President Trump said on August 8th: “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.”
War should be our last choice. If fought, a United America must fight to total victory and with overwhelming force.
Today, the US announced that North Korea was able to create and successful load miniature nuclear warheads onto its ICBMs. Over the last month, North Korea proved it could hit the US mainland as far as Chicago, and maybe even New York and DC with its missiles. It is a failure of epic proportions that this psychotic, communist country was allowed to get this far.
War is here. It’s is almost certainly not optional.
The United States and North Korea agreed to an armistice in 1953. The war never ended. The parties just agreed to stop fighting. Since that time, the North Korean regime has been a communist puppet of the Chinese. It is the bad cousin, allowed to say mean things, provoke Americans, and cause us to expend time, money, and resources on it. This policy of baby-sitting a despotic, killer regimes, worked until somebody let them get nuclear technology.
Then somebody let them get missile technology. Now, they can hit us anywhere.
North Korea isn’t Russia, or even China. North Korea is insanity. Crazy people run it, and it is the world’s most closed, secretive, and deadly society. For nearly 25 years, communist Russia, communist China, and Islamofascist Iran have been prodding, feeding, provoking, and poking the North Korean bear. In so doing, their interest is to create a country that will attack America and land a death blow to the last superpower … a blow that will not be of their making, technically.
When I say the North Koreans are crazy … it’s not hyperbole. They think strange things, like Kim Jong-Il, the late ruler invented the hamburger. He also walked at 3 weeks, spoke at 8 weeks, and was a divine birth. These are some of the less fantastic claims.
When America won the atomic weapons race and put an end to a fanatical, suicidal, religious death cult in Japan, it started the arms race between east and west. Now, too many countries have the weapons. A nuclear arsenal sits in Pakistan, a country run and controlled by the fanatics in its intelligence service that support the Taliban. With North Korean help and US cash and acquiescence, the world’s leading exporter of terrorism, Iran is on its way to nuclear weapons.
It was only a matter of time before nuclear weapons landed in the hands of fanatics, and not just fanatical nations. In North Korea, these world ending weapons belong to a fanatic who controls a fanatical nation. Likewise, he has the systems and technology to deliver these weapons to our homes.
Nuclear proliferation must end here … now … this week. Option two is the certain end of the world in nuclear horror, at a time of North Korea’s choosing.
The single greatest failure of the United Nations, and those self-interested snakes and spies who run it, was failing in a mission to stop nuclear proliferation.
More pointedly, some countries saw nuclear proliferation of this kind as the only way to bring down economic and military competitors. Think about it, a world run amuck of nuclear nations and factions makes the US easier to compete with and much easier to corner militarily.
Make no mistake, America; this nuclear proliferation was part of Russo-Chinese collaboration to destabilize and bring down the last great super-power.
Americans can’t live with a nuclear North Korea … or a Nuclear Iran … or a Nuclear Pakistan.
At an impossible time in history, America faces a horrific, necessary, and devastating task. It faces it as a divided country with a very imperfect leader. Trust is low. Confidence is waning. I get that.
The nuclear North Korean problem may be the fault of the last 3, 4, or 5 US Presidents and the weak men and women who served in our Congress. It doesn’t really matter whose fault it is or was.
It’s Donald Trump’s problem now.
To be clear, a nuclear North Korea isn’t just Trump’s problem. It isn’t a republican problem. It’s an American and world-wide problem. A nuclear North Korea is an existential threat to humanity.
America must give the North Korean regime a choice. We must invite it to step back. Mr. Kim Jon-Un can unconditionally surrender and stand his military forces down … permitting UN peacekeepers to occupy North Korea as the country works to unify with the South.
If it does not do so, we must eliminate it from the planet earth … lock, stock, and barrel.
War on the Korean peninsula will cost tens of millions of lives, if not more. Repeat that line many, many times. They will be Korea lives, North and South. They may be Japanese lives and certainly Chinese lives. They will include American lives. The question America must answer, however, is how many lives will be lost if North Korea isn’t stopped this week? What cities do we lose, and how big are the world-wide losses?
Every single day we permit North Korea to dig deeper, fortify better, increase technology, move missiles to mobile strike capabilities, and to create more and better weapons, we add to the lost lives in a later war by the tens of millions.
A US Military strike immediately will have devastating effects, and it could trigger a world war where 100 million lives are lost. That’s real. But the best chance the US has of taking out North Korean nuclear capabilities is in a massive, unrepentant, all out strike immediately. That best chance is really the best chance we have of doing so without taking a North Korean nuclear strike on the mainland.
I am not kidding. We can have no compromise.
Earlier this year, I wrote passionately about the effects of the liberal war on Trump. The North Korean provocation is a direct result of a weakened, unpopular US President. Like it or not, when one’s party weakens the President, it weakens America. In this case, Mr. Trump is looking at low approval ratings, attacks from the left and right, and an unceasing war on his administration, policy and character. Some of this, he richly deserves. That’s not the point. The point is, when he is weak, we are weak.
No nation-state pokes a popular US President … because a popular US President controls the world’s greatest military and enjoys the support of his people to use it. Jong-Un is no rocket scientist. He’s a loon, raised by a man who was insane and paranoid. Un thinks he has Mr. Trump right where he wants him now, and his provocations reflect his belief that Trump is weak, and his even more fatal belief that North Korea is strong. It’s not strong enough right now.
Whatever one thinks of Mr. Trump, he must act.
He must not waver, and he cannot simply act impetuously. Thankfully, Generals Mattis and Kelly advise him. I do not fear the military option. I fear that Trump, Congress, and “we the people” will not rally to the cause and support our country.
We don’t have a plan, nor can we ever have a plan that includes a nuclear North Korea.
Absent surrender, war is here.
If we are to “avert” war now, and Kim stays in power, we will answer for that choice someday. The cost of that decision might not be merely a #Calexit … it might be world nuclear war.
Author: Richard Kelsey
Richard Kelsey is the Editor-in-Chief of Committed Conservative.
He is an Attorney, a former Assistant Law School Dean, Law Professor, and Virginia state court law clerk. Dean Kelsey was also the CEO of a technology company specializing in combating cyber-fraud. He is a regular commentator on legal and political issues in print, radio and on TV.
Rich graduated from George Mason law school, clerked for the Arlington Circuit Court, and later joined an AM LAW top 10 law firm practicing commercial litigation. He left the firm to be counsel and CEO to a consulting firm, rising to CEO of Turiss, LLC, a technology firm specializing in computer forensics, digital investigations, and fighting cyber-fraud through civil intel services and new technologies. Upon the sale of the company, Kelsey returned to Mason Law, where in the years before his return, he both taught at the school and served as President of the Law Alumni Association. Kelsey was the Assistant Dean for Management and Planning.
At Mason, Dean Kelsey taught legal writing and analysis and an advanced litigation seminar. In 2014 he was elected by the graduating class as the faculty speaker at their graduation. While serving the former George Mason Law, Kelsey conceived of, planned, and brought to fruition Mason’s Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property, known as CPIP.
Rich has appeared on radio, TV, and in print hundreds of times as both a legal expert and political and legal commentator. He provided the legal analysis for all stages of the Bob McDonnell trial and appeal for numerous outlets including NPR and WMAL. He writes on occasion for the American Spectator and CNSNews.com. He returned to private practice in September of 2016, and he is working on a book/expose on legal education.
In his free time, Rich is part of the baseball mafia of Northern Virginia, serving on numerous boards and as a little league and travel baseball coach.
Rich has many opinions, and they are his own. His Twitter handle is @richkelsey.