Trump Advocates World War III

by Kevin Jon Heller

I know pointing out stupid things Donald Trump says is a fool’s errand — pretty much everything Donald Trump says is stupid. (Note to non-hack conservative friends: I genuinely feel sorry for you.) But I’m struck by how little attention pundits have paid to this gem:

I think that once the nuclear alternative happens, it’s over. At the same time, we have to be prepared. I can’t take anything off the table.Because you look at some of these countries, you look at North Korea, we’re doing nothing there. China should solve that problem for us. China should go into North Korea. China is totally powerful as it relates to North Korea.

There are, shall we say, a couple of problems with this suggestion. First, Trump is openly advocating China invading North Korea without provocation. You don’t have to be a Kim Jong-un apologist to suggest that international law might look rather unkindly at that. Second, although China is no doubt “totally powerful” compared to North Korea, North Korea has something of an equalizer — nuclear weapons. (The topic Trump had been asked to discuss.) Does anyone doubt that Kim Jong-un would use them against China if, as Trump wants, China tried to wipe North Korea off the face of the earth?

PS: I’m being good and not pointing out that Trump was openly advocating genocide…

4 Responses

  1. Commenting on Trump itself is stupid. And trying to deduce or analyse his speech is the height of stupidity.

  2. Hey, be nice. That’s the next President you’re talking about!

  3. My guess is that North Korea would surrender immediately and appeal to the kinship of his nation with China.

  4. China is essentially the DPRK’s ONLY ally. If they stopped actively supporting the DPRK it would implode and tens of millions of refugees would spill into its borders. Same thing would happen to the ROK. So there is no need for any invasion (and a Chinese invasion of the DPRK is as likely as an intervention from Xenu, Dictator of the Galactic Confederacy). But there would be a need for occupation during the chaos created from a DRPK implosion.

    The ROK can’t afford to “win” the war with it’s northern neighbor, and China can’t afford to let them.

    Everyone knows this, so all “strong” political statements are simply talking-point boiler room frothing to appeal to the masses.

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