But, but, but, how can this be? I mean, to accept this story as true is to accept, inter alia, that President Trump’s tactics have worked, and that just can’t be the case. From The Pirate’s Cove:
By William Teach August 15, 2017 – 7:16 am
Remember the apocalyptic (non-secular, of course) talking points from most left wing news outlets, pundits, Congress critters, etc, about how Trump’s tough talking was taking us to nuclear war? Some others in the Trump admin, such as James “Mad Dog” Mattis had tough words, too. Guess what?
North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un decided Tuesday not to fire ballistic missiles at Guam, reserving the right to change his mind if “the Yankees persist in their extremely dangerous reckless actions,” according to North Korean state media.
Kim appears to be attempting to de-escalate tensions to prevent conflict between the U.S. and North Korea. After the U.N. Security Council approved tougher sanctions against North Korea for its intercontinental ballistic missile tests, the North warned Wednesday that it was considering launching a salvo of ballistic missiles into waters around Guam in a show of force demonstrating an ability to surround the island with “enveloping fire.” That same day, President Donald Trump stressed that North Korean threats will be met with “fire and fury like nothing the world has ever seen.” For a week, the two sides hurled threats and warnings at each other repeatedly, leading some observers to conclude that the two sides were close to nuclear war.
But, Kim blinked.
Kim, according to North Korean state media, told the North Korean strategic rocket force that he “would watch a little more the foolish and stupid conduct of the Yankees,” giving the U.S. time to reassess the situation. “He said that he wants to advise the U.S. to take into full account gains and losses with clear head whether the prevailing situation is more unfavorable for any party.”
In other words, beyond the bluster and faux-criticism of Trump, his admin, and America, Kim backed down. He has surely realized that his bluster is a losing cause. It will only gain more sanctions, and Team Trump aren’t falling for his bluster, which is usually a means to gain material things from America and the West. It’s the pattern for North Korea, regardless of the leader. Threats, bluster, and the West gives them things.
Not this time. Not with a president who stayed strong.
There’s a bit more at Mr Teach’s original.
I have previously expressed my doubts concerning the torrent of leaks concerning North Korea’s nuclear weapons capabilities, noting the similarities to the ‘information’ concerning Iraq’s ‘weapons of mass destruction’ prior to the 2003 invasion. However, it was more than just the President’s remarks concerning “fire and fury,” but the entire tone of the Administration which led to Kim Jung-un backing down. Rather than an Administration which was willing to pay for a toning down of harsh rhetoric, as Presidents Clinton and Obama have done,1 rather than a President who thought he could buy Peace in Our Time, Mr Trump not only totally rejected any conciliatory talk, but presented an image that he would not only fight back but was preparing to fight.
Donald Trump isn’t exactly a conservative’s dream, but he is one thing that every Republican wanted: he’s a fighter. When faced with the only fat kid in North Korea, he did what conservatives always wanted, he fought back instead of knuckling under. That, alone, makes him a better President than a lot we’ve seen in the recent past.