Fox News’ Shepard Smith, who is not one to be bogged down by the nuances of global politics, put his foot in his mouth again today while taking a vague stab at President Obama’s foreign policy. The whole incident just goes to show how much pressure there is on Fox to conform to the station’s system of beliefs. Anything that Obama says has to be approached with an air of skepticism; even if what our president is saying is that a crazy dictator like Kim Jong Un has no business testing nukes in the 21st century.
Of course, Smith didn’t suggest that North Korea should be allowed to test nukes without any consequences. In reality, he actually agrees with the president completely. I assume he’s not suggesting that we should just run into North Korea today and start a war. The day after a country has perfected their nuclear arsenal is kind of a bad day to pick a fight with them. Especially if they don’t actually plan on losing any of those weapons without being provoked. So without identifying what he thinks the president should do in this very sensitive situation he criticized president Obama. The segment was supposed to be purely journalistic, non-opinion news. Fair and balanced at its finest.
He then took the president’s statement that “America [would] never accept North Korea as a nuclear power” to mean that Obama doesn’t believe that the North Koreans actually have such capabilities. “Ridiculous,” he said of Obama’s denunciation, “welcome to reality [President Obama].” If the situation really is as dire as Fox News is making it out to be – and it almost never is – then now is exactly the time to stop making such selfish pigheaded stances based purely on party affiliation. We’re never going to de-escalate these sorts of situations if half of America decides to completely check out of functional discussion for years at a time whenever a Democrat is in office.
That said, Fox News also neglected to add several bits of information that make North Korea’s attempts to frighten the world still just as pathetic as they’ve always been. First of all team Un has had a very spotty record with missile launches. Many of the dozens of intermediate range missiles (ie still incapable of reaching the US) Pyongyang has launched have failed to launch and some experts suggest that even the ones that have succeeded wouldn’t carry large nuclear warheads. Furthermore despite having the technology for making nuclear weapons the economically devastated nation ( #ThanksObama ) only has the budget to make about half a dozen (some say 10) functioning warheads. Not to mention the fact that the US would likely be able to detonate any such missile before it reached a populated area.
The real threat here is that the North Koreans may sell off these warheads or the technology to make them to other parties, which is an inevitable reality of the post-atomic era. Eventually most countries will know how to make a nuke. The goal is as always is to make them not want to do so. It appears then that the apocalypse the folks at Fox have been hoping for isn’t quite inevitable just yet. But perhaps, if our Republican Congress and their cronies on Fox keep trying to sabotage everything our federal government does we may get there soon.
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