Former Congressman Allen West is not a fan of President Trump resorting to Twitter to handle international situations. It is ok to use social media to get his message out to our citizens, but negotiations over North Korea and Syria require a different platform. Here is what the President needs to remember and act upon.
As Written By Allen B. West:
I landed in Seoul, South Korea, or the ROK (Republic of Korea) in January of 1995 to serve a one-year unaccompanied tour of duty in the Second Infantry Division. Back then we had a full division and other resources stationed right up to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), quite an oxymoronic term.
Back then it was the dad, Kim Jong Il, who was the dictator of the Stalinist dark state of North Korea…oddly named the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). We were always on alert for the little mini-subs which would dispatch small North Korean Army teams of special forces infiltrators. And yes, on occasion, we had the reports of them being killed. North Korea has consistently played a game of cat and mouse, perhaps better termed as international extortion, in order to maintain its existence. They would threaten aggression, and the West would cower and provide them more food aid. Even President Bill Clinton signed a nuclear agreement with North Korea. Here’s his announcement dated October 21, 1994, the year before I deployed there.
We should be alarmed that some of the same folks who worked on that deal, did so with the Iranians. I have little doubt that Obama’s Iranian agreement will end any better than the one Clinton did with North Korea.
Right now there’s lots of news chatter about Syria and North Korea — funny, we fail to remember that the Israelis bombed a Syrian nuclear facility at al-Kibar, in the fall of 2007. The facility had s stark resemblance to the North Korea’s Yongbyon nuclear facility, and yes, there was collusion. And so for several presidential administrations the plan has been to just seek to appease the nut cases who for nearly five decades have been running North Korea. It must come to an end, but we need to be very circumspect as to how we proceed.
As reported by Reuters, “North Korean state media warned on Tuesday of a nuclear attack on the United States at any sign of American aggression as a U.S. Navy strike group steamed toward the western Pacific.
U.S. President Donald Trump, who has urged China to do more to rein in its impoverished ally and neighbor, said in a Tweet that North Korea was “looking for trouble” and the United States would “solve the problem” with or without Beijing’s help.
Tension has escalated sharply on the Korean peninsula amid concerns that reclusive North Korea may soon conduct a sixth nuclear test and after Washington said at the weekend it was diverting the aircraft carrier strike group Carl Vinson toward the Korean peninsula in a show of force.
U.S. officials have stressed that stronger sanctions are the most likely U.S. course to press North Korea to abandon its nuclear program, but Washington has said all options – including military ones – are on the table. It said a U.S. strike last week against Syria should serve as a warning to Pyongyang.
North Korea said it was prepared to respond to any U.S. aggression. “Our revolutionary strong army is keenly watching every move by enemy elements with our nuclear sight focused on the U.S. invasionary bases not only in South Korea and the Pacific operation theater but also in the U.S. mainland,” its official Rodong Sinmun newspaper said.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Trump had put North Korea “clearly on notice” he would not tolerate certain actions, but dismissed Pyongyang’s nuclear attack threat. “I think there is no evidence that North Korea has that capability at this time,” he said. “Threatening something that you don’t have the capability of isn’t really a threat.” North Korea remains technically at war with the United States and its ally South Korea after the 1950-1953 Korean conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty. It regularly threatens to destroy both countries.”
Let me first state that foreign and national security, or any type of policy cannot be relegated to social media: this is far more serious. China, which has been the parochial guardian of North Korea, has already deployed hundreds of thousands of troops in order to secure its border – hint, hint — and preclude a refugee influx from the rogue state.
Instead of hearing about China’s President Xi Jinping going to Pyongyang and getting his little dog back on its leash, the Chinese seem to be playing a game of…….
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