Is the American Empire Worth the Price?

By Patrick J. Buchanan | August 11, 2017 | 8:58 AM EDT

"When a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight," Samuel Johnson observed, "it concentrates his mind wonderfully."

And the prospect of a future where Kim Jong Un can put a nuclear weapon on a U.S. city is going to cause this nation to reassess the risks and rewards of the American Imperium.

First, some history.

"Why should Americans be first to die in any second Korean war?" this writer asked in 1999 in "A Republic, Not an Empire."

"With twice the population of the North and twenty times its economic power, South Korea ... is capable of manning its own defense. American troops on the DMZ should be replaced by South Koreans."

This was denounced as neo-isolationism. And, in 2002, George W. Bush declared the U.S. "will not permit the world's most dangerous regimes to threaten us with the world's most destructive weapons."

Bluster and bluff. In 2006, Pyongyang called and raised and tested an atom bomb. Now Kim Jong Un is close to an ICBM.

Our options?

As Kim believes the ability to hit America with a nuclear weapon is the only certain way he has of deterring us from killing his regime and him, he will not be talked out of his ICBM. Nor, short of an embargo-blockade by China, will sanctions keep him from his goal, to which he inches closer with each missile test.

As for the "military option," U.S. strikes on Kim's missile sites could cause him to unleash his artillery on Seoul, 35 miles south. In the first week of a second Korean war, scores of thousands could be dead.

If North Korea's artillery opened up, says Gen. Barry McCaffrey, the U.S. would be forced to use tactical atomic weapons to stop the carnage. Kim could then give the suicidal order to launch his nukes.

A third option is to accept and live with a North Korean ICBM, as we have lived for decades with the vast nuclear arsenals of Russia and China.

Now, assume the best: We get through this crisis without a war, and Kim agrees to stop testing ICBMs and nuclear warheads.

Does anyone believe that, given his youth, his determination to drive us off the peninsula, and his belief that only an ICBM can deter us, this deal will last and he will abandon his nuclear program?

Given concessions, Kim might suspend missile and nuclear tests. But again, we deceive ourselves if we believe he will give up the idea of acquiring the one weapon that might ensure regime survival.

Hence, assuming this crisis is resolved, what does the future of U.S.-North Korean relations look like?

To answer that question, consider the past.

In 1968, North Korea hijacked the USS Pueblo on the high seas and interned its crew. LBJ did nothing. In April 1969, North Korea shot down an EC-121, 100 miles of its coast, killing the crew. Nixon did nothing.

Under Jimmy Carter, North Koreans axe-murdered U.S. soldiers at Panmunjom. We defiantly cut down a nearby tree.

Among the atrocities the North has perpetrated are plots to assassinate President Park Chung-hee in the 1960s and '70s, the Rangoon bombing that wiped out much of the cabinet of Chun Doo-hwan in 1983, and the bombing of Korean Air Flight 858, killing all on board in 1987.

And Kim Jong Un has murdered his uncle and brother.

If the past is prologue, and it has proven to be, the future holds this. A renewal of ICBM tests until a missile is perfected. Occasional atrocities creating crises between the U.S. and North Korea. America being repeatedly dragged to the brink of a war we do not want to fight.

As Secretary of Defense James Mattis said Sunday, such a war would be "catastrophic. ... A conflict in North Korea ... would be probably the worst kind of fighting in most people's lifetimes."

When the lesson sinks in that a war on the peninsula would be a catastrophe, and a growing arsenal of North Korean ICBMs targeted on America is intolerable, the question must arise:

Why not move U.S. forces off the peninsula, let South Korean troops replace them, sell Seoul all the modern weapons it needs, and let Seoul build its own nuclear arsenal to deter the North?

Remove any incentive for Kim to attack us, except to invite his own suicide. And tell China: Halt Kim's ICBM program, or we will help South Korea and Japan become nuclear powers like Britain and France.

Given the rising risk of our war guarantees, from the eastern Baltic to the Korean DMZ — and the paltry rewards of the American Imperium — we are being bled from Libya to Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen — a true America First foreign policy is going to become increasingly attractive.

Kim's credible threat to one day be able to nuke a U.S. city is going to concentrate American minds wonderfully.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of a new book, "Nixon's White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever."

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Obviously the words 'control nuclear proliferation' were just that words.

China pleased that NOKO is a detraction for the USA for China inches closer and closer to owning Asia. China builds its own capabilities as a big player for world domination.

Will NOKO give up its ambitions. No not a chance. Will China exert more authority to curb their ambitions? They will take only hollow steps.

NOKO will have their capabilities.

I believe as others have said President Trumps harsh forceful statement of basically reining 'fire and fury' was a back door message to China.

The pivot to Asia during the O administration was a joke.

Will the fat boy fling missiles around Guam?  Possible -- will 'fire and fury' become the NOKO's new reality? To be seen, not sure that would happen. What then, the USA certainly would appear feckless and degraded on the world stage.

I read this article the other day and wondered, who in the he!! are idiots that dreamed up this Treaty? Why bother using satellites when you can view a foreign countrys most secure airspace by plane?

Unarmed Russian air force jet flies over Pentagon, Capitol, CIA, White House

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Both political parties sold Americas soul a long time ago to our enemies. After 8 long years of Obama working along side foreign barbaric dictators, it wouldn't surprise me if our foreign enemies were well prepared to attack America if given the perfect opportunity. 

Kim Jong-Un is in love with himself and will not jeopardize losing his power and control if he were to attack US. Am I sure of that, no. Is he a wacko, yes. To what level of craziness, time may tell us. Is he a man of his word? Don't know that either, maybe we will find out shortly. 

Well if your country (Senate) approves to the Open Skies Treaty not illegal. Same will be true if the Senate should fold and go with the Navigation Treaty. 

No common sense.

Pretty evident, we can both agree, common sense is not common.

Latest headline....

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Taking into consideration the involvement of our military in too many countries (7 ?) across the world....Who is telling the truth... U.S. Military, CIA, Congress, our media or Kim Jong-Un?

How many dictators have we overthrown? I lost count.

No doubt, Iran is in the same overthrow package. Timing isn't right so the package is still sealed. Maybe the timing is perfect for NK.

Good news to report....

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Well all I have studied of WWII the German's opened to many fronts and lost.

I do not think the USA can count on usual allies this time.

Unarmed Russian air force jet flies over Pentagon, Capitol, CIA, White House

By Luis Martinez
STEPHANIE RAMOS
Elizabeth McLaughlin

Aug 9, 2017, 8:08 PM ET

http://abcnews.go.com/International/unarmed-russian-air-force-jet-f...

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WikiLeaks Updates

#OpenSkies: 1,347 documents on the treaty behind Russian overflights of the US https://search.wikileaks.org/?q=%22open+skies%22#results

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USA signed it and so did Russia therefore what other outcome would either country expect except flyovers for various reasons and to intimidate each other for fun and games.

I have noticed that the US has whined from time to time the Russians got to close -- they flew over Alaskan territory,

Best if the USA does not like the treaty then back out of it. Seems simple enough. Then Russia of course would not allow flyovers by the USA.

Its war games to entertain pilots.

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