Raging bully. Trump is bringing us closer to an incredible damaging war by posturing and threatening North Korea, argues Linda Chavez of Newsmax. Clearly, a fresh approach is needed after decades of failure to reign in the regime’s aggression. However, by taking to Twitter and threatening with “fire and fury,” the president is increasing tensions dramatically. Whatever new solution is needed, it cannot be provoking a war. At the very best it would result in the death of tens of thousands of people, which would undermine any military victory. Trump’s saber-rattling flares up tempers in ways that could have catastrophic consequences.
Stick, then carrot. The president’s tough stance resulted in China lessening its support for North Korea, which is a huge foreign policy victory, suggests Jake Novak of CNBC. His inflammatory tweets and harsh criticism of China, combined with more cordial statements from his team, pushed China towards compromise. It has agreed to ban imports of iron, lead and coal from North Korea, which will significantly weaken its finances. Another possible factor in China’s decision might have been Trump’s vow to look past its trade practices if it cooperated on North Korea. His tactics were unorthodox but seem to have been highly effective.