Now that Trump has found he can deflect attention (at least for a while) from his Russia woes by dropping bombs and talking tough, things have gone from scary to downright terrifying.
On Sunday, Dmitry Kiselyov, anchor of Russian TV’s “Vesti Nedeli,” reversed his once exuberant praise of Trump, saying, “The world is a hair’s breadth from nuclear war. War can break out as a result of confrontation between two personalities: Donald Trump and Kim Jon[g]-Un. Both are dangerous, but who is more dangerous? Trump is.”
It’s no secret that anything that goes against the party line in Russia is quickly put down, so the fact that Kiselyov expressed his view so blatantly is an indication of the eroding relations between the Trump and Putin camps.
That’s pretty scary stuff, but the truly scary stuff emerged today, when Kim In Ryong, North Korea’s deputy United Nations ambassador, stated that the United States has created “a dangerous situation in which a thermonuclear war may break out at any minute.” He went on to say that North Korea “is ready to react to any mode of war desired by the United States.”
What we are facing is two world leaders, Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un, who are sorely lacking in experience, who think that parading military might in parades (yes, Trump wanted to do that for his inauguration) is sexy, and who both lack the maturity to run for Middle School Student Body President. Now they are saber rattling without giving a thought to the possible consequences. Perhaps each of them thinks their wealth will inoculate them from the effects of a thermonuclear war.
There are those who hope that some in the Trump administration will at least try to talk some sense into the orange man, but so far that isn’t happening. In fact, Vice President Pence, a nightmare in his own right, is on the same page with Trump. During his visit to the demilitarized zone in South Korea, he stated, “the era of strategic patience (between the United States and North Korea) is over.” He added, “The people of North Korea, the military of North Korea, should not mistake the resolve of the United States of America to stand with our allies. But all options are on the table as we continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of South Korea for the denuclearization of this peninsula and for the long-term prosperity and freedom of the people of South Korea.”
Pence and Trump seem to forget that if Kim Jong-Un decides to launch a nuclear missile at his neighbors in South Korea, it will be lights out for them and WWIII for the rest of us.
I can hear Trump now: “Who thought thermonuclear war could be so destructive?”