You’re walking down the street and see a ranting lunatic with a semi-automatic. He approaches you, spewing epithets, and points the gun at your face. Do you:
The Trump administration’s answer: Punch him in the nose.
Trump’s lunatic defense team is actually considering a preemptive military strike against nuclear madman Kim Jong Un. These swaggering tough guys seem to believe they can frighten Kim into submission with a show of military might. More likely, they will spark Armageddon, which, for some twisted reason, many of their deranged Christian supporters are looking forward to in the misguided belief that it will unleash something called “The Rapture,” where they will rise to the sky and join Jesus for eternity.
The rest of us, I suppose, will be left here on the ground in a pile of smoldering ashes.
Trump has withdrawn the ambassadorial nomination of Victor Cha, a hawkish Korea expert who had the temerity to question the wisdom of this so-called “Bloody Nose” strategy. Cha believes, rightly, that such a strike would quickly escalate to all-out war, leading to untold casualties in North Korea, South Korea, Japan, and potentially the United States. He balked at unleashing such unspeakable carnage.
Who can blame him?
As Cha wrote in the Washington Post this week: “The president would be putting at risk an American population the size of a medium-size U.S. city — Pittsburgh, say, or Cincinnati — on the assumption that a crazy and undeterrable dictator will be rationally cowed by a demonstration of U.S. kinetic power.”
According to news reports, Defense Secretary James Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson oppose this insane Bloody Nose strategy. But others, including National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, support it.
Now it’s become a litmus test for the next ambassador to South Korea.
After Trump’s bellicose State of the Union Speech the other night, my son concluded that we’re all going to die.
He might just have a point. For the closer Robert Mueller gets to our corrupt, collusionist President, the more likely he is to start a war.