Out-Crazying Kim Jong-Un–What Could Go Wrong?

Trump’s apparent use of “madman theory” logic to get his way (whatever that is on any given day) on healthcare probably won’t intimidate Nancy Pelosi or Chuck Schumer.  Will Trump-as-madman succeed any better on the Korean peninsula?  Are we the people ready for an American president who can actually out-crazy Kim Jong-un?  We elected him.  We knew that no-drama-Obama was getting old.  We wanted a little excitement.  How much excitement?  That’s what China is wondering!  Their foreign minister just put our president on the same level as Kim by urging “all parties” to stop “provoking” each other. Should we blush with embarrassment?  Trump, who says he comprehends very well, listened to Xi Jinping explain thousands of years of Korean history in ten minutes (or less, believe me) and now grasps very very well how to put America first by using the craziest words and threatening to use the biggest bombs.  And why worry that Kim might be even more unpredictable than our president?  North Korea has an excellent system of checks and balances, many people say.  Their National Security Council is far more fully staffed than ours, so I hear.  Their family dynasty, as Mr. Xi no doubt explained to his U.S. counterpart, is much more experienced than ours.  So they will surely do the right thing.  Oh right, we still have to worry about Trump–oops.

Why Am I Feeling So Threadbare and Theoretical?

Because the UK’s Telegraph has spoken: “Everyone Can Celebrate a Child Born to Be King.” Perhaps they are right to say that the “widespread rejoicing…deserves to be taken seriously for what it is…. We all know very well what a prince is. And yet it has to be spelt out.” Okeley Dokely, hit me with your best shot. “The arguments of republicans…are threadbare and theoretical, whereas the benefits of the monarchy have been tried and tested.” Ouch–how in the world have we gotten through the last two hundred thirty-seven years? What about Ben Franklin? Mr. “a republic, if you can keep it,” himself–what would he do to stifle these little Britons? Quite the technophile, our Ben; would he send in the drones against these monarchists?

Then again Kim Jong-Un leads a democratic people’s republic.