OMG, I can't listen to this politically correct nonsense for the masses on North Korean anymore.
Yes, North Korea is a nuclear threat and they are ramping up the ante.
And we are still technically at war with the North Koreans.
But all the in-the-box ideas for stopping the North Korean threat is wasting everyone's time and efforts.
Today in the Wall Street Journal, we had everything from telling China that we'll recognize the Axis of evil North Korean regime and sign a peace treaty with them in return for limiting the North Korean missile program and having inspections (because those worked so well in the past or with Iran) or we put the "squeeze" on China by threatening to remove their 328,547 Chinese students from American universities.
Listen, it's time to face facts:
China will not give up support for North Korea against us, until we would agree to give up support for Taiwan against them.
Is that really so hard to understand?
No China will not be sanctioned by us or threatened by us economically or militarily--they are a superpower in their own right!
And we cannot expect to ask or force China to stop supporting North Korea, just because we don't like it--in fact, that is exactly the point.
We don't like it, and that's what China wants in order to push us out of supporting an independent and democratic Taiwan.
So now we are at the root of the choice here for America.
Either America is willing to negotiate with China for real and in effect compromise our values for democracy and freedom in the world or we can deal with North Korea on our own.
And dealing with North Korea on our own--without destroying much of South Korea and even Japan in the process--probably means just one (or two) big bangs. ;-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)