Stop scaring yourself, Mike. The North Korean missile crisis is a LOT different to the Cuban Missile Crisis. For one thing the DPRK is a poverty-stricken failing State that doesn’t have the resources to make more than a few nukes, and they are a long, long way from the United States.

Cuba was being supplied by Russia and was right on America’s doorstep meaning atomic weapons could detonate over US targets before the counter-strike could be launched. It was a very dangerous situation.

This is comparatively safe: I’m fairly sure any missiles launched towards Japan or Guam would be shot down by Japanese or American ground to air missiles. For another thing, Trump has already been given the green light by China that if Korea strikes first, China will stay neutral while the USA retaliates.

Curiously though, the Presidential response in both cases was identical:

“And that was under a capable and competent president who we knew understood the full situation.” JFK threatened a preemptive strike against the Soviet Union if the Russian missiles were not removed from Cuba. He played chicken with the Soviets and they backed down. That’s much more aggressive than President Trump’s Tweet.

“Now we have, not only a mentally disturbed usurper, but a man so stupid he thinks shouting threats that could kill millions makes him look strong and we do nothing.” That is kind of a stupid thing to say, when he’s already achieved what he wanted: China have said publicly that if Korea attacks any US territory, American defence forces can then retaliate in the knowledge that “China should stay neutral”. That is a concession that guarantees that America won’t strike the first blow, and that Korea will be too scared to do so.

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