For a welcome change of pace, a thaw between North and South Korea is taking place. Unfortunately, the US wants no part of it as vice president Pence showed the world at the Olympics.
New York Magazine describes the great lengths Pence took to make a fool of the US at the opening ceremonies (above Tweet) and even more so at at a dinner party on Friday put on by South Korean president Moon Jae-in.
After showing up late, the VP intended to quickly leave after a photo session. Moon asked him to greet the other dignitaries at the event and Pence did, shaking the hands of everyone at the VIP table except for Kim Yong-nam [Kim Jong Un's sister].
By leaving early, Pence missed out on a special dessert — a chocolate representation of the Korean peninsula with a dark chocolate piece of barbed wire laying over it.
And then, during the ceremonies, as North and South Korean athletes entered the stadium together under a unified flag, Pence and his wife Karen remained seated while everyone around them rose to applaud.
Pence Sits Down, Everyone Else Stands
Hypocrite Pence demands respect from athletes while offering none to the Olympic athletes and none to his South Korean hosts.
CNN has a nice collection of Unity Flag Images.
Unification Flags at Hockey Event
Unification Opening Ceremony
Stealing the Show
Kim Jong Un's sister, Kim Yo-Jong, Stole the Show at the Olympics.
If "diplomatic dance" were an event at the Winter Olympics, Kim Jong Un's younger sister would be favored to win gold.
With a smile, a handshake and a warm message in South Korea's presidential guest book, Kim Yo Jong has struck a chord with the public just one day into the PyeongChang Games.
Sending Kim Yo-Jong' Smiling Face to South Korea was a brilliant diplomatic maneuver.
Kim’s proposal for a summit was “a brilliant diplomatic maneuver,” said Andrei Lankov, a historian at Kookmin University in Seoul who once studied in Pyongyang. Moon would irritate Trump if he accepts the invitation, while declining would make the U.S. and South Korea appear “unreasonably bellicose,” he said.
“The proposal, as well as North Korea’s presence at the Games, sends a signal that the North Koreans are ready to talk,” Lankov said. “And this signal helps the opponents of a military operation in Washington and elsewhere.”
Time Columnist Ian Bremmer Idiocy
Time columnist Ian Bremmer is at the top of the list in not getting it. Here is his remarkable display of warmongering idiocy.
Isolationism Two Ways
It's pretty hard not to be isolated when the whole world has sanctions on you.
The irony in the unity message is South Korea's move to un-chill relations with North Korea is likely in direct response to Trump's threats. It is logical for South Korea to diffuse Trump's ridiculous posturing.
It is also logical for North Korea and Iran to want nuclear weapons. The whole world has seen how the US destroyed Iraq for no reason, on trumped-up lies about weapons of mass destruction.
Arrogant, Childish Behavior
Consortium News sums up the Korea "Missed Opportunity" perfectly.
"At the end of the day, Pence had exemplified the worst of arrogant U.S. foreign policy with his childish behavior."
Please spare us silly comparisons to appeasing Hitler. Kim Jon Un does not seek world domination nor does he plan on extermining people based on race.
Also spare us the sap about Kim Jong Un being a brutal dictator. It is not for the US to determine what is best for South Korea.
The Rolling Stone accurately explains how Trump's North Korea 'Options' Could Lead to Nuclear War.
"The president has taken his saber-rattling beyond Twitter – showing a real willingness to gamble with millions of lives," says the Rolling Stone.
The world should welcome peace overtures between the divided Koreas. But the one thing none of these warmongers want is peace.
That's what's chilling.
Mike "Mish" Shedlock