Tensions within the Korean Peninsula have been increasing in recent weeks, and Vice President Mike Pence has embarked on a 10-day Asian tour to reassure America’s allies that the United States won’t back down when it comes to North Korea.
Pence’s first stop in his journey was to South Korea. In addition some high-level meetings and ceremonies, Pence made an unexpected trip to the Demilitarized Zone, CNN reported.
In his trip to the DMZ, Pence broke security protocols just to be able to stare across that line at the North Korean troops who were staring back at him. It was a truly stunning display of American determination — and one that put President Barack Obama to shame.
Photographs of Pence along the DMZ (like the one below) show what American toughness looks like. Honestly, the pictures make it look like Pence is ready to march into North Korea and take on the entire army by himself.
ABC News noted that in 2012, Obama visited the DMZ, but he was hiding behind two inches of bullet proof glass. Pence didn’t hide behind anything. He stared out defiantly into the Hermit Kingdom.
In an interview with CNN at the DMZ, Pence stated that the era of “strategic patience” with North Korea was at an end, and that the United States would double down in its efforts to make North Korea change its behavior.
“We’re going to abandon the failed policy of strategic patience. But we’re going to redouble our efforts to bring diplomatic and economic pressure to bear on North Korea. Our hope is that we can resolve this issue peaceably,” Pence said.
President Donald Trump’s military actions in other areas of the world so far have made it clear that he is prepared to do whatever is necessary to prevent North Korea from acquiring a nuclear warhead that could hit the U.S. mainland.
It’s nice to have a leader who isn’t afraid to march right up to one of America’s enemies and show them that we aren’t afraid of them at all.
This is the type of leadership has needed for years.
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