Lindsey Graham Says Only Possible Outcomes From Trump-Kim Talks Are ‘Peace or War.’ He’s Wrong.
On Sunday, Graham appeared on ABC’s This Week to try to create a false choice on North Korea that would put the United States at greater risk of military conflict with Kim’s regime. The outcome of the Trump-Kim meeting, Graham said, could be just one of two things: “Peace, where we have a win-win solution, military force where we devastate the North Korean regime and stop their program by force, or to capitulate like we’ve done in the past.”
“Donald Trump is not going to capitulate,” Graham concluded, “so there’s really only two options—peace or war.”
This is true in the strictest sense, of course, because the relationship between any two nations can be described as a state of peace or a state of war. But real life is hardly so binary, and those two outcomes exist at the extreme ends of a continuum with nearly limitless alternatives in between. Indeed, if the only two choices were “war” or “peace,” we might have to be mobilizing for a conflict with Canada after the spat that has unfolded during the past two weeks between Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. That obviously sounds absurd, and so does Graham’s assessment of international relations.