North Korea is causing a great deal of angst in the world. They're rushing to get the means to attack America and its allies. And they are hurtling threats no rational nation would levy. It is unacceptable, yet there doesn't seem to be any good option to deal with them. We are told that any confrontation with North Korea would be "horrific".

Images of nuclear war, hundreds of thousands if not millions of South Koreans dead along with American soldiers stationed there, are asserted by the "experts". And suggestions that we need to just accept the fact that North Korea is a nuclear power and learn to live with it are growing more predominate.

What to do?

My view is to call Kim's bluff. I would shoot down the next missile he launches or take out one of his missile silos. I'd have in place all the necessary military might to deal with a military response if he were stupid enough to launch one. If he launched missiles on South Korea we could detect the launchers and take them out. It would also be an act of war and I would take the opportunity to wipe out his palaces, and military equipment with the intent of eliminating him and his ability to make war. It takes about 33 minutes for a missile to travel from Korea to L.A.  It takes about 33 seconds for a missile to get from a sub off the coast of Korea to the point of eliminating that nation as we know it today. If Kim launched an attack, he would be the first to die.

So, the ball would be in his court, war and suicide…or the cessation of hostilities? I say he blinks. And if he doesn't he'll be dead, and the war over in about 15 minutes.

Now I know this sounds extreme, and many would say irresponsible and could lead to a nuclear holocaust. But the alternative can be much worse. Ten years from now, if we do nothing we could really have a nuclear holocaust, and it would be us on the receiving end. When Assad used chemical weapons against his people I suggested an equally hawkish stance:

"I would have immediately lobbed a few missiles into the highest echelons of the leadership that initiated the massacre. This would have been a surprise attack. It would have come as a surprise to the world, to the US Congress, and especially to Assad who gave the order to attack innocent people.

“My objective would have been to try to kill Assad, a mass murderer, and as many of his generals and lieutenants as possible. Had I missed, I would announce that if Assad was not brought to justice by the people of Syria, more attempts would follow, and if needed I would follow up with bombing the rich and the powerful associated with Assad and his militant machine wherever I could find them until Assad met the kind of end that other dictator-murderers have met. This would cost America almost nothing to implement.

“This I trust would give pause to dictators who think about the use of such force against their people, or others, in the future. I have little sympathy for military responses that wipe out thousands of soldiers just for following orders. To me, justice resides in wiping out those that order and commit atrocities. It is the leaders of such nations that should be the main targets, and who should be wiped out, not necessarily the followers of such tyrants."

Instead, Obama did nothing. The results are now history: hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children dead. Millions of refugees seeking refuge in foreign countries bringing upheaval and terrorism with them.

Had Obama taken the kind of action I suggested at the time, none of this would have happened. The bad guys would be dead instead of hundreds of thousands of innocent people. We are facing the same fork in the road today as we did then. 

Hopefully we will make a better choice today than we did in the past. I would like to send a plaque to President Trump to put on his desk that reads: "the can stops here". Because for as long as he's president he's going to have to deal with cans that have been kicked down the road for decades on almost all issues. I don’t see Trump as a can kicker.

The time to deal with North Korea is now, when they are still relatively weak, not years from now when they truly will be strong and far more dangerous.

As Ronald Reagan put it, “If not us who? And if not now, when? 

Paul Nathan