Swan said: @curtmilr you said, "In a negotiation, you don't insult your counter party." Trump was not in a negotiation - instead, he was on US national news media, answering reporters questions - when he praised the North Korean dictator and defended his human rights abuses as simple 'mistakes' that every country makes.
You act as if this deal is a victory. I have a simple question for you: where is the PROOF? Deals mean nothing while they are still just words. And that's all this deal is: words. Words from a man with a history of blatantly lying to US Presidents about this exact thing. There are no corresponding actions. And if you truly believe that North Korea is going to surrender the only bargaining chip they have (i.e. nuclear weapons) that forces first world countries to have to negotiate with them before just deciding to attack them, perhaps you should reconsider. If you think Kim really cares enough to prevent worse privations for his people (brought on by our extreme sanctions), maybe you should examine the sort of conditions under which he already forces them to live.
Kim has a well-practiced strategy for dealing with pressure from the United States to denuclearize. He consents, makes a deal, and then turns around and doesn't denuclearize. Why would this time be any different?
You say, if Trump's deal doesn't work out, no harm, no foul. Actually, the reality is thatTrump's flattery (or face-saving, as you like to call it) has ALREADY done international damage. The whole world heard the leader of the free world explain away the human rights abuses of a modern Hitler. The whole world heard one of the Allies flatter a modern-day Axis-style power, and dismiss his concentration camps as mere 'mistakes.' What the leader of the free world says about bad actors creates ripples across the world. Allies revisit their contingency plans and determine what they will do if the worst happens. Depending what is said, bad actors may shiver in their boots, brandish their swords, feel emboldened by our weakness, or desperately try to find a way to negotiate themselves out of trouble.
Trump's negotiation was weak, since he gave a concession to North Korea without even first requiring proof that they were keeping their end of the deal. His salute of an enemy general who is responsible for human genocide was even weaker. His excuse-making for the atrocities in North Korea is the weakest. He is making America look weak, like a country who can't even bring itself to call out a bad actor over running concentration camps. And that makes the whole world a far less safe place.