The Trump Administration has rattled the sabre several times over the last several weeks in regards to North Korea.
The Hermit Nation of course, is in a constant state of provocation as that’s what the dictatorship needs to maintain absolute control of its people.
The latest talk of war comes from former Marine Corps General and Trump Secretary of Defense James Mattis.
Mattis recently told the media, “Right now, [North Korea] appears to be going in a very reckless manner . . . and that has got to be stopped.”
Past administrations have sought to appease North Korean (DPRK) leaders with pay offs through the United Nations.
The UN is currently seeking $114 million in aide to the DPRK to help with a flood disaster.
Given budget cuts all around, it’s unlikely the Trump administration would agree to fund any portion of grants to North Korea, instead, Trump is signaling pre-emptive action.
Earlier in the month, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was quoted as saying, “The policy of strategic patience has ended . . . if they elevate the threat of their weapons program to a level that we believe requires action, then that option’s on the table.”
North Korea has a history of taking pre-emptive action of it’s own when threatened.
Leading up to the Korean War, the South Korean President, Syngman Rhee, opened called for an invasion of North Korea and bragged that the communist nation could be overrun in three days. Rhee’s general, Syn Sung Mo, announced his army was on stand by for the push across the 38th parallel.
After a massive about of saber-rattling of their own, South Korean leaders where surprised when the North took action first and rolled their tanks across the line.
Some argue that Trump officials are repeating history and positioning the United States to go to war again on the Korean peninsula.
If North Korea were to be left alone and ignored from a global perspective, would they see the United States as a threat worth engaging?
Is America prepared to fight another war when already engaged with ISIS round the world?