U.S. President Donald Trump is playing a game of nuclear-armed chicken with North Korea. Whatever happens, Trump has weakened America’s ability to address the North Korean threat.
North Korea is one of the most dangerous foreign policy challenges facing the United States, and the threat is growing. But Trump’s opening gambit is only making things worse. The hyperbolic and assertive rhetoric on North Korea coming out of the Trump administration over the last month is an unnecessary, ineffective, and dangerous approach that will result in one of two outcomes: war, or a new U.S. administration with severely damaged credibility to deal with the very real threat on the Korean peninsula.The above excerpt was originally published in The Diplomat.