He claimed that hostages shouldn’t be used as ‘bargaining chips.’
Liberal Democrats are having a hard time convincing voters that President Trump is the anti-Christ because he keeps accomplishing miracles. In a historically monumental show of good faith, Kim Jong Un graciously released three American political prisoners.
It wasn’t long before the top ranking liberal, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) took to the airwaves to berate President Trump for allowing such a disgraceful thing to happen. “Under no circumstances should American citizens be viewed as bargaining chips,” he rants. “If countries in the world think they can detain Americans and get something in return, we’ll see many more hostages.” Of course, the real reason for his tirade is that fact the Trump is winning.
Now that the president showed you don’t need to push the big red button to get results and that diplomats are all talk and no action, Schumer is upset that President Trump didn’t do things the Obama way.
Schumer admits that “no regime has the right to hold American citizens in captivity without cause” but he is hopping mad that President Trump had the testicular fortitude to do what his Progressive predecessor hid from.
Obama was content to let Americans rot in North Korean hard labor camps. He preferred to go golfing instead of dealing with a difficult issue. All three of the captives were kidnapped on his watch (despite leftist claims) but Obama was afraid of sparking another of Kim’s famous testy tantrums, so ignored it.
Kim Jong Un has belatedly but thankfully come to the realization that there is no way he can win a battle of wills with President Trump. He may be keeping his fingers crossed behind his back but for all intents and purposes, he has completely caved in.
The release was his way of saying he is serious about talking. As President Trump puts it, “I really think he wants to do something and bring his country into the real world.”
He is at least giving lip service to the idea of giving up all the nuclear and biological toys in his toy box. His main motivation for all this cooperation is that President Trump’s sanctions were so effective his population is getting ready to eat him before they starve to death.
This week’s prisoner release was only an indirect result of President Trump’s greater global efforts to eliminate the North Korean threat once and for all. As Laura Ingraham put it, “the world is looking to America for leadership again.”
Schumer’s flawed logic makes it appear that there was a quid pro quo arrangement where both sides exchange something of value. That is simply not the case.
America did not offer any concessions whatsoever that could be considered a “ransom.” There weren’t even any threats. In the overall situation, the prisoners were only one more charge in the list of Kim Jong Un’s abuses.
The harsh and strictly enforced sanctions levied by the global community at President Trump’s insistence have had enough of an impact to get and hold Kim’s attention. That and the huge THAAD installation just across the border. And all the warships.
China and Russia have also been bringing more political pressure to bear than shows on the surface. Trump has goaded them into doing what they should have been doing for decades to keep the DPRK between the lines.
Now that food supplies are scarce and the country’s entire economy has ground to a halt, so have the missile test launches. Kim got a taste of Capitalist freedom at the Olympic games but everyone used it as an opportunity for some quiet tentative negotiations.
When Melania Trump sat inches from one of Kim’s key aides, she surely relayed that President Trump would still rather sit down over cheeseburgers and work out a deal before things got too far out of hand.
While the left-leaning Washington media was criticizing our newly appointed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for being AWOL for the big Iran announcement, he was on his way to pick up the three American citizens.
The deal had been in the works as a suggestion that it would show a step in the right direction. Kim got the hint and turned loose the hostages.
Last year, North Korea returned American prisoner Otto Warmbier because of his critically unstable medical condition. He died shortly after his release.
This time, the prisoners were in much better medical condition. They walked on and off the planes, waving at reporters after shaking hands with the President and Vice President as soon as they were on the ground in D.C.
Held on trumped-up charges, religion was likely the real reason for the prisoner’s detentions. The “hermit kingdom” is known to be tough on Christianity but missionaries often brave the penalties to share the “Word.”
Kim Sang-duk or Tony Kim as he is also known, and Kim Hak-song both were associated with the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, long known to be a front for Christian missionaries. Kim Dong-chui was confirmed to be a Korean-American missionary before he ventured into the country.
“We thank God, and all our families and friends who prayed for us and for our return,” a statement issued when their plane made a refueling stop in Alaska read. But, for Chuck Schumer, that’s obviously not good enough.