(“They will be met with fire and fury and frankly power the likes of which the world has never seen before.”—Donald Trump in response to North Korean threats.)
Donald Trump’s saber-rattling rhetoric about meeting North Korean’s supposed growing nuclear weapons program with “fire and fury” should alarm us all at a new level of reality when it comes to life under this presidential regime.
First, we’ve been here before with former President George W. Bush, who under false pretenses, invaded Iraq and mired our country in a costly, long war. Iraq’s then-leader Saddam Hussein, as you recall, was not stockpiling weapons of mass destruction as the Bush administration claimed. So the new question is how far along is North Korea in arming a missile with a nuclear warhead that could reach the United States? The question is serious and calls for a measured response, but matching bombastic threats with bombastic threats is not the way to do it.
Second, our authoritarian president is now tweeting about the capability of our nuclear arsenal, which by extension would supposedly create the “fire and fury” in North Korea. But any nuclear attack on North Korea has the potential to ignite a larger world war, which could involve China and even Russia fighting against us in direct or indirect ways. It would also most likely kill thousands upon thousands of innocent people, if not more. It would devastate the planet with radiation.
There’s no doubt that North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un is a blustering tyrant who has developed some type of weapons program to threaten the world order. Is it lunacy and conceit? A death wish for himself and people? Some type of unhinged calculation? The recently passed U.N. sanctions against North Korea won’t do much, experts say, to stop Kim Jong-un.
But any military response to Kim Jong-un should only come after diplomacy—not saber rattling—has completely failed, and it should come from a consortium of countries, including China and Russia.
The North Korea threat shouldn’t take our attention away from the corrupt, authoritarian Trump regime. Obviously, Trump will use the recent North Korean missile tests and intelligence about that country’s nuclear-weapons capabilities to deflect us from investigations into his regime. A war, especially one involving nuclear weapons, has the potential to make those investigations seem trivial when, in fact, they’re not.
The question: Would Trump use a nuclear war in an attempt to save his presidency?