ABC’s Terry Moran believes that President Donald Trump’s threats about North Korean destruction during his UN speech — after the communist regime threatened us with destruction — “borders on threatening a war crime.” Apparently Trump’s words are more worrisome to Moran than North Korea’s ballistic missile tests and nuclear program.
While Trump’s comments were nothing more than a deterrent — or peace through strength — Moran bemoaned the fact that “the words ‘totally destroying’ a nation of 25 million people, that borders on the threat of committing a war crime.”
In another critique of Trump’s UN speech, responding to the president’s “murderous regime” in Iran comment, Moran somehow took those words and interpreted them as a defense of dictators. Moran commented: “He [Trump] said something, frankly, that Vladimir Putin would have said — no question about it — when he said, ‘We do not expect diverse countries to share the same cultures, but we do expect all nations to uphold two core sovereign duties, to respect the interests of their own people and the rights of every other sovereign nation.’ And there are lots of dictators around the world, including Vladimir Putin, who say the same thing and will hear those words, however President Trump meant them, as a license to do whatever they want to their own people.”
Ironically, Trump’s rhetoric on North Korea really isn’t all that different from that of prior Presidents.
President Bill Clinton, speaking at a press conference in November 1993, warned North Korea about waging war on the US:
“I know of no one who seriously believes that the United States and [South Korea] would be defeated in a war of aggression by North Korea if they were to attack,” Clinton said. “And I made it as clear as I could that if they were to do that, they would pay a price so great that the nation would probably not survive as it is known today.”
As for President Obama:
Clinton and Obama acknowledged that we would annihilate North Korea in the event of an attack. Trump is the only person using it as a threat to deter them from attacking us in the first place.