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Trump's Korea 'doctrine'

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By Donald Kirk

Is President Donald Trump capable of creating a "doctrine"? Can we dignify any of his utterances with the word, "doctrine?" Thae Yong-ho, the former North Korean deputy chief of mission at their embassy in London, has come up with just that term to describe Trump's policy toward North Korea. He even compares the nascent "Trump doctrine" with the "Nixon doctrine."

That's bad news. I was following President Richard Nixon around East Asia in mid-1969 after he proclaimed the "Nixon doctrine" during a stopover on Guam. From there he flew to Manila and then Saigon, where he met the president of the South Vietnamese regime, Nguyen Van Thieu, whom Nixon pronounced one of the world's "four or five" greatest leaders.

That bit of flattery was by way of ramming through "Vietnamization," turning the war over to the South Vietnamese, withdrawing U.S. troops, stopping the bombing of North Vietnam and going into "peace" talks in Paris with the North. Those talks sputtered on until Nixon's secretary of state, Henry Kissinger, signed the "Paris peace" in January 1973, agreeing to withdraw the........

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