Korea Through the Looking Glass

May 5th, 2018

The Chicago Tribune printed a letter from me today. It is as follows:

“I read recently that 18 Republican members of the U.S. Congress have proposed that President Donald Trump receive the Nobel Peace Prize. Some folks attending Trump’s rally in Michigan wanted the same thing for Trump. Apparently, there are people who are convinced that Trump is somehow, single-handedly, achieving a peace settlement in Korea, one that has eluded diplomats for six decades. It is true that current events on the Korean Peninsula have taken a sharp turn toward denuclearization and reconciliation between the warring parties. Even if President Trump’s efforts have not actually been a factor, he certainly has managed to be in the right place at the right time.

The Nobel committee significantly lowered the bar for winning the peace prize when they awarded it to President Barack Obama for essentially doing nothing. Obama got the prize simply because he was not George W. Bush. It might be prudent to wait a while before we clamor to give the prize to Trump. Things are looking better, but nothing has yet been changed in a concrete manner. If, at some point, the two Korean regimes make peace, and the peninsula becomes nuke-free, then by all means give President Trump the peace prize. Why not?”

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