Trump’s dangerous threats of nuclear strikes on North Korea today have alarmed politicians on both sides of the aisle. The president’s warmongering risks further escalation with the foreign regime, and could easily spiral into a war in which millions of people on the Korean peninsula and in Japan end up dead. Trump is utterly unqualified and temperamentally unfit to deal with a situation as supercharged as this one.
Senator John McCain (R-AZ), himself a veteran of a war in Southeast Asia, just criticized Trump’s ignorant sabre-rattling.
“I don’t know what he’s saying and I’ve long ago given up trying to interpret what he says. That kind of rhetoric, I’m not sure how it helps,” McCain said on an Arizona radio station, reports The Hill.
McCain believes Trump’s tough talk risks further escalation and serves no purpose. He urges an approach akin to Teddy Roosevelt’s famous maxim on diplomacy and the military:
In other words, the old walk softly but carry a big stick, Teddy Roosevelt’s saying, which I think is something that should’ve applied because all it’s going to do is bring us closer to a serious confrontation. I think this is very, very, very serious.
Trump’s blustering does nothing but endanger the United States and its allies. He has very little understanding of international diplomacy and is more interested in making himself seem masculine and militant to his base rather than finding legitimate solutions to the North Korean problem.
McCain says the key to diffusing the situation is China. This thinking has been longstanding among many, but so far Trump has failed to engage the sino-juggernaut in any meaningful way, preferring instead to send out alternatingly beseeching and passive-aggressive tweets at the foreign nation.
Trump and his perennially exhausted and disinterested Secretary of State Rex Tillerson have fallen flat on their faces diplomatically, and so war seems to be growing ever more appealing. Hopefully, for the sake of the world, cooler heads prevail.