The tense standoff with North Korea and its maniacal leader, Kim Jong Un, could well escalate in the near future and bring the United States to the brink of outright war in the region. Yet there are some less than stable figures from the past who are now suggesting that we make the situation worse.
Disgraced arms dealer Oliver North was a guest on Fox News Saturday morning to discuss the North Korea matter, and was asked how the U.S. should respond to the North Koreans. Host Leland Vittiert inquired:
“Well, North Korea is where we’re getting when it comes to proliferation of nuclear weapons. The war drums have started to beat. North Korea has already gotten its nuclear bomb, now working on miniaturization. Is it worth keeping the military card on the table or is it better to pull it back a little bit and go, what you were talking about earlier, the tougher sanctions route?”
“China can influence the outcome of this. It was different in World War II — in the aftermath of World War II with the Soviets and the Chinese getting weapons, because they wanted to survive the experience. There’s nothing that indicates that the Iranians and the North Koreans, who are joined at the hip in the nuclear weapons and ICBMs, actually want to survive the experience.
“Tell the Chinese quietly it’s time for regime change and the pressure on them is you won’t have tens of millions of refugees and you can stop this thing.”
But what North said next is conclusive proof that some people love trying to turn everything into a shooting war. North recommended:
“Next thing that ought to happen is announce the U.S. Is making plans to return the tactical nukes that we pulled out of Korea — put them back in. Finally, bottom line is the pressure’s got to be on Beijing. And they won’t act until they hurt.”
Oh yeah, by all means let’s make a tense nuclear weapons situation worse by introducing even more nuclear weapons into the equation. Oliver North needs to shut the hell up and quit trying to start World War III.
This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org