I don’t think so, but today the North Korean ambassador to the UN insists he did, referring to Trump’s warning that the regime “wouldn’t be around much longer” if they acted on their threats to the United States. And another game of chicken. The ambassador said if U. S. war planes come close to North Korea as they did recently, NOKO reserves the right to shoot them down in their self-defense. Since after all, we are at war.
I don’t believe Kim Jong Un thinks we’re at war, but I am afraid that with all of this bombastic nuclear missile rattling by both sides, one side will become confused as to what the other side means, which could lead to a horrible miscalculation.
This goading on both sides might prompt one side or another to show “you can’t tell me what to do”. For example, will the threat of shooting down our planes if they fly near NOKO again prompt Trump to prove he can’t be told what to do by this tin pot dictator?
And send the planes close again…..?
How can we know about a president who likes being unpredictable and prides himself on his instincts, not sources of knowledge, something that has worked surprisingly well for him up until now?
This just in…… Trump’s press secretary has stated that Trump certainly wasn’t declaring war on NOKO with some of his tweets.
Well, that’s good, if not all that surprising, but as someone else described the situation: “North Korea is the land of lousy options.” That remains the case and it is this dilemma that I had planned on writing about today, but figured I should verify we were not at war before bothering.