Upon receiving word that the widow of late South Korean President Kim Dae-jung wanted him to win the Nobel Peace Prize, current South Korean leader Moon Jae-in said that if anyone deserved the highest honor for bringing global peace, it was Donald Trump.
“President Trump should win the Nobel Peace Prize,” Moon said this weekend after a successful summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. “What we need is only peace.”
We imagine it will be a cold day in hell before the Nobel committee awards President Trump with the Peace Prize, but this was certainly not an instance of empty flattery. If things keep going on the track they’re currently on, Trump will go down in history as one of the greatest peacemaking U.S. presidents of all time – whether the left likes it or not. There will be no historian influential enough to change the facts. The facts that show that Trump was able to do what three of his predecessors utterly failed to do: Bring North Korea to heel, get them to abandon their nuclear arms, and push them back into normalized international relations.
Perhaps we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Perhaps the cynics are right and Kim Jong Un is playing some kind of game in the hopes that he can escape economic sanctions without actually giving up his nuclear weapons. Maybe we’ll be talking about yet another North Korean nuclear test in September and yet another round of “oh dear, what are we going to do with this madman” national security discussions the month after that.
Or, perhaps, we really are on the verge of something unprecedented and wonderful.
The unfortunate fact is that we won’t know until we know, and we may not know for some time. That’s the long way around saying: What will be, will be.
But what we don’t agree with are those critics who think Trump is making some kind of monumental mistake by even trying this approach. We literally don’t know where these people are coming from, except from a place where they simply don’t want to see Trump succeed in any area of foreign or domestic policy. These critics try to couch their skepticism in language that makes sense – “Oh, he’s going to give too much away” – but there’s no meat behind those fears. Trump has said that complete nuclear disarmament is the only acceptable concession. If he doesn’t get that, then all of this was for naught. But for critics to pretend that something is “lost” by trying…well, we don’t get that at all. And we guarantee that if this were Barack Obama, they would be singing a much different tune.
After all, they handed him a Nobel Peace Prize for doing nothing at all…