President Trump, during a famous speech at Wernher Von Braun Centre, tore into North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, saying:
“We can’t have mad men out there shooting rockets all over the place… And by the way, rocket man should’ve been handled a long time ago… This shouldn’t be handled now, but I’m going to handle it because we have to handle it.”
“Little rocket man… We’re going to do it because we really have no choice. He’s talking about a massive weapon exploding over the ocean… which causes tremendous calamity.”
He also hit Kim Jong Un with a serious threat after Kim threatened America, saying that he has a nuclear button that “is a much bigger & more powerful one than [Kim’s]” and that his “Button works!”
Well, though Trump’s remarks were derided at the time at either unserious or unduly provocative, they seemed to work: Kim, not wanting to turn into glowing bits of dust, more or less backed down and North Korea kept quiet.
Well, the Pax Trumpana is over and the North Koreans are back at it now that Biden is back in 1600 Penn: “Little Rocket Man” just fired off an ICBM. The White House reported as much in a statement, saying:
The United States strongly condemns the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) for its test of a long-range ballistic missile. On March 10th, the United States Government publicly released information that the DPRK’s tests on February 26 and March 4, 2022 EST involved an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) system.
And was it a one-off launch, something Kim did just to draw attention to himself? Probably not. As the White House noted in the same statement, “We noted that there would likely be further tests in the future.”
So, what did Biden’s White House do? Did it try to shut Kim up with some threatening rhetoric, something Trump did with reasonably good results? Nope. The statement went on with a bunch of weak bureaucratic speech, saying:
This launch is a brazen violation of multiple UN Security Council resolutions and needlessly raises tensions and risks destabilizing the security situation in the region. This action demonstrates that the DPRK continues to prioritize its weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs over the well-being of its people. We urge all countries to hold the DPRK accountable for such violations and call on the DPRK to come to the table for serious negotiations. The door has not closed on diplomacy, but Pyongyang must immediately cease its destabilizing actions.
Yeah, that’ll scare the maniacal dictator into compliance! Forget threats and vows of retaliation, calling Kim out for building nukes rather than caring about the well-being of his people will surely work!
Or not. Perhaps the way to deal with demented, evil dictators, is with strength, not with boilerplate State Department language, particularly because the State Department made no progress in recent years but Trump at least got the maniac to quiet down.
This story syndicated with permission from Will, Author at Trending Politics