If Kim Jong-un Is Smart, Then What Does That Say About Trump?
Mike, one of my social media managers, decided to go out and have a couple of beers with the boys and myself after work. A television screen sat right out in front of us. However instead of the baseball game, a US General popped up on the screen.
The description noted that it was US Army Chief of Staff General Mark Milley. The General stated, “The US would utterly destroy the North Korean military in a war.”
I told Mike, “Now who do you think gave this man the authority to spew this type of rhetoric?” Mike turned his head over at me, “Obviously it’s Donald Trump.”
I agreed, “On the one hand you have a weak miscreant President that called Kim Jong-un a ‘smart cookie’. Remember that a smart cookie can’t be a dumb cookie, even if a dummy says it.”
Mike burst out in laughter, “Let’s see if China does something about it.” We both took a swig of our beers, “Good luck, I doubt that will happen, China’s leaders aren’t gullible enough to take bait like that, especially from Mr. Trump and his administration.”
“China will not curb North Korea’s nuclear and missile weaponry and the reason why is because they feel and know that they are smarter than their enemies. Xi Jinping, President of China, indicated that China’s efforts to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula are based solely off of false claims from Washington and Tokyo.”
“The reason why the Trump administration is pointing its finger towards China is because they have no diplomatic policy in a potential engagement with North Korea. If Kim Jong-un is a smart cookie then that means the nation’s policy directive to safeguard their territory is correct in terms of militarization.”
“China is being falsely accused in living up to its apparent responsibility to rid North Korea of its nuclear weaponry due to Trump’s failure in addressing the issue himself. This phenomenon is known as the ‘China responsibility theory’”, I told Mike.
I could tell Mike was deep in his thinking. He said to me, “The Trump administration announced that all options are being considered including military. If this is military then by no means is the US looking to resolve it peacefully.”
“China realizes that North Korea has brought up the possibility of hosting mutual talks with Washington, they have even gone as far to consider curbing domestic nuclear tests if the US and South Korea suspend their annual joint military rehearsals. It’s obvious these exercises are a disturbance to North Korea who may view it as a threat of war invasion.”
Mike’s words amused me. I told him, “You’re right. This increasing pressure without any true engagement can turn out to be dangerous. If these nations were seeking true sustainable stability then they would try to understand each other’s concerns and needs. Their collective wisdom would bring this issue to the forefront and resume the track of dialogue as soon as possible.”
“It’s time to stop confusing public opinion; these nations need to seek a common end through collaborative efforts. It’s a joke that this situation is being prolonged due to everyone shunning their own responsibilities and diverting attention to others by any means possible.”
“Trump is a flip-flopper. He stated that he had great chemistry with Chinese leader Xi Jinping. Then, he turned on China simply because they chose to do nothing, just like Donald Trump himself.”
I couldn’t stop now, “Everyone in this bar knows the current state of Washington. American politics are in total disarray and the nation is more divided than ever. US foreign policy has taken a nosedive and it’s clear that Trump has failed in making America ‘great again’. What we should be saying is that Trump is actually making China ‘great again’.”
Mike looked concerned. “It’s crazy how fast the trust and confidence in US leadership and governance has deteriorated under Trump’s broken political system. Withdrawing from climate agreements, failed infrastructure developments, and a lackluster effort to create sustainable jobs and grow the economy are just a few factors related to his demise.”
As we were talking a clip came up on the television in front of us. The timing was perfect to say the least. A news reel showed China’s leadership in developing infrastructure through investment for its people. Tweets from Americans began to pop up on the screen. We both laughed at the one that read, “In America we don’t even have high-speed trains.” We collectively agreed that China’s infrastructure investments were definitely something that Americans envied.
The swamp of individuals that Donald Trump promised to get rid of were actually the ones who brought him into his occupation as leader of the free world. If American Generals and Donald Trump feel that they want to destroy North Korea then they better think twice, not only in terms of casualties, but how their actions will change the sphere of influence in the Korean Peninsula and Asia-Pacific region.
Any deadly attack will bring out China’s animosity towards a nation that refuses to acknowledge China’s rise. It only takes a single nuclear bomb to slip-through and hit South Korea. This little slip-through would have the power to change the world’s dynamics by determining the ability of a smaller country to go up against a superpower.
If North Korea explodes an atomic bomb, it will matter very little if a nation is viewed as a superpower or not. Superpower nations have become redundant thanks to a petty dictator that simply wants to be heard and acknowledged. It is a game of dominance.