The thing that people that do not particularity pay attention to world affairs when it comes to North Korea is that this country is filled with people that are effectively bullies that are going to try to scare people into getting what they want.
Far as anyone with sense is concerned, a leader who would just kill one of his uncles is not exactly a rational human being.
There’s no denying that President Donald Trump’s warning that North Korea can expect “fire and fury” if it persists in threatening the United States was intense. But was it out of line?
Democrats sure want you to believe it was. The lefty airwaves and blogs are filled with hyperventilating about how our “warmonger” commander in chief is going to provoke World War III and engulf the world in nuclear explosions.
However, conservatives have a longer memory than the average liberal, so we thought we’d remind them what Trump’s Democrat predecessors said about the rogue regime.
In 2016, Barack Obama warned the North Korean regime, “We could, obviously, destroy North Korea with our arsenals.” Of course, that proved to be empty talk, contributing to the threat growing into what it is today.
In 1993, Bill Clinton warned that America “would quickly and overwhelmingly retaliate” against any North Korean use of a nuclear weapon, which “would mean the end of their country as they know it.” Most tellingly, at the time the regime responded to him exactly how they responded to Trump: “The United States must ponder over the fatal consequences that might arise from its rash act.”
Huh. I guess Trump the cowboy wasn’t the deciding factor to North Korea’s belligerence after all.
Sadly, Clinton’s tough talk was not only just as useless as Obama’s, but it was a precursor to the Clinton Administration acting as perhaps North Korea’s greatest enabler. Conservative Review’s Chris Pandolfo explains:
The “strategic patience” of the D.C. foreign policy establishment has failed to stop the North Koreans. For decades, the policy in Washington was to engage in diplomacy with the regime, make agreements to ease sanctions in return for guarantees that Norks would halt their pursuit of nuclear weapons, and watch helplessly as they violated the terms of the agreements repeatedly.
Consider how President Bill Clinton reached an agreement in the 1990s that he thought would end North Korean nuclear ambitions and make the world safer. The U.S. would provide oil, two light water reactors, and an electric grid, all worth billions of dollars, in exchange for promises that the regime would cease its pursuit of nuclear weapons.
“This is a good deal for the United States,” Clinton said in 1994. “North Korea will freeze and then dismantle its nuclear program. South Korea and our other allies will be better protected. The entire world will be safer as we slow the spread of nuclear weapons.”