North Korean Crisis a Product of Failed Pre-Trump Leadership

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HISTORY is hindsight and rarely 100% correct.  There are reasons,of course.  Among them are:

 

-HISTORY relys entirely on what is recorded about what happened.  True?  Humans do that.  Humans are flawed.....count the ways IF you can.  True?  

 

-HISTORY [recorded] does not reflect the entire reality.  Only the 'known' part.  True? 

 

-HISTORY [recorded] is always incomplete.  ALL is NOT known in the first instance...OR later. Even the seemingly most insignificant event, occurring at a critical time, has the ability to change the course of events that follows. 

 

"For want of a nail, the shoe was lost, for want of a shoe, the horse was lost....."  Proverb dating back to 13th or 14th century, used by Ben Franklin in his time and later by James Baldwin who seems to have added "kingdom" into the verse.  

 

 -HISTORY selects the 'reality' conveniient to support a preconception in the mind of the 'historian'.   Even direct observation ends up being inaccurate because humans are involved and perfection is not possible.  Lack of perfection in the beginning ends up in a flawed product.  True? 

 

-HISTORY incorporates the inherent bias present when one human communicates with another.

  Unavoidable......it happens to be the 'truth' and the 'truth' simply IS.    

 

-HISTORY is written by the Victor. It will have to be ancient indeed before that influence passes.

  

-HISTORY may benefit from hindsight, BUT is is also handicapped by the 'truth' that the 'reporter' wasn't 'there', could not be 'there' and NEVER will be able to be 'there'.  The original situation is long past. NO ONE 'knows' the reality at the time OR is 100% objective OR correct in how they construe the original situation.  Please note these are only 'among the reasons' .

 

-HISTORY is, in the end, considered and educated opinion....and a great read.  Little more.

 

A prime example of 'all of the above' and then some is provided by the poster and the author of this topic. The initial 'facts' have qualified merit.  The resulting suppositions do not.

 

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A timeline of who did what and when they did it.

https://www.armscontrol.org/factsheets/dprkchron

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@CriticalThinking wrote:

This is a rare day when I agree with JimC. The Korean problem is a result of two decades of failed policies by all administrations.


Two Decades - Try all the way back to Reagan when he invaded Grenada back in 1983 and every Republican & Democratic Administration Since...........................

 

Source - https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/made-by-history/wp/2017/08/09/the-reagan-era-invasion-that-drove...

 

 

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This is a rare day when I agree with JimC. The Korean problem is a result of two decades of failed policies by all administrations.

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The incompetence, gullibility and lassitude of three successive administrations have dumped the horrible problem of North Korea into the lap of President Donald Trump. The shilly-shallying and pretend-resolutions that marked the old way of dealing with Pyongyang have come to a dead end.

The crisis exposes the infirmity of the Clinton, George W. Bush, and Obama administrations in their North Korea policies.

 

But it goes back even earlier. It is now clear that, while his insubordination was unacceptable, General Douglas MacArthur was correct in advocating disposing of North Korea when we could have done so. The resulting loss of life would likely have been less than was caused by continuing to skirmish on the 38th Parallel for the next three years.

 

We would, at the same time, have chastened the People’s Republic of China, which subsequently whetted its appetite with the fiasco of the French in North Vietnam. We might have normalized contact with China, and triangulated the Great Powers relationship, ten years earlier than we did.

 

MacArthur foresaw what a pestilential nuisance the Kimist lunatic asylum in North Korea would become, and there were many astute foreign policy analysts, including then Sen. Richard Nixon and soon-to-be Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, who agreed with him.

 

We now learn that the North Koreans have reduced the size of a nuclear warhead to the point at which it can be placed on an intercontinental ballistic missile, which the North Koreans are regularly test-firing. The last step that remains before that mad regime is able to threaten the United States itself is to develop the capacity to reintroduce the missile into the earth's atmosphere without burning it up.

 

This is scientifically less challenging than much of the progress the North Koreans have made already.

Finally, it is time for the United States to put up or shut up. The Chinese have been equally pusillanimous, though their policy has been informed by cynicism rather than cowardice or naïveté — as they have amused themselves by feeding the mad North Korean state as it tormented the West and baited South Korea.

 

China was so pleased to have semi-plausible deniability of responsibility for the deranged Kim regime, and to ensure that the Koreas did not unite and become another powerhouse on its borders like Japan, that it allowed Kim's nuclear toymaking to come almost to term.

 

The United States made a significant but very late forward step with the unanimous United Nations Security Council support of sanctions. It is a beginning, but the step has to quicken rapidly to real deterrence, not endurable and merely inconvenient punishment. (The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, has been a star in that moribund and corrupt forum and has transformed her position into a podium of some importance and utility.)

 

But more is needed. China must approve a radically escalated American-led quarantine of North Korea, including mining its harbors and blockading it by sea and air against anything but humanitarian assistance or legitimate civilian air travel — other than on the short and remote border of North Korea and Russia. Intense cyberwar should also be conducted, if it isn't already.

 

If China does not use its influence to cool down the Kim regime, the United States should ramp up the pressure. It should make it clear through direct diplomatic contact that it will take draconian measures to eliminate the gluttonous Chinese trade surplus with the U.S., relax its opposition to the reunification of Korea, encourage and arm Taiwan's desire to be a permanently independent country, not renew the visas of the more than 300,000 Chinese students at American universities, and arm Japan and South Korea to the teeth.

 

If China does not cooperate, and Kim does not suspend his nuclear program — encouraged by face-saving and compensating American and allied guaranties that there will be no attempt to reunify the Korean Peninsula or overthrow the Kimist regime — a full conventional military preemptive strike will have to be made on all the nuclear-relevant and other offensive military sites.

 

This would include launchers, stockpiles, research centers and all the conventional military sites that can threaten South Korea or Japan, including all military airfields and the much-publicized and very dangerous massed artillery within range of the immense city of Seoul, and of the U.S Army units deployed in South Korea.

 

READ MORE:  http://www.lifezette.com/polizette/north-korean-crisis-a-product-of-failed-pre-trump-leadership/

 

 

 

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