During a press conference Wednesday at his Bedminster, New Jersey resort, President Donald J. Trump issued a grave threat to North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un: “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 statement. And as I said, they will be met with fire, fury, and frankly, power, the likes of which this world has never seen before.”
With folded arms, President Trump issued his statement in response to questions from reporters concerning recently disclosed American intelligence indicating North Korea’s nuclear programme now has the technical capability of attaching a miniaturised nuclear warhead atop an intercontinental ballistic missile, or ICBM.
On Friday, US Secretary of Defense, General James Mattis reiterated the President’s sentiment via a press release stating: “The DPRK (North Korea) should cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people.”
North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un responded in kind stating: “North Korea may reduce the United States to ashes at any moment!” And on Saturday, the DPRK military stated it’s “on the standby to launch fire into its mainland, waiting for an order of final attack.”
This is not the first time North Korea has threatened the United States, but it may be their last. To steal a phrase
from ‘Game of Thrones’, when the Kim regime typical levies such threats against the US, its only intention is simply to remind the world that winter is coming and their people need food. Under Obama, Bush, and Clinton, this type of rhetoric has successfully resulted in international aid sent to North Korea so its people don’t starve. Under Trump, things are a bit different.
You see, the president is facing four existential threats to his Presidency: Currently Trump is the most unpopular President in history, his administration is embroiled in controversy and chaos, Congress is incapable or unwilling to seriously consider Trump’s legislative agenda, and the investigation led by Special Prosecutor Robert Muller into Trump’s collusion with Russia during the 2016 campaign is ramping up. Any one of those problems could sink a fledgeling presidency; coupled together, these problems represent shitstorm of – to steal a Trump word – “unpresidented” proportions.
It’s reported the 24/7 news coverage of his alleged crimes makes the president sad and angry. Because Trump is a thin-skinned baby, he would like nothing more than to see the “fake news witch hunt” against him end. And what better way to facilitate that end than by distracting everyone with “fire and fury the likes of which this world has never seen?” Surely then people will stop talking about this Russia nonsense? Right? Well, maybe.
After the attacks of September 11th, 2001, President George W. Bush saw his approval ratings rise dramatically. And overnight everyone seemed to forget his problem over stealing the 2000 election during a dramatic showdown with the State of Florida and the US Supreme Court. Problem solved. Military action typically leads to a rise in popular support. Especially when the aggressor is clearly in the wrong. Which is exactly why President Trump is baiting North Korea into making the first move. Should the Kim Regime decide to so much as test fire a bottle rocket, the United States will obliterate North Korea – and be completely in the right doing so.
North Korea has no chance against the United States and a unilateral US military strike on North Korea will result in the end of North Korea as we know it. The fear is not over who will win, but rather how North Korea might retaliate once they realise Pyongyang is under attack. Will they launch a conventional artillery barrage against South Korea? Or will they attempt a long-range nuclear strike via ballistic on Guam, Alaska, or the mainland US?
The next few days will be tense. The criminal investigation into his personal finances, the loss of any political agenda, and his pending impeachment leave President Trump in a very precarious position. And as a man not known for keeping his cool, North Korea might be the perfect reprieve from a country that hates him.