Our vice president, Mike Pence, has always appeared to be the mild-mannered foil to Donald Trump’s bluster and bombast. His interviews and comments have always been delivered in calm, measured tones, but behind it all is apparently a man of steel.
As the saber-rattling between the North Korea and the U.S. gets louder, the rhetoric has ratcheted up. North Korea has promised missile tests every week (they’ll need that much practice if they ever want to have a rocket that lasts more than 30 seconds before crashing and burning) and “thermonuclear war” if the United States strikes first. Bit overdramatic perhaps, but this time the U.S. isn’t going to sit idly by while Kim Jong Un hurls threats.
Yesterday, Pence dropped the hammer.
Per ABC News, (and how’s THIS for poetic imagery…) From the wind-swept deck of a massive aircraft carrier, Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday warned North Korea not to test the resolve of the U.S. military, promising it would make an “overwhelming and effective” response to any use of conventional or nuclear weapons.
From deck of U.S. aircraft carrier, @VP Mike Pence sends message to North Korea:
"The sword stands ready."pic.twitter.com/nGRQzIPyzc
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) April 19, 2017
Pence, dressed in a green military jacket, said aboard the hulking USS Ronald Reagan that President Donald Trump’s administration would continue to “work diligently” with allies like Japan, China and other global powers to apply economic and diplomatic pressure on Pyongyang. But he told the sailors, “as all of you know, readiness is the key.
“The United States of America will always seek peace but under President Trump, the shield stands guard and the sword stands ready,” Pence told 2,500 sailors dressed in blue fatigues and Naval baseball caps on a sunny, windy morning aboard the carrier at the U.S. Yokosuka naval base in Tokyo Bay.
“Those who would challenge our resolve or readiness should know, we will defeat any attack and meet any use of conventional or nuclear weapons with an overwhelming and effective American response,” Pence said.
In the past, North Korea has used threats to extract aid and other concessions from the United States, but this time the tables are turned.
Now Trump is using North Korea as a bargaining chip with China. Keep your little attack dog at bay, and we’ll negotiate better trade deals.
And failing that, we may just give Lil’ Kim a taste of our firepower. Thus spake Pence.
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford, author of “Do I Need to Slap You?”]