President Trump Tweeted a video pointing out four facts. 23-years-ago, President Clinton made a bad deal with North Korea that directly led to the situation we’re in today. 18-years-ago, Trump called for action against North Korea before it’s too late. A month ago, Jennifer Griffin reported on Fox News that their missile technology may be able to reach the continental United States. Lastly, James Mattis recently declared we’re working with South Korea to counter the threat.
The video doesn’t do much to help the situation other than asserting that the President was right well before he was President. It’s a good ego stroke, as Trump often does for himself, but it’s also a reminder that the situation we’re in could have been handled more easily before they had a petulant leader who may have his fingers on the nuclear button.
This does less to help in the North Korea situation than to remind us the situation that’s currently brewing in Iran. The similarities are striking. A weak U.S. President made a deal with radical leaders of a nation that hates us in an effort to slow down nuclear proliferation. On one hand, the moves may have been effective in slowing them down, but in both cases it’s being demonstrated that slowing them down does not mean preventing them. If anything, it hurts our ability to put an end to the threats before they become tangible.
It’s tangible now in North Korea. It may be tangible soon, if not already, in Iran. Both nations need to be dealt with soon before they turn their threats into actions.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 28, 2017