With all the hoopla about N. Korea in the news, have we lost our focus on domestic issues? It appears that President Trump isn’t much of a multi-tasker.
North Korea has saber-rattled before.
George W. Bush referred to it, under Jong-un’s predecessor, as part of the “axis of evil” in his State of the Union Address in 2002. Back then, he was accused of being a hawk, attempting to start trouble around the world. Look how “far” we’ve come!
Our military is showing its might. We’ve dropped the Mother of All Bombs (MOAB) for the first time on a tunnel in Afghanistan to oust ISIS, but it has been speculated that this was timed to show Jong-un what we were capable of. He had been planning to fire, and did launch a missile on April 15th, a holiday in N. Korea, which coincided with the birthday of his deceased grandfather. Much to his shame, the missile misfired.
Jong-un probably has no long range missiles capable of hitting the United States at this time. These are known as ICBM‘s. (Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles). We know his military is working day and night to develop them. But that doesn’t mean he can’t wreak havoc now by hitting Japan or his nemisis, South Korea with shorter range missiles.
If we are going to act preemptively, as Trump keeps alluding to, we face a dilemma. There are several hundred thousand Americans and Canadians living and working in Seoul, S. Korea, (including my own son). It would be highly irresponsible to try and take out Jong-un, or his nuclear capabilities, without first getting those people out of the danger zone. Something could go wrong and millions of people could die.
Seoul and the surrounding area has a population that exceeds ten million. But removing Westerners from Seoul would surely indicate to N. Korea that we intend to take action – and that action alone could cause Jong-un to strike first. There is no way to logistically move so many people under cover.
Other considerations include China’s complex involvement. China has been an uneasy ally and trading partner of N. Korea for many years. China has warned Jong-un to back down on his nuclear weapons development, but it is also a communist country. China doesn’t want to fight with N. Korea. It also doesn’t want to be swamped with thousands and thousands of refugees pouring over its border. It’s a delicate balance for which the U.S. could ultimately be blamed by many countries for disturbing.
Germany, France, and Italy have friendly trade agreements with N. Korea. They are all part of NATO. How would that work? Would they be angered by a U.S. preemptive strike? Russia has an even bigger stake in a N. Korean trade agreement. Sides would be taken, and there are more than two in this complex web.
Donald Trump has been poking the Dragon of N. Korea for several weeks, in speeches, interviews, and on Twitter. He inadvertently fixates the world on N. Korea, giving Jong-un the attention he craves. Trump should be the better man and calmly assume his other duties. The world knows that we are far stronger than N. Korea. By the time it can reach us with an ICBM, we would hope to be able to stop it with our missile defense system. We have been testing shorter range missile destruction in conjunction with Japan, something that is not reported in the MSM.
We have also sent an armada of Navy vessels to the region. But to taunt and flaunt daily what we are capable of after the MOAB was detonated is not wise. There is too much pride to contain the next move.
“Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.” (Proverbs 16:18)
President Trump, you can sit down now.