We have, in Kim Jong Un, North Korea’s Communist dictator, a true lunatic. He has, particularly during the Age of Obama, relentlessly provoked America and the international community, and has gotten away with it. Now we have a President that is not afraid to use force, and appears, unlike his predecessors, unwilling to kick the North Korea can down the road. The recent revelation that North Korea has miniaturized nuclear weapons capable of being mated with intercontinental ballistic missiles must be tempered with the realization we knew that in 2013, and Barack Obama did his best, with the willing support of a lapdog media, to hide that information. Mr. Trump recently warned North Korea against continuing threats and promised “fire and fury like the world has never seen.”
As one would expect, the danger posed by a madman in North Korea is as nothing, to America’s self-imagined elites, compared with Donald Trump. Even American congress critters, including—surprise!—John McCain, have attacked Mr. Trump for daring to say things very much like Harry Truman and even Bill “I did not have sex with that woman” Clinton.
A good example of the media’s insanity is explained by the good folks at Legal Insurrection:
North Korea has threatened to fire missiles at Guam, a US territory home to thousands of US citizens and a major US Air Force base.
What if the missiles fell short or missed the island?
What’s the big deal? It’s ‘just a missile test.
That was the thrust of CNN host Alisyn Camerota statement this morning:
‘If these missiles, if they do this, and if these go into the waters off Guam, they don’t hit Guam, then isn’t this just another sort of provocation and a missile test? Does it have to be responded to with force?
Oh sure. Just a test. One wonders how Ms. Camerota would feel if the Norks were shooting missiles at her home. How many would have to miss, and by how much, before she might consider the ordinance to be something more than a harmless test?
Camerota’s guest Gordon Chang had a suggestion that would surely, if implemented, cause the Norks to quake in their little communist boots:
ALISYN CAMEROTA: Are they just baiting the president? I mean in other words, if these missiles, if they do this, and if these go into the waters off Guam, they don’t hit Guam, then isn’t this just another sort of provocation and a missile test? Does it have to be responded to with force?
GORDON CHANG: No, it certainly doesn’t have to be responded with force. And I think there’s some non-kinetic options that we have that could really put the North Koreans and the Chinese on the back foot.
CAMEROTA: Meaning what?
CHANG: I think the one thing we should be doing is enforcing US law against money laundering.
All sanctions against North Korea have every done is cause the Norks to demand negotiations. The result of all such negotiations to date has been food, fuel and cash for the North Koreans, and nothing for the civilized world.
Mr. Trump’s comments well demonstrate the chasm between normal Americans and the self-imagined elite, who think Mr. Trump’s mere existence to be a world-shattering disaster. When Mr. Trump says things like this, normal tend to think “about time.” But they worry. Mr. Trump, like Barack Obama, has drawn a red line. His comments aren’t an issue. Failing to back them up when the time comes is.
And as for the elites? They’ll have the vapors over whatever Mr. Trump says or does. Remember their righteous indignation over a Diet Coke and two scoops of ice cream? Fortunately, I suspect Mr. Trump understands this well, and just doesn’t care. He does appear to know who our enemies and allies are, and is apparently willing to treat our enemies like enemies. How can I tell? Consider this from Fox News:
President Trump on Thursday [08-10-17] doubled down on his ‘fire and fury’ warning to North Korea, saying the country should be ‘very, very nervous’ about even thinking of attacking the United States or its allies.
Pushing back against critics who suggested his comments earlier in the week were too forceful, Trump told reporters: ‘Maybe it wasn’t tough enough.’
‘They’ve been doing this to our country for a long time, for many years,’ the president said of North Korea. ‘It’s about time that somebody stuck up for the people of this country and for the people of other countries. So if anything, that statement wasn’t tough enough. [skip]
‘Asked by a reporter what’s tougher than threatening ‘fire and fury,’ Trump said: ‘You’ll see. You’ll see.’
‘If North Korea does anything in terms of even thinking about attacking anybody that we love or we represent or our allies or us, they can be very, very nervous,’ he said.
Trump wouldn’t say if he’s considering a preemptive strike on North Korea. ‘We don’t talk about that,’ he said. ‘I never do.’
‘What they’ve been doing, what they’ve been getting away with, is a tragedy and it can’t be allowed,’ he said.
Poor Ms. Camerota and Mr. Chang. I hope they’ve been taking their blood pressure medication.