President Trump has been criticized for his recent comments saying that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is “wasting his time” by negotiating with North Korea. He went on Twitter to say:
‘I told Rex Tillerson, our wonderful Secretary of State, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man.’
Now former Defense Secretary William Perry, who served under Clinton, has weighed in on the issue. He tweeted a statement on Sunday, saying:
‘If diplomacy prevents just one soldier from having to die on the battlefield, it is worth the energy.’
One Trump starts tweeting, he can’t stop so later in the day, he whipped out another reckless statement:
‘Being nice to Rocket Man hasn’t worked in 25 years, why would it work now? Clinton failed, Bush failed, and Obama failed. I won’t fail.’
Some people decided to respond to his tweets with wiser words.
State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert also issued a statement on Sunday which seemed to be in response to Trump’s “little rocketman” comments. She said:
According to the Los Angeles Times:
‘President Trump’s threatening posture toward North Korea — most recently exhibited at the United Nations, where he warned that the U.S. could “totally destroy” the country — has prompted military strategists to examine what would actually happen if a war broke out.’
Experts say people do not realize the gravity of the situation and that it is a huge mistake to think that North Korea’s nuclear capacity could be taken out in a single strike, or that it is anything similar to dealing with Saddam Hussein in Iraq. Rob Givens, a retired Air Force brigadier general who spent four years stationed on the Korean peninsula, said:
‘Too many Americans have the view that it would be like the invasion of Iraq or Afghanistan, or like combat operations in Libya or Syria, but it wouldn’t remotely resemble that.’
James Stavridis, a retired Navy admiral and dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, said:
‘We are closer to a nuclear exchange than we have been at any time in the world’s history with the single exception of the Cuban missile crisis.’
Stavridis says that he puts chances of the U.S. entering into conventional conflict with North Korea at 50-50 and the chances of nuclear war at 10 percent. Somebody make the orange cheeto man stop!
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