Friday, December 29, 2017
But that still might get us all killed. I don't know if Donald Trump is going to be making any New Year's resolutions for 2018, but here's a thought: How about not threatening to start a nuclear war with North Korea?
It seems likely that Trump officials are, in fact, talking about a military strike in which the United States would target a symbolic location in North Korea to retaliate for a missile test, much as the administration targeted an airfield in Syria following a chemical weapons use.
Still, I think the Trumpkins are bluffing. They are, to borrow a Soviet phrase, just trying to "rattle the pots and pans," hoping to frighten North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and China's Xi Jinping. Of course, they may still get us all killed.
Nobody around Trump -- not John Kelly, not H.R. McMaster, nobody -- has the slightest idea how to fix the problem of North Korea. But they do know what the boss likes to hear. And he doesn't want to see them on Fox & Friends admitting that there isn't anything to be done about North Korea. Steve Bannon already did that, telling the American Prospect, "There's no military solution here. They got us." Trump fired him shortly thereafter.
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