North Korea – The Mouse That Roared Once Too Often
The United States and North Korea are standing toe to toe at an abyss that threatens to swallow a good portion of the world. If you don’t think so, then you are not paying attention. Now China has decided to try throwing its weight around threatening to back Kim unless he fires first.
Unfortunately for the Chinese, it is doubtful that Mr. Trump allows them that option. At some point, the President is going to decide that Kim poses “a clear and present danger” and orders the destruction of the rouge nation and its leadership. As for China, the President offered them the chance to be a peacemaker months ago asking for their help in making Kim Jung-un back off. They did nothing.
Mr Trump has also offered Kim numerous chances to de esclate the situation over the last few months, but he has refused. For this, you cannot totally blame Kim. For the last 25 years, Kim and his father have used the threat of violence to get food and money from America and the world. Weak presidents from both parties have plied the little guy with gifts and money in exchange for his promises. All of which he and his father quickly broke.
Now our President has had enough of his games and nothing China says is going to change that. Today Pentagon officials said the U.S. military stands ready to “fight tonight” on the Korean Peninsula, even as President Trump said the U.S. is “locked and loaded” . Meanwhile, images emerged from U.S. Pacific Command showing B-1B Lancer bombers fully loaded on the runway at Guam. This is not a bluff, and it is time China made sure North Korea realizes that.
In a tweet, President Trump said; “Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!”. That message should be enough to make the little dictator understand playtime is over. But to add meaning to the tweet, a few minutes later he retweeted a message from the Pacific Command saying: “#USAF B-1B Lancer #bombers on Guam stand ready to fulfill USFK’s #FightTonight mission if called upon to do so.”
Our government has left little doubt that we are ready to act against Pyongyang if it attacks. In fact, last night President Trump tried to remove any doubt on Kim’s part. Trump said in response to Kim’s threats; “It’s not a dare, it’s a statement.”
China decided to embolden Kim last night when they issued a veiled warning to the US. China’s government said it would remain neutral if North Korea attacks the US. However, if the U.S. were to strike first they would defend their neighbor, just like in 1950. But several Asia-Pacific countries, including Japan and Australia, have announced support for the United States should Kim launch a nuclear attack.
US Defense Secretary James Mattis said a war would be “catastrophic”, leading the world to a global superpower conflict. China fears that any conflict on the Korean peninsula could unleash a wave of destabilizing refugees into its northeast. China fears a reunified Korea allied with the US. North Korea acts as a buffer between China and US forces based in South Korea and Japan.
It is doubtful China would take any direct retaliatory action against the US in the event of a first strike. It is more likely that attempting to “save face”, China would demand ratification of its claims in disputed areas of the South China Sea.