What are the odds the United States will be launching military strikes on North Korea’s known missile sites in the weeks to come?
I’m thinking the odds are high, and that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will not be antagonizing the U.S. with his threats of an intercontinental ballistic missile for much longer.
Previous U.S. administrations employed a “strategic patience” approach with North Korea that hasn’t had much effect. And I don’t see President Donald Trump having the same sort of patience for North Korea as his predecessors had.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has hinted at as much.
“The policy of strategic patience has ended,” Mr. Tillerson said, a reference to the term used by the Obama administration to describe a policy of waiting out the North Koreans, while gradually ratcheting up sanctions and covert action. Negotiations “can only be achieved by denuclearizing, giving up their weapons of mass destruction,” he said — a step to which the North committed in 1992, and again in subsequent accords, but has always violated. “Only then will we be prepared to engage them in talks.”
According to the paper, denuclearizing is not an option for Kim Jong-un.
Considering the pre-emptive, paranoid actions Trump is trying to take with his misguided Muslim ban in an effort to keep terrorists out of the United States, it doesn’t take much of a stretch of the imagination to deduce that he will be ordering the air force to drop bombs on North Korea — and perhaps even ordering a drone hit on the North Korean leader himself.
After all, North Korea may pose a very real threat to the United States — if they do develop that intercontinental missile.
And few Americans would criticize the president for taking military action against North Korea.
In fact, Trump’s approval rating would probably soar, and many would forget about his wiretap accusations and so many of the other seemingly outrageous comments he has made.
Indeed, much of the world — including many North Koreans — will applaud President Trump if he takes out Kim Jong-un, who should be very afraid right about now.
Photo: Drawing of Kim Jong-un. Source: En-cas-de-soleil/Wikimedia Commons