Editorial

Starving North Koreans need a distraction

Friday, April 21, 2017

The mainstream media donít seem to be able to wrap their minds around strategic missile strikes. They assumed the U.S. was going to war with either Syria or Russia or both because Trump approved missile strikes in response to a chemical attack. Theyíre making the same mistake regarding North Korea.

Surgical strikes have a rich history in American warfare. Ronald Reagan bombed Libya after our intelligence showed Muammar Gaddafi was behind the bombing of a discotheque in Germany frequented by U.S. soldiers. Clinton bombed Kosovo. George H.W. Bush attacked Saddam Husseinís forces in Kuwait and drove them back to Baghdad. Neither incident resulted in our invading the country and taking it over. Yes, years later, Bushís son would see fit to run Saddam from power, but the point is military use of force doesnít have to result in regime change.

I think itís inevitable that shots will be fired in North Korea. We will either shoot down NoKo missiles or we will determine where these missiles are coming from and take them out before theyíre launched. With all the blustering going on with Kim Jong-un itís probably the best course of action.

Too many people donít understand Kimís motivations either. This guy literally inherited a country. Itís a dump of a country but a country nonetheless. People are starving. The economy is in a shambles. Eventually internal pressures reach a point where a coup is inevitable. How does one stave off a coup? By fabricating a common enemy. Itís the oldest trick in the dictator playbook.

Kim says they have to develop nukes to keep the United States from invading. The U.S. has no interest in invading North Korea. Heck, weíd have to knock half of it down just to make it inhabitable. We havenít had an interest in invading North Korea since the Korean War. Kim knows this, but he also knows the best way to get his countrymenís attention off their growling stomachs is to create a boogyman.

If you understand this, you understand that thereís no way this guy escalates a strike by the U.S. Quite the contrary. He uses any strike against his country to prove his point to his own people that an invasion is imminent. He knows that if he attacks South Korea or U.S. ships he leaves us no choice but to depose him. He also understands heís got the best gig in the world. He just has to rattle his saber loud enough to rally the North Korean people behind him.

With all that in mind, Trump can take out any perceived threat and not have to worry about escalation.

Hereís something else to think about. And donít misinterpret this as saying this is being done on purpose. Trumpís approval ratings are rising. Just as, Iím sure, Kimís approval ratings are rising in North Korea, public opinion tends to rally around a countryís leader in time of military conflict. Trump is doing what he thinks he needs to do to keep us safe. And heís right. Allowing NoKo to develop precision-strike missiles does not serve the best interest of the United States.

But thereís a side benefit to keeping us safe. Military strikes will almost certainly bolster Trumpís popularity. He can use that new capital to get some things done in Congress that have been more difficult with his approval ratings below 50 percent. That may sound cynical, but itís the political reality.

Trump can kill two birds with one stone. Make America safe again and make America great again in one fell swoop.

Ė Philip Carr ďPhilĒ Valentine is an American conservative talk radio shoEw host in Nashville, Tennessee. He broadcasts daily on flagship station WWTN, a Cumulus Media station, from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. Central Time.