Trump Has Totally Played into Kim Jong Un’s Hands
Former Obama diplomat Rick Stengel pointed this out to Ari Melber on MSNBC last night. Kim Jong-un loves the attention. Trump played into his hands this weekend, enabling Jong to make a big spectacle of his parade with his missiles.
The Western media played hours of that parade. Notably, this was the sort of display Trump had wanted for his Inauguration.
“Appearing on ABC, the former ambassador to South Korea who helmed Bush-era negotiations to get rid of North Korea’s nuclear weapons program said that President Donald Trump is playing brinkmanship with North Korean President Kim Jong Un and that “makes people nervous.”
“Speaking with This Week host Martha Raddatz, Ambassador Christopher Hill, who served in both the Bush and the Clinton administrations, explained what he believes Trump’s strategy is — if the president has one.”
“I think he’s trying to out-North Korean the North Koreans, so let’s see if that works,” suggested Hill.
“Certainly it makes people nervous when they’re not quite sure what he means by it,” Hill continued. “And, you know, great powers can’t really bluff. So when you talk in those terms, you’ve got to be prepared to back it up. And I guess that’s what worries people the most.”
— R Joseph (@rjoseph7777) April 16, 2017
That’s just it. Brinskmanship puts you in the position of losing face if you back down. Both Trump and Jong are very sensitive about losing face. As Christopher Hill says, the big worry is how would Trump back it up?
There are many who tell us he won’t use nuclear weapons. The entire media implicitly acts as if he won’t. You have to hope their right. But how do they explain that he has many times talked about using them?
P”resident Donald Trump’s rhetoric against North Korea has increased fears of a war with the authoritarian nation, with some worrying Trump may use nukes, since he has previously suggested that there is no point having “nukes if you’re not going to use them?”
Then there is Trump’s NSC guy Michael Anton. Mr. Flight 93 Election.
“A SENIOR OFFICIAL on President Trump’s embattled National Security Council warned in previously unreported comments that it is “inevitable” an Islamic terrorist group will carry out a successful nuclear attack against the United States, and that in its aftermath, the world “will regress hundreds of years politically.” The official, Michael Anton, laid out a dire scenario of multiple nuclear detonations on American soil, saying that terrorists “will, I think, wait until they can hit us with several blows at once, followed by a number of follow-on blows.”
“Anton, appointed as the Trump administration’s senior director of strategic communications on the NSC, wrote in 2009 that he was “surprised it hasn’t happened yet” and predicted that once the attacks occur, “economies will collapse … the world will revert to a kind of localsim [sic] and warlordism.” He added, “If Chicago wakes up one morning and NY is simply not there any more, and some dude on Al Jazeera is saying, ‘Chicago you are next!’ I don’t see order lasting long.”
Politico has a featured piece on Anton this morning:
‘Machiavelli Would Approve’
“Donald Trump’s keep-them-guessing foreign policy, explained by the NSC’s Michael Anton.”
Because what you really want in dealing with North Korea is to be as unpredictable as possible.
Doesn’t exactly reassure you. In this context, Colin Powell’s deputy, Laurence Wilkerson seem quite germane:
“I’ve been on this earth for about 72 years, 50 of which you could call relatively sentient years as an adult. I’ve been through the Cuban missile crisis, I’ve been through the Bay of Pigs before that, the Vietnam War, the two Iraq wars and so forth.
“And I’ve got to tell you, though, I’ve never been so concerned, as I am now, for the state of this country and world relations.”
The Cuban Missile Crisis and he’s more worried now.
And I think we’d all breath a lot easier with JFK in the WH right about now.
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