Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Iran, Pelosi, Clapper---and the Public React to Trump's N. Korea Deal

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There's no shortage of opinions about the historic deal President Trump has struck with North Korea.

While a poll published Monday reveals 71% of Americans approve of President Trump's dealing with North Korea, Iran is warning North Korea, Nancy Pelosi is trashing the president's efforts claiming it "conceded too much to Kim," saying Trump should have modeled the deal after Obama's Iran deal.

However, James Clapper, Obama's National Intelligence adviser, is admitting, "We gave Iran too much."

Oh, the hypocrisy. And lack of leadership.

Iran's Reaction

Reuters News was quick to publish Iran's reaction to President Trump's deal with North Korea.

They say Iran is warning North Korea against trusting U.S. President Trump, saying "he could cancel their denuclearization agreement within hours."

Reuters says. "Tehran cited its own experience in offering the advice to Kim a month after Washington withdrew from a similar deal with Iran."

Reuters, quoting Mohammad Bagher Nobakht, reports: "We don't know what type of person the North Korean leader is dealing with. It is not clear that he would not cancel the agreement before returning home."

Mohammad says, "This man does not represent the American people, and they will surely distance themselves from him at the next elections."

Clearly, Mohammad is watching CNN or its fellow progressive pilgrims in the press.

Actually, in a poll released Monday, 71% of Americans "agree" with President Trump's meeting with Kim. And Trump's approval ratings are now higher than Obama or Reagan at the same time in their presidency.

And an even larger number---75%, see North Korea's nuclear weapons as a "major threat" according to a PEW survey last October.

Nancy Pelosi says Trump "conceded too much" in his deal with the "brutal dictator."

In reporting Pelosi's response, Breitbart News used a photo of Speaker Pelosi shaking hands with Assaud during a meeting with him. Assaud, of course, is known for many things, none the least is the "butchering" and "gassing" of hundreds of thousands of his own people.

While this does not lessen the brutality of Korean Kim, it certainly displays in plain sight Nancy's hypocrisy.

In part Pelosi, who remains the de facto leader of her political party, said this yesterday:

Nuclear nonproliferation is a pillar of America’s national security. We respect any serious and real diplomatic efforts to achieve that goal on the Korean peninsula. Apparently, the President just handed Kim Jong-un concessions in exchange for vague promises that do not approach a clear and comprehensive pathway to denuclearization and non-proliferation.
In his haste to reach an agreement, President Trump elevated North Korea to the level of the United States while preserving the regime’s status quo. The millions of families currently living in fear of nuclear weapons in the region deserve strong and smart leadership built-in diplomacy and engagement with our regional partners and allies.
The president’s marginalization of the State Department and his habitual disparaging of our allies as demonstrated at the G7 Forum hinders a lasting, stable pathway to peace.

Speaking of haste to make a deal and giving too much away.

James Clapper, Obama's director of National Intelligence says, "We gave Iran too much."

Clapper has regrets. In his new book he says this:

When the final Iran nuclear deal—the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action—was signed on July 14, I knew that Prime Minister (Benjamin) Netanyahu was probably furious, and truthfully, I, too, felt we had given away too much for what we’d gotten from Iran, but at the same time, I still believed the world had just become a lot safer. Iran regained access to their $100 billion or so that had been frozen by sanctions. In return, they shipped out all of their uranium that was enriched beyond the 3.67 percent mark that capped “low-enriched uranium,” and 15,000 pounds of their low-enriched uranium, leaving just 660 pounds to be used for nuclear power and medical research.
Iran agreed to keep all of these stipulations in place for ten years, a period I wished were longer, but that was not my call. None of this turned Iran into a “shining city on a hill,” but that was never the intent.

Kim Jong-un has said in the past: "There is no force in the world that can block the powerful march of our army and people, who are holding high the banner of the suns of great Comrade Kim Il Sung and great Comrade Kim Jong Il and continuing to advance under the leadership of the party and with strong faith in sure victory."

Theodore Roosevelt famously said, "Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far."

And Ronald Reagan once said, "When you can't make them see the light, make them feel the heat."

Trump has redefined "victory" for Kim and North Korea. It appears they have seen the light. Or felt the heat.

Things are changing in America, regardless of how the press and the so-called "progressive" secular Left wants to believe otherwise. And wants to convince the public otherwise.

Benjamin Franklin made an interesting observation during the Constitutional Convention in 1787. Amid much disagreement, but after prayer, as our Constitution began to come together, Franklin told his colleagues, including George Washington, that he had been looking at the engraving on Washington's chair.

Franklin said the sun was resting on the horizon. "I've been wondering," he said, "if it was rising or setting on America. Today, I am convinced that sun is rising over America."

There is a renewed sense that the sun is once again rising over America.

"A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way." John Maxwell.

Be Informed. Be Prayerful. Be Discerning. Be Blessed.