One of the reasons that Hillary Clinton is not the president is that she did not speak both honestly and boldly. Oh, she spoke, boldly, sometimes screechingly so. However, she lacked any conviction no matter how angry she got. United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley does not suffer from that problem and her statements regarding North Korea rocked the UN as a result.
“The dictator of North Korea made a choice yesterday that brings the world closer to war,” said Haley, according to Breitbart News. “We have never sought war with North Korea, and still today we do not seek it. If war does come, it will be because of continued acts of aggression like we witnessed yesterday. And if war comes, make no mistake, the North Korean regime will be utterly destroyed.”
Other leaders have said things like “could lead to war” or “may result in further escalations,” and similar drivel. It is quite refreshing to hear the clear facts stated in a way that no one can misconstrue. That way, if America must act, everyone was clearly warned beforehand.
Haley is also not shy about saying just how the world community can help. She implored those listening to “cut ties” with the Hermit Kingdom and said to those that refuse to do so, “The world knows who they are.” These are the people who may be cheerleading the start of World War III for the good of a few dollars.
The dauntless Ambassador also was not timid when it came time to refer to China as North Korea’s main oil supplier. For those that say that Trump stands alone with no support, the Ambassador showed that no less than 20 nations, mostly in the Orient, are with the U.S.
Thankfully, Haley was not the only one with stern words following the recent illegal testing of WMD by N.K. “If North Korea continues to underestimate or miscalculate the firm resolve of the international community, it will transpire to be a grave mistake,” said South Korean Ambassador to the UN, Cho Tae-yu, during Thursday’s meeting.
“North Korea should be awakened from its false sense of security. We urge the Pyongyang, once again, to seize the rapidly closing window of opportunity to resolve its nuclear program peacefully and thereby ensure its security,” he added. Since South Korea is most at risk of a deadly attack, these were also words with a lot of conviction.
This nuance is vital to grasp. The D.P.R.K. only has one city of even minimal worth, and that is the capital, Pyongyang. Seol, South Korea’s capital, sits right next door. If the South were to fire nuclear weapons at the North, the fallout would harm both nations greatly.
As a result, S.K. will hesitate to reply due to where Seol is located on the globe. This tips the scales in Kim’s favor, greatly.
Taiwan’s leader, President Tsai, “instructed government agencies to ensure that all possible response measures are at the ready … and rigorously implement all relevant sanctions to jointly maintain regional stability and order.” Obviously, almost ever Asian nation on the map of quite concerned at this point, and with ample reason.
Likewise, U.S. State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert declared that we “have always been very clear that we would be open to talks with North Korea, but that North Korea – and we would have said this last week, we would have said this 24 hours ago – is not showing any serious signs of wanting to sit down and have conversations with the world, with the global community, about the peace and stability and denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. So 24 hours ago they weren’t prepared to talk; today they certainly aren’t prepared to talk.”
The Commander in Chief has seemed to make it a note that everyone who speaks on behalf of the U.S. is very sure to add that America seeks peace, even as the eye of war glares at us, unblinking.
Canada and Japan are also involved in talks that could lead to actually strikes or counterstrikes as this dire scenario plays out.
Will Haley be able to sway China now that Trump has paved the road for her to do so? If she does, will even that have any affect on Kim Jong-un?
If not, the world could be a very flinty place in the coming months.