“Why would the US president ever want to legitimize a brutal dictator” is, in all seriousness, no longer the question on the table. Maybe W was a bonehead to say he had “looked into Putin’s eyes” and gotten a sense of his soul. Maybe Obama should have been less eager to press “reset” with Russia, and more willing to walk away from the Iran deal. And Trump is unlikely to know as much as he thinks he does about Kim Jong Un and North Korea. Do we even have an ambassador to South Korea in place? Has Trump learned anything at all about Korea that he wasn’t spoonfed by Xi Jinping when they met in Beijing last year?
Trump’s rush to announce a meeting with Kim may yet be countermanded or undermined or sabotaged by the “Deep State.” And I don’t blame the Deep Staters. They are concerned, perhaps beside themselves, for good reason. At this point, sad and almost unthinkable to say, Trump looks more desperate to meet with Kim than Kim is to meet with Trump. Is it too much to ask an American president to stop trying to prove that he is bigger and better than all other presidents?