In the latest demonstration of how tense things are getting between the U.S. and North Korea, President Trump has given the military a direct order to shoot down any North Korean launched missile heading for the U.S. mainland, Guam, or Hawaii.
According to a Newsmax report, sources familiar with the decision say that Kim Jong Un’s recent threat against Guam – where many of our troops are stationed – was enough to convince the president that further action was necessary. That threat, combined with Pyongyang’s latest atomic bomb test, has the administration on guard against what they see as North Korea’s greatest provocations to date.
Trump’s order may not be the last of the commander-in-chief’s decrees. From Newsmax:
The president also is said to be considering a new “shoot down” order for any North Korean missile launched and moving toward Japan or South Korea, another national security source told Newsmax.
“This is a clear exercise of self-defense, and there’s no question we should do it,” former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton told Newsmax.
Bolton said U.S. allies South Korea and Japan “are in jeopardy” and said the United States must take steps to protect them under treaty obligations.
While some have questioned President Trump’s aggressive stance toward North Korean provocations, many Republicans find it a refreshing change of pace and a clear sign that our president understands the nature of the threat the world is facing. In an interview with Fox News on Friday, Rep. Adam Kinzinger said that while diplomacy was always the preferred option, it was important to have alternatives.
“Diplomacy doesn’t work without a credible military option backing it up,” said Kinzinger. “I give a lot of credit to the administration for being clear that that is on the table. The hope is that diplomacy works.”
That hope is getting thinner by the day. The U.S. is pressing the United Nations to the table for a new vote on sanctions against North Korea, and China’s compliance with the sanctions – new and old – is still a question mark. Without Beijing’s help, it remains difficult for the U.S. to bring Kim Jong Un to the negotiating table with a full range of options available. As long as he can keep his regime afloat with trade and protection from China, he has no reason to abandon his nuclear ambitions.
No reason, that is, other than the threat of annihilation.