With N Korea about to carry out a nuclear weapon test, and a US Navy task force nearby, the potential for a very dangerous situation looms large. Candidate Trump , who promised less foreign military adventures has morphed into President Trump with a very different agenda.
"Trump's bombast and bullying, entirely for local consumption bears no comparison"
That is exactly the problem. He is a hard headed narcissist just like his counter part in NK. Neither knows how to back down and that is the danger; an irresistible force meets an immovable object. This way lies madness whatever his underlying intentions are. They are both doing it to satisfy local consumption. Threatening NK and bombing Syria are not of the same order at all. Both of them are maniacs.
Not really the same. With Cuba there was a genuine Mutually Assured Destruction threat, North Korea can threaten the neighbors and maybe Eastern Europe and Canada, their ability to execute their bombastic threats against the US seems limited by the fact that it's outside the range of the Taepodong 2 missile. It's also questionable how many functioning warheads they have. The US Navy currently has fourteen Ohio class with twenty four Tridents a piece, each Trident has up to eight warheads.
If the North Koreans keep any potential conflict conventional they have sufficient numbers and hardware to make it very messy, if they go nuclear the US could reduce them to a glowing coal at the push of a button.
Kim Jong Un would have to be barking mad to push things that far, then again this is a chap that poisoned his half brother and had his uncle shot with an anti aircraft cannon so who knows.