President Trump brought his A-game, as in Alpha-Male, on Tuesday when he decided to make a statement in response to the North Korean regime’s insistence on escalating the nuclear threat.
“North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States,” Trump said, playing the role of bad cop even as good cop Rex Tillerson keeps the door open for negotiations. “They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen. He has been very threatening beyond a normal state, and as I said they will be met with fire and fury and, frankly, power the likes of which this world has never seen before. Thank you.”
— Fox News (@FoxNews) August 8, 2017
Trump’s strong stance was praised by many, including Mark Dubowitz, chief executive of the Washington nonprofit group Foundation for Defense of Democracies, who told the New York Times, “This is a more dangerous moment than faced by Trump’s predecessors. The normal nuanced diplomatic rhetoric coming out of Washington hasn’t worked in persuading the Kim regime of American resolve. This language underscores that the most powerful country in the world has its own escalatory and retaliatory options.”
From the New York Times:
While Mr. Trump’s statement was among the most militant a president has made about North Korea, it may have been aimed as much at Beijing as Pyongyang. By discussing military options, the administration may be attempting to convince China and its president, Xi Jinping, that the status quo is dangerous because it risks war.
“It may be a message to Xi Jinping, that you have to be doing more than just sanctions at the U.N.,” said Joseph Nye, a Harvard University scholar who once ran the American government’s National Intelligence Council. “It may be a very rational, thought-out message,” rather than an emotional outburst.
Exactly. Why not try something different?
Good thing we addressed the North Korean problem under Obama. pic.twitter.com/WTyYeTKAoO
— Cuffy (@CuffyMeh) August 8, 2017
California Senator Dianne Feinstein had a different take, saying in a statement: “President Trump is not helping the situation with his bombastic comments.”
Senator John McCain was also predictably a critic, telling KTAR News, “All it’s going to do is bring us closer to some kind of serious confrontation.”
As if just waiting around for North Korea to continually upgrade its nuclear capabilities has done any good.
For their part, North Korea responded with another threat:
Pres Trump warns North Korea of "fire and fury". North Korea responds by threatening to strike GUAM. pic.twitter.com/9dyr785Jfl
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) August 9, 2017
Predictably, many took issue with President Trump’s choice of words:
No joke: I read Trump's statement on North Korea and thought it was a North Korean statement on Trump.
— Noah Rothman (@NoahCRothman) August 8, 2017
Fire and Fury sounds like a knockoff car race DVD you'd buy on Canal Street
— Andy Doherty (@AllThingsAndy) August 8, 2017
Fire and fury? Trump is out here sounding like he's narrating a video game. Can we substitute an adult prez in times of nuclear threats?
— Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) August 8, 2017
Trump's "fire and fury" comment is oddly similar to one by President Ryan in Tom Clancy's Executive Orders. Speechwriter has a thesaurus?
— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) August 8, 2017
The madness of Kim Jong-Un versus the madness of Kim Jong-Trump https://t.co/VHStpJMjb3
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) August 8, 2017
Reminder: the wonderful, thriving city of Seoul, capital of South Korea, is just 35 miles away from the border, within "fire and fury" range
— Glenn Kessler (@GlennKesslerWP) August 8, 2017
Truman 1945: "rain of ruin…the like of which has never been seen on this earth;" Trump today: "fire & fury like the world has never seen"😨 https://t.co/cvKE313uNp
— Julie Davis (@juliehdavis) August 8, 2017
Trump crawls out of bunker and surveys the flatten radioactive landscape that was D.C.
"Well, time for Infrastructure Week"
— Griswold Christmas Vacation (@HashtagGriswold) August 8, 2017
We would be remiss not to point out that most of these sudden converts to peace have been practically beating the war drums against Russia for months!
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