious military threat capable of hitting civilian US targets within a year.
Less than one year later, Kim Jong Un, who had been openly threatening and defying the world, suddenly changed his tune.
Do you think that’s why Trump cracked that joke to the press when asked about ‘to what do you owe this recent openness to talk?’ — “Me. No I think that… Nobody got that.”
But in that joke is a kernel of truth. The President drives foreign policy, and Trump’s hardline approach with dictators is doing what the ass-kissing of President ‘Peace Prize’ ever could. Getting results.
Will the little dictator stand down and truly denuclearize? We don’t have the answer to that yet. But we do know this is the best shot at peace the region has seen yet.