If Obama Had Done This

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Spare me the complaints, oh Democrats. Your precious Obama glad-handed the Cubans who have now used unknown weapons to assault our diplomats. The Cubans run a brutal regime, ruthlessly punish dissidents, and would be glad to house Russian nukes just off the coast. But Obama decided he wanted to be friends.

So spare me your outrage over Trump.

And spare me your belief that Obama got Iran to suspend its nuke program. The Iranians, lest you ignored it, just announced the opening of a new nuclear facility, which means they had to be working on it the whole time. They can’t be built in the two weeks since Trump scrapped the Iran deal. They even admit they started it on before 2015.

I’ll take this on for all of us for consistency’s sake. Like with Obama, President Trump should not have engaged in a glad-handing, face time exercise with the North Korean leader where the communist monster gets a propaganda win of North Korean flags at equal display with the American flag.

And for what?

We got nothing from this it would seem except the promise of more talking. And while we are talking, they are building nuclear weapons. About the only reason, they’ve gotten to this point is because China would very much like for the United States to wind down its military presence in Asia, so China has less to worry about as it expands.

The whole design of this is offensive. The President pees in the punch bowl of the G7, insists the Russians come back into the organization, then flies off to Singapore to make kissy face with a man who routinely murders his own people.

Had Barack Obama done that, Republicans would be demanding his impeachment.

I generally think Donald Trump has run a pretty mature foreign policy that works for American interests. But this past week has been a diplomatic farce, and I suspect those generic ballot numbers that have had Democrats panicking are suddenly going to swing back in their direction.

Having the American President abdicate his leadership of the G7 to flirt with a communist monster is unacceptable. Diplomacy to get rid of North Korea’s nukes would be great. But that’s not what happened. Instead, we gave the North Koreans a considerable PR win in Asia, gave them credibility in South Korea, and came home with just a participation trophy.

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Erick Erickson
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