KICK THE CAN TO TRUMP’S DESK
New York Post columnist Michael Goodwin points out that North Korea leader Kim Jong-un has been threatening the U.S. and its allies for a while, from issuing attack threats on July Fourth to producing a graphic video depicting the total destruction of the nation’s capital.
“Given Kim’s warnings and his arsenal, the really odd thing isn’t that President Trump is asserting American military supremacy and the willingness to use it if necessary. It’s that his predecessors didn’t. The three previous presidents over a combined 24 years — Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama — all followed near-identical paths, and all failed to stop the North Korean nuclear program. All three used diplomacy as a euphemism for kicking the can down the road. And they kicked it all the way to Trump’s desk,” writes Mr. Goodwin.
“Instead of recognizing those decades of failure for what they are and conceding that the situation has changed because the current Kim has weapons of mass destruction and the ability to strike American cities, the establishment is horrified that Trump would dare take a different approach. Lost in the manufactured outrage over his comments is that Trump offered to meet Kim, and pushed China to rein in its client state. And that aides continue to conduct back-channel negotiations and talk of wanting to avoid war,” Mr. Goodwin notes.