Monday, September 25, 2017

A schoolyard fistfight morphs into a full-fledged war?

President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are like two teenaged bullies (or Alpha males) each trying to prove that he has the bigger, um, equipment.  Neither seems to have any serious interest in working out their disagreements through diplomatic channels.  Or perhaps diplomacy is beyond the capabilities of either of them, because neither of them has the temperament to see beyond their own obsession with being in control.

Our president has done a thorough job of decimating and/or ignoring the State Department, apparently convinced that he can meet all the diplomatic needs of the U.S. with only himself, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner, and United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley.  So now, just when we're in dire need of diplomatic experts to prevent a war, either there are too few experts still to be found in the State Department, or our president is too egotistical to admit that he's made a mistake and ask for their help, or both.  In my opinion, if the United States ends up at war with North Korea, we'll have no one to blame but our own president.  This disaster could be averted if Trump would just stop tweeting insults and send in some seasoned diplomats to help both sides calm down.


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