Yesterday, while Americans celebrated their independence, North Korea made a show of force with a reportedly successful intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test. The beltway has indicated they were aware of the planned test prior to the July 4th holiday, and Kim Jong Un appeared quite pleased with his accomplishment.
To further inflame the matter he celebrated with taunts referring to the ICBM as a gift for the “American Bastards”, and suggested they should send us “gifts” more often. Clearly, sanctions and negotiations have been a sufficient manner to deter North Korea from developing their nuclear capabilities. And who are we kidding, do we really believe China is going to step up and pressure the North Korean dictator to deescalate his quest to be a nuclear power? After all, in 1982 China made a decision to share their nuclear know-how with developing nations, including North Korea, to create an imbalance of power in which they hoped to emerge as the only world superpower.
So how should we deal with a dictator so bent upon becoming a threat to world security, and more importantly, a nuclear threat to the United States? Many of us have a first instinct that tells us a big, bold offensive military action is the best course, myself included, we are America after all. However, is it wise to risk the possibility of starting world war III? It is a shame that the U.N. has become so worthless, as a united show of strength by all of the member nations might serve to be a successful deterrent, but then again, we are dealing with an out-of-control tyrant.
It seems we have eliminated the non-military options of sanctions and negotiating and some form of military action is likely inevitable to keep this unbalanced tyrant from obtaining any further nuclear capabilities. None of us want to get into an armed conflict and send our servicemen and women to North Korea and I am no expert on foreign affairs or military strategy, just an American that happens to be very opinionated and care a great deal about our nation and its people. After speaking with those who are experienced and do have knowledge of such matters, the consensus among them seems to involve the use of newly developed technology that allows us to intercept ICBMs using a ground-based intercept system. There are 32 ground-based interceptors at Fort Greely, Alaska, and 4 at Vandenberg currently, and the Missile Defense Agency plans to deploy 8 additional ground-based interceptors in 2018.
Great idea, right? Well, these ground-based intercept systems will provide us with increased defense capabilities in the event North Korea ever launched against us; however, I do not see this serving as a deterrent to a nuclear capable North Korea. So how do we deal with a narcissistic sociopath like Kim Jong Un, maybe something that falls under highly classified or off books? I would love to hear your opinions on this matter as it is a very important issue facing our nation today and how we respond to North Korea’s aggression and taunts will likely have a far-reaching and long-lasting effect on the world order for many years to come.