If we assume that the threats spoken by President Trump and North Korea’s Kim are not theater scripted in Tel Aviv, then let’s suppose that both parties are rational people, nor madmen.
After eight years of Obama leading the U.S. by hitting a golf ball as often as he could while leaving the tough issues to his successor, the American people decided by a narrow margin they wanted a tough guy president rather than a woman sociopath.
The North Koreans, whose country was destroyed during the Korean War, likewise have a tough guy whose goal is to preserve his regime.
Kim has noted that Muammar Gaddafi and Saddam Hussein ended up dead because they had no credible threat to use against the American Empire.
Like all rational people, Kim wants to live, so he’s building missiles and nukes that can hit the U.S. From a rational perspective, these weapons are a deterrent against American aggression. So are his alleged chemical weapons.
So where are we today? In a war of words. Once you have weapons, the threat is enough.
Donald Trump is “deranged” and will “pay dearly” for his threats, according to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
In a rare statement reported by the country’s official news agency, Mr Kim said the North would consider the “highest level of hardline countermeasure in history” against the US.
Mr Kim’s words follow the US President’s threat to “totally destroy” North Korea, comments described by the North Korean dictator as “the most ferocious declaration of a war in history”.
He said that Mr Trump’s speech at the United Nations on Tuesday had only convinced him that Pyongyang’s nuclear programme must continue.
“His remarks… 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.
“As a man representing the DPRK and on behalf of the dignity and honour of my state and people and on my own, I will make the man holding the prerogative of the supreme command in the US pay dearly for his speech.”
He added: “After taking office, Trump has rendered the world restless through threats and blackmail against all countries in the world.
“He is unfit to hold the prerogative of supreme command of a country, and he is surely a rogue and a gangster fond of playing with fire, rather than a politician.”
Earlier in the week, Mr Trump had used his first speech in front of the UN General Assembly to describe Mr Kim as being a “rocket man on a suicide mission for himself and his regime”.
Mr Trump had said: “The United States is ready, willing and able (to act), but hopefully this will not be necessary.”
The President also called on member states to work together to isolate Mr Kim until he stops his “hostile” actions, a reference to a series of recent ballistic missile launches and nuclear tests by Pyongyang.
Mr Kim has promised to complete his nuclear programme in the face of strengthening sanctions, saying his state is nearing its goal of “equilibrium” in military force with the US.
Kim knows that he’s dead if he uses his weapons against the U.S. or an ally. He doesn’t seem suicidal to me. He seems more like a crafty gook, playing gook hardball, accustomed to dealing with weaklings like Obama.