What if the missiles fell short or missed the island?
What’s the big deal? It’s “just a missile test.”
That was the thrust of CNN host Alisyn Camerota statement this morning:
“If these missiles, if they do this, and if these go into the waters off Guam, they don’t hit Guam, then isn’t this just another sort of provocation and a missile test? Does it have to be responded to with force?”
Camerota’s sloughing off the significance of missiles near Guam must be understood in the context of President Trump’s statement. He said:
“North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and the fury like the world has never seen.”Panelist Gordon Chang agreed with Camerota’s suggestion that force would not be required in response to such an action by North Korea. He recommended cracking down on “money laundering.”
The wisdom of President Trump’s “fire and fury” statement can be debated. But now that he has laid down that red line, America will back away from it at its peril. Yet that is exactly what Camerota was promoting.
The irony is that if North Korea did carry out such a missile launch, and the US did not use force in response, we can well imagine CNN out there criticizing President Trump for failing to enforce his red line.
Blog Author's Comments: This is what one receives when they actually watch and listen to these so-called journalists at the majority of the television news networks. For the low-information people and non-thinkers that are citizens and sadly voters, in our country, I must assume that these news shows are viewed and absorbed by them. Firing missiles near Guam would surely constitute a “threat” to the United States.
That is not to say that it would require an all-out attack on North Korea in response. But to react by saying, “oh well, just another missile test” and fail to employ some kind of force in response is not the way President Trump and his military leaders would handle this. I have no doubt that we will never send a signal of American weakness to North Korea and China.
And as far as "money laundering", after decades of sanctions that did nothing to slow the North Korean march toward nuclear capability, targeting money laundering will do nothing to stop them now. As for Camerota, what do we expect from a talking head these days, and a CNN one at that? The real issue is this: Kim Jong Un is holding Seoul hostage and using his entire country’s population as a giant human shield. Do we allow him to use this kind of terrorism to gain greater power or not? He made his choice and I say no.
One of the biggest tragedies to come from our modern news media implosion is the absence of real news about real stories occurring in the world today. We really have no idea what is happening in North Korea, or Iran, or Venezuela. Whenever these topics do make it onto the pages of our leftist newspapers or on cable news, the meat of the story is subjugated to relentless criticism of Trump and his imaginary crimes.