Make no mistake, Donald Trump’s decision to strike a Syrian airbase just days after President Bashar al-Assad used purported chemical weapons on civilians was intended to send a stern message to the monstrous leader. It would be foolish, however, to believe that this military action doesn’t also carry with it a dire warning to Kim Jong Un as well.
That message? President Donald Trump is not Barack Obama when it comes to foreign policy.
Now given that North Korea has been not only making not-so-idle threats to the U.S. and our allies but also committing horrific human rights atrocities on a daily basis, should put Pyongyang in the hot seat for Trump’s law and order initiatives.
The National Security Council has presented President Donald Trump with options to respond to North Korea’s nuclear program — including putting American nukes in South Korea or killing dictator Kim Jong-un, multiple top-ranking intelligence and military officials told NBC News.
Both scenarios are part of an accelerated review of North Korea policy prepared in advance of Trump’s meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping this week.
The White House hopes the Chinese will do more to influence Pyongyang through diplomacy and enhanced sanctions. But if that fails, and North Korea continues its development of nuclear weapons, there are other options on the table that would significantly alter U.S. policy.
In the cases of both Syria and North Korea, the U.S. will need to tread somewhat carefully, as the two up-to-no-good nations are both beholden to other global superpowers, with Russia and China standing at the backs of the two nations, respectively.
If there is one thing that we can take away from these present and possible future military engagements, it is that we entering a new era of American foreign policy.