With his 100th day in office fast approaching, Donald Trump finds himself historically unpopular, and without a single legislative achievement to his credit. Reviewing his brief time in office, it seems the only action that brought him any kind of respect among establishment media was his military strike in Syria, as retaliation for the chemical weapons attack of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.
Perhaps it is not surprising, then, that Trump is looking for a new military conflict. New reporting indicates that Trump may be laying groundwork for military action in North Korea. As reported by Reuters, “U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday a major conflict with North Korea is possible in the standoff over its nuclear and missile programs, but he would prefer a diplomatic outcome to the dispute.”
“There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea. Absolutely….We’d love to solve things diplomatically but it’s very difficult.”
Reuters points out the obvious: an attack on North Korea would lead to mass casualties on U.S. soldiers based in South Korea, as well on our allies in South Korea and Japan: “Any direct U.S. military action would run the risk of massive North Korean retaliation and huge casualties in Japan and South Korea and among U.S. forces in both countries.”
Neither Trump nor, to our knowledge, any member of his family has served in the military. We can only hope that he understands the gravity and devastating consequences that would result from military action in North Korea. While he might get a pat on the back from neo-cons and establishment media, the human cost would likely be truly catastrophic.