Why the US Hasn’t Brought “Fire and Fury” to North Korea

As the world ponders the meaning of President Donald Trump’s threat of “fire and fury” on North Korea, it’s worth asking why his predecessors never took those steps to stop its nuclear program. Trump isn’t the first president to threaten North Korea. The others were all bluffing.

When Bill Clinton was confronted with the threat of North Korea’s exit from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, he considered military force. But he ended up going for negotiations in what became known as the Joint Framework Agreement. The North Koreans froze their plutonium program in exchange for fuel shipments and a light water reactor from the U.S. Neither side ever fully delivered.

Then there was George W. Bush. He didn’t like North Korea. He put the nation in the original “axis of evil.” On his watch, the U.S. discovered Pyongyang had a secret uranium enrichment program, in violation of the spirit of Clinton’s deal. Then in 2006, North Korea tested its first nuclear device. By 2007, Bush had lifted crippling sanctions on the regime’s elites and entered into new negotiations. And surprise: The North Koreans backed out of those talks at the end, too.

By the time Barack Obama came into power, the North Koreans were back to building up their program. They perfected missiles, sunk a South Korean ship and shelled a South Korean island. The current tyrant, Kim Jong Un, ascended to power and proceeded to consolidate his position, killing his uncle and later his half brother. All the while, Obama pursued a policy of “strategic patience,” aimed at not rewarding Kim’s regime for its provocations and rogue behavior.

Now Trump has inherited a mess. Not only is Kim testing ballistic missiles at an alarming rate, as the Washington Post reported this week, but also the Defense Intelligence Agency now assesses North Korea can miniaturize a nuclear warhead so that it can fit inside a missile. Game, set, match.

So why didn’t the last three presidents take out North Korea’s nuclear facilities when they had the chance? The answer is Seoul, the thriving capital of South Korea. The North has enough artillery pieces within range of this metropolis to kill hundreds of thousands of people, which could very well begin a world war and throw the global economy into a tailspin.

Past presidents have understandably feared the North would retaliate in this way. But for some today, that fear is fading. John Plumb, a former director of defense policy and strategy for Obama’s National Security Council, told the Atlantic last month: “If I were the Trump administration, I would be looking at the threat to incinerate Seoul and trying to figure out how real it is. Because to me, it’s become such a catchphrase, and it almost — it starts to lose credibility. Attacking Seoul, a civilian population center, is different from attacking a remote military outpost. It’s dicey, there’s no doubt about it.”

Intelligence officials have said in recent months that this threat remains very real. While there are steps the U.S. can take to mitigate the problem, such as dropping cluster munitions on the big guns, it’s an imperfect and high-risk strategy. An attack on North Korea would be unpredictable and could unleash far worse on U.S. forces (which have been stationed in South Korea for more than 60 years), not to mention allies like Japan.

All of this gets back to Trump’s bluster. At this point we as Americans ought to expect more careful words from the president. At the same time, nothing Trump said was that different from the implicit threat against North Korea, or any power that threatens American cities with nuclear destruction.

Don’t get me wrong: There are few people on the planet more deserving of “fire and fury” than Kim Jong Un. But would such a strike even eliminate its nuclear program? How far is Trump willing to go? Will he order an invasion of North Korea to topple the regime? And if he does, would he commit the manpower, capital and time to stabilize the country once the Kim dynasty falls?

According to retired Admiral William Perry, Clinton’s second secretary of defense, the U.S. couldn’t even take out North Korea’s nuclear infrastructure with military strikes, given how much it has expanded in the last 20 years. What’s more, the price paid by South Koreans would be unacceptable. This is what he told a group of journalists this spring at an event sponsored by the Hoover Institution.

It’s possible that Trump is counting on his reputation as an impetuous novice — one who Kim just might fear would roll the dice by attacking North Korea. But Trump’s ultimatum allows the boy-tyrant in Pyongyang to test the president’s mettle. (Already the North Korean state media has threatened Guam.) We can expect more taunts and threats in the coming days, proving Trump’s threat was hollow. As hollow as past presidents’ pledges to do the same.

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The Left Cannot Get Over Their Election Loss

Friday, Tom Perez, the newly anointed chair of the DNC (the party that lost the White House, the Senate, and the House of Representatives), called the forty fifth President of the United States a bully and someone who really didn’t win the election. In fact Perez had even more to say in his rant:

“We have a bully in Washington in the White House. Donald Trump, you don’t stand for our values! Donald Trump, you didn’t win this election! Donald Trump, your bromance with Vladimir Putin isn’t doing you any good! Donald Trump, we will resist!” -Tom Perez, DNC Chair

Don’t stand for our values? What are “our values”? And what values do you want us Americans to resist? Law and order? The letter of the law? The Constitution? The obligatory power of the President to protect Americans?

While the left acts like children and just cannot get over the fact that Hillary lost the election and won’t stop their abusive invectives against the man who was CONSTITUTIONALLY elected, calling him illegitimate and his Cabinet scumbags; that man is doing his job we hired him to do. He is building up and modernizing the military, as well as strengthening law enforcement. With General John Kelly, he is ridding this country free of some of the most dangerous elements, who simply don’t belong here and weren’t allowed here in the first place. Like the violent gang members, the ones the leftists city mayors want to keep here, risking the safety of their own law abiding Americans. And with General James Mattis, the military is poised to eliminate those cockroaches known as ISIS, just as President Trump promised.

Imagine a president who not only does what he says, but can actually figure out what the end goal is. As opposed to President Obama’s foreign policy was to have no strategy and that graduated to “contain ISIS and to degrade and destroy them”, all of which never happened. 

And all the while, these wusses obsessing that Russia interfered with our election and our democracy. But these bozos still haven’t figured out what exactly Russia did. But they must have done something because Queen Hillary should have been coronated. Instead of admitting that the woman was so desperate for power (as she set up a private server to collect money and run the government) anyway… you know the rest. The Russians didn’t write her emails that sunk her, she did. And by the way, the Russians didn’t give Hillary the questions before the CNN debate, Donna Brazile did. And no one seems to care or want to investigate that Barack Obama danced with the devil in Tehran, whose people cut off our heads because we’re infidels, you know the the ones who yell “death to America!” The ones he gave one hundred and fifty billion dollars to and another four hundred million that they thought they could quietly get away with.

So while they moan and groan about blowing up the White House and and literally try to suppress our free speech by burning down our building, our president is doing what we hired him to do. 

He’s building up the military and he’s dealing with the greatest historical threat that faces America today: the threat of the Chinese-backed North Korea. Whose leader, Kim Jong-un, is as unbalanced as President Obama’s budget. If or when the clash of the titans does come, these leftist wimps will be the first to pee in their pants and run under their desks and thank their lucky stars that President Donald John Trump and his generals have the guts and the instincts to put on their big boy pants every morning to face the reality of the real danger that is confronting America today.