Early this morning, SecState Pompeo brought back three Americans released from captivity in North Korea. Excerpt:
President Donald Trump said Wednesday that three American prisoners released from North Korea were headed home, a sign of potential good will ahead of Trump’s planned meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
In a tweet, Trump said “the 3 wonderful gentlemen that everyone is looking so forward to meeting” were accompanying Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on his way back from a visit to North Korea.
The news of the release comes as U.S.-North Korea relations have reached a relatively constructive and warm phase. It marks a considerable de-escalation from last year, when Trump and Kim exchanged heated barbs that stoked fears about a possible nuclear conflict. The North also repeatedly tested missiles and threatened the U.S. territory of Guam in the Pacific Ocean.
This good news, and the recent openness to discussion on the part of that stunted little gargoyle with bad hair from a long line of stunted little gargoyles with bad hair that runs North Korea, should come with a caveat, and it is this: The Norks aren’t exactly a people known for keeping their word.
Still, they are talking. President Trump will be sitting down with that little gargoyle for a face-to-face pretty soon and, in the words of Winston Churchill, I’d rather talk, talk than war, war.
But another historic figure comes to mind: Teddy Roosevelt. His foreign policy saw the successes it did at least in part because he sent the Great White Fleet around the world to announce the new, muscular America as a player on the world stage – as a nation to be taken seriously.
Is that the goal of President Trump as well? He could pick worse role models – his predecessor, for example.