A writer by the name of Mark Almond recently got a four-page spread in The Daily Mail that addressed “western” options vis-à-vis North Korea. Beyond the usual backdrop to the problem, which essentially ignored any details about the appeasements offered to the NORKS by Bill Clinton, Almond offered up a few “alternatives.” Personally, I’m not sure why the Mail would want to inform North Korea about our options —it appears to give some aid and comfort to the enemy, but I nevertheless found his options somewhat interesting. His options were:
Diplomacy —treat North Korea as an equal (not as a rogue), but do try to refrain from Washington’s previous appeasements. Surprisingly, he urged President Trump to demand verification of any halt to nuclear weapons development. I laugh … how does one verify such a thing? Cross my heart and hope to die doesn’t seem to be working very well.
Sanctions —allowing that Kim Jung Un cannot be “sweet-talked” into behaving himself as a responsible national leader, we should perhaps impose further sanctions upon the North Korean regime. Personally, I’m not aware that any of our previous sanctions ever worked. Maybe we should threaten to send Jimmy Carter to North Korea. That might work.
Limited strike —well, once more, I’m not sure that limited strikes serve much purpose beyond reducing America’s arsenal of air-delivered munitions. North Korea is a mountainous country and I have no doubt that Kim Jung Un has a plush underground bunker where he can avoid any discomforts from American/South Korean airstrikes. I do suspect that the American taxpayer paid for these bunkers, but then this is what happens when the American people elect a Clinton to the presidency.
Full Invasion —right. The United States of America is already over-committed to the Middle East and without the massive participation of North Korea’s neighbors (South Korea and Japan) this option would appear to be laughable on its face.
Assassination —Although I do not think there are any Americans who are Democrats, the Democratic party in America would almost certainly oppose such attempts, unless it was Debbie Wasserman Schultz who first came up with the idea. How should we assassinate Kim Jung Un? Well, beyond hiring the Israelis to do it for us, I don’t see how this is a realistic possibility —unless we were to find out that Fat Kim loves M&Ms. In that case, we’ve got him by the short-hairs.
An American Nuclear Strike —I suspect would could never get away with this. Gore would be absolutely apoplectic, and don’t we need to protect Al Gore as a national treasure? I wondered why a British fellow is attempting to encourage an American nuclear strike. Hmmm. Presently, North Korea has somewhere in the neighborhood of sixty nuclear bombs. If he only got off one of these in his own defense, it could get messy. On the other hand, does Un even know where Guam is?
Pressure on China —by far the most logical of all suggestions, with some modification by Machiavellian me. So far, the Chinese have not appeared much disposed to reigning in their little fat tyrant, but what if we offered this suggestion via the New England Journal of Medicine: North Koreans are as nutritionally balanced and tasty as roast duck?
My personal opinion is that it is a darn good thing Mr. Almond isn’t working for the British Defense agency. On the other hand, America has all these MOABs sitting around gathering dust. What if we simply delivered one of these for every square inch of North Korea and made it an UN-limited strike?
I don’t know … I’m old, and confused most of the time. What do Bunkerville reader’s think our options are?