By Eli Holliday, New Generation Voters
June 15, 2018
“Vote for Trump if you want nuclear war!” a major criticism of Donald Trump during his candidacy. Many, particularly on the left, portrayed him as a bumbling buffoon that would trip over the nuclear launch button and make a laughing stock out of America; yet Obama’s apology tour didn’t seem to be a mockery of America to them. However, in light of President Trump and Kim Jong-Un’s meeting, do these qualms against Trump still have merit?
North Korea is considered a horrible dictatorship, almost unanimously. And since the Clinton administration, the main form of abating North Korea is simply to appease and pacify. To see how North Korea is to be dealt with, we must see how America, and other nations have dealt with similar dictatorships before. During the Cold War, Reagan was one of the few who believed that strengthening America’s military power and opposing Russia through strength was the best way to make a peaceful resolution a more attractive option than nuclear war. Reagan’s belief was “peace through strength.”
Adolf Hitler could not be peacefully satisfied, such a madman as him could only be opposed by strength. This was something that Churchill understood very well, and he is very likely one of the greatest leaders of his time. Churchill summarized dealing with tyrants like Hitler very well in saying that one cannot negotiate with a lion when you have your head in its mouth. Essentially, you have to be prepared to utterly defeat your opponent. Show the tyrant that their best bet is to negotiate because victory very well may be too difficult or impossible to achieve. Obviously, Hitler never saw any reason.
Another instance in America’s history is our fight against the Islamic Tripoli pirates, who would raid the seas and capture our vessels and sell our sailors into slavery. These pirates were essentially America’s first enemy. America attempted many times to appease them to peace with money, but none would work. Thomas Jefferson believed that the pirates had to be fought. And it wasn’t until we had a small army ready to uproot their current leader that they finally accepted a permanent peace treaty.
Kim Jong-Un is no exception to these tyrants, he only understands strength, and Trump seems to understand that. Now that we have a president that is showing North Korea who the “big dog” is, our intrepid media seems to be against Trump’s “peace through strength” (maybe more of an emphasis on strength) approach. Suddenly now that a Republican is in the White House the liberal media essentially wish for Trump’s failure. Yet Trump’s strategy apparently worked, as he got Kim Jong-Un to meet in the recent historical summit. And now a media that has been all for appeasement for North Korea and vehemently against Trump’s aggressive stance on North Korea, is now against Trump for attempting to respectfully negotiate denuclearization of North Korea. Seems like whatever Trump does, there will be a media designed solely to oppose it, even if they once supported what Trump is now doing. I dare say if Trump could walk on water, many would criticize him for not being able to swim.
In truth, the president pushed North Korea into a no-win situation. He made them realize that he is taking a strong stand against them and that America is the superior force; Kim only understands strength and Trump showed that America was far stronger than North Korea. Now Trump has secured a historically peaceful summit with Kim Jong-Un. This is something that should unanimously be supported, regardless of politics. While I will say that the president should not be so bold as to say there is no nuclearthreat from North Korea, we should all understand that this accomplishment is a step in the right direction.