Let’s get something straight at the outset here. When Whatshisname went out and declared that ISIS was “the JV squad” to Al Qaeda, the point was not to denigrate and belittle ISIS. Quite the opposite, as was made plain by the last administration’s nigh-unto-eagerness to call them by whatever name they decided sounded cool this week, whether it was ISIL or Daesh or what have you (would have been awkward if they had come up with some acronym that spelled “ISLAM” or “MUSLIM” since that was the one thing the last administration steadfastly refused to call them). The objective in using such language was to trivialize the concerns of the last President’s political opponents over his absolutely retarded strategy for dealing with these people. We saw then and we are continuing to see today how the last administration created gigantic problems that no one could ever possibly have foreseen…except Republicans and conservatives and soon-to-be-President Trump (who was neither Republican nor conservative at the time) all shouted ourselves hoarse that we were headed for a disaster. And of course any thinking person can see that the “Iran Deal” is so onesided that it can barely be called a “deal” at all.
By contrast, President Trump’s approach to both the North Koreans and to Islamic terrorists (Iranian and otherwise) is to both acknowledge the situation and to de-legitimize the hostile players in it. Calling Iran an exporter of violence and denouncing the Iran nuclear “deal” is both 100% accurate AND it’s something that desperately needs to be said by the leader of the West. It’s telling that Senator Dianne “I’m not the kind of Jewish the Muslims want dead” Feinstein came out braying about how no one would trust the United States if we backed out of the Iran deal, which we all know was part of the reason they had to ram it through–they had to set it up as an untenable no-win situation for the next administration as best they could. Because if there’s anything the left is good at, it’s rigging the game so they win either way. Of course, if Dr. Pantsuit had won, they’d be merrily helping Iran develop their nuclear program even more than the deal called for (a few more pallets full of money would go a long way you know), but since she didn’t they have left President Trump with the choice between allowing Iran’s nuclear ambitions to go forward, funded and aided for at least the waning months of the last presidency, or to undermine America’s credibility in the world by upending the deal. Of course that’s really not a choice at all, but that’s how they will spin it.
Calling out North Korea, on the other hand, was a display of backbone that was both not a moment too soon and that was entirely appropriate. Do note that despite the hysterics of the anti-American left, the President did not just threaten to wantonly roll into Pyongyang and start blowing things up while he made fun of Kim Jong Un. He went to great lengths to stress that the United States has both great strength and great patience, and his “we will totally destroy North Korea” was clearly preceded by the phrase “we will have no other choice.” And he’s right. Almost sixty years of just tolerating the North Korean Communist regime has only resulted in death and misery for untold numbers of Koreans while their ever-more-ambitious-and-unhinged Maximum Leaders just get more and more explody toys with every passing Democratic presidency. And the fact is that for the most part, even a nuclear North Korea can’t really threaten the United States…but they could destroy South Korea. Or Japan. Or numerous other Southeast Asian countries. They could do untold damage to China or Russia, and yes, they could even bloody us if they took a mind to it and got lucky. But they have to be made to believe that if they do any of that, not one of them will live to see the next sunrise. Treating them with kid gloves won’t help that.
What will help that is to take them seriously as what they are, both terrorists and the Norks. And what they are is crazed, deluded animals. They won’t win if they start a major conflict, but if they don’t believe they’ll get hit back then they are just crazy enough to think they could sucker punch us and get away with it. Belittling terrorists as “losers” and mocking Kim Jong Un as “Rocketman” serves to take the wind out of their sails and deflate their tough-guy standing-up-to-America self-image. Terrorists (and terrorist nations) need to spread fear to get results, and laughing at them undermines the power they’re trying to build up. At the same time, you can only mock them if you’re powerful enough to stop them dead in their tracks–and if you make them and their oppressed people believe that you’re serious, then problems like Kim Jong Un have a way of taking care of themselves.
So far President Trump has done a bang-up job of rebuilding our position and image in the world, first with demonstrating that we can and will strike hard and fast when he kicked Bashar Assad in the teeth, and now with boldly and unapologetically asserting that the United States will do what is necessary to protect itself and its allies. As opposed to the last guy who mumbled something about “the future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.” Um…you’re supposed to be American, and Americans can slander any prophets they want to.
Word is Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu loved the speech too. And of course there was the beautiful line about how Venezuela isn’t failing because they are doing socialism wrong, but because they’re doing it exactly right. So over the next few days as things like DACA swing back into the fore, remember today’s performance. There are lots of things President Trump could be doing better, but today he knocked it out of the park. MAGA.