Don and Kim in 2020
WASHINGTON -- As the 2020 election gears up, it seems apparent that Mike Pence's days as vice president are numbered. Trump's preference is obvious: Kim Jong Un.
The vice-presidential candidate often plays the attack dog in a campaign -- hurling invectives, slinging mud and taking the heat for expressing the id of the candidate, who can remain more statesmanlike. Not that Trump has ever shied from exercising his terrible tongue, but this go-round, as it increasingly appears that former Vice President Joe Biden could whup him in the general election, Trump has resorted to quoting other reckless idiots.
In Kim, the erstwhile "Little Rocket Man," Trump has found a loyal pup to yip for him. Recently, when North Korea's state media referred to Biden as a "fool of low IQ," Trump first gave cover to his pet, dismissing North Korea's recent missile tests, then expressed his appreciation for Kim's loyalty and his legendary wit:
"North Korea fired off some small weapons, which disturbed some of my people, and others, but not me," he tweeted. "I have confidence that Chairman Kim will keep his promise to me, & also smiled when he called Swampman Joe Biden a low IQ individual, & worse."
He added: "Perhaps that's sending me a signal?"
To the question, yes. He's probably signaling something along the lines of I'll cover yours if you'll cover mine.
Desperate times call for desperate measures, I reckon, from which we may infer that Trump is running scared. But, gee, "small weapons"?
Not only did John Bolton, Trump's national security adviser, cite the missile tests as contra U.N. resolutions, but so did Trump's host in Japan over the Memorial Day weekend. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that because of his country's proximity to North Korea, Japan feels threatened.
While the president of the United States shrugs and says that the "small weapons" don't bother him personally, older Americans back home may have recalled how threatened they felt in 1962, when Soviet missiles were discovered in Cuba, just 90 miles from Florida. Then-President John F. Kennedy deployed a naval blockade to prevent Russian ships from bringing any more military supplies to the tiny island and ultimately forced Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev to remove the missiles already there.
Funny, but Kennedy never mentioned his artfulness, even though the 13-day negotiation between the two countries was a great, big deal. A nuclear confrontation was avoided -- and the world exhaled.