North Korea Strikes Back

Jasmine Fernandez, Copy Editor

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As 2017 enters its final months, there’s a lot on people’s minds: the political world has been bursting with activity since Donald Trump’s election and even prior under the Obama administration. Besides attempts at travel bans, the possible repealing of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), and even the First Lady’s choice of dress at the site of a hurricane, America is also facing another looming conflict: North Korea’s increasing militaristic threats of war. However, what does this mean for the future of the United States?

 

Though North Korea has threatened the U.S. before, Americans in opposition of his presidency are blaming Trump’s incompetence as a leader for the totalitarian republic’s hostilities. As of Sept. 3, North Korea has threatened the launch of a newly developed hydrogen bomb that could possibly strike American soil. In addition, they have targeted the U.S. military space on Guam – a conflict that could mean war, possibly on a global scale.

 

This means a lot for Americans– how concerned should we be?

 

Well, the answer to that question depends entirely on the individual; while supporters of Trump believe he has the situation under control, those in opposition of the businessman’s presidential status might view his leadership with incompetence and ignorance. This could especially be said for his use of Twitter, a facet of the president’s that has received plenty of backlash, especially regarding the appropriateness of certain tweets. It could be argued that these tweets are effectively pushing Kim Jong-un towards action.

 

While I do believe that Trump is not prepared for war, I also believe yellow journalism has a lot to do with the extent to which our media has blown these proceedings out of proportion. North Korea has made threats before; I do not think we have anything to worry about. However, something could be said for the way the Trump administration is handling the ordeal. His methods to me are unpresidential and informal – two things that are not benefiting his position as leader of the free world. While the United Nations are attempting to subdue North Korean forces, Trump continues to boast about American resources and his own personal artillery of wealth and land.

 

Although I believe North Korea’s threats are mostly empty, this event provides a perfect situation to test Donald Trump’s presidential abilities.