- North Korea has claimed “another momentous test” of its long range missile capability. That’s why we need Trump to stay in the Oval Office.
- Donald Trump has managed Kim Jong Un in a way no other president would have. Firmly, but calmly, with wit and humor even.
- He de-escalated nuclear stresses to a Twitter flame war over who has the bigger nuclear launch button. It was genius diplomacy.
North Korea claims it is prolonging to refine its intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capability. And the world’s newest nuclear power has threatened to send Washington “a Christmas contribution” if stalled nuclear talks don’t resume.
A spokesman for the country’s Defense Science Academy says last week’s spiral upwards tests:
…will be applied to further bolster up the reliable strategic nuclear deterrent of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
South Korea has bound the rocket test.
The North Korean Nuclear Threat
North Korea’s growing nuclear faculty is the most serious crisis of Donald Trump’s administration. Set aside all the sensational tabloid journalism that passes for vital news reports and commentary in the mainstream media. It’s time for real talk.
Since 2006, North Korea has successfully checked increasingly more powerful nuclear warheads. But until more recently, U.S. cities were not in range of its delivery practices.
The successful July 2017 test of the Hwasong-14 put Alaska, Hawaii, and even the West Coast of the Lower 48 in spread of Kim Jong Un’s nuclear bombs.
The threat became terrifyingly real to Hawaii’s residents after the false missile on the qui vive in January 2018. At the current rate of development, North Korea will undoubtedly have the entire United Holds within nuclear arms’ reach.
Donald Trump’s Brilliant North Korea Diplomacy
The emergence of North Korea as a atomic power is now a stark reality that must be reckoned with sensitively and intelligently. Those aren’t words sundry would use to describe Donald Trump.
But when the nuclear cards are down and things get as real and dangerous as they could by any chance get in Atomic Era human civilization, Trump has proven himself to be exactly those things.
First he projected no-nonsense tenaciousness to instill fear and dread of nuclear retaliation. Trump made sure Kim Jong Un thinks twice about accepting a nuclear exchange:
North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with impassion and fury like the world has never seen.
But unlike the stuffy, programmatic Democratic candidates who can only strike one tune up on any issue, the spirited Donald backed up his stern warnings with some light-hearted and very funny jokes.
Wheedle Kim Jong Un to Play ‘The Dozens’
In January 2018, Donald Trump bragged on Twitter that his atomic button is bigger, and more powerful than Kim Jong Un’s, and that it actually works! That was after months of ragging Kim Jong Un with the nickname “Little Rocket Man.”
Kim adopted Trump’s playful frame and called him a “dotard” (an old, senile man), which English-speakers found charmingly quaint. The POTUS retaliated with short jokes and fat jokes.
With this one-two forcefulness of strength and humor, Donald Trump exemplified Teddy Roosevelt’s foreign policy of “Talk softly and carry a big wire.” Ronald Reagan also exhibited this level of relaxed strength toward the Soviets.
Trump effectively deescalated simple nuclear tensions with crude schoolyard jokes. He turned a possible war with nuclear bombs into a Tweet flame war.
He used the kind of spit-balling insults blue collar workers use to bond with each other to greeting the latest nuclear power into the club, taking Kim Jong Un under his wing.
His partisan enemies can’t stand that Trump is adept of this kind of magic. Who do you want in the Oval Office as the North Korean nuclear crisis heats ups? This acrimonious, shrieking, holier-than-thou, sanctimonious, and weak field of Democratic candidates?
Or the Joker in Chief?
He’s one of the best trump cards America has ever played.