Most of the time, few if any Americans pay much attention to what 3rd world nations do around the globe.
The biggest majority of the American citizens spend their days working for a living, or if you happen to be a Millenial, you spend your days in your mother’s basement playing on X-Box. In other words, most Americans are simply not motivated to worry about what Kim Jong Un is up to in this depressing and dark nation known as North Korea.
This lack of interest in the rogue country might be about to change. According to an article in Yahoo News, top White House officials have recently made statements that their patience regarding Un is wearing very thin and military options are definitely on the table. In fact, one government official stated that the “clock has run out” on diplomacy.
As the new President prepares to meet with his Chinese counterpart at Mar Lago, we can pretty much be guaranteed that North Korea will be a major talking point. The Yahoo reporter (in the linked article above) made the point that China doesn’t want North Korea to go to war anymore than we or anyone else does, except possibly Un himself. If a war does happen, millions of North Korean refugees would no doubt pour across the Chinese border fleeing the conflict.
President Trump has made it very clear that he will never allow North Korea to complete its long-range nuclear weapons program.
If you and I were drinking coffee tomorrow morning, this would be my argument.
Chinese President Xi is coming to America and will be in a very peaceful and relaxing environment in South Florida. President Trump needs to allow him to adjust to the time zone changes, play a round of golf, eat a lobster, then corner him on North Korea.
The second thing that needs to happen is, we need to pull our 25,000 armed services personnel off the South and North Korea border. The first thing Kim Jong Un will do if he feels threatened is to invade South Korea as Seoul is only 50-miles from the border. If he attacks, he will do so with an Army of a million men and overwhelm the defense system on the border. We would lose those 25,000 almost immediately.
My prayer is that nuclear weapons are off the table even for a conflict with North Korea. I am very skittish of opening Pandora’s Box again by using even limited low-level nukes for a ground offensive. The problem is, we are committed to protecting South Korea and to be candid, that may very well be the only way we can stop North Korea from decimating the South is with the use of low-level nuclear weapons.
Every day that ticks off, seems to be bringing a conflict with North Korea closer to a reality. Kim Jong Un over the past several months has released more and more threatening statements, not to mention firing off rockets aimed at Japan. His latest threat came a couple of weeks ago when he said that he was going to nuke our (meaning American) military bases in Japan. Yokuska, Japan is home to dozens of American warships as well as thousands of our Naval support personnel. Okinawa is home to one of our largest Marine bases where ten thousand or more our young Marines call home.
In other words, if Kim wants to make a point and he does fire off a live nuke at Japan, this would no doubt cause a major conflict between the United States and North Korea. Now the question becomes, does China get involved and come to the aid of the young Dictator of North Korea?
There is now little doubt that North Korea has become a major thorn in the side of China. They are basically trapped into making a decision to blindly supporting the rogue nation because they are allies or choosing to stand down for fear of having to fight the United States. China has much to lose in terms of trade, money, and a future for their economic stability.
It is times like this that I am personally very gleeful that I am not the President of the United States. This issue could and very likely will become very sticky.