This is the face most of us have assigned to North Korea;
But this is the face we should all be thinking about;
It is very easy to forget that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) has a population of 25 million people, not just one. Unfortunately all of our Presidents saber rattling as pissed the “one” off and honestly I am not sure Trump as thought much beyond his tweets at what exactly he plans or proposes to do with the Supreme leader, Kim Jong-un.
All of us, every American, knew going in that Trump is a bully. That is what some of us hate most about him, that is what some of you love most about him. As one rocket scientist Trump supporter told me “He don’t take no shit”. Yup, that is exactly what I was looking for in a world leader, someone whose mouth, or thumbs, writes checks that his ass can’t cash. Oh wait, he can cash them. He has discovered that he has an arsenal of bombs available at his beck and call. Think about it for a second, we have given the neighborhood bully, the guy that dunked your head in the toilet and then gave you a wedgie bombs to play with. Any idea who we should be more scared of Donald Trump or Kim Jong-un?
“China is very much the economic lifeline to North Korea so, while nothing is easy, if they want to solve the North Korean problem, they will” – Donald Trump tweet 4-21-17
What exactly is the North Korean problem? That they are making bombs? Maybe even nuclear weapons? We have bombs. We have nuclear weapons. Why doesn’t that make us a problem? We are currently pointing missiles at them, why wouldn’t they point missiles back at us?
“Why would I call China a currency manipulator when they are working with us on the North Korean problem? We will see what happens!” – Donald Trump tweet 4-16-17
The Human Rights Watch groups describes North Korea this way; “Under the rule of Kim Jong-Un, North Korea remains among the world’s most repressive countries. All basic freedoms have been severely restricted under the Kim family’s political dynasty. A 2014 UN Commission of Inquiry found that abuses in North Korea were without parallel in the contemporary world. They include extermination, murder, enslavement, torture, imprisonment, rape, forced abortions, and other sexual violence. North Korea operates secretive prison camps where perceived opponents of the government are sent to face torture and abuse, starvation rations, and forced labor.”
I get it, it is a bad place, with a very bad leader or in Trump parlance, a bad hombre. But again, what is the plan Mr. President? What is the goal? To blow them off the face of the earth?
Our President is focused on the wrong face, we all are focused on the wrong face. We can’t save one by bombing the shit out of the other. We can’t save one by sending threatening tweets to the other. We can’t save one and destroy the other by threatening China either. Last time I checked China was not in our debt we are in theirs to the tune of $1.059 trillion. What’s our leverage with China? I am pretty sure that topic wasn’t covered in Trump: The Art of the Deal. I guess he is in the process of writing that chapter next. The question is are we ready to read it or better yet live through it?
“I have great confidence that China will properly deal with North Korea. If they are unable to do so, the U.S., with its allies, will! U.S.A.” – Donald Trump tweet 4-13-17