President Trump’s game of “mine’s bigger than yours” with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has gained much criticism. Dan Rather took to Facebook to voice his disbelief.
It has been said that President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have been locked in an escalating war of words. This engagement has featured escalating rhetoric that has caused Americans to fear a possible upcoming war.
Between the years 2012 and 2016, we saw the pace of ballistic missile tests and nuclear missile tests picking up under Kim Jong-un. Despite agreeing to a moratorium on nuclear and long-range missile tests with the Obama administration, North Korea has continued the tests, causing the U.S. to halt food aid.
North Korea has claimed that it used nuclear and missile tests to establish strategic relevance in the region.
While threats, sanctions, and missile tests are not new developments, the rhetoric is, which has caused both sides to question what the other is thinking.
In September, President Donald Trump said that if the U.S. was forced to defend itself or its allies, it would have “no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.” Referring to Kim Jong-un as “rocket man,” Trump continued, adding that the North Korean leader was “on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime.”
Kim Jong-un responded to Trump’s speech by calling Trump “mentally deranged” and warning that he would “pay dearly” for threatening to destroy North Korea. He also said the U.S. president’s comments “have convinced me, rather than frightening or stopping me, that the path I chose is correct and that it is the one I have to follow to the last.”
Recently, Kim Jong-un made a statement about his nuclear capability. He said that “the United States can never fight a war against me and our state.”
“It should properly know that the whole territory of the U.S. is within the range of our nuclear strike and a nuclear button is always on the desk of my office, and this is just a reality, not a threat,” he stated.
The American president responded on Twitter with “please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!”
What’s Happening Now:
Legendary journalist Dan Rather posted his opinions on Facebook, asking some vital questions about Trump’s tweets.
Rather equates Donald Trump’s tweet on North Korea to a “mine’s bigger than yours” schoolyard taunt, arguing that it is “so far beyond any norm of advisable presidential behavior as to define reason.”
Frustrated, he asks a flurry of questions, asking “What can be said that has not already been said a thousand times? Except that it keeps getting worse and more dangerous. Do you ignore these ravings? Do you try to deprive a petty bully of his Twitter oxygen? Does the world take it seriously? Do they take the United States seriously? Will that help protect us from the sheer import of this perilous rhetoric? What does it say that we have to hope for restraint from a murderous dictator in return?”
He added, “Will the rest of the Republican Party continue to normalize this behavior? And will we look at this administration as an aberration in America’s march to progress or a dangerous portent of our future course?”
Finally, he concluded with optimism, hoping that Americans see the president’s tweets as harmful and begin to oppose Trump as a politician.
Americans are fed up with Trump as they, and the world, watch the two leaders compete in a war of words. Trump’s strongman tactics have earned him nothing and North Korea continues to work on their nuclear arsenal.
H/T: Dan Rather