North Korea and its leadership have displayed a number of traits similar to those found in your average, schoolyard bully’s behavior.
The rogue regime has never truly wanted to pick a fight with the United States, opting instead to escalate and deescalate their rhetoric in correspondence with the diplomatic needs of its leadership. Like a schoolboy trying aggression for the first time, Kim Jong Un has spent his scant time in office perfecting this dance of rhetoric, poking and prodding the U.S. and her allies to the brink of a bloodied nose, but backing off as soon as the teacher gives him detention…or the UN slaps him with sanctions.
With Donald Trump now sauntering about the playground, there’s is an entirely new feel to the proceedings. The U.S. President has vowed to stand up for his nation, and refuses to take any guff from anyone, let alone the constantly irritating Kim.
Now, as the U.S. has aircraft carriers and other warships floating off the coast of the Korean Peninsula as backup, the President is considering a possible visit to the hermit kingdom’s demilitarized zone to demonstrate his willingness for diplomacy.
“It has become the ultimate symbol of American resolve against the threat of North Korea: a visit by the U.S. commander in chief to ‘freedom’s frontier,’ the heavily guarded demilitarized zone that has separated the North and South for 64 years.
“Wearing bomber-style jackets, surrounded by military officers, peering through binoculars, all but one president since Ronald Reagan have gazed across the barren strip of land at the 38th parallel from an observation post where they’ve been moved to talk tough. In April, Vice President Pence, undertaking the same solemn ritual, said he toured the DMZ so the North Koreans could ‘see our resolve in my face.’
“But as President Trump prepares for a 12-day swing through five Asian nations next month to bolster international pressure on Pyongyang, the administration is divided over whether he should make the pilgrimage, an issue that remains unresolved. Some aides worry a visit could further inflame already heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula, while others have expressed concern over Trump’s personal safety, according to people who have spoken to administration officials.
“Asked during a news conference this week whether a DMZ visit would provoke Pyongyang, Trump said the trip’s details were not finalized and added: ‘I didn’t hear in terms of provoking, but we will certainly take a look at that.’”
While these visits have been the norm for former Presidents, Trump’s war of words with Kim Jong Un has created a much different environment than the diplomatic dealings of international crybaby Barack Obama.
Given the wild threats coming out of North Korea, a trip to the DMZ could spark a harsh rebuke from Kim and his cronies, who have so far exuded a recklessness never before seen in North Korean leadership.