The Pentagon detected a ballistic missile launch out of North Korea at approximately 10:45 am. EST on Friday, only days after state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported a threatened a nuclear strike on “the heart of the US” if America attempts to remove Kim Jong Un as Supreme Leader.
When North Korea tested a ballistic missile back in February, the Trump administration threatened military action. They did the same thing when Pyongyang tested again on July 4.
Each time, after a few days of rising anxiety, the tough talk evaporated.
That not only leaves North Korea’s weapons program intact and growing, it seriously weakens America’s strategic credibility — with implications far beyond the Asian nuclear issue.
Trump’s lack of foreign policy skill erodes the perception of US power, and helps China and Russia challenge American leadership around the world.
Credibility is paramount because American leadership has depended on the belief, among allies and potential adversaries alike, that the US is both willing and able to defend its interests and meet its obligations by force if necessary.
The strength of that belief has made the actual use of force superfluous, because no one has doubted what would result from a military confrontation.
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