‘Fire and fury’ diplo­macy

The Washington Times Daily - - EDITORIAL -

Though it wasn’t picked up by any­one in the cow­er­ing news me­dia, who were busy hid­ing un­der their desks when Pres­i­dent Trump warned North Korea that if they con­tin­ued with their provo­ca­tion, they would face “fire and fury, the likes of which we’ve never seen be­fore,” Mr. Trump was ac­tu­ally test­ing a lit­tle-known the­ory of his.

In his 1990 book, “Trump: Sur­viv­ing at the Top,” he wrote, “Amer­i­cans have be­come so ac­cus­tomed to pro­fes­sional politi­cians that when they are faced with a strong per­son­al­ity— a man or woman of ac­tion — they are afraid, or at least very wary … When we fear lead­ers of great pas­sion, though, we of­ten for­get that the other side fears them, too.” This is a great point. No one has ever seen a U.S. pres­i­dent ‘get in the face ‘of a mur­der­ous despot and threaten him with nu­clear re­tal­i­a­tion the way Mr. Trump did this week by us­ing the term “fire and fury.”

Now I know this scares the pun­dits, but I dare­say it also scares the North Korean lead­er­ship. Some­one high up in that regime is fright­ened of the con­se­quences of Mr. Trump un­leash­ing a nu­clear as­sault on that coun­try, and per­haps that per­son will in­sti­tute a coup to re­place the cur­rent regime.

If this de­sir­able re­sult oc­curs from Mr. Trump’s fiery rhetoric — get­ting the job done with­out so much as a shot be­ing fired — wouldn’t it be con­sid­ered one of the great­est diplo­matic moves of all time?

EU­GENE DUNN Med­ford, N.Y.

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