President Trump just issued a bizarre “red line” threat against North Korea. The red line North Korea must not cross is to merely make threats against the United States.
“North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen… he has been very threatening beyond a normal state. They will be met with fire, fury and frankly power the likes of which this world has never seen before.” — Donald Trump
Just watch it.
This comes across as an otherwise weak looking President desperately (and rather pathetically) attempting to look strong through bluster. Trump has looked weak through a series of legislative defeats (including the failure to repeal and replace Obamacare and Congress passing legislation blocking him from weakening sanctions against Russia), the Russia investigation, and leaked phone calls with world leaders where he came across as weak, uninformed and petulant. This smells of a wag the dog type maneuver.
This is a “red line” North Korea is certain to cross. It will not be long before North Korea continues its usual practice of a steady stream of irrational ranting threats against the United States. It’s what they do. When that happens, when this “red line” is crossed, then what? Will the President allow North Korea’s words to risk nuclear war even in the absence of action?
North Korea has always been led by insane, emotional rulers not connected to reality. Now the United States is too. A potentially nuclear inflammatory combination.
Edit and Update: North Korea just crossed the Trump red line, it took just a few hours. North Korea threatened missile attacks against United States forces and bases in Guam. Trump bluffed, North Korea called the bluff. Expect more such red line crossings soon.
The only thing President Trump’s empty blustering succeeded in doing was damaging his own credibility, and that of this nation. Expect North Korea to treat more statements by our President as nothing but empty bluffs.