Kim Jong-un is playing a dangerous game with his continuous testing of weapons of mass destruction and threats against the United States. Because bullies love to push one another, on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, Donald Trump kicked back warning the North Korean leader that he must back down or he will see fire and fury as never seen before.
On Wednesday, August 9, Kim claimed Trump’s bullying tactics were nonsense. He then countered with promises to send multiple ICBMs toward Guam and Japan.
Allegorically speaking, these presidents are kicking sand in the face of one another playing out typical scenes between bullies in most every schoolyard.
However, these bullies are not typical children bickering betwixt themselves, they the are leaders of two countries trying to best one another. The presidents are literally comparing the measurements of their genitals, by way of ICBMs. Cock fights have no place in world politics.
If the North Korean and American presidents continue this bullying tactic, South Korea, Japan, Guam, islands in the Japanese, Yellow and East China Seas face the threat of being in the middle.
Authorities from the massive military complex on Guam claim they can counter any aggression from President Kim. Andersen Air Force Base posted the image above of the U.S., Japanese, and Australian air forces flying off the coast of Guam on Feb. 21.
The Pacific Fleet Command explained:
The exercise includes 22 total flying units and more than 2,700 personnel from three countries and continues the growth of strong, interoperable relationships within the Indo-Asia Pacific Region through [the] integration of airborne and land-based command and control assets.
The Air Force has increased its flight hours over the Korean Peninsula to demonstrate its military strength. These exercises are intended to show power, although it is unlikely that Kim will reconsider his threats.
It appears that neither president is intent to dial-back the bullying rhetoric. Even though Kim responded to Trump’s threat quickly by laying out a specific course of action, there has yet to be the said fire and fury.
Clearly, Trump did not draw a line in the sand. The president gave no deadlines. No plan of action was announced. One might be led to believe there is, in fact, no plan. However, one can pray that there is a military strategy in place that the public is not privy to; hopefully.
Some contend that the president’s bravado is merely a smokescreen to divert and distract Americans, and the world. Trump has proven his stability so it is not far fetched to think he is hiding something yuge!
It is possible that President Trump is attempting to over-exert presidential posturing toward North Korea since he is in limbo where the Russia investigation is concerned. One of the ways he exhibits strength is to be a bully, but due to his bromance with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Trump has not resorted to this tactic against his buddy— yet.
Nonetheless, the Russian investigation is real, as is the potential of an Asian-Pacific battle. President Trump says the military is locked and loaded. The North Korean president is motivated by his blood lust against America.
Technically, the U.S./Korean war never ended. The armistice was signed on July 27, 1953, which only called for the cessation of open hostilities. President Kim, who is only 33 years old, was not alive during the Korean Conflict and most likely grew up hearing that the U.S. was evil.
In order to be ready for any act of war from Pyongyang, the U.S. Military and South Korean forces hold war games on an annual basis. In 2017, the exercise is scheduled for August 21.
According to a military spokesperson, the joint-drills will be held as planned even though it provokes North Korea’s anger. In the mean time, Presidents Kim and Trump continue to posture, and the world is watching.
Unconfirmed reports from a state-sanctioned media source in China announced the country’s position, according to Reuters.
If North Korea launches an attack that threatens the United States, then China should stay neutral, but if the United States attacks first and tries to overthrow North Korea’s government China will stop them.
In response to all of the threats, American agencies are preparing the citizenry. At approximately, 1:34 p.m. in Guam (UTC+10) on Friday, August 10, Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense posted a three-page document on Facebook, entitled, “Fact Sheet: In Case of Emergency; Preparing for an Imminent Missile Threat.”
In the meantime, Americans are holding their breath. Will Kim launch missiles as threatened? Will Trump use the military to provoke a preemptive strike or will he use his executive power to begin a war?
Trump and his advisers should heed President Abraham Lincoln’s words: “With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan—to do all which may achieve and cherish a just, and a lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations.”
Opinion by Cathy Milne
The Washington Post: Trump threatens to rain ‘fire and fury like the world has never seen’ on North Korea
CNN: North Korea threatens strike on Guam
CNBC: North Korea details Guam missile plan, dismissing Trump warnings as ‘nonsense’
The New York Times: Trump’s Threat to North Korea Was Improvised
CNBC: US-South Korean war games provide trigger that could further inflame Pyongyang
Reuters: Chinese paper says China should stay neutral if North Korea attacks first
Featured and Top Image by Staff Sgt. Aaron Richardson Courtesy of U.S. Pacific Command’s Flickr Page – Creative Commons License