01/29/2018 / By Jayson Veley
North Korea may be run by a deranged, tyrannical psychopath, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t a direct threat to the United States and the people that live here.
During an interview with “CBS This Morning” earlier this week, CIA Director Mike Pompeo placed a significant amount of emphasis on a new report that suggests that the North Korean regime will be able to strike the United States with a nuclear warhead in just a “handful of months.” Previously, the intelligence community thought that North Korea wouldn’t be able to launch a successful nuclear strike on the United States for at least a year, but now it appears that there is less time than the U.S. government originally thought. (Related: Watch this video lecture from the Health Ranger on how North Korea can exterminate 90% of the U.S. population.)
“Here’s what we can say,” the CIA director said in the interview. “We can always identify that the program is continuing. …We’ll never know the exact nature of what’s taking place. We’ll never know the exact moment that they’re going to continue. But the core risk is that the policymakers needed to know was that North Korea’s nuclear weapons program is continuing to expand, advance, become more powerful, more capable, more reliable.”
When asked how close Kim Jon Un is to being able to strike the United States with a nuclear weapon, Pompeo answered, “A handful of months.” When the interviewer pointed out that Pompeo had given that same answer more than six months ago, Pompeo explained that he hopes he will be able to continue saying it a year from now, and that the U.S. government is working hard to extend that timeline.
Each and every time new information comes out regarding North Korea’s ability to hit the United States with a nuclear missile, it sparks a public debate on how the U.S. government should respond. Traditionally, those on the left side of the political spectrum believe in strategies of appeasement and negotiations, even though compromising with a tyrannical maniac is about as reliable as telling a dog not to eat a steak you left on the counter unattended. (Related: North Korea can now kill off 90% of the U.S. population with a single warhead that doesn’t even need to survive atmospheric re-entry.)
On the flipside, conservatives have typically supported the idea of taking a much more aggressive approach to dealing with the North Korean regime, which mostly consists of threats, hardened rhetoric, and a strategy that the late Ronald Reagan used to call “peace through strength.” President Donald Trump himself is also on board with this strategy, which is a good sign for all Americans that value national security.
Earlier this month, Trump took to Twitter to taunt Kim Jong Un and make him aware that he has a “button” for nuclear weapons. “North Korean Leader Kim Jong-Un just stated that the ‘Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.’ Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!”
As great as it is that President Trump is demonstrating that America won’t be frightened or intimidated into compliance, the fact of the matter remains that the North Korean regime is still arming up and making serious threats against the United States. As such, there very well may come a day when hardened rhetoric is no longer enough, and our country will have to engage in physical combat with Kim Jong Un and his ilk. Hopefully, it will not come to that, but in as long as it is even a possibility, America must remain ready.
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