April 24, 2017
Upon reading that President Trump is inviting the entire U.S. Senate to the White House for a briefing on North Korea, I wondered at what this could mean. The escalating tension between Kim Jong-Un and President Trump has been perpetuated with more threats from North Korea to destroy a U.S. Carrier. Trump has stated, "North Korea is a big world problem, and it's a problem we have to finally solve. People have put blindfolds on for decades, and now it's time to solve the problem." Over the past few days Trump has made telephone calls to leaders of Japan, China and Germany to discuss North Korea. All of this leads me to believe that the threat from North Korea is more serious than what they are telling us. President Trump is looking for support should he have to use military force against North Korea.
When it comes to North Korea the light of peace is fading fast. North Korea should know by now that the current U.S. administration is totally different than the previous Obama administration. President Trump will not turn the other cheek as President Obama did. Trump will use tougher sanctions, lean on China more heavily to put North Korea in check and if necessary resort to military force. Hopefully and prayerfully, diplomacy will prevail and war with North Korea can be avoided. Yet, it does concern me that this administration resorts quickly to military strikes as it did in Syria without thorough investigation. North Korea has been wolfing and bluffing for years but the U.S. has managed to avoid falling for the bully-nation. I think those days are over.
The recent detention of Americans in North Korea speaks to the fact that Kim Jong-Un might attempt to use them as a bargaining chip to get what he wants and avert confrontation with the U.S. We can only hope this is the case. This is a huge risk on his side because President Trump might decide enough is enough and give North Korea a final lesson. On the flip side, President Trump would be taking a huge risk with military action against North Korea, waging into a quagmire like Vietnam. We are dealing with a U.S. President who is not easily bluffed and a North Korean leader who is willing to sacrifice his people to stay in power.
Many would say that now is the time for reassessment and peace. Yet, we have to ask ourselves how long can the U.S. allow North Korea to continue this cycle of threats and rewards? When will rewarding a despot become old? Kim Jong-Un is afraid of regime change, of going the way of Arab Spring leaders which is why he is acting like a mad-dog. The only thing that has kept him safe all these years is China and rational minded U.S. leadership. In the next coming days what we have to watch for is the possibility that China also might want regime change in North Korea and decide to go along with the U.S. Kim Jong-Un could become the sacrificial lamb himself.
There is a lot about the North Korea crisis that we are not being told. There are behind the scene activities between leaders of nations over the fate of North Korea. In time all of this will come out. Currently, I suspect regime change is coming to North Korea. Remember, what happened to the little boy who cried wolf all the time? If indeed this does happen, North Korea will have no one to blame but themselves. Kim Jong-Un could very well be his own undoing.