Premature Choice for Peace Prize

By TIM KALICH,

Phil Bryant and a handful of other U.S. governors seem a little premature — not to mention a little selective in their evidence — for pushing President Donald Trump for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.

One would think that in order to qualify, a nominee should actually have achieved some peace, rather than just talked about it.

Bryant and the six fellow governors said Trump has earned the prestigious honor through his efforts to bring the volatile North Korean strongman Kim Jong Un to the negotiating table to discuss denuclearization of that Asian country.

Before the ink on their nomination letter had gotten good and dry, though, Kim was already threatening to cancel the summit with Trump, scheduled for June 12 in Singapore. The U.S. president himself has indicated he could back out if he doesn’t think Kim is ready to negotiate in earnest.

Meanwhile, in another part of the world, Trump’s decision to locate the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem has fostered the opposite of peace so far. At least 60 Palestinians, admittedly most of them militants, were killed in clashes with Israeli forces that were precipitated by the embassy’s move to a city over which Israelis and Palestinians have battled for generations.

Back to North Korea, perhaps Trump’s strategy to match Kim for both bellicosity and grand overtures will work. Maybe the U.S. president will be able to get North Korea to dismantle its nuclear program in exchange for loosening trade restrictions on that country. Maybe this is one time that North Korea isn’t toying with the West.

But let’s at least wait for Trump and Kim to actually meet, and for some nukes to be destroyed, before we start handing out grand medals to anyone for it.