Exactly four weeks ago, in response to accelerated missile launchings and threats by North Korea, U.S. President Donald Trump responded by stating: "North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen... he has been very threatening beyond a normal state. They will be met with fire, fury and frankly power the likes of which this world has never seen before." North Korea responded with even more missile launches. The United States did nothing other than speak of “additional sanctions” on North Korea.
No fire, no fury.
A week ago, North Korea fired ballistic missiles over Japanese air space. Japan is an ally of the United States. The United States did nothing.
72 hours ago, North Korea conducted a massive thermonuclear test of, what appears to be, a fusion device. The detonation was of such a large scale that seismographs around the world recorded the underground test as a 6.2 earthquake. The United States did nothing.
No fire, no fury.
I was astounded to find that yesterday, while listening to the Thom Hartmann program, that when Thom Hartmann said to callers “what’s on your mind today” few, if any, callers mentioned North Korea. Or the fact that nuclear war is more possible than ever before. What, possibly (other than one’s next meal or family), could TRUMP that?
The stark reality is when you live by the sword, you die by the sword. The United States is, by far, the most war-mongering, violent nation on the planet earth. It is the world’s number one manufacturer and dealer of instruments of death and destruction. The United States has active duty military troops stationed in nearly 150 countries. The United States is fighting a war in Afghanistan (a war it chose) which is approaching two decades in length. A proxy war in Syria as well as Yemen; troops on the ground in Iraq and clandestine/covert operations in several other nations (all nations populated by people of color). And, of course, there are the ubiquitous “drone strikes” carried out on a daily basis, that murder civilians and children by the hundreds.
Did I mention that the United States is the only nation to ever deploy/detonate a nuclear weapon (two, in fact) in the history of the world? On civilian targets.
The United States is in a bad situation for three main reasons. The first of which is that the United States, despite its rhetoric, tough talk and bluster, is going to back down from Kim Jong Un. Period. The quandary is how can the United States do so while saving face, and not being exposed as the bully and coward that it really is? The United States had no problem attacking Saddam Hussein, knowing full well that he had no nuclear program. Same crap, different smell when it came to Libya. The United States specializes in beating up countries that can’t fight back. Donald Trump said (in a tweet) that North Korea is an “embarrassment” to China. I don’t think so; if anyone is embarrassed it is the U.S.
The second reason that the United States is in a bad situation is related to the first. I often tell the tale of a bully named Gordon in military school that got his clock cleaned by the class nerd one day. Humiliation notwithstanding, that was only the beginning of Mr. Gordon’s foray into hell. Because by the nerd kid standing up to him (and soundly whipping his ass) other cadets with scores to settle lined up to do the same. What North Korea is letting the world know is something that I have written about and spoke on many times; and that is the abject lesson that if you don’t want the United States to bully you, murder your children and take your resources…you better have a nuke.
Pakistan, allegedly, is an incubus for “terrorism”. The United States does not attack Pakistan. Pakistan has nukes.
The third reason that the United States is in a bad situation, and this is the most ominous of them all, is that the North Koreans can now open a Wal-Mart for nukes and nuke technology for global customers.
Ain’t no fun, when the rabbit got the gun.