One of the worst strategies that one can employ all the way from one’s personal life to global affairs is to ignore the problem and hope it goes away. That’s not to say that strategy doesn’t sometimes work, because it does. But that might be because some other interested party intervened on your behalf. In any event, it’s foolhardy to count on it as a way of life.
Yet this is exactly what nations do, and the United States is not innocent of such dangerous thinking and non-action. This can best be seen in our financial affairs which, if not corrected, will ultimately lead to an unprecedented national financial crisis that might not be fixable for decades. This is not fear mongering, but just a matter of running the numbers.
Past administrations have employed this strategy of not addressing the problem with North Korea to the point where now it is a potential crisis. If North Korea has the ability to launch hydrogen bombs to even the west coast of the U.S., they are officially members of the “nuclear club.” U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley is demanding the strongest of sanctions on North Korea, stating that “We cannot kick this can down the road any longer…Enough is enough. War is never something the United States wants. … But our country’s patience is not unlimited.” Very serious talk.
“U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Monday asked the body’s Security Council to impose the strongest possible sanctions against North Korea in response to the rogue nation’s most recent nuclear test, saying ‘the time for half measures … is over.'”
President Trump has made similar comments: “‘North Korea is a rogue nation which has become a great threat and embarrassment to China, which is trying to help but with little success,’ Trump said in one of several tweets Sunday.”
Finally, we have these remarks from Defense Secretary Mattis:
“Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said later in the day, in a White House meeting on the matter, that any threats by North Korea to the United States or its allies will be met with an ‘effective and overwhelming’ military response.”
Given that North Korea has no hope of defeating the U.S. in conventional or nuclear war, why the threats and posturing from Kim Jong-un? Does he believe China will come to his rescue? Is he suicidal? Does he just enjoy poking President Trump in the eye? Does he believe collateral damage to nearby nations makes it virtually impossible for the U.S. to engage the North in a war?
“North Korea is ‘begging for war,’ Haley also said Sunday. ‘The time for half measures by the Security Council is over.'”
The time for half measures was over a long time ago. That we face such a grave situation is the result of the dereliction of previous administrations with regard to the issue of a North Korea growing more aggressive and advanced militarily. Unfortunately, correcting problems before they become crises is not Washington’s way.
Source: Fox News