My first order as President was to renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal. It is now far stronger and more powerful than ever before....
Let’s start with something simple: Can this statement be verified? It turns out, it’s quite easy. I went to the website Politifact.com, and read a review of his first week in office. Counting his inauguration day Friday and his first Monday in office as collectively his first order, I found…..no mention of nukes. A listing of his first week in office provided plenty of information that he is definitely the president to lead us into the twentieth century, but nothing about nuclear arms, and not much in the way of the military, other than to exempt the military from his decision to order a federal hiring freeze.
He appoint James “Mad Dog” Mattis as Secretary of Defense. His profile on ABC News made no mention one way or another on his position on nukes. So….no evidence whatsoever that he ever did that, or promised to do so. None.
Oh, and as a candidate he did promise 36 specific things that he would do his first day in office. For a complete list of the two things he did do, check out Think Progress.
When President Trump boasts that he will respond to North Korea with “Fire and Fury,” I can’t help but laugh and think he’s quoting Dragonforce or some other power metal band. North Korea’s belligerence should be met with swift indifference. Kim Jon Un can launch a missile about as far as he can throw one. The most he can do is wipe Seoul off the map, and while ten million people and a major city of industry is nothing to laugh at, it’s not on the order of magnitude of Soviet Russia.
Now, a very abbreviated history lesson: In 1914, Franz Ferdinad was assassinated. He was the nephew of the Emperor of the Austro-Hungarian emperor, not the emperor. The Austro-Hungarians made an agreement with the Germans, and the Russians were allied with France, which in turn was allied with Britain, and the next thing you know, the whole world is involved in a war.
North Korea doesn’t have much, but like any loud mouth little brother, they have a big brother to step in when things get real. That big brother is Russia. In 2015 Russia and North Korea declared a “year of friendship” to deepen economic and political ties.
Buckle your sphincters for this, I want you to consider a cold, hard, panic-inducing fact: A nuclear missile attack from Russia can take as little as 30 minutes to reach us, and it can take over 20 minutes for the Chain of Command to confirm the attack is real. President Trump would have less time than it takes to listen to the song, “Freebird” to decide if we’re about to play the world’s least-fun game of Fallout. If North Korea attacks South Korea, the only person that will decide whether North Korea gets crushed like an ant or whether we find out which religion was right the whole time is Vladimir Putin.