Quick Takes: Trump Threatens North Korea With Fire and Fury


* You have to wonder if this one was approved by White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.

* If we didn’t have to worry about the fact that he has the codes, this would be the most appropriate response.

* Josh Marshall writes: “If You Weren’t Worried Yet, You Can Start Now.”

The worst possible thing is a President who is stupid, impulsively emotional and has something to prove, which is exactly what we have. (You think his litany of failures as President so doesn’t make him eager for a breakout, transformative moment?) At the risk of stating the obvious, threats like this from a country that has the ability to kill everyone in North Korea at close to a moment’s notice can set off a highly unpredictable chain of events…

The situation with North Korea would be an extreme challenge for a leader with ability and judgment. President Trump is simply too erratic, unstable and dangerous to be in charge in a situation like this.

* Beyond potential nuclear war with North Korea, another thing that worries me is how those who want to avoid dealing with the truth are so frequently trafficking in conspiracy theories. For example, this is Sebastian Gorka’s explanation for why the White House hasn’t commented on the bombing of a mosque in the Twin Cities:

The White House will not officially comment on the bombing of a Minnesota mosque because it may be a hate crime faked by a liberal, according to Trump national security adviser Sebastian Gorka…

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