Trump keeps claiming that we were on the verge of going to war with North Korea before he started to make nice with Kim Jong-Un, which is absurd enough on its own, but now he’s adding a whole new level of dishonesty to that claim by saying that Obama told him that he was just this close to launching a war against that country.
Wait a minute — don’t remember Mr. Obama’s near-war with North Korea? Neither do the people who were working for Mr. Obama at the time.
But President Trump has been telling audiences lately that his predecessor was on the precipice of an all-out confrontation with the nuclear-armed maverick state. The way Mr. Trump tells the story, the jets were practically scrambling in the hangars.“I believe he would have gone to war with North Korea,” Mr. Trump said in the White House Rose Garden on Friday. “I think he was ready to go to war. In fact, he told me he was so close to starting a big war with North Korea.”
The notion that Mr. Obama, who famously equivocated about a single missile strike against non-nuclear Syria to punish it for using chemical weapons against its own civilians, would have started a full-fledged war with North Korea seems hard to imagine, to say the least. But this presumption has become part of Mr. Trump’s narrative in patting himself on the back for reaching out to North Korea to make peace.
Obama national security aides told the Times that there was no discussion at all at the time of going to war with North Korea. Obama needs to come out and publicly call Trump a liar for this. No one could possibly believe it’s true unless they’re utterly delusional.