A Tale Of Two Hostages

Let’s take a look at a couple of hostage situations, shall we? The first one occured in the Middle East. It’s where a guy in the Army left his post in the middle of the night, for some unknown reason, and went to seek out the Taliban. He was captured. And in the ensuing weeks, his Army buddies looked for him, patrolling dangerous areas in which they thought he was being held. In the end, the President of the United States decided to “trade” five of the most dangerous and highly prized prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for his safe return. He was welcomed back home in a Rose Garden ceremony at the White House.

Now, let’s look at another situation. Three Korean Americans are taken hostage in North Korea. Oh, it was said that they were spies (they aren’t), and that they were spreading anti-North Korean messages to the North Korean people. They had been held for a few years each. The President of the United States sends his Secretary of State to discuss an upcoming meeting with the leader of North Korea. In that meeting, it’s brought up that it would be a terrific display to release those three prisoners ahead of the meeting and it would bode very well for North Korea to the rest of the world that they were serious about their new found decision to halt missile and nuclear testing leading up to the meeting with the US president. The North Korean leader relinquishes and releases the three hostages. There is no further deal made to embellish North Korea in any other way.

Well, we all know the first example was done by Barack Obama, and was done to bring Bowe Bergdahl home, releasing five high ranking Taliban terrorists. The second example was where Kim Dong Chul, Kim Hak Song, and Tony Kim were released without negotiations, without provocation, and without freeing known terrorists.

Question: Which president is the better negotiator?

I think the answer is pretty obvious. The story on Bowe Bergdahl isn’t complete yet, but as we all know by now, and to the dismay of Susan Rice who called him and “American hero”, he was up on court martial charges, and plead guilty to the charge of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. He served no prison time. But, I think it was safe to say, Bowe Bergdahl, regardless what Susan Rice has to say, is no American hero.

Now, the final chapter in the North Korea saga has yet to be written. Donald Trump will say time and time again, that he doesn’t know if his negotiations with Kim Jong Un will be successful or not, but the one thing I believe is that unlike former Secretary of State John Kerry, who said he’d walk away from a bad deal with Iran (and didn’t), I think Trump would leave a meeting with Kim if it wasn’t the US’ liking.

And that in a nutshell is the difference between these two presidents. One was terribly weak and an awful negotiator because he was more concerned with his own legacy than doing what was right. The other doesn’t necessarily care about his legacy, because he already had a big legacy before coming to the White House. He’s done the right thing every step of the way.

Isn’t it amazing the differences between these two “leaders”?

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

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