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Tulsi Gabbard gives balanced , conditional support for Trump Korea deal

Posted by seumasach on June 13, 2018


Tulsi Gabbard is  near lone voice on the left in giving peace a chance after Trump’s historic joint declaration with the North Korean leader Kim. It is only right and proper that  the word of any US leader be treated with all due scepticism. However, simply to dismiss a peace process on the grounds of Trump’s right wing persona is simply irresponsible. As if it wasn’t right wing politicians who launched detente with China or the Northern Ireland peace process. Compare her comments to those of Bernie Saunders who has tweeted regarding Trump’s fall out at the G7 as follows:

“I find it very strange that President Trump has such a hard time getting along with the leaders of the world’s major democracies but feels very comfortable with despots and authoritarian leaders like Putin, Xi Jinping, Duterte and Mohammad Bin Salman.”

This is simply the old West against the rest line and within the context of the multipolar reality which is emerging can only be described as backward. The far left, meanwhile, sees this as the moment to take to the streets against Trump. Socialist Worker, for example, “knows” that the deal won’t bring peace despite their admission that the USA is negotiating from a position of weakness, a reality they are well aware of as they have seen the CIA’s attempt to overthrow Assad, which they supported, fail. Given their failures on multiple fronts it is only sensible for the USA to attempt to engage constructively with the rest of the world and with Asia, in particular. Whether that is done by a left or right wing US president is neither here nor there.


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