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Singapore circus: Elevating a tyrant

June 12. 2018 8:37PM

President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un each got what they wanted out of their brief summit in Singapore.

Trump got a photo-op.

Kim got to show himself on the world stage, toe to toe with the world’s greatest superpower. He drove a wedge between the U.S. and South Korea by pressing Trump to end joint military exercises with South Korea. Kim wants the U.S. to withdraw from the Korean Peninsula.

He even got Trump to praise how much Kim loves the people he oppresses and murders.

The U.S. received a repeat of promises that North Korea has repeatedly broken in the past. At least we haven’t sent over a cargo plane full of cash. Critics of the Iran deal should find little else to like about this agreement.

Trump supporters will say this agreement averts war, but that is the same false choice that Obama supporters used to sell the Iran deal.

We are highly skeptical that Kim will stay true to his word this time. We expect he will resume rattling his sabres soon. In the meantime, Trump has given Kim legitimacy.

Trump’s foreign policy seems entirely based on how much world leaders praise him. He lashes out at allies, while praising thugs like Kim.

The joint statement issued by Trump and Kim contains no details about what “security guarantees” Trump will give North Korea. It leaves the door open to further diplomacy. We hope the next round of talks will produce real concessions from Kim.

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