Sure I’ll Give you Back that Summit Kim…for the USS Pueblo

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Sure I'll Give you Back that Summit Kim...for the USS Pueblo

The big news story of yes­ter­day was Pres­i­dent Trump sur­pris­ing every­one by react­ing to Kim’s threats to can­cel the Sin­ga­pore sum­mit between the North Kore­ans and the US by beat­ing him to the punch.

“Sadly, based on the tremen­dous anger and open hos­til­ity dis­played in your most recent state­ment, I feel it is inap­pro­pri­ate, at this time, to have this long-​planned meet­ing,” Trump wrote in a let­ter to Kim, which was released Thurs­day morning.

While there has been a lot of shock in the press and online this under­lines two basic facts that appar­ently both the press and the North Kore­ans have.

  1. Trump already has what he wants from North Korea.

If there are two things that the US would want from North Korea it would be to dis­man­tle or delay their nuclear pro­gram and the release of any Amer­i­cans being held by them.

Both of these things have been done although the 2nd is likely out of either neces­sity or out of sab­o­tage, not out of kind­ness or a desire for peace.

If you told any­body in Jan­u­ary 2017 that by the end of May 2018 North Korea would have given up their hostages AND dis­man­tled their nuke site they would have told you that is a pipe dream, but Trump has these things in his pocket.

2. It is Kim NOT Trump that needs the summit

The one thing that the North Kore­ans want more than any­thing else is inter­na­tional recog­ni­tion and the open­ings that come from it.

It is these open­ings that can give them the chance to feed their peo­ple and gain pres­tige and the evi­dence of this was their amaz­ingly quick response to Trump’s can­cel­la­tion.

“If and when Kim Jong-​un chooses to engage in con­struc­tive dia­logue and actions, I am wait­ing.” It turns out Trump didn’t have to wait long. From Bloomberg:

In a state­ment Fri­day by state-​run KCNA that cited Vice For­eign Min­is­ter Kim Kye Gwan, North Korea vowed to con­tinue to pur­sue peace and sig­naled it would give Wash­ing­ton more time to recon­sider talks.

“Our goal and will to do every­thing for peace and sta­bil­ity of the Korean penin­sula and mankind remains unchanged, and we are always will­ing to give time and oppor­tu­nity to the US side with a big and open mind,” accord­ing to the state­ment. “We express our intent that there is a will­ing­ness to sit at any time, in any way to resolve issues.”

One of the rea­sons why the Media can’t destroy Trump is because they didn’t make him, and his power and rep­u­ta­tion aren’t depen­dent on him. Nor does he care if he wins a Nobel Prize or not because he under­stands that will not make his more or less of what he is.

So now we have the spec­ta­cle of the Norks want­ing to get the sum­mit back on track or at least resched­uled, the ball is now in Trump’s court and he can either agree with­out con­di­tions, or agree for a price.

My price would be the USS Pueblo.

On Jan­u­ary 23, 1968 the North Kore­ans seized the USS Pueblo and it crew. While the crew was released in Decem­ber of that year the ship is still held by the Norks while it remains a com­mis­sioned war­ship in the US Navy. Only the USS Con­sti­tu­tion has been com­mis­sioned longer that the Pueblo.

If I was Don­ald Trump I’d make the return of the USS Pueblo a con­di­tion of the resched­ul­ing of the sum­mit and if he needs, at some time in the future to give the Norks a bloody nose in the future with­out pro­vok­ing war, I’d sink the Pueblo with a cruise mis­sile. It’s our ship and ours to sink if we please.

The big news story of yesterday was President Trump surprising everyone by reacting to Kim’s threats to cancel the Singapore summit between the North Koreans and the US by beating him to the punch.

“Sadly, based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement, I feel it is inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting,” Trump wrote in a letter to Kim, which was released Thursday morning.

While there has been a lot of shock in the press and online this underlines two basic facts that apparently both the press and the North Koreans have.

  1. Trump already has what he wants from North Korea.

If there are two things that the US would want from North Korea it would be to dismantle or delay their nuclear program and the release of any Americans being held by them.

Both of these things have been done although the 2nd is likely out of either necessity or out of sabotage, not out of kindness or a desire for peace.

If you told anybody in January 2017 that by the end of May 2018 North Korea would have given up their hostages AND dismantled their nuke site they would have told you that is a pipe dream, but Trump has these things in his pocket.

2.  It is Kim NOT Trump that needs the summit

The one thing that the North Koreans want more than anything else is international recognition and the openings that come from it.

It is these openings that can give them the chance to feed their people and gain prestige and the evidence of this was their amazingly quick response to Trump’s cancellation.

“If and when Kim Jong-un chooses to engage in constructive dialogue and actions, I am waiting.” It turns out Trump didn’t have to wait long. From Bloomberg:

In a statement Friday by state-run KCNA that cited Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan, North Korea vowed to continue to pursue peace and signaled it would give Washington more time to reconsider talks.

“Our goal and will to do everything for peace and stability of the Korean peninsula and mankind remains unchanged, and we are always willing to give time and opportunity to the US side with a big and open mind,” according to the statement. “We express our intent that there is a willingness to sit at any time, in any way to resolve issues.”

One of the reasons why the Media can’t destroy Trump is because they didn’t make him, and his power and reputation aren’t dependent on him.  Nor does he care if he wins a Nobel Prize or not because he understands that will not make his more or less of what he is.

So now we have the spectacle of the Norks wanting to get the summit back on track or at least rescheduled, the ball is now in Trump’s court and he can either agree without conditions, or agree for a price.

My price would be the USS Pueblo.

On January 23, 1968 the North Koreans seized the USS Pueblo and it crew.  While the crew was released in December of that year the ship is still held by the Norks while it remains a commissioned warship in the US Navy.  Only the USS Constitution has been commissioned longer that the Pueblo.

If I was Donald Trump I’d make the return of the USS Pueblo a condition of the rescheduling of the summit and if he needs, at some time in the future to give the Norks a bloody nose in the future without provoking war, I’d sink the Pueblo with a cruise missile.  It’s our ship and ours to sink if we please.