Jong Un calculating and cold
When President Donald Trump returns from a meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in June – assuming it happens – he will not be able to get off Air Force One waving a piece of paper and proclaiming it represents peace in our time.
Unfortunately, that is the reality of the situation, as former CIA director Gen. Michael Hayden reminded a crowd last week.
So strong among most of us is the desire for peace that it blinds us to reality.
But Hayden, who certainly has the inside scoop on North Korea, outlined what is likely to happen during the Trump-Kim meeting.
Those in the intelligence community recognize that Kim is not mentally unbalanced, as has been suggested.
Instead, he is “coldly, calculatingly rational.”
When it comes to talk about North Korea giving up its nuclear weapons, Kim has only to reflect on fairly recent history, as Hayden noted.
After the Soviet Union collapsed, Ukrainian leaders surrendered their nuclear missiles to Moscow. Now, Russian forces have invaded Ukraine.
After former Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi surrendered his nuclear weapons to the United States, this country helped overthrow him. Rebels executed him.
So Kim “would have to be crazy to give (his weapons) up,” Hayden said.
In other words, Kim may offer Trump some meaningful concessions – but he will not disarm.
Should Trump accept that deal? Probably, because it may not be “peace in our time” – but it could mean less chance of war soon.