When is this country most vulnerable? About the time on Inauguration Day when the president-elect puts his hand on the Bible and raises his right hand. I’m trying to imagine what could go wrong on this Inauguration Day, especially given the bellicosity of candidate and now President-elect Trump.
Trump has made a lot of noise about China. No problem. But then he doubled down by taking a congratulatory phone call from the president of Taiwan. A week later he doubled down again on that by saying the United States isn’t bound by the one-China policy, a policy that for decades says with a wink and a nod that there’s only one China and its capital is in Beijing.
China considers Taiwan a rogue state. It considers Taiwan part of China. Trump seems to have cast that aside. How might China react?
First, a time zone lesson. When it’s noon in Washington, it’s midnight in Beijing.
I solemnly swear …
If I were the president of China, I’d move an armada around Taiwan and at the stroke of midnight sail into its main port and declare that Taiwan is part of China, hands down. I’d have my missiles locked and loaded should there be resistance. In other words, I’d show Trump that there is a one-China policy.
But, wait, there’s more than just China.
The boy despot in North Korea is ready to show off his nuclear capability. What if he lobbed some missiles on South Korea? Even if the missiles are not nuclear, consider the reaction? Our current secretary of defense said on Meet the Press that the United States would shoot down any missile aimed at it or an ally. Well, South Korea’s an ally.
Are we going to go to war with China over Taiwan? Are we going to go to war with North Korea over South Korea?
…will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.
And where do you think the Russians will come down on all of this? Why, such a move by China alone would play into Putin’s hand. Throw in North Korea and it’s game on.
Of course, I hope none of this happens, but I do believe Trump is in addition to becoming the commander-in-chief may also become the enabler-in-chief.