The Donald vs. Kim Jung-un. Stop and consider that for a moment! The world’s most powerful country vs. the world’s only nuclear-armed pariah state. The greatest megalomaniac in the recent history of the American Presidency vs. the world’s longest-standing totalitarian regime. You can’t make this stuff up (well .. maybe Saturday Night Live could). Can it get any more absurd … or dangerous?
We know, of course, that DT tweets the most alarming stuff, and then takes it back. Most recently, he trusts Putin’s word over that of our own intelligence services… and then he doesn’t. But, concerning North Korea, he seems set on the idea that he can force Kim Jung-un to dismantle his nuclear weapons program. He threatens North Korea with “fire and fury like the world has never seen”.
Does he really suppose that his threats will lead to that end? They, of course, will not. The Donald and his Generals will not unleash a pre-emptive strike against North Korea. Since no such strike could guarantee the complete obliteration of North Korea’s capacity to respond, it would, if attempted, guarantee the destruction of Seoul, at the very least. The time is long past that a pre-emptive strike against North Korea could have been achieved without catastrophic losses. North Korea is now impregnable. North Korea has a deterrent. Yet DT delights in insulting his adversary. Are these histrionics just for show?
Nor, of course, will North Korea make an unprovoked attack against us or South Korea. Why would they? I’ve heard reference made to the use of “nuclear blackmail” by North Korea, but don’t find this at all credible. So it looks like we are stalemated, which is fine with me. I’m not losing sleep over the nuclear “threat” of North Korea, since I don’t see their nuclear capabilities (now or when they obtain an ICBM) as constituting a threat to the United States.
What does cause me concern is that, megalomaniac that he is, DT will do something stupid … something very stupid.