Republicans love to heave credit on Ronald Reagan for "winning" the Cold War. His steely resolve ultimately provoked Mikhail Gorbachev to throw in the towel and close up his communist shop, they say (always ignoring that Reagan's steely resolve doubled as a tripling of the national debt). Republican idolators steadfastly refuse to acknowledge the subtler yet far deeper explanation of the Soviet's collapse: The U.S.S.R. had been rotting internally for decades, and it finally, inexorably, imploded.
Should anything come of the U.S.-North Korea talks (which I doubt will take place), Republicans will heave yet another fallacy on the gullible American electorate, which will go like this: Much as Reagan did with Gorbachev and the Soviet Union, Donald Trump faced down that wily commie, Kim Jong Un, and provoked him, among other things, into missile-test cessation. They will steadfastly refuse to acknowledge the actual background, on which the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday:
The damage to the nuclear test site that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has promised to shut down is more extensive than earlier assessments showed, according to a new study by a team of international scientists.
Space-based radar showed that after the initial impact of North Korea’s latest nuclear test in September last year, a much larger part of the Punggye-ri test site caved in over the following hours and days.... The study was conducted by researchers from Singapore, Germany, China and the U.S.
Kim has conceded — or perhaps is about to concede — nothing at all, for he had next to nothing to concede, unless you count thousands of tons of rubble as valuable property. Naturally, it's in Republicans' interest to ignore this reality and go instead with the strongman theory of history. After all, ignoring reality and selling bullshit is just about all Republicans have left.
(I love #4.)