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Breaking News: Honky Cat challenges Rocket Man. World extinguishes like a candle in the wind. SAD! Songs Say So Much. During his first major UN address, President Trump delivered tough talk to Iran and North Korea, again referring to Kim Jung Un as “Rocket Man” and declaring that: “The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.” Here’s my issue with the bombastic North Korea talk: First, it’s worth noting that, so far, the citizens of North Korea are Kim Jung Un’s primary victims. Totally destroying them has been his family’s specialty. It shouldn’t be ours. Second, a core strategy of the Kim dynasty has been to manufacture a threat from the US and use the fears of that threat to maintain power and justify the starving of their own people. Talk of fire, fury, and total destruction plays right into that narrative. You may see it differently, but to paraphrase another Elton John line: Don’t Shoot Me, I’m Only the Internet Editor.

+ Benjamin Netanyahu was a big fan of the speech. Here’s more reaction and moments from the rest of the day at the UN.

+ “UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned the world’s leaders Tuesday that the threat of a nuclear attack is at its highest level since the end of the Cold War and ‘fiery talk can lead to fatal misunderstandings.'”

+ Evan Osnos: Why China Won’t Pressure North Korea as Much as Trump Wants.

+ NPR: Some analysts say time may be right for a rethink on North Korean nuclear crisis.

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