A couple things to read if you can bear to think further about Mr. Trump and North Korea.
Because there's nothing quite like waking up to a new tweet from Mr. Trump telling rogue states that we're locked and loaded and ready for carnage.
1. "Why deterring and containing North Korea is our least bad option," by Jeffrey A. Bader, Order From Chaos (The Brookings Institute).
The China hand has served multiple administrations. Here he outlines seven approaches that won't work against the boy king—including those that our own boy king already pursues. Bader then asks what would George Kennan do, Kennan having been, in Friedman's words, "the architect of America’s successful containment of the Soviet Union."
Containment and deterrence are not appealing options, just as many condemned those approaches as passive, immoral, and defeatist during the Cold War. In fact they were none of those then, and would be none of those now.
See also: Kennan's 1947 "The Sources of Soviet Conduct."
2. "Trump has been making ominous threats his whole life," by Fareed Zakaria, The Washington Post. Doesn't need much introduction with a headline like that.
For his entire life, Trump has made grandiose promises and ominous threats—and rarely delivered on any. When he was in business, Reuters found, he frequently threatened to sue news organizations for libel, but the last time he followed through was 33 years ago, in 1984. Trump says that he never settles cases out of court. In fact, he has settled at least 100 times, according to USA Today.
See also: "The Credibility Trap," by Max Fisher.
3. "Three of the World’s Coolest Hut Systems," by Abbie Barronian, Adventure Journal
Because who doesn't sometimes just want to tell Mr. Trump to go to hell from a stunning mountaintop?
Visit the highest hut in Italy, Rifugio Regina Margherita, which sits at nearly 15,000 feet, for a truly remote experience. It’s perched atop a subpeak of Monte Rosa, and if you’re daring enough to hike up to its high-altitude home in the winter, you can stay for free. If you’re looking for something a little more luxe, visit the Rifugio Bella Vista in the Val Senales ski domain. In the winter it’s easy to reach on skis, but still feels remote. Plus, it has a sauna.