North Korea has threatened to nuke Hawaii, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and Austin, Texas. Now the Stalinist regime is saying that war could break out “today or tomorrow.” We have heard threats from North Korea before–though not like these–and we always dismiss them on the grounds that North Korea’s leadership is certifiably insane. That’s supposed to make us feel better? A lunatic with nuclear weapons is the worst kind. “Mutually-assured destruction” is not a deterrent for a lunatic. Another reason not to worry is that North Korea is a failed state in desperate poverty. That an adversary is “desperate” is no consolation, since there is always the option of going out in a blaze of glory. There is also that whole face-saving thing so important, I am told, to Koreans that makes it harder to back down.
We can feel better knowing that experts say the country does not have the technical capability to launch missiles that will reach all that far. Let’s hope the experts are right this time. We have sent ships and anti-missile technology to our allies and military bases in the region. China is even moving military units to its borders with North Korea, not knowing what the new “dear leader” Kim Jong-Un might do. [Read more…]