While North Korea continues lobbing missiles over Japan, President Trump is stepping up his response. He gave a speech Friday at Joint Base Andrews. The tone of the speech was typical for the President, yet he was standing in front of a B-2 bomber. The backdrop for the speech was meant as a message for North Korea.
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There is no question that the military technology of the United States out-shines that of North Korea, but this may be the most overt show of force for Trump to date. The speech was meant to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Air Force, but it had a much more defiant tone.
“America and our allies will never be intimidated,” Trump said. “We will defend our people, our nations, and our civilization from all who dare to threaten our way of life. This includes the regime of North Korea, which has once again shown its utter contempt for its neighbors and for the entire world community.”
“[…] Nothing inspires more confidence in our friends or strikes more fear in the hearts of our enemies than the sight of American warplanes on the horizon. You patrol the sky, protect the homeland, and deliver American justice to anyone who dares to threaten our people.”
“From the earliest wooden biplanes, to the high-tech UAVs, to the awesome power and stunning beauty of the F-35, B-2, F-22, — and I saw a lot of them today — the F-15, the F-16, the F-18, I don’t know which one I liked the most.”
“But our aviators have given America total dominance of the air and space, no matter where we fly. Now when our enemies hear the F-35 engines, when they’re roaring overhead, their souls will tremble and they will know the day of reckoning has arrived.”
“You are the ones who own the sky. You are our greatest weapon of all. In the last 64 years, American ground forces have not lost a single life to an enemy air strike — pretty amazing — and that is truly a testament to the strategy and skill of American airmen and the essential role you play in our national defense.”
“[…] And I just met a lot of these folks. They’re better looking than Tom Cruise, and we know they can fight better, and we know they can fly better. They better be able to.”
His speech was celebratory, at times, but there–int he background–was the shadow of what might be our next fight.
Earlier in the day, Friday, National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster spoke at the White House press briefing. “North Korea remains one of the world’s most urgent and dangerous security problems,” he said.
McMaster noted that the world wants to use diplomacy to solve the Korean problem, but added, “for those who have said and have been commenting about the lack of a military option, there is a military option.”
“Now, it’s not what we would prefer to do, so what we have to do is call on all nations, call on everyone to do everything we can to address this global problem short of war.”