Donald Trump’s 3AM phone call has arrived, in the form of a North Korean nuclear test that the regime claims proves it has a hydrogen bomb. Here’s hoping he ignores the call.
Even if Pyongyang’s claims are true, the political reality will be much more dull than the frantic overreaction to it. There is very little that the United States can do to North Korea if we want to avert a catastrophic bloodbath in South Korea and Japan. Mark Bowden in The Atlantic recently gave a tremendous overview of our limited options in dealing with the intransigent dictatorship: long story short, waiting them out is literally our best option.