It has often been said that Ronald Reagan won the Cold War without firing a shot. Even as his political contemporaries and media pundits in the 1980’s mocked Mr. Reagan for what they dismissed as an overly-simplistic approach to world affairs, time and time again Reagan proved them wrong and in the end was the man most responsible for freeing hundreds of millions from the tyranny of an oppressive Soviet regime. The parallels between Reagan vs the Soviet government and Trump vs the North Korean government are striking.
A recent social media post by a Trump supporter described the President’s success with North Korea as “genius level diplomacy.”
The gist of that conclusion goes like this:
**Trump comes out swinging against North Korea warning the authoritarian regime he won’t put up with nonsense as previous presidents (Clinton, Bush, Obama) have done.
**Trump moved forcefully against China economically via demands for new trade agreements. While on the surface China tries to appear only mildly upset, behind the scenes Chinese officials are in a panic over what that could do to their economy. This, in turn, makes them, for the first time ever, take the sanctions against North Korea seriously.
**The North Korean regime starts to feel the impacts of real sanctions on them. China quietly but forcefully urges the regime to back off its nuclear ambitions.
**The Trump government is opening back channels of communication with both Chinese and North Korean government officials with an important assist from South Korean and Japanese counterparts. This is the moment when real progress toward possible peace begins.
**Trump orders military strikes against the Syrian regime. These strikes are shockingly precise and devastating. In dealing with Syria Trump is also sending a message to North Korea and North Korea takes note. This is a president who will move quickly with powerful military force should he feel the need to do so. The North Korean government soon after calls for meetings with South Korea – all leading to the remarkable events this week.
GENIUS LEVEL DIPLOMACY.