Relations with the totalitarian dictatorship of North Korea have taken a possible turn for the worst. After repeated threats to attack the United States over the years, a nuclear threat against the US territory of Guam sparked a fierce backlash. It’s an island southeast of Japan which hosts over 6000 US military and 160,000 civilians. The vast majority of which are US citizens by birth entitled to the protection of the Union.
President Trump recently responded that in the case of conflict the United State would respond with “Fire and fury like never seen” to any continued threats in the video below:
Quickly afterward US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson gave a statement of support for President Trumps form of rhetoric:
“I think what the President was doing was sending a strong message to North Korea in language that Kim Jong Un would understand, because he doesn’t seem to understand diplomatic language,” Tillerson said to CNN.
Additionally, retired Air Force general Gen. Tom McInerney recently remarked on Fox News that the US could wipe out North Korea in 15 mins. Though whether or not he was serious or exaggerating is not known.
“If he gets our full nuclear retaliatory capability, within minutes after one round going into Seoul, there will be nothing left. If you go to airborne alert — we used to call it ‘chrome dome’ — with nuclear weapons, and then we start building up our other forces, et cetera, he will not last 15 minutes.”
What is going on with North Korea?
North Korea’s nuclear launch capabilities are heavily in question but the general public’s knowledge of such military matters are understandably limited. If US intelligence has confirmed or suspects them of having the capability to use weapons of mass destruction or WMDs then there is a chance of a preemptive US strike.
The North Korean Dictator Kim Jong-un regime has been marked by claims of brutal violence and mental instability. His list of friends among nations has become nearly non-existent as even China has been distancing themselves and pressing on NK to little effect. The backlash has come in the form of further crippling sanctions which NK pledged a “thousand fold” response to. If such threats are empty or credible is a cause of global discomfort due to the possible nuclear capabilities of such a desperate regime.
Is Kim Jong-un unstable?
The paranoia and delusions of Kim seems to have reached its apex if he truly thinks he has any chance of victory. While he has proven himself deaf to the sounds of the suffering of his starving people he has only gained weight. An estimated 90 pounds to be precise since he gained power just a few short years ago. Lastly, he has been showing signs of various health problems as a result.
Perhaps unlike his father and grandfather before him; he truly believes his own propaganda. If true to even a partial extent the God Complex manifested as a result of that would be dangerously delusional and destructive.
Could Kim Jong-un’s reign be drawing toward an chaotic climax?