For the last few weeks conventional wisdom has held that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea – a.k.a. North Korea – doesn’t have a missile capable of attacking the United States mainland. Conventional wisdom has also held that North Korea’s increasingly aggressive trash talk is less about America – and more about young leader Kim Jong-Un solidifying his grip on power.
Still, there are concerning reports coming from the Korean peninsula this week.
For example, the Republic of Korea – a.k.a. South Korea – says North Korea has moved a missile with “considerable range” to its east coast. Media in Japan have speculated that the missile is a KN-08, which could conceivably reach America. Other reports from South Korea identified the missile as a Musudan – which could conceivable hit targets as far away as Japan.
While analysts are speculating that North Korea is engaging in yet another missile test, the country’s state-run media announced this week that the regime had authorized an attack on the United States using “smaller, lighter and diversified” nuclear weapons.
Does any of that sound reassuring? Of course not.
Equally frightening, what does America really know about the North Korean missile program?
Not much …
“Who the hell knows what they’re going to do from day to day?” former U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said in January. “And right now, you know, North Korea just fired a missile. It’s an intercontinental ballistic missile, for God sakes. That means they have the capability to strike the United States.”
Again … not reassuring.
At this point all that’s certain is North Korea recently concluded another nuclear test (its third successful test in the last seven years) and its program is steadily making strides toward its ultimate goal – attacking the United States.
That means, in our opinion, the time is ripe for pistol-whipping some bad news on top of their heads.
As noted in numerous previous columns, you will not find a more non-interventionist website than this one. In fact we believe America’s failure to confine its foreign policy agenda to legitimate interests has overstretched our military and overburdened taxpayers – not to mention cost thousands of lives and needless exacerbated tensions. That’s why we go ape when “neo-con” warmongers like U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham propose invading this country or that country.
However, we are clearly moving rapidly toward a situation which poses a clear and present danger to potentially large numbers of American citizens (especially those living in Hawaii).
Accordingly, we believe the U.S. Congress is now well within its rights to authorize preemptive action against North Korea in the event intelligence reveals an imminent attack on American soil.