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North Korea: Has the Time Come?

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The North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un has become increasingly more aggressive amid escalating tensions over the country’s missile tests and bellicose rhetoric and many say that they believe he may be mentally unstable.

Past Presidents have been kicking this North Korean can down the road for decades now and the question is, is it time to do something more substantive about this very dangerous thorn in our side?

Many may ask the question: why should the United States get involved with the North Korean issue at all, that is a fair question.   The biggest reason is the North Korean government getting their hands on an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) that could be used to deliver a nuclear weapon to our western coast.

The time has come to start discussing the possibilities of the United States actions if North Korea and their unstable leader actually obtains an ICBM.  Kim Jung-Un has basically killed any of his military leaders or advisors who may have a sense of the path their leader is taking their country down.  In doing so he has effectively surrounded himself with people who are yes men and will in no way tell him what he does not want to hear, making him a very dangerous person.

U.S. commercial satellite images have indicated increased activity around North Korea’s nuclear test sites.

I would not want to be in President Trump’s shoes now that this hot potato has landed in his hands.

The obvious question is what do we do about this very dangerous problem?

When looking at the options I can think of no good answers.  Here are those options:

  • We do nothing and see what may happen.
  • We do the best we can to persuade China to do something about what is somewhat of a client state to them.
  • President Trump calls a meeting between the U.S., China, Japan and South Korea to explore the options with them and attempt to come up with criteria and a plan of action if certain “red lines” are crossed. We might want to consider having a discussion with Russia, as they seem to become more powerful in that part of the world, to ask them for their thoughts and what they might do if we act.
  • Shoot one of their test missiles out of the sky. This would show North Korea what our capabilities are and hopefully get them to second guess their current path.
  • If our intelligent agencies determine that North Korea is very close to obtaining an ICBM, we commit to some sort of pre-emptive strike. This pre-emptive strike would need to be very well thought out and attempt to knock out all of their known nuclear sites. Also we would have to have a very well thought out plan of what to do after that pre-emptive strike, i.e. help their government out if for some reason North Korea’s military attempts a coup of the Kim Jong-un government.

Those are the possible options I have thought of, can you add to this list?

The President extended a rare invitation for all 100 U.S. Senators to come to the White House Campus for a classified briefing about the North Korean issue.  This meeting was called by the Senate Majority Leader and according to the White House Press Secretary Shaun Spicer the White House is serving only as a location.

The classified briefing will be given by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats.

I believe the time has come to start discussing and prepping the country for a hopefully final solution to this North Korean problem, do you?

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