Mike Pence has given a word of warning to North Korea – stay in your lane or we will fuck you up. Probably not the exact words used by the vice president, but the meaning was basically the same.
Pence, while visiting Seoul, South Korea; cited the recent bombings in Syria and Afghanistan as what the U.S. might do to the South Korea’s neighbor in the North.
In a previous article, I laid out three scenarios that could have been the motivation for the Syrian bombings. None of which included intimidation of North Korea. I never considered that the most recent events in the Middle East may have been intended to be a show of force to Kim Jong-Un.
If this is the case, this might have been a brilliant tactic on the part of the Trump administration. The rather confusing military maneuvers in Syria and Afghanistan make more sense if they were meant to be a deterrent against a possible nuclear threat. I don’t know if I want to give Trump too much credit, but if this was the intended result then I say bravo.
In likelihood, I think that he is just a madman showing force for the sake of showing force. This scares me in a very real way. Especially, when you realize there are no checks and balances on the president when it comes to authorizing a nuclear strike. It simply seems that Trump’s goal of bombing the world happens to line up with the country’s best interest regarding North Korea.
The North Korean missile program for the last decade or so always seemed like a hilarious joke. After reading and rereading about their many failed attempts to get something off the ground, their program began to feel like a gag piece for the Onion. Then one day it stopped being funny, I don’t know when that might have been, but it seems to have happen in the last six to 12 months.
For me it really stopped being funny when I read in the Financial Times that the U.S. was actively jamming the electronic signals of North Korean missiles. That each failed launch possible wasn’t due to the countries ineptitude to develop a working missile program, but was instead because of some guy in I.T. working for the U.S. military. All of a sudden things got scary.
One missed day of work, or a poorly timed coffee break by someone who monitors these sorts of things could mean nuclear destruction somewhere in Japan or the U.S. The only thing that could potentially be keeping us safe is some ruddy faced underpaid government employee possibly named Milton.
Kim Jong-Un’s threats aren’t masked in the subtle word play of politics, rather he is blunt, and stated he intends to strike the U.S. with one of his bombs. He also has a hard on for Japan, and is for some strange reason China keeps inviting the country to their sleep over. Not cool China.
Caught in the middle of this is South Korea. South Korea, a country that besides a language and a common history, couldn’t be more different from the North. South Korea is essentially being held hostage by the North. Any action made against Kim Jong-Un could be a catastrophe for the South.
Supposedly both China and North Korea were pissed when the U.S. built their THAAD missile defense system in South Korea. They were told to butt out of Asian affairs. Whether the U.S. is some sort of seven headed hydra of hegemony or not means little right now. The U.S. had to get involved, and ultimately I think THAAD is probably a good idea.
The U.S. had to get involved because not only are threats directly being made towards them, but also Japan. If Japan had more of a military, and the North Korean missiles weren’t being pointed at the U.S. bases there, then sure we’d have no reason to mettle.
So refusing to remove the missile system is probably the right move. Conceding to these demands should come with the stipulation that North Korea stops their program, or China stops its support and lets the country flounder.
It would be easy to blame this all on Trump, but in truth this problem has existed for quite some time. I don’t like Trump at all, I think he is a gutless liar, but It would be shifting the blame from one administration to the next. Which is similar to what he has done regarding job creation.
Everything that is happening between the U.S. and North Korea is a long time coming, and there might be a non-violent solution. But I don’t think our president has the oratorical skills necessary to broker such a thing.
North Korea right now appears to be the most immediate threat, however at what cost? That is the real question. Hopefully, Trumps senseless bombings in the Middle East will knock some sense into Kim Jong-Un, but there is a very real possibility that this could just be fuel for the fire to what could become a much greater conflict.
It isn’t something I like to think about, but has become something I have to think about. I have to think about my safety and my security, and weigh the very real consequences that might occur from this administrations actions. An administration, that can’t decide if it wants to be a member of NATO or not, and has been nothing but insulting to its allies.
It continues to burn bridges, as it creates more conflict. So yes, I think intimidating North Korea to cease its nuclear program is a good idea. I only fear that if these types of actions continue that it could become an us against the world scenario later.