Well now we know that Donald Trump's verbal blast at North Korea was totally improvised.
President Trump’s aides knew he planned to deliver a tough message to North Korea on Tuesday, but they did not expect a threat that rivaled the apocalyptic taunts often used by his target, Kim Jong-un.
And now we know how the North Koreans are reacting.
North Korea has announced a detailed plan to launch a salvo of ballistic missiles toward the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, a major military hub and home to U.S. bombers.
It seems that this warning may have come at least six months too late.
And now we're left with two maniacs...
And the burning question, can war be avoided?
For I can't imagine that the U.S. will stand idly by and let the North Koreans fire missiles in the direction of Guam, without firing back, or mounting a preemptive strike.
Not when there are no good options.
And this least bad option is not likely:
Every option the United States has for dealing with North Korea is bad. But accepting it as a nuclear power may be the least bad.
As frightening as it is to contemplate a Kim regime that can successfully strike the United States, accepting such a scenario means living with things only slightly worse than they are right now.
Not when Trump might need a war as a diversion from all his other problems, and is escalating his rhetoric.
President Trump warned North Korea on Thursday that “things will happen to them like they never thought possible” should the isolated country attack the United States or its allies.
Trump told reporters here that his Tuesday statement warning of “fire and fury” may not have been “tough enough,” but even as he continued his brinksmanship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the president sought to reassure anxious people around the world that he has the situation under control.
And may have threatened himself, and the rest of us, into a corner.
Mr. Trump has now blustered himself into a mortal paradox in which his threats may jeopardize any hope of a North Korean solution, while a failure to carry through on those threats could jeopardize his own position.
He now faces a humiliating choice: He will either be seen to lose, or he will trigger a circumstance in which we all lose.
But then again, what did the Americans expect by electing such a dangerous president?
And what was that dangerous
This fake news poll...
Who is a better President of the United States? #ObamaDay— ProgressPolls (@ProgressPolls) August 4, 2017
And this horribly edited, and somewhat ominous song...
God help the USA.
God help us all...