OK – for the record – H-bombs over the Pacific – NOT FUNNY. The threat of H-bombs over the Pacific – NOT FUNNY.
But, “mentally deranged US dotard” – FUNNY. Think about it for just a minute. The “esteemed” leader of North Korea, upon hearing news of new sanctions, starts to shout and when it comes to an epithet he just gets stuck and sputters. Being supreme leader, he starts yelling, “How dare you let your supreme leader be without words!” This outburst sets the entire English knowledgeable population of his nation to their Korean/English dictionaries to find the perfect insult – only to have them arrive at one so antiquated that no one that actually speaks the English language has used it in a couple of hundred years. This is classic stuff.
Trump has won this round of The Dozens before it has even really started. This is not what one would consider classic statecraft, but it sure is entertaining. If the stakes were not so high, Trump responding by challenging “Pudgy DO-Boy” (Yes, pun intended) to a “Hell in a Cell” match would have me ROFL.
But the best part is the panic this has set the media into. To their minds this qualifies as “escalation.” — Come on people its words – it is blowing off steam and buying time to think things through. It is not politically correct, but it generally serves to deescalate a conflict, not the other way around. Angry energy spent in words is not angry energy spent in punches, armies and nuclear explosions. The media is putting deep thought and analysis into two guys in a bar shouting at each other.
There is a classic scene in the movie “Tin Cup.” After competing for 18 holes, Kevin Costner and Don Johnson are insulting each other in the bar and it turns into a chipping contest. The whole bar spreads out to watch this happen and golf commentator Gary McCord sets out to make the TV call on the lunacy. McCord knows he is being funny. In this situation the press is McCord but they think it is deadly serious, which just makes it funnier.
Please don’t take this as serious commentary on the state of relations between North Korea and pretty much the rest of the world – lead by the US. But what is going on in the media, social and otherwise, is a sideshow and right now that sideshow is very entertaining.