The United States has nearly always competed in the Olympic Games, even when they were literally held by Hitler, and our participation in the Winter Games in Pyeongchang County, South Korea was, by all accounts, a foregone conclusion.
But according to U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, whether we compete in this year's Winter Olympics depends heavily on whether we feel we'll be nuked by North Korea.
“I think those are conversations we are going to have to have, but what have we always said? We don’t ever fear anything, we live our lives,” Haley told media on Monday. “And certainly that is a perfect opportunity for all of them to go and do something they have worked so hard for. What we will do is, we will make sure that we’re taking every precaution possible to make sure that they’re safe and to know everything that’s going on around them.”
But she seemed less concerned about giving a straight answer on whether the U.S. will field an official Olympic team, raising questions as to whether the White House has made any decision on the matter.
"There’s an open question. I have not heard anything about that, but I do know in the talks that we have — whether it’s Jerusalem or North Korea — it’s about, how do we protect the U.S. citizens in the area?" she said.
The Winter Olympics are set to take place just 50 miles from the DMZ that separates North and South Korea, and certainly well within the target zone of North Korean missiles and, more likely, North Korean saboteurs. The State Department has issued a travel warning to Americans headed to the games, and the U.S. is reportedly considering whether to pull non-essential military members (and the families of essential ones) out of the area.
That said, an attack by North Korea during the Olympics might be tantamount to national suicide — not that that's stopped them before.