This isn’t really a matter of opinion here. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) both claim to be speaking from a position of actual knowledge when it comes to President Trump, North Korea, and the Chinese… but they come to two totally different conclusions.
While making an appearance on NBC’s The Today Show on Tuesday morning, Senator Graham told America that President Trump had told him… well, this already sounds convoluted. Anyway, Graham says Trump said ‘if China won’t take care of North Korea, I will.’
“[The president] has told me that. I believe him. If I were China, I would believe him, too, and do something about it…
If there’s going to be a war to stop [Kim Jong Un from acquiring nuclear weapons], it will be over there. If thousands die, they’re going to die over there. They’re not going to die here.
And [President Trump] has told me that to my face and that may be provocative, but not really. When you’re president of the United States, where does your allegiance lie? To the people of the United States.”
Now Senator Graham is what is known in the common parlance as a “war hawk.”
Graham has never met a foreign policy problem that he didn’t believe couldn’t be solved by a good show of military force. But this interview is extreme, even for him.
Now don’t get me wrong, North Korea needs someone to show them that they’re playing a very dangerous game, a game they can’t possibly win, but this rhetoric was terrifying.
Leftist Senator Dianne Feinstein thought so too and she later appeared on MSNBC to argue the exact opposite of what Graham had said earlier in the day.
We certainly ought to say the time has come to talk with North Korea and stop this and talk with them subject to no preconditions but sit down and negotiate a solution because everything that I know is that there is no military answer to this.
If you — if, for a moment, if you look at what the DMZ is today, 750,000 North Korean troops behind that hill line at the end of the plain and those hills studded with rockets, we have 28,000 troops there and Seoul is a 25-minute drive to the DMZ.
There is no military solution. A war would mean the death of hundreds of thousands of people. And it makes no sense.
So we — and isolating a nation, in my view and my study of history, does not work. So a top-notch team should reach out and say, we are ready to sit down and talk with you, North Korea. And do this at the highest levels.
When MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell outlined what Graham had said on NBC earlier in the day, Feinstein explained that Graham shouldn’t speak out of turn.
“My reaction is that Lindsey Graham should get a classified briefing, like the ones I have had, and sit down with Secretary Mattis, which I have done.”
Whatever happens next, I think we can all agree that our world is in a very dangerous place at this current moment.
The gravest danger still comes from the Muslim world as millions of refugees continue to pour into Europe each year. But the dangers posed by Russia, China, North Korea, Iran, and Turkey are all quite real as well.
These are dangerous times, and I wish our media, and our political leaders would start realizing that they should be handling our business in a much more sober and much less partisan manner.