Meanwhile, in Donald Trump news…
You might recall that buried in the “highly technical” details of Trump’s “comprehensive” agreement with Kim Jong-Un was the following “commitment”:
The United States and the DPRK commit to recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.
What prompted that, you ask? Well, here’s a brief history of this effort, courtesy of CNN:
Details of the recovery and repatriation project have yet to be announced by the Department of Defense, but the agency estimates that there are 7,697 American personnel who are unaccounted for in that war.
The US has previously engaged in efforts to identify and retrieve American POW/MIA remains in North Korea. According to the National Committee on North Korea, US military personnel engaged in missions to retrieve remains in North Korea from 1993 through 2005. The missions were suspended because of safety concerns, military officials said. During a 2007 visit by then-New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, the remains of six US military personnel were repatriated.
US efforts to recover remains were halted during the George W. Bush administration and failed to restart during the Leap Day talks of the Obama administration.
North Koreans continued to collect remains on their own, but were asked to stop because the US considered their methods of collection, which included the co-mingling of remains, as unscientific.
Ok, so that’s the real story and here is Donald Trump explaining why this is important to him:
Got that? When Trump was on the campaign trail, parents of soldiers who fought and died in the Korean war asked him to go and retrieve the remains of their loved ones.
Specifically, one unidentified (read: imaginary) parent told then-candidate Trump the following:
When you can, we’d love our son to be brought back home — you know, the remains.
Do you see a problem with that? If not, let me give you a hint: the Korean war ended in 1953.
So how old would these hypothetical parents be? Probably at least 100.
Here’s an example of what I’m talking about:
My dad, who died ten years ago, was a Navy doctor during the Korean War.
*His* parents—the generation Trump is talking about—were born around 1900, and were not around during the 2016 campaign. https://t.co/38XAizC2I2
— James Fallows (@JamesFallows) June 14, 2018
I guess the only thing left to do now is recruit Frederick Douglass to lead the effort to retrieve the remains.
In the course of his efforts, Douglass will report to Andrew Jackson who, as many people know, “was really angry that he saw what was happening with regard to the Korean War.” He said, for instance, “there’s no reason for this.”
Finally, here is Trump saluting a North Korean general – just as “forgotten Americans” would have wanted.
This is what the coal miners wanted.™ pic.twitter.com/vZsk9Hl6x5
— David Waldman, LLC (@KagroX) June 14, 2018