Kim Jong Un threatens nuclear strike on U.S., Trump gets M.A.D.
Trump tweet: My nuclear button is bigger, and it works.
North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un threatened the U.S. with a nuclear strike, bragging that North Korean had the capability to deliver a nuclear warhead to the entire U.S. mainland. What’s more, he suggested it could be done on a moment’s notice, as the “button” was on his desk.
It was posturing in the very present tense, as there is no indication North Korea has that capability today, even though it has the components: Nuclear bombs and intercontinental ballistic missiles.
Putting the two together and landing that missile in the U.S. is not within North Korea’s current capabilities, but given recent advances, could be within a matter of months and certainly within a year or two.
The reaction to Kim’s threat was muted in the American media. Kind of a “there he goes again” type shrug of the shoulders to the reality that decades of diplomacy trying to stop this development have been for nothing.
Trump initially was muted in his first reaction, saying “we’ll see” when questioned over New Year’s. But yesterday he tweeted his response: My button is bigger than yours, and it works.
Our idiot media is fact checking whether Trump actually has a nuclear “button“.
There are fainting spells all over the place.
Trump is being accused to trying to start a nuclear war, but in fact it’s just the opposite. He’s reminding the mouse that roared not even to think about it.
It’s not the type of verbiage we’re used to hearing — how much more “sane” our Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) policy towards the Soviets and now Russia/China sounded. But it basically was the same point: Don’t even think about going nuclear on us or we’ll annihilate you. And we mean it.
After Trump’s tweet, I think Kim Jong Un understands Trump means it, unlike Obama.
M.A.D. kept the peace for generations.
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Perhaps China would put a stop to this nonsense if they knew M.A.D. would include all of mainland China. If North Korea hits us we will annihilate you.
Yes, Communist China better yank the lease on their Little Pig Boy – because he’s definitely losing it now as he sees his Iran getting cut off at the hip.
If this came to actually throwing “nuclear devices” back and forth, the news media would blame Trump for not giving “Rocket Man” a clear message of what he was in for.
1st of all, the media would be the least of our worries since we still do not, and may never have, a practical defense.
Yes Trump would get the blame and he would deserve it. If Trump claims credit for a particularly safe year of commercial airline traffic, he would certainly deserve the blame for a nuclear exchange.
The commie shill for north korea shows up trying to protect dear leader.
I guarantee you that her teenage daughter doesn’t have any idea who Kim is, where North Korea is located or even what a nuclear bomb is. I’d be surprised if Neera Tanden can answer all three without asking Alexa.
Well at least she isn’t the President. We don’t need to doubt (because we know) that Trump often doesn’t know what he is talking about.
You add nothing if importance or interest to the conversation. You are boringly transparent. You take up space and that’s it. Go away.
But this isn’t M.A.D.
There is no button Rocket Boy can push which will destroy the US, or immobilize its strike capability. He could fire off everything he has, or is going to have in the next decade, and be no more than an annoyance.
The Assured Destruction only works one way in this relationship.
Good point. Best Intel estimate is the DPRK has 20 warheads, unknown if any/some/all can be mounted on a missile and be functional. Unknown, or at least not for public consumption, what the accuracy of any DPRK missile strike might be.
As you so accurately point out, we have the capability to pinpoint destroy any and all actual 20th century (perhaps late 19th century?) locations/installations and political/military personnel in the DPRK. Any such “exchange” would be so totally one-sided as to not come close to earning the MAD appellation.
Not that we wish for a nuclear war, but warning the Kim regime what the stakes are is a valid, indeed smart, course to take. In a worse case scenario, it might convince the regime supporters that the Kims are expendable.
20th century was 1900-1999, so your statement “and all actual 20th century (perhaps late 19th century?)” should actually be “and all actual 21st century (perhaps late 20th century?)”.
Technically, the 20th century should be 1901-2000, but for reasons not that hard to imagine, the accepted wisdom is that the year 2000 is the beginning of the 21st century.
Um no, the DPRK is so backward that most of the non-urban areas have an infrastructure which is barely at an end of the 19th century level. Even Pyongyang is at best late 20th century level.
I’m well aware of the years involved in the described centuries. I’m not exactly a callow youth, the last of my grandparents was born in 1890, the other three early in the 1880s. My parents were both teens during WW I. Events starting in October 1929 delayed my entry to the world.
Excellent: “…a gentle tongue can break a bone” Proverbs 25:15
Re: Tom Swift:
Dangerous arrogance here.
North Korea has two satellites that cross the United States EVERY DAY. He could put a small nuke into the satellites and drop it above us any day of the week, then detonate it miles above us.
A VERY LARGE part of the United States would be immobilized from the EMP attack disabling all our electronics. And this isn’t a sophisticated attack.
Wake up, people. We are at risk. Estimates that the death rate from an EMP attack would be 80 to 90%, simply from starvation.
Four million square miles of US. Takes a hell of a lot of nukes to threaten more than a tiny fraction of that. But that’s what M.A.D. absolutely requires. No, the arrogance is all Lil Kim’s. And it’s a fantasy.
The EMP won’t hurt military installations, hence no first strike will do him any good. Shielding is not difficult … Michael Faraday and nineteenth-century technology would have known how to do it. As usual, the press whoops up the dangers of things it doesn’t understand.
This is why I don’t twitter. Kim Jong Un is threatening the US, an Neera what’s her name is filled with rage at Trump.
This is how we got here, idjits.
Well to be fair this is not really Neera’s country, so why should she care if it gets nuked?
WTH do you mean by that? In what way is it less her country than yours?
She may be a citizen, but she ain’t an American.
You need to join us adults in the real world too tom.
Rocket boy may not be able to reach America BUT its the fact he has tried that counts! IF he TRIES to launch a ballistic missile with the intent of attacking America he needs to understand he will be utterly destroyed with a proper golden shower!
Perhaps the real issue here is that liberals will probably get the war they have been hankering for since Trump was elected as President. But it won’t be Trumps fault…but since when did facts and reality really matter to liberals? It really is true, liberalism is a mental disorder!
Neera should explain to her daughter that the strike that takes out Kim will be non-nuclear and come from a sub or two that didn’t even surface to get the job done. Lil’ Kim will likely die in his sleep never having gotten near his desk with the infamous little button. Or maybe even survive the occasion to experience a world view transformation similar to that of the late Colonel Gaddafi. The sky is not falling today.
Worth noting that the late COL Gaddafi had “seen the light” and joined the US in assisting in the War on Terror. Also turned over his nuclear materials and plans to us, thus ending any nuclear effort of his regime.
Overthrowing Gaddafi was another operation of the last administration which at least had the effect of harming US interests, if not an actual desire to harm the US.
The only acronym these wickless obamanics understand is T.D.S.
KPFK, the local “public” radio, blew a gasket over this tweet. To hear their rant at about 4 pm pst, DJT started all of this.
Never mind that N Korea made an explicit threat of nuclear warfare, and objectively speaking, this was tactically the right response in kind.
We’ve got a nuclear arsenal (and a bunch of stuff beyond and besides that) whose entire purpose is to deter tin-plated dictators with the delusion of godhood from using their nukes. The reaction to Trump’s decision to actually say something about this reminds me of the movie Dumbo, where the lady elephants met the mouse. I remain unimpressed by Neera Tanden’s rage because it is fraudulent: she would be in a rage at Trump no matter what. She can do that because she feels safe.
The general, continuing overreaction to any and all things Trump reminds me of the advertising campaign against Ronald Reagan. At the time, I bought into it, even though I’d had enough experience with playground bullies to recognize that a more robust appearance would have kept me out of several fights as a kid. Then the wall came down, along with some new information about just why the Soviet Union was defeated. Oh. Ronnie Ray-Gun turned out to be more politically astute than Doonesbury.
And now NKorea has opened a channel to SKorea, solely for the purpose of sending athletes to the Olympics, pinky-swear.
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You listen to KPFK (Pacifica) also? Their reaction to anything Trump is beyond desciption. They are a great gauge as to what the farthest Left thinks. Poor Lenin and Marx would get sharp criticism by KPFK if still alive. North Korea is practicing nuclear blackmail but since it is a dictatorship, communist, and worship human gods the US press and Democrat Party are naturally sympathetic to Un.
On the plus side it’s likely only California will get hit. Would people even notice if California was struck?
Delivery system? Sailing a nuke into San Fran bay, San Pedro, Puget Sound or NYC harbor would do quite well. Oh, if LA please inform Un to choose a day of Santa Ana winds so the package stays in LA.
You are a funny man. You should quit your day job.
He’s especially comical since he’s not even in America.
Why…comrade…er… citizen…er… well.. Rags being on the Last Frontier, where we can see Russia from here, means it is easier to collude with the former owners of Russian America. MiG fighters used to do touch and go’s at the Air Force station at Kotzebue in the good old days. I make a hell of a lot more money with my day job so I’ll leave the lame jokes to you.
I was referring to the Brit, mailman. Cool your jets.
Rags…. there are so many funny stories of Alaskans being told they need visas to attend colleges in the Lower-48, questions about what currency to use in Alaska… on and on…
The one good thing is that in many dangerous areas of the world Alaska is not thought of as being in the USA…
Probably would get some notice. Concern, for many non-CA citizens, might be another issue though.
I don’t have Twitter and don’t follow anybody, but that has to be the best Tweet of all time.
“…best Tweet of all time.”
Anytime you make the snowflakes melt it’s a pretty goodun.
Obama and his administration liked to write “sternly worded” letters. I would be curious to see their verbiage compared to Trump’s tweets. Also curious if Neera Tanden’s type of “diplomacy” is why the Ayatollah is much wealthier?
Someone should put a bounty on Un’s head and a Blackbird stealth plane should drop leaflets throughout the North.
Maybe someone in the military would take care of the problem Little Buddy.