President Obama left him there. President Trump got him back. No need to overthink it.

Yes, murderous North Korean thugs killed 22-year-old Otto Warmbier after holding him for 17 months, but the last administration was willfully impotent in dealing with the regime.

Obama’s official approach was dubbed “strategic patience.” It sounds like a term that wins the marketing meeting but has little effect in real life.

Kind of like “leading from behind.”

In the case of poor Warmbier, it meant that all hope was gone.

His parents were told to sit tight. “When Otto was first taken, we were advised by the past administration to take a low profile while they worked to obtain his release,” his father told the media. “We did so without result.”

Warmbier’s father learned the hard way that results among progressives are less important than symbolism, intent and high-minded nuance: the kind of thinking that compelled Secretary of State John Kerry to pack up James Taylor and head to France after a 2015 terror attack.

Kerry said it was “to share a big hug with Paris.”

Unbelievable. There is no greater threat to the innocent than the deranged logic of liberals. It often disguises itself as compassion, usually spoken in a thoughtful tone, lyrically elegant at every turn.

But deadly and destructive — and former President Obama was a master.

Those days are over. American voters began to feel rightfully unsafe under an administration that blamed unemployment and climate change for terrorism.

Donald Trump’s prescription was less flowery: “Bomb the (expletive) out of ISIS.”

And so he did.

He also brought Otto Warmbier home by bringing him home. No lofty lectures to the American people. No cute turns of phrase. David Crosby was not mobilized.

Warmbier’s family was able to spend a few days with their mortally injured son because there is a pragmatist in the White House.

Warmbier’s father said it best: “Do I think the past administration could have done more? I think the results speak for themselves.”

Let’s not ever forget what those villains did to that kid in North Korea and hopefully those responsible can be made to pay for it someday.

Meanwhile, we finally have a president determined to fix what’s broken in this country. If his vast establishment opposition can put the interests of the country first, perhaps the results will speak for themselves.


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