South Korean President Moon Jae In and the people of South Korea may come to rue the day when Moon decided to let President Trump negotiate a peace agreement with North Korea's communist dictator Kim Jong Un, especially given the close relationship that now exists between Trump and Kim. That's because in the topsy turvy world of U.S. conservatism in which we now live, no one can reasonably discount the possibility that Trump could enter into a permanent settlement of the Korean War by agreeing to unify the country under Kim's leadership in return for full and verifiable denuclearization of North Korea, which, under Tump's America-first policy, is his top priority.
We all know that conservatives and Republicans have long respected and admired rightwing dictatorships, so long as they were pro-U.S. Coming to mind are Cuban leader Fulgencio Batista, the Shah of Iran, Guatemalan General Carlos Castillo Armas, Chilean Gen. Augusto Pinochet, Egypt's General Fattah el-Sisi, and King Salman of Saudi Arabia.
Conservatives have always shown a disdain for leftwing dictators. In fact, the entire Cold War was based on the notion that the United States was in grave danger of being taken over by the communists and socialists and that nothing could be worse than that.
Not anymore. Under Trump, the conservative movement and the Republican Party are now obviously prepared to embrace leftwing dictatorships, as reflected by the monumental shift that has taken place with respect to Trump and North Korea. I'll personally admit that I never for a moment thought that I would live to see the day when conservatives and Republicans were honoring and admiring a communist leader, and a brutal and tyrannical one at that.
Two things are now crystal clear: Trump deeply admires and respects Kim and, two, Trump's acolytes deeply admire and respect Trump for doing so.
Trump tells us that Kim is an honorable man, one who can be trusted. Sure, he runs his country with "toughness," Trump acknowledges, but as Trump points out, sometimes it's necessary to be tough. And Trump assures us that the North Korean people love their communist dictator. Trump even jokingly envied Kim for how everyone hops to when Kim approaches. Trump says that Americans no longer need worry about being struck by a North Korean nuclear bomb because the communist leader of North Korea would never do such a thing.