Donald Trump’s statement saying that any further “threats” from North Korea would generate an American response of “fire and fury” against the Kim regime, just ratcheted up the chance of war, and escalated the situation. Trump, stupidly, just drew a red line in the sand.
Threats from Kim are like tweets from The Donald. Bound to happen. Bound to happen. They are an almost daily occurrence, so when Trump blurts out an ultimatum, where does that leave us, when Kim starts talking smack again? Off to war?
A “told you so” retaliation of “fire and fury” is going nuclear. Mr. Trump’s red line just boxes him in, paints us into a corner, and could well get a whole lot of people killed.
Of course, a nuclear war would probably fire up the base. But seriously, Trump’s words are dangerous, and if you are going to bring the “military option” to the front burner, it is better by far to be a practitioner of President Teddy Roosevelt, and “walk softly and carry a big stick” rather than start drawing unnecessary red lines on TV. John McCain said as much in his response to Trump’s comments.
They say that “the Generals (Kelly, Mattis, McMaster) would not have signed off on Trump’s statement, so if The Donald was making extemporaneous comments on the official United States position, in response to Kim’s newly recognized nuclear capabilities, it was apparently a big surprise to the Top Brass, to hear Donald Trump talking “fire and fury.”
Which brings me to my point, which is, Trump’s rhetoric prove he is a fool, unfit to lead, unfit to have his tiny fingers on the nuclear button, much less being anywhere near the US Nuclear launch codes.
My belief is that The Vice President and the Cabinet have a moral obligation, a sacred duty, to invoke the 25th Amendment to the US Constitution and remove Trump for being unable to carry out the duties of the Office. I am no fan of Mike Pence, but I believe he will be a more measured, reasoned, saner President who won’t get us in to a shooting war with North Korea just because they make verbal threats.
Yet, and this is deadly serious: If NK IS about to ever launch a minaturized nuclear ICBM which has the actual capacity to strike the United States West Coastal population centers (San Fran, L.A., Seattle) or major US cities further to the East, then we are into a situation of imminent threat and it is any President’s duty to protect American lives. The assumption is that it is better to have 10 million deaths on the Korean Peninsula versus 10 million deaths in Sunny California. That is a terrible thing to say, or write, a horribly harsh truth, and I take no pleasure in stating it, but the first obligation of an American President is to protect its citizens. So, if the threat is not a threat but an actual attack, confirmed by our intelligence services, then we cannot let North Korea hit us if we have the ability to fire our missiles first and prevent NK from striking the United States. If someone is going to kill you, it is self preservation to stop him, if you can.
But that decision needs to be made by a very sane person, in close coordination with sane Generals, and we need a president who can differentiate between an imminent nuclear attack versus a threat, and be able to take into full account what the Top Brass is telling him. I hope that Pence can tell the difference, but I am nearly certain that Donald Trump cannot.