You can't fire me! I quit!
News has broken that Donald Trump has canceled the summit with murderous dictator Kim Jong Un.
His stated reason for pulling out is "tremendous anger and open hostility" in a recent North Korean statement.
However, in the breakup letter to Kim, he hopes they can meet one day. On a beach. Walking shoeless.
Let's be frank: Trump pulled out of the summit before Kim canceled on him. It was a preemptive move to avoid the taint of failure.
But all that it has done is expose him for the weak fool that he is. He thought he could go toe to toe with a man who executed his uncle via artillery barrage and come out on top. In the game of sociopaths, Trump is a Sunday soccer league player compared to Kim's Barcelona.
So Trump pulled out before Kim embarrassed him by pulling out first. And even then, he sends a pining letter hoping they can get together at some future date.
The only thing Trump respects is the expression of raw power. It's why he's drawn to Kim, and Xi of China, and of course Putin. It's why he's blowing up American alliances with the democratic West, with their parliaments and dialogue. He sees them as weak remnants of an old world order, whereas the authoritarians are the future. (I should say that's what he should see if he could ever articulate a coherent geopolitical ideology.) Everything Trump has done on the world stage has been an attempt to mimic the dictator's club. That he has in fact hobbled American power doesn't occur to him.
So in this fiasco Trump has put allies Japan and South Korea through the wringer in order to secure a meeting with Kim, all for nothing. Considering that the presidency is invested with wide latitude in foreign affairs, this lurching from crisis to crisis, from ill-thought out adventure to ill-thought out adventure will only continue, as Trump seeks to assert his alpha dominance, an alpha dominance he doesn't have the stones to actually exert. America's allies are aghast, and America's enemies are laughing. The next holder of the office will have to work mightily to restore the US role in the world, if it's not already too late.
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