Thursday, January 4, 2018

The Psychotic Cocoon Of Kim Jong Un

Former President “Bubba” Clinton approved a plan on October 18, 1994 to provide more than $4 billion in energy aid to North Korea in return for a commitment from the country's hardline Communist leadership to freeze and gradually dismantle its nuclear weapons development program. (Dear liberals, this is a fact and the details can be found at your beloved New York Times.)
In Kim Jong Un's New Year's Day speech, he claimed North Korea's nuclear forces are now "completed", stating his nuclear launch button is always within reach. The Federation of American Scientists (FAS) estimates the rogue nation is in possession of between 10 to 20 warheads. In response to the claim, President Trump fired back, pointing out his button is "much bigger & more powerful"─something which cannot be disputed, according to this Statista graphic.
While Kim claimed, “the whole territory of the US is within the range of our nuclear strike”, it remains unclear whether the nation's weapons could actually reach United States soil.
On April 28, 2017, North Korea launched a single Hwasong-12/KN17 intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) from Pukchang Airfield in South Pyongan Province. That missile failed shortly after launch and crashed in the Chongsin-dong, in the North Korean city of Tokchon, causing considerable damage to a complex of industrial and agricultural buildings.
According to a U.S. government source with knowledge of North Korea’s weapons programs, the missile’s first stage engines failed after approximately one minute of powered flight, resulting in catastrophic failure. The missile never flew higher than approximately 43 miles (70 kilometers).
Later, in September of 2017, dozens were killed when Kim Jong-un's most powerful nuclear missile test to date caused buildings to collapse. Houses and a school near his nuclear base at Punggye-ri were brought down when his tests caused a 6.3 magnitude earthquake injuring up to 150 pupils in North Hamgyong Province.
News of the deaths emerged after there were three more shocks following the underground test. The fatalities were revealed by a defector group called South and North Development.  
Pundits and reporters obsessing over President Trump’s tweets wildly overreacted to this one:
During a July 1993 visit to South Korea, “Bubba” Clinton said the U.S. would “quickly and overwhelmingly retaliate” if North Korea ever used a nuclear device. “It would mean the end of their country as they know it,” Clinton said.  I guess the difference is Twitter did not exist when Bubba was in the Oval.
It is vital to keep in mind the President’s tweet came in response to an explicit nuclear threat from Kim Jong Un. President Trump was simply reminding the tin pot dictator and those around him the United States has the ability to obliterate them on very short notice. And be under no illusions, Kim's questionable sanity requires a constant and explicit response to his menacing threats.

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