Former Under Sec. of State and U. S. Ambassador to the United Nations under President George W. Bush, John Bolton (Trilateral Commission, Bilderberg, Skull and Bones and CFR insider) told Hannity at Fox News the standoff between the U.S. and North Korea is “our day’s analogy to the Cuban Missile Crisis… I don’t think we really have confidence we know what Kim Jong Un and his generals will decide… that’s one of the reasons why if there’s going to be military action, it ought to be sooner rather than later… this situation …continuously gets worse and more dangerous (August 10, 2017).” Bolton is correct about the danger and uncertainty of what Kim Jong Un will do; however, this is no Cuban Missile Crisis.
The following sections will explain briefly the Cuban Missile Crisis (CMC); Castro; Bush and Obama’s failures; the North Korea Crisis (NKC); comparison of Jong Un to Castro; why CMC is not NKC and some solutions.
The Cuban Missile Crisis (CMC) Timeline
August 1945: United States drops atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki
September 1945: World War II ends (60 to 80 million deaths – 2/3rd civilians)
October 1945: United Nations founded (began with 51 member states; now 193 countries)
Late 1945: ‘Big Three’ – United States, Soviet Union (Russia) and United Kingdom has control over Easter Europe and the Cold War begins after Yalta Conference.
1946: Russia’s Czar Stalin says communism and capitalism are incompatible; President Truman demands for Russia to leave Iran.
1949: NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) founded; U.S. Alliance with 28 nations
1949: Soviet Union (Russian) develops its first nuclear weapon
1950s: Nuclear Arms Race between the U.S. and USSR
1955: Warsaw Pact founded; Soviet Union and 7 nations (dissolved in 1991 with the USSR)
1958: Soviet Union conducted 36 nuclear weapon tests (50 from 1949 to 1956)
January 1959: Cuba taken over by Fidel Castro after 6 years of Revolution
1959 to 1976: Castro Prime Minister of Cuba; 17th President: 1976-2008
1960: On intelligent that Castro regime was threating Central America and the U.S., President Eisenhower ordered the CIA to develop an invasion plan.
1960: United States 18,600+ nuclear weapons; Russia 1,600; U.K. 42 (only 3 nations with nukes)
August 1960: U.S. imposes a trade embargo against Cuba
July 1960: The U.S. stopped imports of Cuban sugar and other goods
September 1960: Large shipment of Soviet weapons arrived in Cuba
October 1960: Cuba nationalized U.S. private investments & seized $1billion corporation assets
November 1960: John F. Kennedy elected U.S. President
December 1960: Cuba allies with the Soviet Union
1961: Soviet Union conducted 57 nuclear weapon tests (78 in 1962; then declined)
January 1961: U.S. terminates diplomatic relations with Cuba
April 1961: CIA funded counter-revolutionary Cuban exiles and US troops invade Cuba at the Bay of Pigs; within 3 days Castro’s Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces defeat them. The 1,500 troops versus over 200,000 did not move the people to a coup.
June 1961: Russia’s Premier Khrushchev and U. S. Pres. Kennedy meet in Vienna
November 1961: Kennedy authorizes Operation Mongoose – covert ops against Castro
August 31, 1962: Senate is told of Russian missile installations in Cuba
September 11, 1962: Soviet Foreign Minister Gromyko warns America that an attack on Cuba could mean war with Russia (Soviet Union – USSR)
October 14, 1962: U.S. U-2 jet takes pictures of missile sites in Cuba
October 14-17: The Joint Chiefs of Staff advise Kennedy to make a preemptive strike
October 18: Gromyko makes the case that the missiles are for defense only
|October 22, 1962: President addresses the Nation of the Crisis saying in brief part, “…This Government, as promised, has maintained the closest surveillance of the Soviet military buildup on the island of Cuba… The purpose of these bases can be none other than to provide a nuclear strike capability against the Western Hemisphere… Our policy has been one of patience and restraint, as befits a peaceful and powerful nation which leads a worldwide alliance… We will not prematurely or unnecessarily risk the costs of worldwide nuclear war… but neither will we shrink from that risk… therefore… I have directed …to halt this offensive buildup a strict quarantine on all offensive military equipment under shipment to Cuba is being initiated…
(calling for) United Nations …emergency meeting… I call upon Chairman Khrushchev to halt and eliminate this clandestine, reckless and provocative threat to world peace and to stable relations between our two nations…”
October 22: U.S. military goes to DEFCON 3
October 23: U.S. military goes to DEFCON 2 after Khrushchev says there is “a serious threat to peace and security of peoples.”
October 25: Kennedy responds with letter to Khrushchev (offer to receive an offer)
October 26: Khrushchev responds with letter to Kennedy with a proposal; in part never to invade Cuba in return for missiles being removed.
October 27: 1 U-2 plane shot down over Cuba; another intercept in near Soviet airspace
October 28: U.S. agrees to remove US nuclear missiles from Turkey; Soviet Union dismantles and began to remove missiles from Cuba.
(Castro and Krushchev in 1962)
15 Points on Fidel Castro (1926-2016)
(Cuba declared independence in 1868; handed over to US from Spain in 1895; Republic declared independent from the US since 1902)
Son (out of wedlock) to wealthy Spanish Sugar farmer
Sent away at age 6 to begin his education
Baptized at the age of 8 into the Roman Catholic Church
Continued studies under the Catholic Jesuits until law school
Studied law at the University of Havana
Opposed imperialism at time Nations were gaining their independence from Western powers
Leader of guerrilla warriors (Cuban Revolution)
Imprisoned for a year due to his involvement in failed coup attempt
16th Prime Minister of Cuba 1959-1976
Visited numerous nations on tour as Prime Minister
Forms alliance with the Soviet Union
First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba 1961-2011
17th President of Cuba 1976-2008
11 children and 2 wives: second 36 years until his death
Was longest serving non-royal head of state to date: 1959 – 2011 (2nd: Kim Il-sung – 1945-1994)
(At the end of WWII over 1/3 of the world’s population lived in dependent territories; more than 80 former colonies gained National independence since 1945)
(1992 after breakup of USSR)
The Middle East has been a fluid situation for centuries, but especially since the end of World War II and Israel becoming a state in 1948. In 1945 the League of Arab States formed and in 1964 certain Arab leaders created the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). Other Muslim organizations came to varies degrees of power and influence, including the Muslim Brotherhood (1928), Fatah (1964), HAMAS (1987), Al-Qaeda (1988), the Taliban (1994) and ISIS (AQI/ISIS/IS 1999/2004).
Several major Arab-Israeli wars and conflicts took place over territory, primarily from 1956 to 1990. As stated previously, NATO formed in 1949 and the Warsaw Pact in 1955. During the Korean War (1950-1953) and Vietnam Wars and conflicts (1957-1975) the world saw Russia supporting the north and the United States the south. And that has not changed much. In 1991, the USSR dissolved and their Collective Security Treaty Organization (Alliance) formed in 1992 breaking up the Soviet Union; leaving Russia in tact but Kazakhstan and other nations gained independence. In order to discuss territory situations Russia, China and three other countries began Who is the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)? in 1996. In 2005, Russia, China and other member states of the SCO took part in joint military wargame exercises.
In 1979, 66 hostages were taken in Iran after the US Embassy in Tehran, Iran was seized; it took the Carter administration 444 days before they were freed. That year, Saddam Hussein ousted Al Bakr and assumed his position as President of Iraq. In 1980, Iraq attacked Iran and the conflict continued until 1988. In 1981, under President Reagan (1981-1989) the National Debt hit $1 Trillion and the top tax bracket was reduced from 70% to 50%; while during his 8 years the National Debt increased 186%. In 1990, the National Debt reached $3.5 Trillion and the top tax bracket was down to 28% under George Bush (1989-1993).
In 1990, Iraq invaded Kuwait and threatened US partially owned oil reserves. A U.S. led coalition came to Kuwait’s defense in Desert Shield/Desert Storm (1990-1991) where about 700,000 U.S. service members were deployed to the Gulf. The Gulf War began in August 1990 (292 US troops killed; 4,200 Kuwait troops; and about 30,000 Iraqis). After part one of the war, in April 1991, the United Nations passed Security Council Resolution 687 authorizing inspections in Iraq looking for chemical weapons. In 1992, Iraq declared in did have 89 missile and chemical weapons but destroyed them. Iraq remained under tough economic sanctions. Inspections and protest against sanctions and inspections continued until December 1998 (at various times biological warfare facilities were discovered) when Iraq halted cooperation.
December 17, 1998, the U.S. and U.K. began Operation Desert Fox which was several days of air strikes against strategic targets in Iraq. September 11, 2001 (9/11) al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four airliners took down the twin World Trade Centers and crashed into the Pentagon, and brave souls stopped the last plane from hitting the White House – in all 2,977 people were killed. January 2002, President George Bush said Iraq was part of an ‘axis of evil.’ August 2002, Colin Powell reports that U.S. allies on board for a war with Iraq. Vice President Cheney says at that time, “Regime change in Iraq would bring about a number of benefits to the region.”
In 2003 the United States and coalition forces invaded Iraq and after 8 years (2011) the U.S. began to withdraw troops. President Obama said in a campaign debate that he would immediately withdraw troops – that promise was made in 2008. From 1990 to 2009 the National Debt increased from $3.5 Trillion to $12 Trillion (under G. H. Bush – 54% increase 1990-1993; Clinton – 1994-2001 increase of 32%; G. W. Bush – 2002-2009, 101% increase). The top tax bracket increased to 39.6% to offset growing War debts. In 2009, Obama took office and continued the Afghanistan War until he left office in January 2017. The National Debt increased $9.3 Trillion from $10.6 Trillion to just under $20 Trillion during Obama’s 8 years; nearly doubling all previous Presidents.
In 2005, the United States was denied observer status in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). That same year India, Iran and Pakistan were allowed observer status in the SCO and China-Russia held their first anti-terror military exercises. By 2017, the US remained barred from SCO observer status, and the group was at 8 member states (including Russia, China, Pakistan and India) and at least 5 observer or dialogue countries including Afghanistan, Iran and Turkey.
By the end of the Korean War in 1953, about 2.5 million people were killed and Korea was split into two. In 1964, China developed its first nuclear weapon. In 1972, Communist backed Comrade ‘Supreme Commander’ Kim Il Sung (founder of the DPRK) became the Premier of North Korea. In 1994, he was declared the ‘Eternal President of the Republic.’ In 1991, Kim Jong-Il took the position as Supreme Commander of the KP; and in 1994 Supreme Leader (his older brother died months earlier). Jong-Il ordered the destruction of between 500 and 2000 Christian Churches and Buddhist Temples; although his grandfather was a Christian.
In 2002, President Bush called North Korea part of the ‘axis of evil’ along with Iraq and Iran. December 2011, Kim Jong-un (2nd son of the 3rd wife) became North Korea’s Supreme Leader after the death of his father. Kim Jong-Il is declared ‘Eternal General Secretary.’ By 2014, the United States was at about 7,200 nuclear weapons; Russia at 7,500; UK at 215; France at 300; China at 260; Israel at 80; India at 100; Pakistan at 100; and North Korea 7. By 2017, the Kim Dynasty reached 70 years old; and the Castro Dynasty 68 years.
Under the Kim Dynasty between tens of thousands and several hundred thousand North Koreans were imprisoned, raped or killed for religious or political reasons; and since 1995, it has been said over 1 million starved to death under the regime. In 1985, North Korea joined the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT); yet, by 1997 had missiles and pulled out of talks with the United States. In 1998, they fired their first long-range missile over Japan. And in 2003, North Korea withdrew from the NPT after reaching nuclear weapon capability.
A few Failures by George Bush (Jan. 2002-) and Barrack Obama (-Jan. 2017)
Allowing the National Debt to increase from $6.2 Trillion in 2002 to $20 Trillion in 2017
Allowing the cost of Health Care to become a crisis situation after 15 years
America and Russian supplying about half the weapons that kill in wars and conflicts
Bush bailing out banks up to $350 billion, while lowering top tax bracket and entering war
Bush administration allowing Baghdadi to conduct ‘religious’ services throughout Camp Bucca
Bush administration allowing Baghdadi to be released in 2004 without proper tracking
Bush and Obama allowing Baghdadi to join and form help Masri form ISIS (2006)
Obama giving N.K. 50,000 tons of fuel oil in return for temporary shutdown of reactor (2007)
Obama administration underestimating Baghdadi and the Islamic State (2010)
Under Obama administration (and previous) Russian increased N.K.’s ground and Airforce
Bush and Obama allowing North Korea to test at least 42 ballistic missiles
Bush and Obama allowing North Korea to have over 40 missile launchers
Bush and Obama allowing N.K. to have over 500 medium range and 40+ long-range missiles
Bush and Obama allowing North Korea to reach 7 or 8 nuclear warheads by 2017
Obama giving Iran $400 million in various cash for 4 hostages and loose promises (2016)
Obama administration (Sec. Kerry) agreed to pay $1.3 billion more to Iran for funds lost in war
Bush and Obama (and previous) not moving US Embassy to Jerusalem, Israel
Middle East wars and conflicts will exceed $6 trillion due to Bush and Obama policies
Obama abandoning the people of Syria, after making threats to Assad
Bush and Obama abandoning the people of Iraq after hundreds of thousands of deaths in region
Bush and Obama allowing terrorism and drug trafficking to become industries
Congress allowing corporations and lobbyists to drive their agendas and policies
Obama’s use of sanctions and dialogue in foreign affairs and less military and CIA strategy
Bush/Obama not foreseeing how certain US interventions leads to more religious conflicts
Obama allowing Sec. of State Hillary Clinton to sell Russia nuclear materials and get kickbacks
Summary of North Korea Crisis (NKC)
Before World War II ended the Japanese occupied Korea. After the war, like in the Middle East, the Korean peninsula suffered conflicts and civil war over who would control what territory. Russia backed the northern portion and the United States the south; and China would have liked to whole peninsula, but had its own reconstruction and power issues on their side of the Yalu River. In 1948, the Soviet Union (USSR; Russia) declared Kim Il-sung (former commander of the Soviet 88th Brigade of Chinese and Korean exiles) the Premier of North Korea (DPRK). In 1950, Kim became the Supreme Commander of the Korean People’s Army. That year, South Korea declared independence from North Korea, leading to civil war – the Korean War.
In 1991, North and South Korea joined the United Nations; and in 1994 Kim Jong-Il became the Supreme Leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) – which is under a communist dictatorship. In 1996, thousands of North Korean troops enter the demilitarized zone and set up stations. In January 2002, President Bush called North Korea part of the Axis of Evil. Later that year 34 were killed in a naval battle between the Koreas. In 2011, Kim Jong-Un took over the dictatorship. In 2012 and 2013, among Jong-Un’s ordered executions were his Vice Minister of the Army (executed by mortar round), his ex-girlfriend (by firing squad) and his uncle for an attempted coup. In 2013, the Hudson Institute reported that “for 50 years, its (N.K.) secret police has waged a brutal campaign to eradicate religious belief…” February 2017, The Guardian reported that Kim Jong-Un ordered the execution of about 140 senior officials.
|Statistics of Democide and South Korea’s Overseas Information Agency, estimated between 700,000 and 3.5 million people have been murdered under the Kim Dynasty dictatorships.|
In 1985, North Korea joined the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and by 1993 the International Atomic Energy Agency cited North Korea for being in violation of the NPT. In 1994, N.K. bargained in return for nuclear reactors (for energy production of course) they would freeze their nuclear weapon program. In 1998, N.K. test-fired the Taepodong-1 missile and in 2003 pulled out of the NPT; in 2003 they had enough nuclear fuel rods for 6 to 8 nuclear bombs.
September 15, 2005, the U.S. Treasury froze about $25 million in North Korean funds, using the money laundering section of the USA PATRIOT Act. September 19, 2005 in six-party talks, North Korea committed “to abandoning all nuclear weapons programs.” In 2006, North Korea test-fired 7 missiles and in 2009 another 8; that was a total of 16 under Kim Jong-Il in about 11 years. Kim Jong-Un was been much more aggressive: test-fired 2 in 2012; 6 in 2013; 19 in 2014; 15 in 2015; 24 in 2016 and so far 18 by mid-August 2017. About 75 missile launches were done during the Obama Administration. March 21, 2007, during 6th round of Six-Party talks the U.S. agrees to return the $25 million in frozen funds. October 2007, the Bush Administration agrees to give N.K. almost a million tons of heavy-fuel oil for continued cooperation.
April 2008, the CIA briefed certain Congressmen that N.K. had assisted Syria in construction of a nuclear reactor. The Syrian facility was destroyed by Israel. In 2009, as Obama came into office, the North Korea Six-Party talks entered its 6th year (China, Japan, N.K., Russia, S.K., U.S.). North Korea launched at least 74 missiles during Obama’s 8 years. August 2009, the UN in accord with Resolution 1874 continued to discuss the failed sanctions policy. December 2009, the government of Thailand seized 35 tons of weapons from a North Korean plane that landed in Bangkok on its way to the Middle East. March 2010, a South Korean patrol ship was sunk near the maritime border. July 2010, the U.S. imposed more sanctions due to the event.
In September 2010, former and aged President Jimmy Carter said North Korea has sent “clear, strong signals” that it wants to restart negotiations. (He should know that there are many evil, cunning and deceiving adversaries in the world.) November 23, 2010 N.K. fired artillery rounds at the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong, killing 2 soldiers and injuring 17. China called for an emergency Six-Party talk; and the U.S., Japan and S.K. rejected. No one made them pay for their act of war or terror.
(worshiping Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong-Il)
February 2011, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper reported that North Korea had undeclared uranium enrichment facilities. February 28, 2011 the U.S. and S. Korea conduct joint military exercises and North Korea threaten that if tensions rose it would turn Seoul into a “sea of fire.” April 2011, Obama issued an executive order reaffirming a ban on N.K. imports. June 2011, U.S. warships forced a North Korean freight vessel to return course; it was carrying missile components to Burma. December 29, 2011 Kim Jong Un was declared N.K. Supreme leader. February 2012, in return for more weak promises, the U.S. gave N. Korea 240,000 metric tons of food aid. February 2013, the CTBTO detected activity at a N.K. nuclear test site. North Korea continued to launch missiles. March 8, 2014, China declared a ‘red line’ saying it would not permit war on the Korean peninsula. March 21, N.K. test-fired another missile.
In 2015, the U.S. and S. Korea continued to prepare for an attack and N. Korea continued testing missiles. February 2016, in defiance of UN sanctions, N. Korea launched a long-range ballistic missile. March 2016, the UN Security Council passed Resolution 2270 saying empty words. April 2016, N. Korea launched four more missiles and many more during the year. October 25, 2016 U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper concluded (only after a decade plus of evidence) that “the notion of getting the North Koreans to denuclearize is probably a lost cause.”
January 2, 2017 Donald Trump twitted, “North Korea just stated that it is in the final stages of developing a nuclear weapon capable of reaching parts of the U.S. It won’t happen!” March 2017, about two month after President Donald Trump took office; North Korea fired 4 ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan (intermediate range missiles). April 2, President Trump said, “If China is not going to solve North Korea, we will.” April 3, former Ambassador Thae Yong Ho, a defector, stated Kim Jong-Un is “desperate in maintaining his rule by relying on his nuclear weapons and ICBMs…” April 5, a day before China-US presidents Jinping and Trump met in Florida; Kim fired another ballistic missile test. That April, North Korean Ambassador to Russia, Kim Kyong-Jun, warned America that “our army has already said that if there will be even the smallest provocation from the United States during exercises, we are ready to deliver the most ruthless blow.” April 28, Sec. of State Rex Tillerson said in a UN Security Council meeting that North Korea must take “concrete steps to reduce the threat that its illegal weapons programs pose.”
April 29, a day after Trump’s tweet that “North Korea disrespected… China… (with) launch,” Philippine President Duterte warned America to weight its options because Kim Jong Un “wants to end the world.” May 2, the THAAD missile defense system became operational in South Korea (Guam has one as well). May 14, N.K. fired a Hwasong-12 missile that reached 1,200 miles altitude and 430 miles into the Sea of Japan. That day, N. Korea’s Ambassador to China, Ji Ryong stated, “the test-firing of ICBMS will occur at any time and place, at the will of North Korea’s highest leadership.”
June 2017, North Korea’s Rodong Sinmun newspaper reported that New York could be reached by their ICBMs. The article said, “Trump blustered early this year that the DPRK’s final access to a nuclear weapon that can reach the U.S. mainland will never happen…” June 30, Trump said during a WH press conference with South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in, “the years of strategic patience with the North Korean regime has failed… It’s failed. And frankly, that patience is over… Together we are facing the threat of the reckless and brutal regime in North Korea. The nuclear and ballistic missile programs of that regime require a determined response…”
July 4, North Korea launched a KN-14 ICBM, and Trump said in part, “…Does this guy have anything better to do with his life? Hard to believe that South Korea and Japan will put up with this much longer. Perhaps China will put a heavy move on North Korea and end this nonsense once and for all!” July 5, United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley told North Korea ‘time is short; action is required’ and that their actions are “closing off the possibility of a diplomatic solution.” In addition to the previous sanctions placed on North Korea up through 2016, certain U.S. and U.N. officials were still looking at sanctions to solve this Crisis. July 28, 2017, Kim Jong-Un ordered the launching of another KN-14 Intercontinental Ballistic Liquid-fueled Missile.
Early August sanctions threaten N. Korea with the loss of about $3 billion in trade primarily with China. August 7, North Korean officials reporter that it would take “thousand-fold” revenge against the United States. August 8, North Korea’s KCNA News reported that the government was considering an “operational plan” to “send a serious warning signal to the U.S.” by firing Hwasong-12 at or near Anderson Air Force Base in Guam. August 8, 2017, after North Korean criticism of U.S. words and U.N. sanctions, President Trump told reporters that “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States… They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.” About the same time, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis warned the North Korean regime that the “end of its regime and the destruction of its people” would come if they continue actions such as wanting to fire missiles around Guam.
August 9, North Korea again issued a statement it was considering creating an “enveloping fire” around Guam. General Mattis responded that they are “grossly overmatched (and) would lose any arms race or conflict it initiates.” August 11, Trump tweeted that “military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!” August 2017, Guam and Japan prepare for possible war; together they are home to over 200,000 Americans. Despite the “ever-alarming rate” of weapon grow in North Korea and that America’s “strategic patience” is over, the Director Pompeo of the CIA said August 13 that there is no imminent threat of a nuclear war with North Korea.
National Security adviser H. R. McMaster said August 13 that the United States is “taking all possible actions” to defend against nuclear threats from North Korea. At the same time, Generals in the Joint Chiefs of Staff are suggesting moves of force. Chairman Gen. Dunford said war was not ‘unimaginable.’
August 17, 2017: North Korea releases posters says, “no one can stop our way;” and “Entire nation within strike range…”
September 3: North Korea detonated a thermonuclear device; stating it was it’s most powerful to date. South Korea’s weather agency confirmed it was an artificial earthquake at magnitude 5.7; but the U. S. Geological Survey said 6.3 was registered by them. U. S. President Trump said “North Korea has conducted a major Nuclear Test. Their words and actions continue to be very hostile and dangerous to the United States.” U. S. Defense Secretary Jim ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis responded in a formal statement saying: “Any threat to the United States or its territories, including Guam or our allies will be met with a massive military response, a response both effective and overwhelming… Kim Jong-un should take heed of the United Nations security council’s unified voice, all members unanimously agreed on the threat North Korea poses, and they remain unanimous in their commitment to the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. Because we are not looking to the total annihilation of a country, namely North Korea, but as I said we have many options to do so.”
Brief Comparison of Kim Jong Un to Fidel Castro
|Fidel Castro||Kim Jong Un|
|Considered father wealthy Sugar Farmer||Considered father an ‘eternal leader’|
|Age 36 during Cuban Missile Crisis||Age 33 (August 2017)|
|Healthy in his 30s||Increasingly unhealthy|
|Baptized and professed Catholic||Atheist; Juche religion worships Kim Il-Sung|
|Studied under Catholic Jesuits; lawyer||Played in Switzerland; poor academics|
|Fought with and lead guerilla rebels||movies, video games, NK national anthem|
|Became Secular; returned to Church end of life||Does not believe in a hell or after life|
|Opposed Imperialism||Opposes Western Powers|
|Toured many countries – diplomacy||Isolationist as leader|
|11 children and 2nd wife for 36 years||1 child; 1 wife (age 27)|
|17th President of Cuba||3rd Generation Kim Dynasty|
|Socially comfortable||Socially awkward|
|Dictator executed at least hundreds||Dictator executed at least hundreds|
Why NKC is not the CMC
The North Korean Crisis (NKC) is not like the Cuban Missile Crisis (CMC) in many significant ways. The time was different in technology, communications and militaries. There was not instant satellite surveillance; neither instant multi-media communications (although obviously America and Russia had constant phone and fax ability); nor the web to show leaders their every tweet; and as to militaries only Russia and the United States had nuclear weapons. Now North Korea has them and Kim Jong Un is their Supreme leader at the moment. Castro never had the nuclear bargaining chip in such a way – not hundreds of missiles and about 8 nuclear warheads ready to say we want a sit at the table.
Additionally, during the CMC it was Russia and the United States negotiating and Castro was yielding to its military backer and trade partner Russia. Also, Russia and America was able to reach a nuclear compromise – Russia pulls the nukes from Cuba and America does from Turkey. In the NKC there is no ability for such an agreement; neither party will pull nukes from their present nation. Not from the United States, nor from its NATO alliances (they would not agree anyway), nor from any other strategic location; and thus, North Korea will continue to move toward keeping and building up its stockpile.
Furthermore, Castro was a dictator that persecuted his people and held his rule for the longest of any current dictator; and the Kim Dynasty has likewise. CIA psychological profiles listed that Adolf Hitler suffered from ‘hysterical blindness and… an expert in calculated bluffing,’ but reported Nikita Khrushchev of Russia was a “typical pragmatist,’ and that Castro of Cuba was ‘not crazy;’ but was unstable and neurotic. Though Castro was reported to ‘need to rebel,’ his ‘ego’ and ‘hunger for power’ in his region made him yield to Khrushchev. Castro wanted to live and to be recognized by the masses.
Kim Jong Un of Korea has selfish-ambitions, loves and constantly desires recognition and approval; the N. Korean grade school books are filled with his miracle fits – shooting 38 under par on 18 holes with about 11 holes in one, yacht racing at 9 years old, and writing 1,500 books in 3 years at University. We know Kim Jong Un, like his father, has no problem with lying or changing his promises. He also has a strong desire for totalitarian rule – to be a 3rd generation dictator and the eternal leader of Korea – likely all of Korea. He has no problem ordering executions of family or past lovers. He does not desire many heirs or children as did Castro – he is more self-centered.
He has no problem defying the United Nations or any nation to get to where he wants – to have the big Nuke sticks. He hates the United States and that is not likely to change. Though he hugs and smiles with his subjects; he places little value on the life of his very own troops and citizens. Many recently say he is patriotic, ‘paranoid,’ moody and desires to be remembered like his father and grandfather. Older psychological profiles said Kim Jong Un was rational; but newer 2017 profiles find that he could very likely push the nuclear button.
We do not need to know if Kim Jong Un believes in the afterlife and eternal judgment or if he is a psychotic or not; we just need to review the facts of North Korea’s progressive towards missile and nuclear weapon buildup, their defiance to the United Nations and their own signed treaties and their continued launchings around South Korea and Japan. Then the leaders simply need to ask, ‘Do we want Kim Jong Un and North Korea to be a member of world powers with nuclear weapons?’
Some Suggested Solutions
- Put more sanctions on N. Korea, with China on board – this will not work; just as the Six-party talks have not worked for more than a dozen years.
- Initiative a coop – not enough time and to risky even if N. K. elites would go for it.
- Sign more meaningless treaties and agreements – useless and empty.
- Cut North Korea off from the rest of the world – it will not happen or solve their nuclear buildup.
- Launch a full scale UN approved joint action to take care of the country and their 42 launch sites; while bring all the people into submission and funding their reconstruction afterwards – most likely to risky, and even if could pull off an Iraq like invasion (Saddam did not have Nukes), there would still be the trillion dollar military and reconstruction cost.
- Launch a Nuclear attack – insane option
- Poison him to look like heart attack – best option, followed by pressure for elections and denuclearization.
- Assassinate him with snipers; with or without Joint Fleet and Ground Forces ready for takeover.