Today, President Trump warned North Korea to stop making threats against the United States. He stated:
North Korea had best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.
Predictably, Kim Jong Un responded by doing precisely what Trump said he “best not” do. He threatened to attack Guam. According to CNBC:
North Korea said on Wednesday it is “carefully examining” a plan to strike the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam with missiles, just hours after U.S. President Donald Trump told the North that any threat to the United States would be met with “fire and fury”.
It’s almost inconceivable that North Korea would launch a first strike against Guam. Kim Jong Un surely isn’t dopey enough to bring about the annihilation of his regime just to hit Guam. If he’s going to go out, he’s going to out hitting the U.S. mainland, I would think.
Furthermore, I doubt that Kim Jong Un is going to tell us where he plans to strike. He’s aware that there’s such a thing as missile defense.
I assume, therefore, that the purpose of his threat to strike Guam was to show the world that he’s not intimidated by Donald Trump and to show, in addition, that Trump is a blowhard. Unless Trump unleashes “fire and fury” in response the threat — a very bad idea at this juncture, it seems to me — Kim Jong Un will succeed in these twin objectives.
I have to agree with Susan Wright at Red State that Trump’s statement was reckless — another unforced error, I believe, by our amateurish president.