BREAKING: Maxine Waters Tells Trump to Surrender to North Korea

August 12, 2017

BREAKING: Maxine Waters Tells Trump to Surrender to North Korea Gregory Reed / Shutterstock.com; Gage Skidmore / CCL

The Democrats, like most Americans, are not eager for the U.S. to become embroiled in a nuclear war. However, one high profile Democrat believes that North Korea can be pacified by America’s complete submission.

Maxine Waters (D-CA), one of the most vocal critics of the Trump administration, has some novel solutions to the North Korea crisis. In an interview with TMZ, Waters argued that a combination of surrendering to Kim Jong Un’s demands and hiring people to work in the State Department will solve the escalating nuclear crisis. 

Waters told a reporter with TMZ that: “I think we can do this with some diplomacy, but we have got to have [Secretary of State Rex] Tillerson… get those positions filled for deputy [and] for assistant, so that we can engage with North Korea.”

Waters further added that “I think there’s some things that they [North Korea] want from us, and we have to find out whether or not we can work with them on the things that they’re asking for.”

The Party of No Options

Mrs. Waters’ solution sounds an awful lot like the solution offered by former Obama administration official Susan Rice. In an op-ed for the New York Times, former National Security Council adviser Rice cautioned America to “play our hand carefully.”

Rice further warned that “war is not necessary to achieve [nuclear] prevention” in the case of North Korea. Rice also believes that the US can live with a nuclear North Korea just like it lived with a nuclear Soviet Union.

The central problem with Rice’s thinking is that prevention has already failed. Experts believe that North Korea already has nuclear warheads that can be attached to ICBMs that can reach the continental United States.

Ironically, Rice has admitted that her strategy and the plans offered by Waters have repeatedly failed.

The Clinton Doctrine, Part Deux

In many ways, the solutions offered by Rep. Waters are just a rehash of the policies pursued by the administration of Bill Clinton in the early 1990s.

In October 1994, President Clinton and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il agreed on a package deal that saw the U.S. give oil and $4 billion in multi-national investments to Pyongyang. The idea behind this bill was that the money would help North Korea “see the light” and enter into the global community.

That’s not what happened at all. With American, Japanese, German, Chinese, and Russian money, Pyongyang began building its nuclear arsenal. None of those billions went to the North Korean population, which suffered a massive famine during the 1990s.

It is understandable that Democrats do not want America to go to war with North Korea. Such a conflict could cost millions of lives, especially in South Korea. However, we must recognize that all of the Democratic solutions have been tried before and failed. It is time for a new approach.


Benjamin Welton

Benjamin Welton is a writer based in Boston. His work has appeared in The Weekly Standard, The Atlantic Magazine and The Daily Caller. He has an M.A. in English Literature from the University of Vermont and Bachelors degrees in English Literature and History from West Virginia University.