CHEAP SEATS: Standing up to North Korea better than ignoring them
As worrisome as it may be, the only thing scarier than the Trump-led United States going toe-to-toe with North Korea right now is the United States not going toe-to-toe with North Korea right now.
In the last week the United States has sent warships within range of North Korea and the vice-president to its border with South Korea, both with the same message: enough is enough.
The vice-president was very clear in his words: “the era of strategic patience is over.”
For those unfamiliar, that was a policy of the Obama administration which basically ignored threats from North Korea in the hopes they would go away. They haven’t. Not by a long shot. In fact, they continue to get worse.
Now to almost everyone’s discomfort, Donald Trump has to come up with the solution.
On the bright side the president has started on the right path talking to China and urging them to pull their smaller cousin back from the precipice of potentially nuclear holocaust.
The reality is China, not the United States, is best positioned to keep the peace in the region, through both geography and political alliances.
If Trump can convince China to either calm North Korea or join other nations in pressuring the country to stand down, then this has a chance starting the long process of easing tensions throughout the region.
If not, well, this could get very ugly very fast.
I’m Bill Glisky and that’s the way I see things From the Cheap Seats
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