Donald Trump and his administration continue to lay the groundwork for war with North Korea.
Back in May, a massive cyber attack struck 150 nations, disrupting transportation, healthcare, and government business as digital documents were locked up and held for ransom by the hackers.
After months of investigating, Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert is accusing North Korea of perpetrating the security breach.
According to an NBC News report:
Bossert said the administration’s finding of responsibility is based on evidence and confirmed by other governments and private companies, including the United Kingdom and Microsoft.
“North Korea has acted especially badly, largely unchecked, for more than a decade, and its malicious behavior is growing more egregious. WannaCry was indiscriminately reckless,” he wrote.
Bossert said the Trump administration will continue to use its “maximum pressure strategy to curb Pyongyang’s ability to mount attacks, cyber or otherwise.”
That first part is incredibly ironic since Trump refuses to believe evidence and confirmations by other governments that Russia meddled with the 2016 Election.
Of course, Trump is in the White House because of that interference, so Vladimir Putin is his best friend.
Kim Jong-un, on the other hand, has done nothing to personally help Trump.
For months, Trump has been escalating his feud with the North Korean dictator, even taunting him with names like “Little Rocket Man” via Twitter and in speeches. Trump’s behavior has only provoked the communist nation into making threats against the United States and stepping up their effort to become a nuclear power.
In turn, Trump has threatened to wipe out North Korea entirely and seems to be itching for war.
The new National Security Strategy laid out by Trump on Monday appeared to be marching America closer to a war on the Korean Peninsula.
“As missiles grow in numbers, types, and effectiveness, to include those with greater ranges, they are the most likely means for states like North Korea to use a nuclear weapon against the United States,” the document says. “North Korea is also pursuing chemical and biological weapons which could also be delivered by missile.”
Accusing North Korea of the May cyber attack is just another step on the road toward a bloody war that will add more to the debt and cost both countries precious lives.
America should respond to North Korea, but war is the last option we should pursue. Rather than jumping to military solutions just because Trump fantasizes about being a military commander, we should be strengthening sanctions, coordinating efforts with allies, and seeking diplomatic solutions. Of course, diplomacy will be impossible if Trump continues to dismantle the State Department and can’t keep his mouth shut.
It’s as if Trump is trying to guarantee that a war will happen.
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