The Trump-Kim Summit and Liberal Delusions
Zambakari, C. (2018). The Trump-Kim Summit and Liberal Delusions. The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs
4 Pages Posted: 31 Jul 2018 Last revised: 20 May 2019
Date Written: July 9, 2018
On June 12, 2018, President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea held a historic summit in Singapore which resulted in two broad opinions. On one side are liberal interventionists including leaders of the Democratic Party and on the other side are Trump supporters, China, South Korea, Russia, and a few discerning intellectuals. The Economist and Washington Post claimed that “Mr. Trump made big concessions for no return,” and the editorial board of the Washington Post warned, “No More Concessions.” A Washington Post-ABC News poll showed that 56 percent supported the summit meeting between Trump and Kim. What explains this near unanimous verdict on the summit by media analysts, and the divergence between what a significant portions of Americans think about U.S. foreign affairs? And what are the lapses between what the polls show and what popular media reports? This margin is rooted in a failure of analysis that is grounded in history and the uncritical embrace of “facts” disseminated through popular media. In this article, I will argue that by setting up an unrealistic expectations that cannot be fulfilled diplomatically, the failure to force North Korean to surrender leaves only a military confrontation.
Keywords: Donald J. Trump, Chairman Kim Jong Un, Nuclear Weapon, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, United States of America, liberal intervention, Military, Denuclearization, Trump-Kim Summit, Korean Peninsula, China, South Korea, Russia
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