President Donald Trump accomplished a multifaceted foreign policy win this weekend when he launched 51 missiles onto Assad’s airbase in Syria.
We would not be in this situation if not for 8 years of leading from behind and with the weakness of the U.S. under the Obama administration.
President Trump just reversed that strategy.
He not only sent a message to Syria and Russia that the US foreign policy stands on the foundation of strength again, but he sent a message to the world.
That message had to hit North Korea like a brick! Kim Jong Un has been emboldened for almost a decade by Obama’s weakness. While he knows good and does not want a real fight, he has stretched his peacock feathers as far as he could.
The Conservative Tribune explains:
The strike was launched at Syria, but the real message may have been directed at North Korea.
Much like Syria, North Korea is plenty used to crossing red lines and getting away with it. During the Obama administration, missile test after missile test, nuclear test after nuclear test, the North Koreans would flout basic rules of international law and get away with it every time.
The administration has changed, however, and so has the message toward North Korea. The Trump administration has said that a military option is on the table when it comes to Kim Jong Un’s regime.
“We are working diplomatically, including with those that we might be able to enlist in this effort to get North Korea under control. But right now it appears to be going in a very reckless manner,” Secretary of State James Mattis said on a visit to the United Kingdom in March, according to Newsmax. “That’s got to be stopped.”
After Pyongyang’s most recent missile test, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson issued a terse statement that showed the Trump administration meant business.
However, what happened in Syria Thursday could definitely be considered further comment. When Syria and North Korea crossed red lines under Barack Obama, they received nothing but a strong warning from the administration.
It is no accident that President Trump met with the Chinese President hours before the strikes took place. One can only imagine the discussion that took place between the two superpowers.
Big stick ideology, Big stick diplomacy, or Big stick policy refers to U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt’s foreign policy: “speak softly, and carry a big stick.
The saying reigns true with raising children, managing a business, and foreign policy when dealing with dificult leaders.
North Korea’s leader in many ways is like a child. All options have to be on the table and he must be of the understanding that the US will follow through with it’s promises before diplomacy will work.
Only after Kim Jung Un sees that Trump will follow through with the stick, will he respect the word of the United States.
I firmly believe that the message hit firmly this weekend and that Kim Jung Un will begin putting away his peacock feathers. It is not just foreign policy, it is the nature of man.
It would be nice to see us be able to actually help the impoverished nation instead of always playing the unproductive game of Whack-A-Mole that Obama played with a fly swatter.
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