What’s happening in North Korea?
President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un continue to threaten each other; meanwhile, their respective militaries are gearing up. The U.S. conducted a joint military exercise with South Korea on Tuesday, sending two American combat bombers to fly over the Korean peninsula alongside two South Korean fighter jets. North Korea has done its homework with six nuclear tests as well as two missiles launched over Japan.
Are we preparing for war?
It’s not looking good. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed on Friday that North Korea is an “issue,” while Trump tweeted ominously over the weekend about the hermit regime, saying that diplomacy hasn’t helped the North Korea situation and “only one thing will work.”
We’re so used to watching Trump and Kim spar back and forth that “it’s easy to miss just how close to war we get every single day,” Glenn said. But don’t be fooled by how “routine” it feels. North Korea is a threat.
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This is a rush transcript and may contain errors.
GLENN: Strategic bombers were flying over South Korea yesterday. Two HEP B1 lancers flanked by Japanese and South Korean fire jets buzzed North Korea in yet another show of force yesterday. Perhaps the weirdest thing about all of this is how routine all of this is beginning to feel.
This wasn’t an elaborate air show, or even a recon mission to take pictures. This was a mission to deter against nuclear war.
Are we even following this anymore? The tough talk and the saber rattling between Kim Jong-un and President Trump have become so common, it’s easy to miss just how close to war we literally get every single day.
Yesterday, take this, for example. It was the 72nd anniversary of the founding of North Korea’s whirling workers HEP party. Kim Jong-un typically uses these holidays to have, you know, those big, you know, parades where, hey, look at all of our cool missiles. And, look, we can get everybody to wear a hat. And it will spell out something like, happy anniversary to us. But he also uses it for nuclear missile tests. And the last threat we heard was a possible hydrogen bomb test over the Pacific.
Now, Trump has set the stage just last week when he said, we’re at the calm before the storm.
And everybody began to wonder, what does that mean, Mr. President?
Friday, the press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, she confirmed that there were world issues. And that world issue, namely, was North Korea. Over the weekend, Trump doubled down and gave an ominous tweet. He said, you know, democracy hadn’t worked for 25 years. And that, quote, only one thing will work.
So now, early yesterday morning, he called for a meeting with the Defense Secretary Mattis and Secretary of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. And they discussed, quote, a range of options to respond militarily to North Korea aggression.
Now, they’ve had these planning sessions 100 times since the crisis began.
Why did they pick Tuesday morning for another one? And then just a few hours later, B1 HEP bombers and Japanese and South Korean fighter jets are flying over the Korean peninsula.
Was it a show of force, or are we getting close to waiting for an attack order?
The threat of war with North Korea is greater than it has been in 50 years. And Kim Jong-un apparently got the message yesterday and backed down.
Will he continue to back down? Next time.