On the morning of Saturday, January 13, Hawaiians received a startling text message:
BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.
Hawaii representatives like Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard announced the panic had been a false alarm — 38 terrifying minutes later. Governor David Ige told reporters an employee triggered the alert by "hitting the wrong button." Gabbard commented to CNN's Jake Tapper that describing the incident as "traumatic" would be an understatement.
The urgent text message prompted many Hawaii residents to call their friends and family to say goodbye.
Though this ordeal ended up being a false alarm, Gabbard would like to make sure America "really highlights the stark reality the people of Hawaii are facing." Cold-war era missile siren tests have become familiar throughout the state as tensions between the U.S. and North Korea increase.
President Trump and Kim Jong Un regularly trade barbs even as their respective support systems beg them to negotiate.
Rep. Gabbard called on President Trump to personally begin negotiations with Kim Jong Un:
We’ve got to get to the underlying issue here of why are the people of Hawaii and this country facing a nuclear threat coming from North Korea today, and what is this President doing urgently to eliminate that threat? … I’ve been calling on President Trump to directly negotiate with North Korea, to sit across the table from Kim Jong Un.
Gabbard believes Kim Jong Un is unlikely to give up his nuclear program after so many other dictators have done the same, only to be overthrown shortly thereafter.
She believes we should negotiate with North Korea without any pre-determined goals.
So that exists as a result, again, of our decades-long regime change world policies around the world, that North Korea is now in a position where Kim Jong-un is saying, no way, I’m not going to give up these nuclear weapons. Because he doesn’t see that credible message coming from the United States that we don’t — we’re not interested in overthrowing your government. We’re interested in removing this nuclear threat from our country in the world.
Gabbard's idea might not be a bad one. After all, North and South Korea have just resumed their dialogue and negotiations after two years of silence.
Perhaps it's time President Trump followed their example and started talking things out.
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