Havenâ€™t weâ€™ve learned yet that appeasement doesnâ€™t work?
Iâ€™m not talking about when the weak-kneed leaders of Britain and France went to Munich in 1938 and essentially gave Czechoslovakia to Hitler to buy a brief period of peace before Europe and the rest of the world went to war. Iâ€™m talking about our more recent dealings with Russian, Iran and North Korea. Weâ€™re in the trouble weâ€™re in with North Korea today because of our continual policy of appeasing the thugs who rule that oppressed and starving Communist paradise.
Most people donâ€™t remember, but we started appeasing North Koreaâ€™s dictators in the 1990s when Jimmy Carter was out of office and still felt he needed to play global peacemaker. Carter went to North Korea behind the back of the sitting president, Bill Clinton, and sat down to negotiate a deal to stop them from building nuclear weapons. He promised North Korea leaders two nuclear reactors and $5 billion in aid if theyâ€™d agree to the no-nukes deal and Clinton, not wanting to embarrass a former Democrat president, approved the deal.
Of course it took North Korea about 24 hours to break their promises.
Theyâ€™ve been working on their nukes ever since, and our presidents have been appeasing them ever since -- when theyâ€™re not busy appeasing Iranâ€™s religious thugs or Russiaâ€™s virtual dictator, Vladimir Putin.
Remember Iran and its nuclear program? Remember how President Obama and everyone on the left fell over each trying to appease the ayatollahs? Howâ€™s that been working out?
Obama basically told the Iranians â€śWe donâ€™t want you to have nuclear weapons today, but itâ€™ll be OK for you to have them 20 years from now -- when Iâ€™m out of office and itâ€™ll be some other suckerâ€™s problem.â€ť
Now we have Iran and North Korea helping each other perfect their nuclear weapons programs.
And letâ€™s not forget how well our policy of appeasement worked with Russia.
In 2009 President Obama pleased Putin by scrapping the Bush administrationâ€™s proposed missile defense system in Poland. In 2014, the Russia army invaded Ukraine and Russia was becoming the regime in Syriaâ€™s best friend and military benefactor.
Now weâ€™re at a boiling point with North Korea and it makes for a very, very, very scary world.
You hope and pray we have the right people in office to make the right decisions and not go off the rails.
People are always praising my father for winning the Cold War without firing a shot or blowing up the world. But he was able to defeat the Evil Empire with diplomacy because when he was dealing with the Soviets, the word â€śappeasementâ€ť was never in his vocabulary. His way of describing his negotiating policy vis-a-vis the USSR and its nuclear arsenal was -- â€śWe win, they lose.â€ť
Iâ€™m fearful, as many people are, by what might happen if we learn that the North Koreans truly have developed miniaturized nuclear weapons that could ride on their primitive ICBMs. But Iâ€™m also concerned that weâ€™ll just appease them again and weâ€™ll find ourselves in this same scary spot next week or next year.
What we need to do is follow my fatherâ€™s example and get â€śappeasementâ€ť out of our vocabulary.
While we practice smart diplomacy, we need to start putting anti-missile defense systems in areas the Russians or Chinese donâ€™t like, like in South Korea -- and too bad if it makes them nervous or mad.
As for President Trump, he needs to get off building a border wall and start building a homeland missile defense system that will protect us from the rogue powers our appeasers have turned into world powers.
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