Every generation and presidential administration faces a defining challenge. For Franklin Roosevelt, it was World War II. Reagan’s era was defined by Russia and the Cold War, while George W. Bush will forever be associated with 9/11 and the war on terror.
It’s not clear exactly how history will remember the Obama presidency, but his inability to solve one of the defining challenges of his time — North Korean nuclearization — may haunt his legacy for years to come.
Somewhat ironically, it appears that even the 44th president acknowledged that the Korean situation was one of the biggest problems facing America… yet was one that he passed on for the next administration to deal with, leaving Obama’s legacy in jeopardy.
“President Obama told me when I had the one meeting with him, he said that’s your biggest problem,” Donald Trump told the press on Friday, confirming that his predecessor named North Korea as one of the most pressing issues. “That’s going to be the most difficult thing you have.”
Trump was hosting a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, a frequent ally of the United States. The recent headlines, of course, are full of surprisingly positive news out of North Korea, with a historic meeting between the North and South under a flag of truce.
“Honestly, I wish it was handled earlier, I wish it were handled by another administration, years ago,” Trump explained.
“I’m not just talking about President Obama, I’d go back to any administration you want. But over the last 25 years — this should have been handled a long time ago, not now. This should not have been left for me to handle. But we will handle it,” he pledged. “We’re handling it well.”
Trump is known for boasting, but this certainly seems to be an honest statement of fact. Even the president’s frequent foil, CNN, was forced to acknowledge the recent progress on the Korean peninsula.
“South Korea’s foreign minister has said she believes President Donald Trump is largely responsible for bringing North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to the negotiating table,” reported CNN on Thursday.
“Clearly, credit goes to President Trump,” Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha told the network on location in the South Korean capital of Seoul. “He’s been determined to come to grips with this from day one.”
In other words, Trump seems to have succeeded where his predecessors miserably failed. That certainly looks bad for Obama, but casts a shadow on Bill Clinton’s presidency as well.
Democrats are no doubt eager to bury this piece of history, but a major part of the current nuclear crisis in North Korea can be traced back to 1994 and Bill Clinton’s pants-down presidency.
“It turns out that oh-so-loved Bill Clinton was ready to launch a preemptive strike against Pyongyang’s nuclear capability back in 1994,” Conservative Tribune reported in August.
“Instead of stopping the North Korean nuclear program when he had the chance, however, Clinton caved. The result was a flimsy ‘agreement’ which Kim Jong Il promptly ignored.”
“The Clinton administration willingly agreed to hand over two nuclear reactors to the regime of a maniacal madman,” as we previously documented.
It may have taken 24 long years, but President Trump may have finally redeemed that historic blunder.
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