If the 2nd Cuban Missile Crisis is upon us we ought to be scared.
President Trump’s rhetoric on American power can only end in disaster. While he is well aware of that, he is also aware that American lives are not immediately at stake.
The Cuban Missile Crisis, October 1962. At the height of the Cold War President John F. Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev take the world to the brink of nuclear apocalypse. U.S. security alert was raised to DEFCON 2 and the world prepared for war.
Global obliteration was stopped by one thing that today’s world is missing. Communication.
After a series of intense negotiations and discussions, Kennedy and Khrushchev relaxed tensions and brought the crisis to a close.
Fast-forward 55 years, and we find ourselves on the brink once more. The U.S. is at it again, not against Russia like the years of the Cold War, but confronting a much lesser power, North Korea.
We are also working with two very different human beings, both as unpredictable as the other.
President Trump has proven himself nothing except indecisive, brash and complacent. Meanwhile, the 3rd generation of the Kim dynasty is proving no less reckless than his predecessors or Mr Trump. While the U.S. President may satisfy his own ego by promising “fire and fury” against the regime, those words could quite easily test Trump’s resolve like he never expected.
Currently, the administration and the North Korean government have no channels of communication whatsoever. Arguably, even less so than between America and Russia during the Cold War.
Although DEFCON sits at the least severe threat at this moment, people have a right to be concerned. Luckily, the Trump Administration benefits from moderate voices like Secretary Tillerson, who reassured the American people on a flight to Guam that they should sleep soundly at night.
History happens in cycles. While there is little that can be done to stop that, there can be things done to make sure we avoid calamity like we did in the 1960s.