President Trump met for 41 minutes in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un early Tuesday our time.
While the agreement the two leaders signed is long on promises and short on specifics, it’s a good first step toward bringing peace to the Korean peninsula and perhaps reducing the number of nuclear powers in the world by one. For this, the President deserves a lot of credit. One positive characteristic Mr. Trump has shown is an unwillingness to be tied down by history or protocol. Summit meetings like this one are supposed to take months of planning by very smart people with Ivy League degrees and foreign policy credentials, with every word, gesture and handshake carefully choreographed.
Those experts were horrified at the prospect of this hastily arranged summit. One wonders if their reaction is partly due to their being shown not to be quite as indispensable as they think they are.
Some on the political right are very confused. They remember that their side criticized President Obama when he said he would be willing to meet with world leaders such as Kim. They wonder why it was a bad thing then and a good thing now. If I were you, I’d adopt a different political philosophy. Intellectual consistency and modern Republicanism don’t go together very well.
Well done, Mr. President. Who’s next on the meetings with our enemies tour? How about Canada?