Trump’s Remarkable Breakthrough on Korean Peninsula

A total of 13 American presidents have tried and failed to bring peace to the Korean Peninsula. Since Harry Truman committed thousands of US troops to what became the Korean War stalemate in 1050, the peach of the region has been elusive.

It has been nothing less than a longshot objective. Yet, 18 months into his first term as our 45th president, Donald Trump is inching closer to a deal than any president before him. The story itself is remarkable with or without the Trump-hating media acknowledging it.

The idea that after 63-years in an official state-of-war the two sides in this bitter conflict may be coming to peaceful terms is astounding. Earlier this week the end of hostilities became a real possibility.

President Trump is set to meet with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. The time and location of this historic meeting has yet to be announced.

That in itself is historic. Now the incredible news that North Korea is open to denuclearization without stringent conditions put upon the U.S. first is released. Is this just the sheer will of the president, or are North Korea’s handlers, the Chinese, behind this?

Whatever the cause, the entire string of events leading up to this historic meeting is mind-boggling. Even more so when you consider the American media is virtually silent about this. Their thoroughly biased reporting makes one think what their reaction would be if the president was their hero, Barack Obama?

Shabby and unprofessional journalism aside, the American people should rejoice at the fact their president is doing this sort of job with foreign policy. It is unheard of.

But the fact remains, North Korea has expressed its desire for “complete denuclearization” of the Korean peninsula and is not seeking conditions such as U.S. troops withdrawing from the South first, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Thursday.

Moon went so far as to say normalization of relations between the two Koreas and the United States would not be that difficult. The ultimate goal is to rein in the North’s nuclear and missile programs.

All this comes on the heels of CIA Director and soon-to-be Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo secretly flying to North Korea to meet with Kim Jong-un last week.

That visit, along with the assistance of the Chinese presumably, paved the way for the forthcoming historic meeting. Hopefully Kim Jong-un will not change his mind, as could happen.

Trump is well aware the process of diplomacy should be conducted with caution. So far his tough rhetoric has gotten the dictator’s full attention. Presidents have tried for decades to make this kind of progress on ending the hostilities in Korea.

Although such a breakthrough on the Korean Peninsula is not in the interest of self-serving liberals and their media allies, the American people should rejoice in this huge opportunity for peace. They should also be wary of a free press that acts like anything but.

Dwight L. Schwab Jr.
Dwight L. Schwab Jr. is a moderate conservative who looks at all sides of a story, then speaks his mind. He has written more than 3500 national political and foreign affairs columns. His BS in journalism from the University of Oregon, with minors in political science and American history stands him in good stead for his writing.


Dwight has 30-years in the publishing industry, including ABC/Cap Cities and International Thomson. His first book, "Redistribution of Common Sense - Selective Commentaries on the Obama Administration 2009-2014," was published in July, 2014. "The Game Changer - America's Most Stunning Presidential Election in History," was published in April 2017.


Dwight is a native of Portland, Oregon, and now a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area.