Thursday, August 3, 2017

Rinse And Repeat: US Strategy On North Korea Is Going Nowhere

KCNA via Reuters
The U.S. is responding to North Korean provocations with the same thinking that has allowed the problem to persist for decades.
The threat is growing, as North Korea has nuclear weapons and an intercontinental ballistic missile that leading experts assess can strike targets deep into American territory, but the U.S. approach to the North Korea problem remains largely unchanged, probably because the U.S. is uncertain about its options.
Young North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un warned in his New Year’s address that his country was close to testing an ICBM that can deliver a nuclear payload to the U.S. In response, Trump tweeted, “It won’t happen!” After that announcement, North Korea continued its steady march to an ICBM unimpeded. North Korea has launched well over a dozen missiles this year, testing new short-, medium-, intermediate-, and long-range missiles. The North has also successfully tested surface-to-air missiles and coastal defense cruise missiles.
“Our problem is that we are scatterbrained, reactive, and have no objective,” Dr. Nicholas Eberstadt, a international security expert at the American Enterprise Institute, explained to The Daily Caller News Foundation. “We’re reactive. Who’s in the driver’s seat? Not us.”
North Korean provocations are followed by meaningless ceremonial condemnations, calls for increased international pressure on North Korea with an eye on China and typically a show of force. The problematic cycle repeats itself a few weeks later when North Korea fires off another missile or tests a nuclear device. Lather, rinse, and repeat.
Read the rest from Ryan Pickrell HERE.

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