North Korea: 25 Years of U.S. Presidential Failure

Failure: utter failure. It was not originally Kim Jong-Un, but it was his father. It was not President Trump but first Bill Clinton, then George W. Bush, then Barack Obama. All three U.S. presidents, each in two-term administrations, have utterly failed at reigning in the existing North Korean dictator. Yet all three have made valiant attempts to dismantle any North Korean nuclear capabilities therefore keeping their Asian neighbors safe along with the United States.

What’s the common denominator in all three failures? Congress. (see “Congress” below) Constitutionally it is a fact that any U.S. war must be approved by Congress. No President possesses unilateral authority to declare war. Members of Congress are quick to bluster in the press about that anytime any President initiates any conversation that could possibly be considered to be “War Talk.” Yet, North Korea apparently is now a nuclear power, and it happened right under the noses of the U.S. Intelligence community who as late as a couple of months ago assured Americans North Korea was several years away from being any nuclear threat. This was published on April 12, 2017:

“North Korea could be capable of launching a nuclear missile attack on the US within four years, according to a former top US presidential adviser. Dennis Wilder, the former special assistant to George W Bush, warned that the world should not underestimate Kim Jong-Un or Donald Trump, amid escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula. The US President has diverted a Navy strike group to the Korean peninsula and is urging China to do more to reign in the North, following the kingdom’s threats to launch a nuclear attack on America. Mr Wilder, a former CIA deputy assistant director for East Asia and the Pacific, told Lateline that North Korea could have a long-range intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the US west coast within four years. “Such a move would be disastrous, after all a 10-kiloton weapon could kill 100,000 people,” he said. “We believe, and American intelligence estimates say this, that the North Koreans could have such a weapon within the next four years. In other words, during the term of President Trump.”

Then this one day ago from the Washington Post: North Korea has successfully produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles, crossing a key threshold on the path to becoming a full-fledged nuclear power, U.S. intelligence officials have concluded in a confidential assessment. The analysis, completed last month by the Defense Intelligence Agency, comes on the heels of another intelligence assessment that sharply raises the official estimate for the total number of bombs in the communist country’s atomic arsenal. The United States calculated last month that up to 60 nuclear weapons are now controlled by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Some independent experts think the number is much smaller.”

So which is it? Is it going to be four years before N.K. achieves nuclear weapons capability or do they really have nukes now? Before you get comfortable with your answer to that question, remember this: the same U.S. Intelligence experts that in April of this year assured Americans N.K. nuclear weapons capability was still four years away is the source of the news released yesterday that says N.K. is not only nuclear capable, they have 60 nukes ready to tip an ICBM pointed at multiple U.S. cities.

Which one do YOU believe?

If Not Nukes, Then What?

“We are very aware of the dangers to the South Korean people,” one U.S. intelligence official said. “After all, Kim has 10,000 artillery pieces along that border,” he continued. “Seoul is within artillery range of the demilitarized zone. We know that this is a dangerous situation for the South Korean people and the 10 million people there.”

So Kim Jong-Un does not need nukes to terrorize Asia and the world. Intelligence sources say in addition to the long-range artillery already in place, N.K. possesses thousands of tons of chemical weapons, including nerve, blister, blood, and vomiting agents, as well as some biological weapons, including anthrax, smallpox, and cholera, enough to obliterate people in all of South Korea, Japan, and Guam and other Asian countries that total more than 100 million people. And each of those chemical and bio-weapons could easily be delivered via the North Korean missiles already in place, pointed, and ready to fire. By the way: remember their ICBM’s are U.S. target-ready. Some ebola scattered across southern California is not out of the realm of possibility.

Congress

The there’s Congress. Let’s be honest: members of Congress relish the thought of their power to control pretty much all things in America. And all of those on the Left cannot stand the fact that this President does not wait for foreign policy positions to be filtered through the do-nothing Congress and speaks to Americas allies and enemies abroad himself. In the latest Trump “tweet-storm,” the President called out the Pajama dictator and warned him with exactly what U.S. capabilities are and that there is no doubt those capabilities will be used “If” he does not back away from his nuclear proliferation. And when Trump tweets, Leftists gripe:

“I take exception to the President’s comments because you’ve got to be sure that you can do what you say you’re going to do,” the Arizona Republican said in an interview with Phoenix radio station KTAR. “The great leaders I’ve seen don’t threaten unless they’re ready to act and I’m not sure President Trump is ready to act,” said Arizona Senator John McCain.

“President Trump is not helping the situation with his bombastic comments,” California Sen. Dianne Feinstein said in a statement.

New York Rep. Eliot Engel, the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said Trump had undermined US credibility “by drawing an absurd red line.” “Make no mistake: North Korea is a real threat, but the President’s unhinged reaction suggests he might consider using American nuclear weapons in response to a nasty comment from a North Korean despot,” Engel said.
And Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, compared Trump’s comments to rhetoric that often comes out of Pyongyang. “President Trump’s comments were not helpful and once again show that he lacks the temperament and judgment to deal with the serious crisis the United States confronts,” Cardin said. “We should not be engaging in the same kind of bluster and provocative statements as North Korea about nuclear war.”
 
Democrat Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York similarly called out Trump’s comments — referring to them as “reckless.”
“We need to be firm and deliberate with North Korea, but reckless rhetoric is not a strategy to keep America safe,” Schumer said in a statement issued Tuesday.
Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) tweeted on Tuesday saying Trump’s remarks were “unwise” and that nominees for “Ambassador to South Korea, Secretary for East Asia Affairs, and Secretary for Asian Pacific Security Affairs should be sent to the Senate now.“We need professionals guiding this process. We learned from our wars in the Middle East- bad decisions can make a terrible situation worse.”

Summary

Congress is dead wrong….period. It seems that they pretty much stand in a circle preparing the talking points they are all to use when speaking to Americans. I’m sorry, but Americans do NOT feel that Congress is getting the job done. Intelligence? Give me a break! It’s a joke to believe the accuracy of the “intelligence” coming from those departments who days ago promised North Korea’s nuclear program was 4 years away, then yesterday said they have 60 nukes stuck in the noses of ICBM’s pointed at the U.S.! “Intelligence?” It should be “Insanity!”

McCain, Feinstein, Engel, Cardin, Schumer, Schatz, and other members of Congress need to do one of two things: give Americans YOUR plan for handling North Korea, or shut up and listen to President Trump. Your “Old” plan has been to initiate sanctions and then to sit back and believe the Pajama dictator is going to fall in line with the demands of Congress and the UN. Let’s just wait until innocent South Koreans and Japanese citizens awaken tomorrow morning in the midst of biological warfare, massive artillery devastation, or even possible nuclear fallout, not to mention San Franciscans running for bomb shelters. Your plan didn’t work in the Clinton Administration, the Bush or Obama Administrations. What makes you think it will work now?

Insanity defined: Doing the same things over and over while expecting different results.


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