While watching this terrifying game of chicken between two paranoid thugs unfold, I had a thought this morning that I want to share.
Most experts suggest that the primary motivation for China’s continued support for North Korea is China’s desire to avoid having a unified Korea — friendly to the US — on its border.
So — what if Korea was unified following the model of Vietnam after our defeat there?
Perhaps a stable solution could be:
1. Regime change in North Korea
2. Unifying North and South Korea into a single nation that is friendly to China
It seems to me that Donald Trump is just as unhinged as Kim Jong-un. I think the whole world joins China in fearing what Mr. Trump might do as the true extent of his corruption and crimes is revealed by the Mueller investigation.
I don’t know about anyone else. For me, the prospect of a unified Korea — safe and secure, and an enthusiastic ally of China — is far preferable to the precipice we stand on today.
I think the US and the world can learn to live without current South Korean exports far more easily than we can adapt to life after Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un launch a nuclear winter.