With the report of the Defense Intelligence Agency that North Korea has miniaturized a nuclear weapon for emplacement in a long range missile, Trump responded with the bombast and irrationality of a Kim Jong-un. “They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen,” he said, leaving no doubt that he was threatening nuclear war if North Korea didn't stop making threats. Calling his bluff, the North Koreans let be known that they were considering a strike on Guam.
The logic of the president's escalation of threats is difficult to fathom. Previously, Trump has gone on record that he thinks we should be willing to use nuclear weapons, so his words already demonstrate a gross misunderstanding of the dangers he courts. A preemptive strike on North Korea would result in a million casualties, mostly in Seoul, South Korea, given the massive artillery arsenal North Korea has assembled on the border, and a trillion dollar hit to the world economy. The catastrophe only expands from there. I am currently reading Destined for War
by Graham Allison and an attack on North Korea is one of the scenarios that military experts believe could readily lead to war with China. North Korea has never been considered a rational player. By putting himself on the same level, Trump has called down on himself and the United States the condemnation of the world.
North Korea has cut through Trump's red lines like an ax through hot butter. Trump's credibility is already on life support. This is an astonishing display of incompetence. Never has Trump's incapacity for the office of president been more evident.
God help us all. North Korea says considering missile strike on Guamhttp://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40871416