The Trump administration is horrible at assessing worldwide threats:
#BREAKING North Korean nuclear weapons ‘existential menace’ to US: intelligence chief
— AFP data firm (@AFP) February 13, 2018
If Dan Coats believes that North Korea’s arsenal is an “existential threat” to the U.S., he has no thought what the phrase means and his judgment shouldn’t be trusted. Perhaps he doesn’t really contemplate this, nonetheless thinks it’s a good way to frighten members of Congress and most people into going along with a bankrupt North Korea protection. In that case, he additionally wants to be ignored. There are presumably two completely different states that might set off the destruction of the United States with their nuclear arsenals, and so they may be destroyed throughout the course of by ours. Otherwise, there usually are not any worldwide existential threats to the U.S. Referring to North Korea’s nuclear weapons as an existential menace is completely mistaken, and it is deeply irresponsible concern-mongering on the part of the Trump administration to make this declare. The solely motive I can contemplate to make such an unfounded and false declare is to assemble help for an assault.
Threat inflation is among the many most pervasive and harmful parts of our worldwide protection discourse. Manageable threats are blown out of proportion, deterrable adversaries are reworked into irrational, unstoppable menaces, and restricted dangers are exaggerated previous recognition. That not solely encourages ever-elevated ranges of pointless navy spending, however it moreover generates unwarranted concern regarding the security of the nation. That permits our political leaders to protect aggressive insurance coverage insurance policies that do not have something to do with the safety of the United States, and it leads them to embrace reckless and outrageous protection ideas, along with preventive warfare, to “solve” points that don’t exist.