Armchair geo-political strategy on the existential crisis of Korea:
Virtually all of the highbrow and partisan tut-tutting about Trump’s brilliant, powerful speech at the UN today perches on the pinhead of his reference to the defensive possibility of destroying North Korea. Let’s examine, shall we?
Did the Blond Loose-lipped Grenade just deliver the ultimate explosive Trumpism that recklessly begs for disaster? Get serious.
He was reading text from a teleprompter. This phrase was planned and undoubtedly vetted by all his Big Brains and Big Tuxedos including Tillerson and Mattis.
Was it unprecedented aggression in a presidential address? Get literate.
Lincoln was willing, if directed by divine justice, to shed enough American blood to equal every drop of blood drawn by the taskmaster’s whip in 400 years of slavery, in order to win the Civil War.
Roosevelt was willing to annihilate a nation to secure triumph, so help him, almighty God.
Reagan said his mission was to put the Evil Empire in the ash heap of history. His theory was “We win. They lose.” (My golly did he give effete liberals the vapors when he talked that way!”
“Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” was the historically purest true and assertive phrase that ever made so many elites wet their plaids and pantaloons.
In context, Trump is just a rapper trying to echo the rallying cries of more articulate times. But, we aren’t quite a society to honor eloquent statesmanship, now, are we? Hey, his opponent in frivolity boasted of her tragic failure that cast millions deeper into violent misery by snorting: “We came. We saw. He died.” Ha ha ha!
And that wrinkled crone will never answer until she stands before God what she did to the millions, further immiserated souls in stateless, war-raped Libya, just to further her presidential ambitions.
But, back to Trump, today.
America’s best strategic minds vetted it. (For the those of short attention, “it” is the threat to “destroy North Korea.” It is an ugly thing for any president to suggest.
So, now let this guy with exactly one International Relations class under his belt suggest what Trump, and some of the best military minds in this generation might have been thinking when the committee approved, and the president of the United States, in front of the whole world, bellowed that phrase.
Kim Fat Jung is a dynastic heir. North Korea is is family’s yard and koi pond. (Sorry, Japan, they kidnapped those cute fish when they were kidnapping your sons and daughters). His family was installed by China, and they have made their grifter’s existence ever since by threatening trouble on the global pond.
They have shaken down the last several American presidents by threatening nuclear advances, and then pretending to back off after the global class of diplomats bought them off with bribes.
But now it is bloody more serious. They have nukes and their are getting better missiles.
Last standoff, Fat Kim thought he could rattle his nuclear sabers another time and extort another rich yankee buy off. To the horror of every reader and writer of the New York Times, Trump tweeted that he would answer Norkville with fire and fury.
Does any conservative, or any liberal, or anyone else who thinks Trump the real estate and TV huckster designed that strategy by himself and ran with it? If so, they/you are idiots.
[Aside: The Left is horrified that Trump surrounds himself with Generals. But, when he does anything on the national conflict front, they shriek that Trump must be free-lance idioting again.]
Trump’s willingness to see a card and raise a card–instead of offering a bribe to leave the table with a temporary pass–intimidated Fat Kim. And he backed down.
But, the conflict continues, and fat Kim is still demanding relevance and ransom. So today, Trump said, don’t threaten us, or we will destroy you.
A lot of smart minds are saying, “You don’t threaten to destroy a nation. They are victims. You threaten to take out the bad guys at top.
A lot of smart minds are actually pretty stupid. There are no good options in North Korea. Any attack, even a devastating nuclear attack on Pyong Yang does not prevent a massive counter attack that kills millions and many millions of South Koreans.
The best poker move is a play that avoids the showdown. Intimidate the other side. Trump did it once. Can he do it again? He’s trying to be certain with crazy.
When Trump threatened all of North Korea, he was not talking to you or me. He was not talking to the New York Times. He was playing the best card he had, on the best platform he had, to reach anyone of any consequence in North Korea.
Generals. Nuclear technicians. Code-keepers at remote outposts. Trump is doing his best to make them shake and tremble and pee out input that might make Fat Kim back down again. And the the knowing cost is making American critics tremble and rage.
It’s a tough card in a bad hand.
I know nothing. But, I am pretty sure I am right.
(From Shawn Mitchell – Facebook Reprint)