As we approach the end of the first year of President Trump’s time in the White House, no itch has been left unscratched more prominently than the nagging North Korean crisis.
The hermit kingdom has long despised the United States due to our involvement in the technically still-ongoing Korean War, whose 50+ year ceasefire looks primed to collapse any day now. Our allegiance with South Korea has kept our nation involved with political and military messes on the Korean Peninsula for decades, and the latest escalation of threats coming from dainty DPRK dictator Kim Jong Un has only added fuel to the fire.
To make matters worse, the years that we hoped to have before North Korea would be capable of hitting the U.S. with a thermonuclear device have disappeared seemingly overnight after a number of successful ICBM tests by Kim and his regime beginning in July.
Now, Secretary of Defense James “Mad Dog” Mattis has a stern warning for the future of the rogue regime.
“’Storm clouds are gathering’ over the Korean Peninsula, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis declared Friday. And as diplomats try to resolve the nuclear standoff, he told soldiers that the U.S. military must do its part by being ready for war.
“Without forecasting a conflict, Mattis emphasized that diplomacy stands the best chance of preventing a war if America’s words are backed up by strong and prepared armed forces.
“’My fine young soldiers, the only way our diplomats can speak with authority and be believed is if you’re ready to go,’ Mattis told several dozen soldiers and airmen at the 82nd Airborne Division’s Hall of Heroes, his last stop on a two-day pre-holiday tour of bases to greet troops.
“Mattis repeatedly stressed that there is still time to work out a peaceful solution. At one point he said diplomacy is ‘going positively.’ But he also seemed determined to steel U.S. troops against what could be a costly war on the Korean Peninsula.
“’There is very little reason for optimism,’ he said.”
North Korea isn’t simply a nuclear threat to the U.S. and her allies, rather, it is a rogue state that routinely enslaves its people while simultaneously failing to provide even the most basic of amenities.
Between the concentration camps and the 1990’s famine that killed millions, the Kim dynasty is primed for removal. The question is: How much damage will be done in the process?