The latest I have viewed on network news is of a belligerent Secretary of Defense, Mad Dog Mattis, stating during his visit to South Korea the response to North Korea’s nuclear threat will be ‘Effective and Overwhelming’ and the U. S. nuclear option is not off the table. Seems to me the Trump Administration becomes more dangerously inclined each day.
Let us say Trump draws a half circle one thousand miles from Alaska or Hawaii and advises North Korea not to cross it with an ICBM missile launch. Ego vs. Ego. What happens then? I don’t doubt within a year or so, Kim will launch one close to these United States neighborhoods forcing the Trumpet to act. He, advised by Bannon, will have painted himself into a corner. Obama was a ‘incompatent little man’ and He Trump is a ‘Big Man’ a great commander, searching for a historic legacy, will take the offensive. Trump must then attack North Korea or look like what he does not want to be a weak impotent leader. What will be the result?
It will than be a matter of forceful degrees of destruction with conventional or nuclear weaponry, or both.
What will China do? They do not want to appear weak themselves, so will they protect their spoiled ally, most would say yes, or will they abandon the last Stalinist Communist Nation. A good question. The Koreans have been a burden to semi-capitalist China and an embarrassment. One of the reasons China protects them is to avoid the swarm of destitute refugees that would flood the country. Perhaps the Chinese would say ‘good riddance’ and bite the bullet of American influence at their gate. Within the Chinese regime a battle of words will ensue, the military hawks against the financially minded Doves. No one knows at this point.
Life under the Trump is exciting, uncertain… and dangerous. It may well work itself out though, the leader of North Korea has quietly informed the U. S. administration through other diplomats he would want to meet with Trump in the near future. This would serve to massage both their egos as well as make Donald look good.
All the Best.