Donald Trump- my name is Donald- for the sake of all Donald’s ever born- and for the sake of saving all our butts- please take that little punk from North Korea to McDonald’s and buy him a Big Mac and talk to him about computer games – rather than pressing that damn nuclear button.

 

Kim Jong-un has executed dissenters with flame-throwers

 

 

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Trump’s credibility crisis goes nuclear

(CNN)With his jaw set and his arms crossed, Donald Trump delivered the most incendiary public threat by an American president in many decades.

Trump, instantly escalating a nuclear showdown with North Korea, warned that if the isolated state did not quit making its own threats, it would face “fire and fury like the world has never seen.”
From political, diplomatic, and historical perspectives, Trump’s threat, delivered from his golf club in New Jersey, was an extraordinary moment and shattered years of national security conventions in apparently threatening to use nuclear weapons in response to an adversary’s rhetoric — rather than an existential threat to US security.
It might have also walked the United States closer to a full on showdown with North Korea, and placed his own personal reputation on the line in a test of wills with Kim Jong Un.
“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,” said Trump in remarks that seemed more typical of the blasts of rhetoric issued by the North Korean news agency KCNA rather than of a US president.
By accident or design, Trump established a red line — an apparent contravention of efforts by his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense James Mattis to tone down tensions with Pyongyang.
By making such an explicit threat to North Korea, on camera, the President also invested his own personal prestige into the center of the crisis. The next time Kim makes some kind of threat to the US or its allies, Trump will immediately come under pressure to make North Korea pay a price — or risk having his authority exposed as hollow.
The comments also came at a time when the President is undergoing a crisis of the kind of credibility commanders-in-chief need during a major national security crisis.
A CNN poll Tuesday said that nearly three-quarters of Americans did not trust what is coming out of the White House. And a CBS News poll released Tuesday showed that 61% of Americans were uneasy about Trump’s ability to handle the situation with North Korea.
“Donald Trump may put himself in a box because he is promising action that he might actually be unwilling to deliver on,” said Timothy Naftali, a presidential historian at New York University. “So he should be careful what he threatens because he may, for the sake of US credibility, have to act on his threats. That’s why presidents are so careful not to bluff. The other side can call your bluff.”

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The revelation Tuesday, first published by The Washington Post, that North Korea had succeeded in miniaturizing a nuclear warhead to insert on an inter-continental ballistic missile appeared to take Pyongyang across an important threshold in its race to deploy nuclear weapons, and to narrow the window Trump faces in deciding how to respond to a new threat to the American homeland.
Given the position of power and influence the United States wields, its presidents have tended to weigh their words carefully, typically thinking several moves ahead. The human carnage that could result from any North Korean attack on South Korea in response to US military action has also given US leaders pause.
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Trump’s broadside on Tuesday sparked warnings that he was pouring fire on an already volatile situation, and could be playing into Pyongyang’s hands by validating its narrative that the US wants to go to war with North Korea — a rallying point for the regime.
“It is acceptable for the President to say ‘here’s what we are going to do and here are the steps we are going to take … and we are going to respond …. appropriately and with strength,'” Jamie Metzl, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, told CNN’s Jake Tapper.
“Just to throw around macho words or fake macho words, I don’t know what that gets us,” Metzl added.
Republican Sen. John McCain, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, faulted Trump’s gambit.
“I take exception to the President’s comments because you’ve got to be sure that you can do what you say you’re going to do. In other words, the old walk softly but carry a big stick,” McCain told KTAR radio in Arizona.”