Fire and Fury: the failure of the rhetoric of the great negotiator

When the world’s greatest negotiator (he has called himself that, hasn’t he?) says,”fire and fury like the world has never seen”, some of us remember this:

The bombing of Hamburg and Dresden by US B-17 Flying Fortresses in WW II

 The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by a single US B-29 Super Fortress in WWII 

 Total cities were obliterated and the populations were destroyed. The population of Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea is 2,600,000, a city the size of Melbourne.

This previous devastation was carried out by the U.S. Air Force ultimately on the orders of the Commander-in Chief, Franklin D. Roosevelt, one can only assume that the current Commander-in Chief has something more extensive than this in mind.

In addition $20 trillion was wiped off global stock markets yesterday. (I would write it in numbers but I don’t know how many zeros there are)

Perhaps he is just a fat bloated bag of wind with no sense of history or of the consequences of his overblown overblown rhetoric

But his negotiating tactics leave much to be desired.  With his latest ploy, he has left himself very little wriggle room. It’s the nuclear option or nothing. Sydney or the bush.

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His latest threat to North Korea was not  very smart.

The US is far away the greatest military power on earth. Against it, North Korea doesn’t even rank. It’s Air Force is hopelessly obsolete, can’t fly because it can’t get spare parts, its pilots averaged 15 hours flying a year and aren’t allowed to fly because its superior officers are afraid  they will defect or the planes will crash.

Imagine flying one of these against a modern Air Force.

North Korea has no oil reserves, so its tanks won’t for a run for more than a couple of days. It has no Navy.  The main reason people join the army is that it is the only way to get three meals a day.

The US base on Guam probably has more military capability than all of North Korea put together. It certainly has THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) capability in place that can intercept and destroy North Korean ICBMs while they are in flight.

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and B-1b Lancer Bombers armed with conventional weapons that can reach targets such as rocket launching sites in North Korea.

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So if the President were to listen to his military advisers, he would realise that he has options open to him other than the General Jack D Ripper option.

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Watch Dr Strangelove, the Stanley Kubric’s 1964 classic starring the late Perter Sellers about a nuclear disaster and Wag the Dog (1997) starring Robert DeNiro and Dustin Hoffman

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about a President who is in trouble domestically and starts a World War to distract  the electorate.  Both powerfully relevant today, but I digress.

So perhaps it’s time for the president to have a Bex, a cup of tea and a lie down.

And when he is feeling better, say to the big brothers and sisters of little fat boy with the funny haircut, ” Tell the little fat boy, this is what is going to happen, his missiles are going start blowing up in mid-air, nasty  accidents. And the bases of they launched from are going to start blowing up too.  We don’t want to make a fuss about this. But tell him he is punching above his weight.”

And someone needs to tell the President of the most powerful military nation in the world in the world that he doesn’t need to go around beating up the little guys.

 

 

 

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