President’s Rhetoric More Dangerous than North Korean Hydrogen Bombs?

The U.S. Army tests the first atomic hydrogen bomb above the Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands in the Pacific — c. 1950 – 1955. (Keystone-France / Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)

North Korea’s production and detonation of a hydrogen bomb far more powerful than both atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki has been met uniformly with the expected comments from those expert American spokespeople who profess to know what to do.

What is that?

We are to do nothing.

There is nothing that can be done about North Korea.

There are no options

Those same voices of caution inform us that the president’s rhetoric aimed at the North Korean regime is dangerous, more dangerous they think, than the hydrogen bombs themselves which Kim Jong Un says he is going to use to reduce us to ashes and dust.

The general call for diplomacy with a rogue state that does not follow any of the rules and regulations put upon it by the United Nations is specious.

Some feel it is stupid.

Always there is the refrain — nothing can be done because too much damage would be caused to Seoul, which lies 35 miles from North Korean artillery aimed at it.

“Millions will die in the first hours,” Senator Ed Markey said during an interview on National Public Radio recently.

Senator Markey might be right.

But what if the rogue nation launches an intercontinental ballistic missile with a hydrogen bomb atop of it and it evades being shot down by our defense systems and it hits Los Angeles?

What will Senator Markey then have to say?

“Oops, we lost Los Angeles. Maybe we should have taken bolder action to stem the threat as it was being developed,” he might well comment.

A recent article in the Jerusalem Post recalled President Franklin Roosevelt’s 1940 bit of wisdom that went something like this: when the viper is ready to bite you, you need to kill the viper.

The Hurricane Irma spectacle now entrancing the nation proves that if you evacuate a place about to be hit by a catastrophe, that the catastrophe can be partly avoided — that is — the loss of life.

If Seoul is evacuated and North Korea’s ability to launch intercontinental ballistic missiles is attacked at the same time, the North Koreans can shoot all the artillery at Seoul they want and kill not a South Korean soul – while at the same time we could destroy North Korea’s atomic weapons plants even if they are underground.

The notion that we can and should do nothing as our only possible policy toward the rogue state threatening to exterminate us makes no sense.

Far better to be safe than to be sorry.

Senator Markey and many of colleagues need to rethink their stands.

The safety of our nation depends on clear thinking about clear and present danger.

Our generals, who have been trained not to win wars since the end of the Second World War, should be reminded of this as well.

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