Former President Barack Obama’s National Security Advisor Susan Rice wants President Donald Trump to tolerate North Korea’s nuclear weapons.
“History shows that we can, if we must, tolerate nuclear weapons in North Korea — the same way we tolerated the far greater threat of thousands of Soviet nuclear weapons during the Cold War,” the former National Security Advisor wrote in an op-ed for the New York Times while criticizing the President’s “fire and fury” rhetoric.
She urged Gen. John Kelly, White House chief of staff, to stop the President while attacking Dr. Sebastian Gorka, the deputy assistant to the president.
“John Kelly, Mr. Trump’s chief of staff, must assert control over the White House, including his boss, and curb the Trump surrogates whipping up Cuban missile crisis fears,” she wrote in the piece.
According to Rice, the President’s rhetoric was “unprecedented and especially dangerous,” and claimed America would have to be cautious while responding to North Korea.
“Unscripted, the president said on Tuesday that if North Korea makes new threats to the United States, ‘they will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.’ These words risk tipping the Korean Peninsula into war, if the North’s leader, Kim Jong-un, believes them and acts precipitously,” she wrote.
“Either Mr. Trump is issuing an empty threat of nuclear war, which will further erode American credibility and deterrence, or he actually intends war next time Mr. Kim behaves provocatively. The first scenario is folly, but a United States decision to start a pre-emptive war on the Korean Peninsula, in the absence of an imminent threat, would be lunacy,” Rice added.
Rice also urged the President to continue the doctrine of Obama, by continuing the joint military exercises with South Korea and adding more sanctions, even though North Korea is becoming increasingly hostile and unstable.
“Rational, steady American leadership can avoid a crisis and counter a growing North Korean threat,” she claimed. “It’s past time that the United States started exercising its power responsibly.”
For all her words about exercising power responsibly regarding North Korea, you would think Rice would mention that the Clinton administration helped get North Korea nukes in the first place.