Who says Trump doesn’t have a plan?
Here was the Trump plan on September 5, 2017:
China’s ‘Freeze for Freeze’ Plan for North Korea Gets Chilly Reception in U.S.
Paul D. Shinkman, Senior National Security Writer
THE U.S. GOVERNMENT IS not considering any changes to ongoing military exercises it conducts on and around the Korean Peninsula with its allies.
U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley dismissed as “insulting” the proposal that Beijing has touted for months and repeated at an emergency Security Council meeting Monday, held in response to another nuclear test that North Korea claims involved an advanced hydrogen bomb.
“When a rogue regime has a nuclear weapon and an [intercontinental ballistic missile] pointed at you, you do not take steps to lower your guard,” Haley said at the meeting. “No one would do that. We certainly won’t.”
A State Department spokesman confirmed Tuesday there is no intent to cancel or otherwise change military exercises.
Other officials have defended the exercises despite North Korean claims that they are provocative and dangerous.
“These are regularly scheduled. It’s an annual exercise that we do all the time,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in late August. “It comes with many months of planning. But to suggest that our activity with our ally of the Republic of Korea is in any way equivalent to the DPRK’s actions is simply false.”
Here is the Trump plan on June 14, 2018:
The Israeli foreign ministry report also says that the Trump administration backtracked on many of the demands it had said it would make in the run-up to the meeting with Kim.
“Regardless of the smiles in the summit many in Japan, South Korea and the U.S. Congress doubt that North Korea is sincere in its intentions.”
The report also noted that Trump’s decision to halt joint military exercises between the U.S. and South Korea while denuclearization, a proposal known as “freeze to freeze,” was a significant reversal of Washington’s previous position.
China had proposed this option last year and was completely rebuffed by the Trump administration.
The assessment appears to be in line with that of many North Korea experts, who say that the agreement between the Trump administration and the regime of Kim Jong Un contained very few concrete plans of action. Experts also noted that the two regimes likely have very different ideas about what denuclearization means.
“Chairman Kim has told me that North Korea is already destroying a major missile engine testing site,” Trump said in the wake of the summit in Singapore on June 12, without detailing which site Kim had pledged to dismantle.
But an analysis by monitoring group 38 North revealed that there is still no evidence that North Korea is destroying anything.
“38 North has conducted a survey of the North Korea’s rocket and missile launch and engine test facilities using recent high-resolution satellite imagery and has not yet identified any activity associated with the dismantlement of facilities at Sohae or any other test sites in North Korea,” the report said.
Here is what history has taught everyone except Trump:
“The U.S. has only agreed to suspend (the tests) once before, in 1992. That was enough to get North Korea to agree to denuclearization at that time, though it became apparent that the nation’s actions didn’t match its words.
“We get along very well, we have a good chemistry,” Trump told Steve Doocy of “Fox & Friends.” “I agreed to meet. Of course, I agreed. You’ve got to agree to meet. If you don’t agree to meet, you’re gonna have nuclear war,” Trump said.
“He wants to make his country great. He’s the head of a country. He’s a strong head,” Trump said. “He speaks and his people sit up and pay attention. I want my people to do the same.”
The U.S. canceled the tests once before, in order to encourage North Korea to negotiate, and after the negotiations, North Korea developed atomic weapons and ballistic missiles.
Trump does have a plan: It is to have a “great relationship” with the murderous dictators of the world, whom he greatly admires.
Do you feel safer, now?
Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
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