For 25 years, America Has Violated The Law Of Insanity When It Comes To Nuclear North Korea
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again while expecting a different outcome. And yet, for some reason, past U.S. presidents, from Bill Clinton to Barack Obama, approached the murderous North Korean regime with soft deterrence and diplomacy.
Each American leader, all the while, expected North Korea to do what the law of insanity tells us would never happen: that the communist country would abandon its nuclear weapon production and stop threatening the world with pre-emptive attacks.
Decades later, that still has not happened. So why not try something new?
Well, President Donald Trump tried something new this week, and the media devolved into an all-out frenzy, seemingly convinced that the end of the world was nigh.
Newsflash: we’re all still here.
On Tuesday, Trump delivered from his New Jersey golf club what was perhaps the strongest-worded warning to North Korea from an American president in generations.
Of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, Trump told reporters, “he has been very threatening beyond a normal state. And as I said, they [North Korea] will be met with fire, fury and, frankly, power, the likes of which this world has never seen before.”
What followed was a media meltdown among politicians and pundits alike, saying that Trump went too far in his comments and sounded too much like Kim Jong Un.
“This is entirely out of the bounds of what a nation like ours should do,” Rick Wilson, former strategist for Rudy Giuliani’s 2000 senate campaign, said on CNN on Wednesday.
“Deterrence and diplomacy have worked for this country for generations,” Wilson claimed.
But, obviously, at least in the case of North Korea, deterrence and diplomacy, as they have been practiced in recent decades, have not worked. Otherwise, the U.S. wouldn’t be in the situation it’s in now, where North Korea has dozens of nuclear weapons and the capability to strike half the U.S. mainland. Wilson even acknowledged as much as he continued his argument live on CNN, seemingly unaware he was making the case for the other side instead of his own.
“And the fact of the matter is, the failures of administrations of both parties over the last 25 years have led North Korea to be where it is now,” Wilson said.
Earlier in the segment, Ferguson pointed out that the U.S. tried deterrence and diplomacy in recent decades — and, at least when it comes to North Korea — it just hasn’t worked.
“For the last eight years, we’ve had a policy of ‘let’s go ahead and go to the world, let’s go to China and let them take the lead, let’s go to the United Nations, let’s see if sanctions work.’ It has gotten us to the point where we think they have at least 60 nuclear weapons, miniaturized weapons, and including a missile system that can reach probably half of the United States of America,” Ferguson said.
Then, going back to Trump’s “fire and fury” tweet, Ferguson added, “so I think the president’s point is, this whole idea of being PC and kumbaya and ‘let’s be always calm and collected’ has gotten them [North Korea] closer to being able to bully everyone in the world.”
“They’ve already threatened Guam before. They’ve threatened America before. They put propaganda out there. And I think the president’s point is, ‘I’m not screwing around with you for another four years,” Ferguson explained.
The criticisms of Trump’s North Korea statement on Tuesday were bipartisan, with a group of at least 60 Democratic lawmakers writing a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson about the president’s tough approach.
“These statements are irresponsible and dangerous, and also senselessly provide a boon to domestic North Korean propaganda which has long sought to portray the United States as a threat to their people,” the letter read in part, according to the Hill.
“Accordingly, we respectfully but firmly urge you to do everything in your power to ensure that President Trump and other administration officials understand the importance of speaking and acting with the utmost caution and restraint on this delicate issue,” the letter continued.
“Utmost caution and restraint.” Yes, because that has worked out so well.
A reporter asked Trump Thursday at his New Jersey golf club whether his “fire and fury” statement was “too tough,” and in true Trump fashion, the president doubled down.
“Maybe it wasn’t tough enough,” Trump replied.
Then, later on Thursday, Trump took more questions from reporters, and addressed the North Korea matter further.
“Obviously, we’re spending a lot of time looking at, in particular, North Korea. We are preparing for many different alternative events,” Trump said. “He [Kim Jong Un] has disrespected our country greatly. He has said things that are horrific and with me he’s not getting away with it.”
Trump reminded reporters just what Ferguson reminded Wilson of earlier in the week, which is that, for decades, the North Korean regime faced virtually no consequences for their actions.
“He gotten away with it for a long time between him and his family. He’s not getting away with it. It’s a whole new ballgame. He’s not going to be saying those things and he’s certainly not going to be doing those things,” Trump said.
“He’s not going to go around threatening Guam and he’s not going to threaten the United States and he’s not going to threaten Japan and he’s not going to threaten South Korea,” Trump said.
Moments later, a reporter asked Trump if that was a “dare.”
The president replied, “no, that is not a dare, as you say. That is a statement of fact.”
“North Korea better get their act together or they’re going to be in trouble like few nations ever have been in trouble in this world,” Trump vowed.
Trump’s approach to North Korea is markedly different from that of his predecessor. The Obama administration’s policy of “strategic patience” toward North Korea, we now know, did very little to dissuade the North Korean dictator from further developing his nuclear arsenal.
Even so, Obama’s former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell condemned Trump’s comments.
“I think the President’s statements of the last two days are reckless,” Morell said on the CBS Evening News on Thursday, according to NewsBusters.
“At a time when he should be trying to maximize policy options, he’s narrowing them…So I don’t think the statements are helpful to U.S. interests,” Morell added.
For the answer to how Trump’s statements are helpful to U.S. interests, however, look no further than Secretary of State Tillerson’s comments on Wednesday.
“What the president is doing is sending a strong message to North Korea in language that Kim Jong Un would understand because he doesn’t seem to understand diplomatic language,” Tillerson told reporters.
That’s right. Kim Jong Un and the North Korean regime clearly do not understand soft deterrence and diplomacy. So why in the world would the U.S. keep speaking that language?
When, if not now, does America put the entire world on notice that such behavior like that of North Korea will simply not be tolerated. Should we wait until North Korea’s nukes are off the California coast before we start talking tough? I suspect that would not be smart.
No, the time is now to remind North Korea that America helped defeated the Nazis, America helped defeat the Soviet Union and, if necessary, America will defeat a nuclear North Korea.
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