The liberal media is, of course, hyperventilating over President Trump’s “fire and fury” comments about North Korea’s nuclear missile saber-rattling. “The sky is falling!” they bleat, as if no president has ever spoken harshly about the Korean threat.
Trump's off-script, fire-and-fury rhetoric against North Korea is reckless and irresponsible.
— Dani Bostick (@danibostick) August 9, 2017
Consistent standards, however, have never been one of the media’s strong points.
Consider then-President Bill Clinton, circa 1994:
Referring to the beginning of North Korea’s nuclear program and their refusal to allow inspections, Clinton said, “It is pointless for them to try to develop nuclear weapons, because if they were to use them it would be the end of their country.”
Fast forward to then-President Obama’s conversation with Charlie Rose about the Korean threat in 2016:
“It’s not something that lends itself to an easy solution,” Obama said. “We could obvious destroy North Korea with our arsenals, but aside from the humanitarian costs of that, they are next door to our ally South Korea.”
Obama then mentioned a missile shield to block the “relatively low-level threats they are posing right now.”
OBAMA: "We Could Destroy North Korea With Our Arsenals"
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) August 11, 2017
"Shock and Awe" – Bush (Iraq)
"Degrade and Destroy" – Obama (ISIS)
"Fire and Fury" – Trump (North Korea)
omg, Trump is so unpresidential 😂
— Dr. Jamie Uffe Dr./Dr. (@Jay2theU) August 11, 2017
The definition of “Presidential” is often in the eye of the beholder, and the current president has no intention of backing down.
BPR’s Chairman John R. Smith put it this way: “Donald Trump is on the right track in dealing with North Korea. The easily frightened mainstream media should not be unduly concerned if the president’s words lack diplomatic politeness. Such politeness is lost on the Pyongyang regime. The U.S. is entitled to defend our homeland, protect our territories and allies, and North Korea should be told in forceful language what will happen to them if they push us too far. As they say, when you mess with the bull you get the horns.”
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