President Trump is playing into the hands of ruthless North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un by sending U.S. warships into the waters off his coast and threatening a pre-emptive strike if there is further testing of nuclear weapons – as there almost surely will be.
“We have a new president and Kim Jong-Un is trying to challenge him, is trying to get him back to the negotiating table. Kim Jong-Un wants to get back to a situation where we give them gifts when they do something bad. And then we are making it worse, right? With our bluster and by sending aircraft carriers in there, we’re raising the crisis.”
Morell praised his former boss, President Barack Obama, for ignoring most of the North Korean’s efforts to stir up a bigger crisis with constant saber rattling.
“It’s best to just ignore this guy,” added Morell, ” and to deter him from ever using these weapons or selling them and to build our defenses.”
Morell noted tomorrow is the 105th anniversary of the establishment of the modern Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea by Kim Il-Sung in 1948. He said that it is usual for what is considered the most important holiday of the year in North Korea to be used to display the country’s military might.
Morell is not downplaying the nuclear threat by a country that isn’t a sensible member of the community of nations and has already shown a shocking disregard for the potential long-term threat to the world of radiation clouds.
He said it is likely the North Korean’s have missiles that can deliver a nuclear warhead to the United States and any other place it chooses to attack.
“They have nuclear weapons,” said Morell. “They’ve tested nuclear weapons five times, a number of times successfully. They have short range and medium range ballistic missiles that are capable of reaching their targets. They have deployed an [intercontinental ballistic missle] that’s capable of reaching the continental United States.
“We think they’ve had enough time,” added Morell, “to mate a nuclear weapon to a missile. So the threat is now. It’s not two years from now or five years from now. It is now.”
The idea of an unpredictable, inexperienced President trying to deflect his domestic problems by going after a reckless authoritarian is a frightening prospect – and one that is a very real right threat to humanity now.