Kim Hak-song, Kim Dong-chul, and Kim Sang-duk, the three Americans hostages in DPRK, were freed after Secretary of State Pompeo visited North Korea to establish parameters for the summit that will take place in Singapore next month. I believe it’s the same summit that President Trump’s critics claim won’t solve anything. Then there was this stellar New York Times piece about Secretary of State Pompeo nowhere to be found…
The absence of Mr. Pompeo and other top State Department officials left perplexed European diplomats privately complaining that they were having trouble getting answers from Washington, and created an uncertainty about what was next that spanned the Atlantic Ocean.
The New York Times thinks we should answer to European diplomats…because that’s who they are.
Anyway, President Donald Trump greeted the once-detained Americans in the early morning hours. I use their names for a reason. They are Americans, not just “three Korean-Americans.” We should all celebrate what this could mean.
Hak-Song and Sang-duk were arrested last year for trying to “overthrow the government” or some other lame excuse. Apparently trying to solve the chronic food shortage in North Korea is a crime.
Dong-chul was arrested in 2015 and subsequently sentenced to 10 years of hard labor for “smuggling” North Korean military secrets. Because we all know how superior the DPRK military is compared to the rest of the world. I mean, the fact they still make military plans using a RISK board is surely just a front to their vast arsenal of alien technology.
Hak-song, Dong-chul, and Sang-duk join the late Otto Warmbier as four hostages the Trump Administration was able to get released. Of course we would expect that certain American leaders are praising the Trump Administration’s efforts to free the three Americans taken into captivity against their will.
Former President Barack Obama, a man of the people and one who would battle all forms of oppression, took to Twitter and welcomed the Americans home, including one that was left in DPRK during his watch.
What about Hillary? As a former secretary of state she would surely appreciate the diplomatic victory the Trump Administration achieved?
Or he didn’t. He was also promoting his new book on Twitter.
Maybe I’m being too harsh by pointing out the hypocrisy of our politicians. It’s just a sad state of affairs, really.
Lost in all of this is how big of a deal this summit is next month. It’s a REALLY big deal. DPRK is a horrible regime by any standard, and denuclearizing that peninsula would be a win for all of humanity. With nearly 200,000 North Koreans working overseas to fund its nuclear program, DPRK is a slave state that needs to be reformed. This is just one step in the right direction. We should all hold on to hope that it happens and not let personal animosity take our focus away from the real goal.