The hot-headed impulsive president is leaving today on a 12-day trip through Asia. The North Korean crisis, that has spanned multiple administrations, is likely to be at the top of the agenda. National Security Advisor, H.R. McMaster, has already warned that the United States is running out of time. The posturing from both leaders has escalated quickly and the threat of military action is on the horizon. The potential for nuclear weapons has logically made the situation between Trump and Kim extreme.
Bullies on the playground
Both sides are ramped up to the point where a single mistake or miscalculation could drive both countries and the region into an all out war. The last thing that anyone needs here is a military conflict with an enemy that has nothing to lose. The Taliban, Al Qaeda and ISIS all had nothing to lose and how has that worked out for us? Policy experts across the political landscape are warning this standoff is closer to war than at any time before. Sanctions are not working as they’ve been in place for years. Regardless of how North Korea is managing to build nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, they’re getting around the sanctions. Adding more sanctions just won’t cut it this time.
Kim Jong Un has made it very clear that he considers his nuclear deterrent to be the key to his survival and the key to deterring what he perceives to be a hostile United States.
Diplomacy or else
The North Korean leader is much more assertive than his father and has learned valuable lessons about U.S.-led interventions. He saw what happened to Muammar Gaddafi and Saddam Hussein, nuclear weapons in his mind keep that from happening to him. The binary approach the White House is approaching North Korea is not working. Making a demand that denuclearization is required before talks to begin are a sign that the U.S. is not willing to concede. This approach is essentially agree to our diplomacy demands or we will take military action risking all out war.
Trump on a 12 day trip to Asia, what could go wrong?