My routine Monday through Friday is pretty much the same everyday, I wake-up, take a shower, get dressed, let the dogs out, drive to the convenience store and buy a Diet Coke, sit at my desk, turn my computer on and see who Trump has offended today. This morning it was Kim Jong-un and the North Koreans, The New York Times, and the Democrats. Before Trump went to bed last night it was the Democrats, President Obama, Hillary Clinton, the Justice Department, the FBI, Muslims, and the Prime Minister of the U.K. Theresa May.
In an article published by the BBC, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the United States, read Donald Trump, of provoking North Korea into stepping up its nuclear missile program. When asked if he thought America was actively seeking to destroy North Korea Mr. Lavrov responded “One gets the impression that everything has been done on purpose to make Kim Jong-un snap and carry out further inadvisable actions.”
Trump ran and was elected President by campaigning on Steven Bannon’s “America first, nationalism and isolation” doctrine which fit perfectly with his Amazon order of several million red MAGA baseball caps. But what Bannon and the rest of the world didn’t realize is that Trump was going to accomplish the isolation goal by pissing everyone else off. Countries that we have called allies for centuries no longer consider the U.S. colleagues or friends for that matter. Why? One word, Trump.
Yesterday, “Little Rocket Man” as our Dumb-Ass in Chief calls Kim Jong-un became “Big Rocket Man” by launching a missile capable of reaching Washington armed with a nuclear warhead. If you remember, just a few short months ago, we were talking about the North Koreans ability to reach the West Coast of the United States so in a matter of months they have tripled their missile range and increased the number of viable U.S. targets. It would seem Kim Jong-un has not only been very busy but also extremely motivated. Why? Again, one word Trump.
For decades North Korea has been that weird little mysterious country seemingly content to rattle its saber while playing and remaining in its own sandbox. What put Kim Jong-un on Trumps radar? A larger sandbox. Trump is the fat eight year old that is bigger than all the other eight year olds. He is the bully that takes your lunch money, cuts in line at the slide, and knocks the carton of milk out of your hands. He thrives on picking on the weak, those that are different, people he perceives to be smaller, slower, less powerful than he is. The problem is Kim Jong-un doesn’t consider himself weak, less powerful or small and right now he has the missiles to back him up.
If we go to war with North Korea there will be no winners and at this point I am not certain we will have the blessing or the support of China or Russia. Trump sees squashing Kim Jong-un as part of his legacy, something for the history books. But I believe historians will take a different view should his continuing provocations of Kim Jong-un escalate into war. Twenty years from now scholars will wonder why we, you and I, didn’t stop Trump when we had the chance.
As Ezra Klein notes in his article for Vox The case for normalizing impeachment; “Sometimes I imagine this era going catastrophically wrong — a nuclear exchange with North Korea, perhaps, or a genuine crisis in American democracy — and historians writing about it in the future. They will go back and read Trump’s tweets and his words and read what we were saying, and they will wonder what the hell was wrong with us. You knew, they’ll say. You knew everything you needed to know to stop this. And what will we say in response?”
Why didn’t we stop him? The time is now. We can’t wait on Robert Muller and the Russian investigation, or a clogged artery. Write your representatives in Congress and the Senate and tell them you support the immediate impeachment of Donald J. Trump before he attempts to annihilate 25 million North Koreans and destroys our democracy. When our kids or grandkids ask us why we didn’t stop him at the very least we need to be able to tell them we tried.