Hard to be light-hearted when a tyrant is threatening to send a nuclear weapon. There are a lot of places he could send it, I suppose I’m personally safe, but I like Japan, Seattle, … I don’t particularly like LA, but I don’t think it deserves to be blown away.
Picture: A view of Hiroshima, one month after the US dropped an atomic bomb on it.
Frankly, there is a lot of damage a small fission weapon could do in knowledgable hands. I guess we are lucky that the losers in NK don’t have any of those hands. I also suspect that this is all a ploy to get the Venerable Senator and Secretary of State J. F. Kerry to send them more money. Kerry doesn’t really care about solutions, he isn’t that type. He just wants to make sure that nothing interesting happens on his watch. If that costs a billion or so, it isn’t important to him.
Picture: JFK testifying before the Senate that we need a “less militaristic foreign policy.”
Understand that no doing something today is worse than making the wrong choice. NK, today, has one or more nukes that probably can’t be missile launched and a handful of missiles capable of reaching our shores. In four years, maybe five, they will have a dozen weapons and twice that many missiles. How many will we have to stop? All of them, of course. A dozen weapons could devastate the West Coast, Japan, and possibly strategic locations. If four years of negotiations get China on their side, we might face a retaliatory strike of over a hundred weapons. What if Iran manages to improve its rockets and NK, China, and Iran become the new Axis, reaching into South America for further allies. Kerry could be the man who decides the shape of WW III. It isn’t a comforting thought.
Given that today is Euler’s birthday, we should celebrate with a Venn Diagram of some sort. I can’t think of one but it should show that WW III would be caused by the intersection of US weakness in response to threats and the ever growing desire of failed regimes to steal more money from us in order to prop up their power for a few more years.