Anna Fifield of the Washington Post made an extraordinary leap of logic in her “report” Wednesday about the international reaction to President Trump’s speech at the UN this week. According to her op-ed-disguised-as-news, Trump’s vow to “destroy” North Korea if they attack us or our allies will lead to more aggression on the part of the rogue regime. We’d imagine this is as safe a bet as a journalist can make, but we certainly question whether anything Trump said or didn’t say at the UN makes any difference at all. To believe that, you’d have to ignore the last fifteen or twenty years of North Korean history.
Of course, that’s easy to do when your singular goal is to paint every single thing that Trump does as the worst thing in, like, omigod, EVERRRR.
As a (pause for effect) journalist, Fifield can’t just come right out and say, “The Idiot-in-Chief did something really stupid at the UN.” She has to find people willing to say it for her. So she fills out her article with quotes from so-called experts:
“President Trump has handed the North Koreans the sound bite of the century,” said Marcus Noland, an executive vice president at the Peterson Institute for International Economics and one of the authors of its North Korea: Witness to Transformation blog. “That footage will be used time and time and time again on North Korea’s state television channel.”
“This will reinforce the leadership’s position that the United States is hostile to North Korea,” said Jung H. Pak, chair of Korea studies at the Brookings Institution. “This is exactly what North Korea is talking about, and [Trump] said it right there on TV in front of the whole world.”
“This slander against the supreme leader in front of an international audience is going to cause the Foreign Ministry to have to leap to the defense of Kim, whether or not Kim orders it,” said Robert Carlin, a former CIA analyst on North Korea who remains a close reader of its statements.
“His speech could give Pyongyang an excuse or incentive to redouble its nuclear and missile development, which means more testing,” said Duyeon Kim, visiting senior fellow at the Korean Peninsula Future Forum in Seoul.
So there you have it. By going in front of the UN and laying it out straight, Trump got us in a situation where North Korea…is going to keep doing what it’s been doing for the entire history of the Kim regime.
Trump and Kim could announce the signing of a 1,000-year denuclearized peace treaty and the left-wing media would find a way to report it as a tragedy for human civilization.