This article could actually begin with an enumeration of all the poor decisions made by President Trump’s predecessors regarding North Korea. But that would consume untold pages, and really be of no help going forward. So we’ll avoid discussing the dereliction and inaction of those who have allowed this problem to come to a head now on President Trump’s watch.
North Korea has now claimed that a missile it has recently tested can hit the entirety of the state of Alaska. Clearly Kim Jong-un has no intention of resting on that accomplishment. Only a fool would believe that he will not press on with missile development until he can at least hit Hawaii and the West coast of America. It’s only a matter of time before his military scientists achieve that goal. That is, unless someone stops him.
President Trump has made some very firm comments regarding his intentions to see that such a development does not happen. While making threats or promises is much easier than implementing them, North Korea must understand that they are not dealing with a man who is used to backing down on his commitments. They provoke the United States under President Trump’s leadership at their own peril. In fact, Mr. Trump has claimed that, “I have some pretty severe things that we are thinking about.”
“‘It’s a shame they’re behaving this way. They’re behaving in a very, very dangerous manner and something will have to be done about it,’ Trump said during a news conference Thursday with Polish President Andrzej Duda.
“Trump said he doesn’t draw red lines but empathized he’s considering different ways to respond to North Korea’s aggression.
“‘As far as North Korea is concerned, I don’t know, we will see what happens,’ Trump said. ‘I have some pretty severe things that we are thinking about. That doesn’t mean we are going to do it. I don’t draw red lines.'”
Clearly, the president is being somewhat nebulous when discussing his options. This is no surprise, and if North Korean leaders take the fact that President Trump is playing his cards close to his vest to be a sign of weakness or lack of resolve, they would be making a terrible, and possibly catastrophic mistake in judgment.
When it comes to bluffing, it’s the North that has done its share of this: “State media claims it successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile Tuesday, but the U.S. Pacific Command has assessed that it was an IRBM, a weapon with a much shorter range.”
So, despite their claims to the contrary, North Korea has not displayed that they have a working ICBM. At least not yet. Their missiles, while dangerous enough to their neighbors and places as far away as Guam and Alaska, are of more “intermediate range” and need further development to hit our West coast. No doubt Kim has his scientists and engineers working hard on achieving that goal.
By not drawing “red lines,” the president keeps his options open and his opponents guessing. And that’s not a bad strategy.
Source: Daily Caller