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Kim Jong-Un’s Dangerous Christmas Present For Trump

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

With 28,500 U.S. troops and thousands of U.S. citizens in South Korea, many within artillery range of the DMZ, is Trump prepared to risk a clash that could ignite a second Korean War in the election year 2020? Much is on the line here. Kim’s challenge is ultimately about the credibility of the United States, which has treaty commitments and issued war guarantees to scores of nations in NATO Europe, the Mideast, and East Asia, but whose people have zero interest in any new war, especially a second Korean war. If the world sees that America is reluctant to face down or fight a North Korea that is threatening us, will they retain the old confidence that the United States will risk war for them?