Anyone who has ever had to deal with a car salesman understands that “sometimes you just have to walk” as President Trump explained to a sneering media. This is all part of The Art of the Deal. And, anyone who knows Trump knows he’s a winner and will not take “just any deal” as the lefties in the drive-by media forecasted prior to his decision to walk away from the summit with Kim Jong-un in Hanoi.
The legacy media predicted that the President would take any deal with Kim to divert attention away from the congressional hearings where the convicted liar and former Trump lawyer, Michael Cohen, was going to “tell all.” They also derided him for his friendliness with Kim and for giving him any audience at all.
I find this stupefying considering how the leftist media fawned all over two former Democrat presidents who made deals with dictators that turned out to be complete flops. Neither deal worked out well for the U.S.
Let’s begin with Bill Clinton, who in 1994 read a speech that began like this: “This agreement is good for the United States, good for our allies, and good for the safety of the entire world.” It was supposed to stop North Korea’s nuclear program, and Clinton promised it would lead to a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula. In exchange for a promise from North Korea to “shut down its main nuclear reactor in Yongbyon, abandon two others, and seal fuel that could be used to create a nuclear weapon,” the US would give them oil,build two new light fuel plants, lift economic sanctions, and promise it wouldn’t use nuclear weapons on North Korea.
I don’t know about you, but it seems to me President Clinton gave away the store, and as history has shown us, this agreement did not work. North Korea continued with their nuke program and flouted it under Clinton’s nose. Did the media rebuke Clinton in any way? No, as usual, since he is a Dem, they brushed it under the rug.
Next, let’s look at President Obama and the Iran Nuclear Deal. The deal, in essence, allowed Iran to have enough enriched uranium to meet the country’s energy needs, but not enough to build a nuclear weapon. It also was incumbent upon Iran to allow inspectors from the UN to monitor its nuclear facilities. In exchange, the US lifted all nuclear-related international sanctions against Iran. In addition, the Obama administration transferred $1.7 billion in cash to Iran.
And, before that payment, the US paid $400 million to Iran and had it delivered on pallets in exchange for four American prisoners. The image of this amount of money being paid to a terrorist state, on pallets no less, infuriated Republicans in Congress and conservative Americans. The media? They loved the deal because it was a crowning achievement of “The One.” Did the media ever utter the words, “He’s giving away the store and we got nothing.” Not bloody likely.
Now, let’s look at a Republican who knew how to “walk away” from a bad deal. That Republican was President Ronald Reagan. The year was 1986. Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev met in Reykjavik, Iceland. No one had high expectations of the summit, but surprisingly it was going quite well. Both leaders began talking about dismantling nuclear weapons, and were getting along quite well. There was only one point of contention. Gorbachev wanted Reagan to table his Strategic Defense Initiative (Star Wars). Like the name implies, it was a defensive weapon, a shield, against a nuclear attack.
Reagan even offered to share the technology with Gorbachev, but he didn’t didn’t believe Reagan. What did Reagan do? Harkening back to my original point, like anyone who has ever dealt with a car salesman, Reagan walked away.
On cue, the media pounced. They loved Gorbachev and hated Reagan. They thought he was a doddering old fool who was going to get us into another World War. How did all this turn out? Do these words sound familiar? “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” The Soviet Union collapsed. Reagan was right to walk away.
The lefties in the media will eventually have to begrudgingly accept that when Trump walked away from Little Rocket Man, it was the best move he could have made. Kim Jong-un will ultimately come around the way Gorbachev did, and I can hardly wait for the liberal media to choke on their hubris.