Donald J. Trump is all over the pea patch regarding North Korea.
The president a few weeks ago tweeted that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was wasting his time seeking a direct meeting with North Koreans regarding that country’s threats to use nuclear weapons against the United States and South Korea.
Oh, but while visiting South Korea this week, the president has let it be known that he would be willing to talk to North Korean strongman Kim Jong Un.
Which is it, Mr. President?
Frankly, I welcome the second overture far more than the first one.
Trump did offer some tough rhetoric during a speech this week to the South Korean parliament, warning the North about “underestimating” the United States. He told Kim that his efforts to bolster his nuclear arsenal put his regime in “grave danger.”
That all might be so much bluster and bravado if negotiation remains somewhere on the large table of options.
I continue to believe, as many others have said publicly, that there is no “good” military option in seeking to “de-nuclearize” the Korean Peninsula. A diplomatic solution is the only sensible path.
My strongest hope is that the president is going to lead the nation down that path, rather than the one that is fraught with grave danger for the entire planet.
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