On the Sunday following the 40 minutes of “primal fear” that ensued as a result of the false missile alert in Hawaii, the state’s own Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard put the screws to the hysterical left-wing narrative surrounding the relationship between the U.S. and North Korea.
After the alert, which many are calling a deliberate attempt to stir up fear of North Korea, Gabbard took aim at the transparent attempt to portray Trump’s work as destabilizing.
“We’ve got to understand that North Korea is holding onto these nuclear weapons because they think it is their only protection from the United States coming in and doing to them what the United States has done to so many countries throughout history,” she said.
History does bear her point out. The most recent example was the 2011 deposition of Muammar Gaddafi in Libya. Gaddafi had warned the U.S. that if his government was disposed of, there would be an enormous surge of needy and violent migrants from Africa and the middle east into Europe and the Americas. We have seen this very result born out in reality. But, the dynamic that is less well understood is the fact that Libya agreed to take down its nuclear deterrent prior to the conflicts that led to Gaddafi’s death.
Every time a nation with nuclear weapons agreed to disarm, the United States has quickly moved in and asserted itself with disastrous results. Gabbard asserts that is the very thing the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is afraid of.
In the wake of the suspicious ICBM alert in her home state, Gabbard has called on President Trump to hold talks with Jong-un directly to prevent the escalation of tensions into a real nuclear exchange.
Gabbard is an officer in the Army Reserve, and has served two tours in the middle east, one of which was spent in Iraq.
She appears to have high hopes that Trump can solve this situation and bring things to a peaceful resolution. But, she is also critical of the president, saying that he is taking too long to take action and is not taking the threat of a nuclear conflict seriously.
On Sunday, she told MSNBC, “Our leaders have failed. Trump is taking too long, and he’s not taking this nuclear threat seriously.”
She wants Trump to go into negotiations with Pyongyang without preconditions, to enter with a clean slate, placing the DPRK on equal footing — or at least the appearance of an equal footing. She asks Trump to, “sit across the table from Kim Jong-un” to eliminate the climate of mistrust and fear that has grown up around them.
“We’ve got to get to the underlying issue here of why are the people of Hawaii and this country facing a nuclear threat coming from North Korea today, and what is this President doing urgently to eliminate that threat? Jong-un believes his nuclear program is the only deterrent he has against the U.S. coming in and overthrowing their regime there,” she told CNN.
Gabbard’s insistence that Trump ratchet up his resolve is understandable. After all, Hawaii is in the direct line of fire should North Korea choose to launch a missile. But, Trump’s actions have already brought Jong-un to the table to talk with the president of South Korea, who has said that Trump deserves “big credit” for making that possible.
North Korea is much more than just a rogue nation with a captive population and a militant demeanor. The North Koreans see themselves as the former rulers of all of Korea, and believe their right to govern the entire peninsula was wrongfully taken from them. North Korea shares a border with China. That means a nuclear exchange between the U.S. and North Korea would have a direct effect on China. Worse, it is likely that if missiles fly, North Korea may hold South Korea as a hostage.
South Korea is an important friend, ally, and economic partner to the United States — and if the north threatens them, we may be forced to commit ground forces to storm the northern capital.
For these reasons, among others, Trump has been pressuring China to take more responsibility on this issue. Many suggest that the ongoing existence of North Korea in today’s world is a mystery. It could be that some nations or powers hold secret interests in North Korea that have yet to come to light.
~ Conservative Zone