President Trump kicked off a twelve day tour of Asia this weekend by stopping in Japan. If there’s one thing that’s been clear since long before Trump ever decided to go to Asia, it’s that he has basically no idea what he’s doing when it comes to foreign policy. He came into office with no experience and hasn’t acquired any experience since.
Sources have now revealed to The Japan Times a new reason to be worried about the president’s incompetence during his just beginning trip to Asia.
According to these anonymous individuals only identified as “diplomatic sources,” earlier this year, when the North Koreans test launched not one, but an eventual two missiles over the northern part of Japan, Trump questioned why the Japanese did not shoot them down.
Not only that, but in a mind boggling feat of pushing racism on the world stage, Trump “said he could not understand why a country of samurai warriors did not shoot down the missiles.”
Yes, the report is really that he called Japan “a country of samurai warriors.”
It’s not as though this is the first time he has done something like this, patronizingly dismissing one of our allies in a racist fashion. He came into office on a platform that included dismissing Mexican immigrants to the United States as rapists and murderers, promising to deport millions of people just because of a lack of paperwork.
That issue pales in comparison to the egregiousness of Trump’s suggestion that Japan do something that amounts to firing at North Korea. Even though the nation, to have shot down the missiles, wouldn’t have been actually firing into North Korean territory, the North Koreans are ready and waiting to seize upon anything like that as an excuse to attack the West and its allies.
They’ve demonstrated that fact through their response to Trump’s continued rhetoric against them. After the U.S. president quipped that the North Korean leadership wouldn’t be around for very much longer, the North Korean regime announced that they took his most recent comments as a declaration of war.
The nation has also claimed to have plans to test a nuclear weapon in the Pacific Ocean, and, separately, to attack the U.S. territory of Guam.
Besides all of these issues, the missiles, which Japanese army officials had calculated upon launch would not land in Japanese territory, would have been “very difficult” to destroy in flight, with a potential failed mission having been “embarrassing for Japan and encouraging to North Korea.”
The missiles launched over Japan are a part of a broader campaign of aggression by the North Korean regime, including the September 3 test launch of what Kim Jong-Un’s regime claims was a nuclear weapon that can fit atop an intercontinental ballistic missile.
Trump, during his presently unfolding trip to Asia, plans to discuss with world leaders the ongoing threat from North Korea’s nuclear arsenal, as well as economic issues. Trump refuses to rule out military action against North Korea, even though the consequences of sparking war with North Korea would no doubt include millions of casualties. Those in danger during a potential war with the North Koreans include the people of South Korea, Japan — and the United States.
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