Well, maybe not.
I hate it when the headline is more exciting than the story itself. Like this one: â€œNorth Korea says Trump isn’t screwy at all, a wise choice for presidentâ€.
Except that in this case North Korea means a China-based Korean scholar Han Yong Muk writing on the DPRK Today online portal. According to the Daily Mail, DPRK Today is meant to be a tourism website that â€œprovides foreigners with detailed information on the secretive communist nation’s tourist attractions, hotels and tour programmes through related stories and video clipsâ€¦ It features pictures and info about the nation’s food, culture, beaming children and even information on North Korea’s national bird (the Chollima, a mythical winged horse).â€ Strangely, for a tourism website, DPRK Today seems to be only available in Korean, which sort of defeats the purpose.
So, instead of â€œNorth Koreaâ€ we have â€œSome dude on a tourism website, albeit one of the official media outlets of a totalitarian state, says Trump isn’t screwy at all, a wise choice for presidentâ€. This makes for a more accurate, but much longer and less punchy headline.
Anyway, Han Yong Muk, with whatever official imprimatur he has, described Trump as “a prescient presidential candidate” and a “wise politician”.
It described his most likely Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, as “thick-headed Hillary” over her proposal to apply the Iran model of wide sanctions to resolve the nuclear weapons issue on the Korean peninsula.
Trump instead has told Reuters he was prepared to talk to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to try to stop Pyongyang’s nuclear program, and that China should also help solve the problem.
DPRK Today also said Trump’s suggestion that the United States should pull its troops from South Korea until Seoul pays more was the way to achieve Korean unification.
“It turns out that Trump is not the rough-talking, screwy, ignorant candidate they say he is, but is actually a wise politician and a prescient presidential candidate,” said the columnâ€¦
It said promising to resolve issues on the Korean peninsula through “negotiations and not war” was the best option for America, which it said is “living every minute and second on pins and needles in fear of a nuclear strike” by North Korea.
A political candidate is not responsible for unsolicited endorsement he or she gets, so Iâ€™m not going to hold this one against Trump. What I will hold against him is floating policies, which basically deliver everything that the Kim Jong Un would ever wish for â€“ abandoning the South Korean ally, withdrawing the US troops from the region, and â€œtalkingâ€ to the North about its nukes. For a self-styled great negotiator, Trump has opened by pretty much giving away all his cards. No wonder the Norks think heâ€™s wise and prescient.
Speaking of North Korea, a few days back I finally got to watch â€œThe Interviewâ€, and it almost made me feel sorry for Kim Jong Un. Almost. After all the man is a c***, but â€œThe Interviewâ€ is probably one of the worst â€œcomediesâ€ ever made. You might recall this was the movie that so infuriated the North with its portrayal of Lilâ€™Kim, it hacked Sony Pictures, almost forcing them to ditch the movie. Sony should have ditched it, but not because the North hated it but because it sucked. If you want a quality dig at the Korean Stalinists, you still canâ€™t better â€œTeam Americaâ€.
America, fuck yeah, indeed.