If the United States gets drawn into a nuclear conflict with North Korea, it will be for one reason, and one reason only. British comedian Ricky Gervais perfectly encapsulated Donald Trump's rationale for kicking of a potentially lethal conflict in a single, morbidly funny tweet this morning:
(Note to Americans: 'Trainers' are 'sneakers').
I wrote about this earlier this week, arguing that Trump is ratcheting up the rhetoric against North Korea because he understands his presidency is falling apart incredibly quickly. From the failure of Obamacare to pass for the umpteenth time to Congress openly defying the president to apply sanctions against Russia, Trump is rapidly losing authority and control of his administration. His poll numbers are in the toilet and won't budge, and the Mueller investigation grows in scope every day. Trump feels the walls closing in on him, and his tweeting skills are not providing enough of a distraction to give him cover.
The right wing media, and in particularly Trump's personal cheerleaders Sean Hannity and Newt Gingrich, have been doing their utmost to present North Korea as an imminent danger to the United States:
While the North Korean government is certainly a threat to its own people and its neighbors, in no working model of reality is it a threat to the United States. Any conflict with the hermit kingdom would be entirely voluntary on behalf of America, and it seems Trump has decided he wants in on war in an effort to seem like a tough leader.
War with North Korea would be catastrophic for humanity, resulting in millions of deaths from a nuclear fallout and a power vacuum that could easily lead to decades of civil war. The American public allowed one idiot to drag it into a pointless, bloody conflict in the Middle East, and now they are on the verge of letting another one do the exact same thing in a country most of them couldn't point to on a map.