Keith Ellison still hasn’t learned how to discipline himself. Frequently, when he gets in front of what he considers a friendly audience, Rep. Ellison let’s fly with a foolish statement. Friday afternoon, Ellison said that North Korean leader Kim Jung Un was “acting more responsibly” than President Trump. Friday night, Rep. Ellison tried digging out of his self-built hole, saying “That was one of those I wish I’d not said. It’s tailor-made for somebody to misuse.”

Gee. How could anyone misuse a statement like that? Notice, though, that he didn’t say that it was wrong for him to make that statement. Ellison’s statement said “You have this guy making bellicose threats against somebody else who has very little to lose over there. Kim Jong Un — the world always thought he was not a responsible leader. Well, he’s acting more responsible than this guy. The time for cranking up the antiwar machine is right now. If you don’t want to be a deer in the headlights, start calling for diplomacy immediately.”

Apparently, Rep. Ellison isn’t too bright. Without a credible military threat as an option, diplomacy fails. The other world leader won’t take you seriously. President Obama drew an imaginary red line in Syria. After Bashar al-Assad violated that red line, President Obama didn’t follow through with his threat. After that, Syria deteriorated quickly.

This isn’t complicated. If there’s nothing to stop evildoers from doing evil, they’ll continue doing evil. The only times that President Obama used force, he created chaos in the region. He didn’t make matters better. He made them worse.

Later in the interview, Ellison said “I’d say he’s being incredibly irresponsible and he’s putting us in a situation where you could have an accidental launch. I mean, his rhetoric might make Kim Jong Un think that he needs to strike first. What we need is someone bringing calm to the situation, not spiking it.”

Actually, Rep. Ellison, what’s needed is someone who puts an end to this situation. Anything short of that is just kicking the proverbial can down the road, something that the Obama administration was good at.

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