CNN is so busy rejoicing over the alleged conflict between Rex Tillerson and Donald Trump that they are missing the obvious. Kim Jong-un is a serious problem. The only possibility of getting him peacefully to back off his nuclear program is to scare the crap out of him. The other alternative will be a tragic loss of life on both sides.
Trump and Tillerson may be playing good cop – bad cop to perfection. Trump says scary things on twitter and he is routinely described by the main stream media as insane. There are numerous reports that people from North Korea have contacted senior Democrats and asked them if Donald Trump is for real. Recently there are even reports that Tillerson referred to Trump as a moron. That sounds awful, to CNN, but it actually is great news if North Korea is terrified of Donald Trump. They knew that with President Barack Obama there was absolutely nothing to fear. That is why they instantly restarted their nuclear program when he became President. Trump, on the other hand, is unpredictable. He just may be the ultimate bad cop.
In the meantime, Tillerson clearly has some direct channels to North Korea. Tillerson is almost certainly saying things like: I understand how you feel and I would like to help you, but I’m not sure I can predict what Donald Trump will do. He is the ultimate good cop.
Good cop – bad cop. It has worked many times before on many different people. We all better hope it works this time, because if North Korea underestimates Donald Trump the entire world may pay a terrible price.