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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.

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