BREAKING: Trump Wins Surprise Victory

August 12, 2017

BREAKING: Trump Wins Surprise Victory Evan El-Amin /

Many on the left have accused President Donald Trump of escalating tensions with North Korea in light of recent events. His opponents have argued that his tough talk and promise of “fire and fury” could push the tiny communist nation’s supreme leader too far, and some media outlets have even asserted that Trump’s brinkmanship is hurting the U.S. economy.

Despite these naysayers, the U.S. president’s rhetoric may be the only deterrent keeping lunatic dictator Kim Jong Un in check. In fact, Pyongyang’s response to escalating threats from Trump shows that deterrence is still a strategy worth pursuing as North Korea improves its nuclear capability.

Singularly-Assured Destruction

With an estimated 4,800 nuclear weapons and the technology to point them all at North Korea, it is unsurprising that there is already evidence that President Trump’s strategy is working.

After new multilateral sanctions were levied against North Korea as a reprisal for testing two intercontinental ballistic missiles, Pyongyang responded with its typical saber-rattling and harsh words for America and her allies.

While President Barack Obama would likely have chosen to respond with his trademark “strategic patience” to the North Korean threats, Trump and his team have decided to take a fresh, alternative path toward convincing Kim Jong Un that resistance is futile.

The president was very clear that America will no longer abide by his diplomatic truculence, adding that the rogue nation would face “fire and fury like the world has never seen,” if it follows through with its threats.

Of course, deterrence ultimately brought the Soviet giant to its knees in 1991 as the world’s leading communist nation failed to keep pace with America’s free market-driven nuclear production.

If harsh rhetoric was successful against a massive nuclear-armed nation who could have destroyed America many times over, why should President Trump downplay his rhetoric against North Korea, which probably possesses from 10 to 30 nuclear weapons, especially given that their ability to miniaturize a nuclear weapon for long range delivery is doubtful?

Diplomatic dividends

Kim Jong Un responded to President Trump’s “fire and fury” threat by making announcements that his military was seriously considering a missile strike against the U.S. territory of Guam.

What is most noteworthy about this threat is not that it is the first time Pyongyang has directly threatened the Pacific island territory. Rather, it is significant that North Korea backed off of its more alarming threats against America’s west coast, as well as de-escalating the stakes by referring to the attack on Guam as a missile strike, rather than a nuclear attack.

In this new age of brinkmanship, where the U.S. maintains the strategic advantage through its promises of singularly-assured destruction against inferior foes, Trump’s rhetoric is producing dividends.

Rather than being cowed by Kim Jong Un’s threat against Guam, the president responded with a rhetorical show of force  compliments of Twitter:

Donald J. Trump on Twitter

Military solutions are now fully in place,locked and loaded,should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!

Trump has also been successful at drawing China into the fold, a key in isolating Pyongyang and convincing the rogue state that resistance is futile. Not only did Beijing participate in the sanctions that could cost North Korea $1 billion of its $3 billion annual revenue from exports, but China is also remaining on the sidelines as tensions have escalated against their North Korean ally.

Solutions to the nuclear rise of North Korea have remained out of grasp for successive U.S. presidential administrations.

While sanctions have been costly for the tiny isolated nation, words of deterrence have hardly produced their intended results. That is until a U.S. leader with a firm resolve and a track record of backing up words with action entered the Oval Office.

If strategic patience was the diplomatic tactic of yesterday, Kim Jong Un has exhausted it with this American president.

Benjamin Baird

Benjamin Baird is a senior staff writer for the Conservative Institute. He is a veteran infantryman of Iraq and Afghanistan with over 1000 days in combat and holds a degree in Middle Eastern studies from the American Military University. Ben is a regular contributor at the Middle East Forum and has written for dozens of conservative publications, including The Daily Caller, American Spectator, American Thinker, New English Review and Yahoo News.