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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Mr. Trump Wins Round One with North Korea

The mainstream media are aghast at President Donald Trump’s comments on North Korea as he promises “fire and fury” and warns that American military solutions are “locked and loaded.”

The political elite, and the foreign policy establishment, oscillate between bitter scorn and sheer panic at his tactics. But one does not have to be convinced of Trump’s rhetorical genius to note that he has already re-framed the conflict in a way that is advantageous to the U.S.

First, Trump has radically changed the costs of a potential conflict, for both sides. The dominant paradigm of nuclear face-offs is mutually assured destruction (MAD), which is why the Soviet Union and the U.S. never attacked each other during the Cold War. Most of the discussion about North Korea has followed the same pattern, because of the threat of ICBMs to the U.S. mainland. After Trump threatened to annihilate North Korea, however, Kim Jong-un threatened to attack … Guam. Trump doubled down, indicating that a North Korean attack on Guam would trigger an attack against the regime. That shifted the costs of a war radically in our favor and against theirs.

Second, it is noteworthy that..

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

GREAT JOB TRUMP >> FINALLY A REAL PRESIDENT "QUALIFIED" !!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Reminds me of General Patton WW2 !!!! Just What we need !!!!

Anonymous said...

And that's why I voted for him. Go Trump.

Anonymous said...

I truly believe this nutjob in Korea thought he could continue to bluff and intimidate our government with idle threats and get free handouts like Clinton and Obama did for every enemy we have

Anonymous said...

He is a winner!

Anonymous said...

Was it a football game?
Was it a baseball game?

What was WON?

This global political drama is so orchestrated it isn't even funny anymore.
There is no chance in Haities that little Kim is going to launch a nuke at any other nation.
None. Zip. Zilch. Nada.

Anonymous said...

It's PRESIDENT TRUMP!! For whom ever wrote the headline!!

Anonymous said...

I really hope there is an accident and N. Korea hits Guam, or a US Ship, the world needs to see the might of the USA turning N. Korea into a glass parking lot.

Anonymous said...

So glad we now have a REAL president!