President Trump’s success has, in part, been due to his unique foresight and his ability to understand which issues are of true importance to the American people. Trump’s consistent successes with trade and manufacturing, for instance, made him a champion of the working class in the 2016 election.
Trump has also been eerily prescient with regard to foreign affairs. In a TV interview from 1999, Trump warned about North Korea, urging the US to immediately make a deal or use preemptive force to contain the threat if negotiations cannot be made, saying “And wouldn’t it be good to sit down and really negotiate something and ideally negotiate. Now, if that negotiation doesn’t work, you’d better solve the problem now than solve it later, Tim. And you know it and every politician knows it, and nobody wants to talk about it.”
— Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) August 8, 2017
In the interview, Trump asserted the importance of taking definitive action to stop North Korea from developing the ability to hit the US with nuclear weapons. He called nuclear proliferation the “biggest problem” in the world.
“And these people in three or four years are going to be having nuclear weapons. They’re going to have those weapons pointed all over the world and specifically at the United States. And wouldn’t you be better off solving this really potentially, unbelievable and the biggest problem? I mean, we can talk about the economy, we can talk about Social Security. The biggest problem this world has is nuclear proliferation.”
Trump’s question of whether the US wouldn’t have been “better off” solving the problem back in 1999 is a pertinent one in light of the current state of American-North Korean relations. Decades of inconclusive action with regard to North Korea’s dictatorial Kim dynasty has escalated the problem to dangerous proportions.
Kim Jong-un has been relentless in advancing his nation’s missile capabilities, with the ultimate goal being to manufacture nuclear warheads that reach the American mainland.
According to CNN, the Kim regime tested missiles on July 28 that have the potential of hitting cities like Chicago, Denver, and Los Angeles. Kim is using the threat of nuclear missiles to force the international community into compliance with his desired economic aims.
The Washington Post reports that the North Korean dictator criticized the current economic sanctions against his regime, calling it an attempt “to strangle a nation.” Kim threatened “physical action” in retaliation for the sanctions. According to CNBC, Kim is considering a strike on Guam.
In response, Trump promised “fire and fury” should Kim launch an attack against the US or its allies. He said, “They will be met with fire and fury and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before.” As The Guardian reports, Trump has said that “all options are on the table” with respect to North Korea.
The exact nature of Trump’s potential response to North Korean aggression is not clear. According to The Atlantic, a military response would likely leave millions dead in both North and South Korea. If the US managed to overthrow the Kim regime, we would find ourselves responsible for millions of injured and starving North Koreans.
President Trump has historically held a tough stance against North Korea. Do you agree that his approach is justified in these threatening times?
It’s clear that Trump was right in his insightful interview remarks delivered in 1999. If American leaders had handled North Korea earlier, when doing so could have avoided this serious nuclear confrontation, the situation would never have spiraled out of control like it has now.
Eventually, there will seemingly be only two options available: either use force against North Korea or accept the reality of a world in which Kim Jong-un can strike the US at will with nuclear weapons. Perhaps President Trump–the world’s greatest dealmaker–can find a third way.