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President Trump boasted last weekend that his “denuclearization deal” with Kim Jong Un could “save potentially millions & millions of lives!” He even proclaimed in the exhilaration of his return from Singapore: “There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea.”
When the Justice Department inspector general’s report revealed that former FBI director James B. Comey had used a personal email account to conduct official business, Hillary Clinton claimed vindication. “But my emails,” she tweeted. Yes, Madam Secretary, your emails.
Today’s advocates of a musty fragment of the 1970s, the Equal Rights Amendment, are demonstrating that something that begins as farce can reappear as tragedy, because abuse of the Constitution is tragic.
Hundreds of children have been separated from their parents. Heaven help us.
Kim Jong Un committed himself only to a process — ‘to work toward’ the goal of ‘complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula’ — and processes can be interminable (e.g., the Middle East ‘peace process’).
Nearly 45,000 Americans die by suicide each year — an increase of nearly 25 percent since 1999. No wonder the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls it a public health crisis.
In the summit between Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump, Kim has offered absolutely nothing. All of the concessions have come from the United States, including the most crucial one: We’ve put ourselves on the same moral plane as North Korea.
I have reached the point, however, where I do not hesitate to tell people who voted for Trump that I do not need to hear why they thought he should be president.
If you’re looking for some good news from a faraway land, here’s a tale of Armenia’s “velvet revolution,” which just deposed a corrupt, authoritarian government and installed a team of eager young reformers to govern a tiny nation perilously bordering Russia.
Diplomacy isn’t always pretty. Dubious people sometimes do very good things. So let’s celebrate Trump’s success in Singapore, and hope that someone can translate President Reagan’s injunction to “trust but verify” into Korean.