First let me say tyhat I have written more about North Korea in the last 3 months than anytime in the previous 10 years.
What little expertise I have is on the Middle East….I leave Asia to those better qualified to write on the region. But in this case all the rhetoric and chest thumping is very similar to the days before two Gulf Wars.
I am talking about the political rhetoric…….
Gulf War 1 or Desert Storm as it was known worldwide was predicated on lies. Yes, Iraq had invaded Kuwait but the “sources” that were used to go to war were the Iraqis inhumane treatment of hospital patients….especially when he took the “iron lungs” and left the occupant on the floor to die. When that did not work the public into a frenzy then the old reliable was used…..Saddam was looking to get nuclear weapons…that worked…the country was so outraged at this prospect that war was inevitable.
Then there was the run up to Gulf War 2……many different situations were floated to whip the public into a war frenzy….of course there was the usual WMDs….then again with the nukes….Saddam was in search of yellow cake uranium…eventually the country was worn down and to war we went (again).
Well this time it is that small country of North Korea…..the rhetoric continues…..NK is working on a nuke weapon……then he, Li’l Kim, fired off some missiles that kept getting larger and traveling further…….until we have a missile with the capability of reaching as far inland as Chicago. The problem was that their guidance systems sucked so the missile would not be accurate for another year or more.
Then there was the nuke warheads…..we know he has exploded several bombs but according to intel NK has not figured out how to miniaturize the warhead to fit on a missile.
Well that intel was mistaken…… The Washington Post is out with a chilling report about North Korea’s nuclear capabilities: It says Pyongyang has figured out how to make a nuclear warhead small enough to be carried by a missile. The news comes from a newly completed assessment by US intelligence officials, and it suggests that the North has passed the crucial milestone years ahead of schedule. It’s not known whether the North has actually tested such a warhead, though it has boasted of doing so. Combined with the nation’s progress in testing intercontinental ballistic missiles, which could someday reach US shores, the news will only raise the pressure on President Trump and the international community.
With that intel now available our president has taken to the airways to threaten NK…….
Trump made a jarring statement: “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States,” he told reporters, per ABC News. “They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.” He said Kim Jong Un has been “very threatening” and reiterated that the North “will be met with fire, fury and frankly power the likes of which the world has never seen before.”
That looks like a Trump impression of Churchill….and a bad impression at that.
He has drawn a line in the sand….but there is a small problem with the intel…….It remains unclear just how firm the new assessment by the Defense Intelligence Agency is, notes the Atlantic. The Post reporters were read an excerpt of the report and did not see it in its entirety. “What we don’t know … is how confident the agency is in its assessment and what its assessment is based on. Nor is it clear whether other US intelligence agencies share this view.”
It appears that we have threatened war on some possibly shabby intel….maybe it would be more prudent to wait until all agencies weigh in before we go to war…..Just a thought.
After the “Fire and Fury” threat from Trump then it was Kim’s time to shine……
North Korea says it is examining its operational plans for attacking Guam to contain US bases there, the AP reports. The army said in a statement distributed Wednesday by the state-run news agency that it is studying a plan to create an “enveloping fire” in areas around Guam with medium- to long-range ballistic missiles.
Yes shabby intel…..this is the same prediction that the DIA made in 2013….is it true this time or is it just a re-release of an old memo?
But dammit the MSM has taken this story and run with it……doing what they do best…..misleading the public to support a much desired war.
I can recall the shabby intel that got us into our last war….how about you?
Has the Fire and Fury started yet?