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'Fire and Fury' -- an Invitation for a Coup in North Korea?

FILE - In this Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015 file photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves at a parade in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea is preparing to hold a once-in-a-generation congress of its ruling party that is intended to rally the nation behind leader Kim Jong Un and could provide an important glimpse into Kim’s plans for the country’s economy and military. The congress is set to begin May 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

The media and Democrats are horrified President Trump used inflammatory language to North Korea’s regime in response to their promise to atom bomb the United States.

We presume “please sthaaap” would have met with their approval.

Throughout history, the doctrine of ‘peace through strength’ has avoided countless wars and hostile actions. Witness President Reagan demanding “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” or directing that we win the Cold War. President Reagan was no madman, and neither is President Trump.

However the knee-jerk reactions to the president’s proportionally mild response to promises to destroy our nation miss the point completely and demonstrate a shallowness on military and diplomatic strategy.

While Kim may be willing to sacrifice his life–and those of his countrymen–for the glory of destroying the U.S., perhaps not all in his leadership and military posts share his eagerness to embrace death.

“Fire and fury,” therefore, may be intended to urge those who don’t have a deathwish to remove those who do.

An internal coup, led by those who would prefer to live, would be the best possible outcome given the circumstances.

The scenario might play out as follows: A group of military leaders eliminates the core of the regime, and then signals to the world that the new leaders wish to abandon the promised nuclear war against the west. They would invite international teams to secure, remove and destroy all of their nuclear and other weapons, missiles and instruments of tyranny. They would further promise to cease trading in slave labor, illegal drugs, weaponry and counterfeit currency, and become a neutral country willing to engage in peaceful and honest commerce with all nations.

Are there any well-placed officers willing to risk their lives to save their lives and those of their countrymen? Who knows, but President Trump is to be applauded for letting them know he has their back.

The same strategy may be at work in inviting a quick and peaceful end to the brutal Maduro regime in Venezuela.

Should such a strategy work, it could save hundreds of thousands or even millions of lives. If it fails, at least the president tried to invite the best of all possible outcomes in preventing a North Korean nuclear attack on the U.S. That is the sign of a true peacemaker, not a warmonger.


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Art Harman was the Legislative Director and foreign policy advisor for Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) in the 113th Congress, and is a veteran policy analyst and grass-roots political expert. His expertise includes foreign relations, border security/amnesty, national security, transportation and NASA/space policy. Mr. Harman developed the strategy to kill the 2013 Senate “gang of eight” amnesty bill as violating the Origination Clause, and provided policy advice to the Trump campaign and transition. He is a frequent guest on radio shows on key policy issues.