North Korea

Korean 'peace' must include nuclear disarmament

Editors, Washington Examiner

While smiles and pledges are good, they must not distract Trump from the exigency of time. He should meet Kim Jong Un as soon as possible and test the sincerity of his interlocutor’s smile by requesting that IAEA snap inspectors be given immediate access to North Korean laboratories. We must verify that North Korea has stopped its development of nuclear and ICBM technology. We must also be able to make sure that North Korea abandons all its nuclear weapons.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Dems’ false delusions poisoned political debate in America today

Democrat elites’ contempt for average Americans is sometimes well-hidden but crops up often. Washington swamp creatures know (or care) little about the struggles of the common folk – and with the tone of political debate deteriorating by the moment, there’s scant hope it will ever improve.

Where to Hold the Kim-Trump Summit?

The prospective summit is a dramatic, unpredictable step that just might fix a problem which appeared to be insoluble. The location of such a meeting should be equally unique. Both President Trump and Supreme Leader Kim have flair for the dramatic. Why shouldn’t their location choice for the summit reflect a little daring?

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Feckless Congress forces Trump’s attention to the foreign policy realm

With Republicans’ attention dominated by the 2018 midterm elections it will likely take a major foreign policy breakthrough to get President Trump noticed this year. Trump is accomplishing what he can through executive authority – conservatives must pressure Congress to do the rest.

Cleaning House Is Not Enough

Cleaning house of the Obama – McMaster – Tillerson holdovers at State and the NSC isn’t enough. President Trump's national security team needs, not just a house cleaning, but a complete staff renewal that will reinvigorate it with seasoned professionals who share President Trump’s national security goals and will implement them, instead of undermining them.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Celebrities and pols who won’t stand for values are life’s biggest wimps

Standing up for what you believe in takes a lot of guts. Whether it’s Shania Twain, a person answering a public opinion survey or a United States senator there’s always going to be someone criticizing you. How you defend your values reveals a lot about your character and judgement.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: NeverTrumpers cling to hope Trump will fall on his face ahead of 2020

The president can’t be blamed for Congress’s inability to push through conservative agenda items. Trump is far from perfect but he’s tried every means possible to get things moving. Instead of plotting a possible 2020 challenger, his GOP enemies should be putting more pressure on Capitol Hill.

A Trump even Sweden has to appreciate

Charles Hurt, Washington Times

Saving tens of millions of fellow humans from annihilation in a nuclear holocaust would be great and all. But my favorite part about Mr. Trump ushering in peace on the Korean Peninsula would be watching those pious goats in Sweden have to hand over a Nobel Peace Prize to New York real estate tycoon Donald Trump! Unlike past Nobel Prize winners Yasser Arafat, Jimmy Carter, Albert Gore and Barack Obama, Mr. Trump will have actually accomplished something.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Why we should intervene and tell Hillary why she’d never be president

Democrats tried the “first woman president” thing with Hillary Clinton in 2016. Being female simply isn’t enough of a basis to stake a candidacy. Americans might not be the most sophisticated political actors in the world, but they aren’t stupid…at least half of them, anyway.

The Democratic terror of a miracle in North Korea

Wesley Pruden, Washington Times

This White House has been widely rebuked by the Democrats for its leaks and chaotic way of doing business, and often deserving of such rebuke, but this time it kept a secret. If there’s anything worse than a leak in Washington, it’s being left out of the leak. And if there’s anything worse than a national calamity, it’s for the wrong man getting the credit for making it go away. If Donald Trump achieves a dramatic breakthrough on the Korean peninsula, the credit and praise for it will be muted if it makes any noise at all on the other side of the partisan divide. The president can count on it.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Bullying by bullhorn is no way for leftists to win political arguments

The left’s agenda will not allow radical groups to take a seat in order to make the Democrats they support look more mainstream ahead of this year’s midterm elections. When it comes to making the GOP and Trump look “normal” there’s nothing better than a gathering of leftists with bullhorns.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Comey’s insult of the GOP rings like a compliment to conservatives

Not everything is as it appears on the surface. James Comey’s backhanded slap at the GOP was actually a positive thing for Republicans, just as a change in leadership in the House is entirely necessary to ensure good legislation sees the light of day. For conservatives, change couldn’t come fast enough.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Comey flareup proves the DC swamp isn’t even close to being drained

Donald Trump came to Washington in order to shake the system to its core and wrest power away from the swamp dwellers who’d polluted the water for decades. As the recent Comey episode proves, the work is just beginning – there’s an awful lot of slime to scrape off the sidewalks.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: GOP money worries over Ryan’s exit aren’t just unfounded – they’re dumb

Perhaps the money will flow in this year, perhaps it won’t. The GOP will survive regardless – but will the conservative cause? It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that as long as Republicans do what they’re supposed to do that good things will follow, including coffers full of campaign cash.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Ryan’s exit equals big chance for conservatives to break GOP leaders

When Paul Ryan officially leaves Congress people will remember him as the humble Wisconsin boy who always put on a positive face and did his best in the House. Conservatives will remember all the things Ryan didn’t do – and the next speaker had better be prepared to make things right.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Collateral political harm from Trump’s Syria strike impossible to measure

The days and weeks ahead will reveal the damage inflicted from Friday night’s strike in Syria. With military satellites, the on-the-ground destruction will be relatively easy to assess; far more uncertain is the fallout from Trump’s failing to keep his promises to stay out of the Middle East.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: How Republicans can use the good name of Gorsuch to keep the Senate

Republicans have a number of things to run on this year if they’d only use them. The Supreme Court vacancy (which led to Justice Neil Gorsuch) was a good reason to vote Trump in 2016; confirming more of Trump’s appointments will be strong incentive to vote for GOP senators in 2018, too.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Will mad voters carry a grudge against the GOP in this year’s elections?

Few would carry a grudge against someone who’s taking a position against the status quo and offers good arguments to back it up. The DC political establishment abhors anything that might upset their power structure – and conservatives have a good chance to do just that in 2018.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Politically correct leaders to blame for dumbing down of our culture

The dumbing down of American culture shows up at the worst times and places – in school shootings, in the workplace and sometimes even in political movements like #NeverTrump. Eventually the truth will win out in these circumstances -- but by then will it be too late for us?

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Media yuks it up about Donald Trump but no one’s listening anymore

The media war against conservatives and President Trump will continue; they’ll make offensive jokes at the White House Correspondents Dinner and their colleagues will report on the elites’ hilarity. The rest of American will tune them out – that is, if they even bother tuning in at all.