Elton John was center stage at the United Nations this week as President TrumpDonald TrumpMcAuliffe takes tougher stance on Democrats in Washington Democrats troll Trump over Virginia governor's race Tom Glavine, Ric Flair, Doug Flutie to join Trump for Herschel Walker event MORE branded the North Korean dictator, Kim Jung Un, "rocket man" for his hobby of firing missiles all over the North Pacific region.
Mr. John, of course, had a hit song called "Rocket Man" in 1972.
No word yet from Kim, whom I assume is a big Elton guy. I may be wrong.
Anyway, UN Ambassador Nikki HaleyNikki HaleyUS rejoins UN Human Rights Council, reversing Trump exit Smarkets betting site makes Trump favorite in 2024 Nikki Haley gets lifetime post on Clemson Board of Trustees MORE told the press that the president used the pop-song reference to bring attention to the North Korean situation.
If that's really why he did it — it worked. And considering what Mr. Trump has called other people, from Crooked Hillary to Little Marco, "rocket man" doesn't really sound all that bad.
But what really irked the left-wing forces was the president's threat to "totally destroy" North Korea if it attacks the USA or its allies.
Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits Biden sends 'best wishes' to Clinton following hospitalization The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Altria - Jan. 6 panel flexes its muscle MORE called Trump's speech "very dark, dangerous."
In response, Donald Trump tweeted: "After allowing North Korea to research and build (n)ukes while Secretary of State, ... Crooked Hillary now criticizes."
Boy, if we could ever get these two together on "Dancing with the Stars," the ratings would go higher than Kim's rockets.
The truth is that Barack Obama did next to nothing about North Korea for eight years and Hillary Clinton was a part of that inaction. I mean, the most damaging thing the Obama administration did to Kim was allow Dennis Rodman to visit him.
President ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaProgressives say go big and make life hard for GOP Biden giving stiff-arm to press interviews Jill Biden campaigns for McAuliffe in Virginia MORE's general solution to problems abroad was to take a long lunch. Kim knew it, the Iranian Mullahs knew it, and so did the ISIS savages.
Now, the new American president is telling the world that aggression will be met with aggression and there will be nothing passive about it.
To the Yoko Ono give-peace-a-chance crowd, that policy is horrifying. To the anti-Trump press, it's just another example of bad policy. Incredibly, ABC News chief foreign correspondent Terry Moran said this: "The words ‘totally destroy' a nation of 25 million people, that borders on the threat of committing a war crime.”
Fortunately, many Americans now know that negative overstatements about the president are meaningless and generally mean-spirited. Incisive analysis about the Trump administration is harder to find than a Porterhouse steak in North Korea.
When thinking about the very real threat from North Korea, people the world over should fully understand how brutal the Kim Jung Un regime really is. They should also understand that this danger has been in play for decades.
Mr. Trump's UN speech announced to the world that the "tough action will be taken" card belongs on the table.
And that's where it is right now.
Bill O'Reilly hosts a daily podcast on BillO'Reilly.com. His new book is “Killing England," now available. He is also the former host of "The O'Reilly Factor" on Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @billoreilly.