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South Korean President Moons Bolton

By Ray McGovern | Consortium News | May 26, 2018

Thanks no doubt to his bellicose national security adviser John Bolton, President Donald Trump has now lost control of the movement toward peace between the two Koreas. Trump has put himself in a corner; he must now either reject — or, better, fire — Bolton, or face the prospect of wide war in the Far East, including the Chinese, with whom a mutual defense treaty with North Korea is still on the books.

The visuals of the surprise meeting late yesterday (local time) between the top leaders of South Korea and North

Korea pretty much tell the story. South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in drove into the North Korean side of the demilitarized zone (DMZ), and Seoul quickly released a one-minute video of what, by all appearances, was an extremely warm encounter with Kim Jung-un. It amounted to a smiling, thumbing of two noses at Bolton and the rest of the “crazies” who follow his advice, such as Vice President Mike Pence who echoed Bolton’s insane evocation of the “Libya model” for North Korea, which caused Pyongyang to go ballistic. Their angry response was the reason Trump cited for cancelling the June 12 summit with Kim.

But Trump almost immediately afterward began to waffle. At their meeting on Friday the two Korean leaders made it clear their main purpose was to make “the successful holding of the North Korea-U.S. Summit” happen. Moon is expected to announce the outcome of his talks with Kim Sunday morning (Korean time).

Why is Trump Waffling?

One cannot rule out the possibility that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has some cojones beneath his girth. He has a personal, as well as a diplomatic stake in whether or not Bolton succeeds in wrecking the summit. (Trump, after all, deputized Pompeo, while he was still CIA director, to set it up.) It’s also possible some non-crazy advisers are warning Trump about Bolton’s next “March of Folly.” Other advisers may be appealing to Trump’s legendary vanity by dangling the prospect that he may blow his only shot at a Nobel Peace Prize.

The two Korean leaders have made abundantly clear their determination to continue on the path of reconciliation despite the artificial divide created by the U.S. 70 years ago. Now, a lot depends on the unpredictable Trump. If enough people talk sense to him and help him see the dangerous consequences of letting himself be led by Bolton, peace on the Korean peninsula may be within reach.

It is no longer a fantasy to suggest that the DMZ could evaporate just as unexpectedly and quickly as that other artifact of the Cold War did — the Berlin Wall almost four decades ago.

Ray McGovern works with Tell the Word, a publishing arm of the ecumenical Church of the Savior in inner-city Washington, D.C.. A Fordham alumnus, he spent 27 years as a CIA analyst, from the Kennedy administration to the first Bush administration. He holds a certificate in theological studies from Georgetown and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.

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  1. The original appointment of “Israel Firster” John Bolton as America’s “National Security Advisor” was akin to appointing Count Dracular to head the Blood Bank. The North Korean Leader was quickly able to see that further ‘negotiations’ with the USA would be a waste of time.

    And, “Trump’s legendary vanity by dangling the prospect that he may blow his only shot at a Nobel Peace Prize” just goes to show that the NPP has become an extremely Bad Joke. Maybe Adolph Hitler should be awarded a NPP posthumously, I mean, Henry Kissinger(and Barak Obama) got one.


    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | May 26, 2018 | Reply

  2. Bellicose Bolton…that has an ominous ring to it. I’ll add to it: the Bellicose Bas*ard Bolton is a revoltin’ presence who, I predict, will find myriad ways to screw up the current geopolitical scene (be wary, Palestine) and will go down as one of the real as*holes of history. He, Trump, Adelson, Bitchi Nikki, 2Pence, Pompeo, Satanyahu, Congresstitutes, Pressitutes et al, of course, are a rogues’ gallery of as*holes, all intertwined and “entangled Zioallies” of iniquitous infamy. They shame me and all decent Americans and world citizens.

    Thanks as always to the astute observer, great patriot, and special human being Ray McGovern. I’m hoping that he’s recovering satisfactorily after the recent assault on and injuries to his near-80-yo person (for protesting in Congresstitute-land the soon-thereafter-bipartisan-approved appointment of Torturer Haspel as director of “the company”/CIA). This analysis proves at a minimum that they won’t shut him up.

    And good on Consortium News and Aletho News!


    Comment by roberthstiver | May 27, 2018 | Reply

    • “Congresstitutes”, “2Pence”, “Bitchi Nikki”. “Zioallies” “Bellicose Bas*ard Bolton” ‘Satanyahu(The Devil would be ashamed to be compared to bibi………Well Done…….Can I add, “Ass*oleAdelson”?
      So many Badasses in the one situation…..What could possibly go wrong??


      Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | May 27, 2018 | Reply

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