Arthur J. Villasanta – Fourth Estate Contributor
Washington, DC, United States (4E) – Donald Trump’s huge ignorance of diplomacy and geopolitics means a nuclear conflict pitting the United States in opposition to North Korea (and probably China) is now extra of a chance.
The United States is now nearer than it is ever been to a nuclear conflict with North Korea and there is little prospect of a diplomatic resolution due to Trump, stated retired United States Navy Admiral Mike Mullen, who served because the 17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 2007 to 2011.
Mullen attributed the upper probability of a nuclear conflict to Trump’s “incredibly disruptive” presidency.
“And in my view, an incredibly dangerous climate exists out there in that uncertainty with how this all ends up,” he stated.
“One in particular that is top of the list is North Korea.”
“We’re actually closer, in my view, to a nuclear war with North Korea and in that region than we have ever been. I don’t see the opportunities to solve this diplomatically at this particular point.”
Mullen believes Trump cannot be influenced by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis; National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster or White House chief of employees John Kelly. Mattis and McMaster have been former generals within the U.S. Army whereas Kelly is a retired normal of the U.S. Marine Corps.
“Will he follow through on his rhetoric? Or will we actually be able to get to a situation where it could be solved peacefully?” Mullen requested.
“I’m just more inclined to see over time that the rhetoric seems to be where the president is, and that will limit the constraining ability that both Jim Mattis and H.R. McMaster and John Kelly have,” he stated.
In August, Trump promised to unleash “fire and fury” on North Korea if it continued to threaten the United States or its allies.
In a speech to the UN General Assembly in September, Trump ranted that the United States “will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea” if compelled to defend itself or its allies.
Trump had determined early on to disclaim North Korea the potential to strike the United States with an intercontinental ballistic missile armed with a nuclear warhead, stated Republican Senator Lindsey Graham.
“2018 will be a year of opportunity and extreme danger,” stated Graham.
“Now, the Iranians are watching the way he engages with North Korea, and vice versa. So we’ve got a chance here to deliver some fatal blows to really bad actors in 2018. But if we blink, God help us all.”
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