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Paul A Duginski
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Saber-Rattler-in-Chief

Aug. 9, 2017 3:35 am
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Our so-called president used rhetoric evoking the horrors of nuclear war Tuesday to show the world that he is every bit the equal of Kim Jong-un when it comes to utter and complete insanity.

Mr. Trump told reporters that, “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.”

A minor misstep could lead to a nuclear conflagration in the powder keg that is the Korean Peninsula, and even a conventional war could result in a human catastrophe. Seoul, a metropolis of some 25 million people, is about as close to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between the North and the South as Washington, D.C., is to Baltimore. The U.S. also has about 23,500 service members in South Korea, with another 39,000 stationed in Japan, which would also be a likely target if North Korea lashed out.

American presidents never use the same kind of loose, provocative psycho talk as Kim Jong-un for good reasons, but Trump just lowered us to the level of North Korea, and may precipitate a crisis. North Korea responded to Trump by threatening Guam, a U.S. territory in the South Pacific with 163,000 American citizens, many of whom are members of the U.S. military.

John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said, “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. The great leaders I've seen don't threaten unless they're ready to act and I'm not sure President Trump is ready to act.”

No other American president, including Ronald Reagan or Dwight Eisenhower, would ever have made such a bombastic, ill-advised statement. Eisenhower, of course, was Supreme Allied Commander in Europe during World War II.

Trump, who never served in the military, is just an insecure, saber-rattling blowhard. His belligerent “fire and fury” braggadocio could wind up provoking a war that could cost a million or more lives — American, South Korean and Japanese — and possibly Australian.

I think it’s time for the American people to rise up in fury and fire this buffoon.

 
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