The saber rattling continues.
After President Trump’s remarks on Tuesday, issued in response to news that the rogue nation of North Korea had miniaturized nuclear weapons, you had to know there would be no way that a hefty dose of crazy wasn’t coming back at us.
“He has been very threatening beyond a normal state, and as I said they will be met with fire, fury and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before,” Trump said at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., referring to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Considering all this world has seen, that’s a substantial threat.
Then, of course, North Korea threatens Guam.
This morning, there’s more.
State-run media warned that North Korea would “turn the U.S. mainland into the theater of a nuclear war” if it got signs of a possible American attack, according to CNN.
There are several points to ponder, here.
To begin with, having state-run media in North Korea make such remarks isn’t uncommon. While the people starve, it’s all about the state and at least giving the appearance that their diminutive leader is more powerful and virile than he is.
Miniaturized nuclear weapons?
Yeah, Freud would have a field day with that one. I won’t dwell on it, too much. That’s Psychoanalysis theory and I’m more a follower of Ellis’ Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy.
The other point to consider is that Kim Jong-un is just as crazy as he lets on, and no good can come of continually goading him. In the very least, we let the new sanctions put in place take hold, seek a firmer commitment from China to lean on the little despot, in light of the new revelations about their weaponry, and use the time to formulate a plan of action that’s more secure than throwing poo at them from a luxury resort in New Jersey.
I can’t help but think yesterday’s remarks from Trump were unfiltered through the commonsense perspective of his generals and security officials.
Meanwhile, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson wants us all to remain calm.
“What the president is doing is sending a strong message to North Korea in language that Kim Jong Un can understand, because he doesn’t seem to understand diplomatic language,” Tillerson said.
So whacko-bird crazy is calling out to whacko-bird crazy?
“I think the president just wanted to be clear to the North Korean regime on the U.S. unquestionable ability to defend itself, will defend itself and its allies.”
Ode to all those who predicted months ago that a Trump presidency would consist of four years of, “What he meant to say was…”
Hey, at least we’re not talking about Russia now, right?