The North Korean situation is becoming more critical with each passing day. Kim Jong-un’s nuclear capabilities are apparently advancing faster than American intelligence experts had anticipated–pressuring President Trump to consider action.
New information revealed by The Washington Post indicates that North Korea has already developed nuclear warheads small enough to place inside intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). But as Fox News observed, American intelligence knew this back in 2013, but Barack Obama kept the information secret to avoid having to take action against North Korea.
With warheads capable of fitting into an ICBM, the only thing North Korea needs to strike against the US are missiles that can travel the distance. As covered by The Economist, a North Korean missile test last month revealed that they now have the range to potentially hit Alaska.
The Washington Post article did not mention that the intelligence community has known of North Korea’s miniaturized nukes for the last four years, a fact reported back in 2013 by The New York Times.
The assessment of North Korea’s nuclear capabilities was made by the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). However, The Times also reported that Obama’s Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, downplayed DIA’s evaluation.
At the time, Clapper emphasized that DIA’s assessment did not concur with that of most other intelligence agencies. He said, “The difference has to do with the confidence level in the actual ability of the North Koreans to make a weapon that will work in a missile. Neither we nor the North Koreans know whether they have such capability.”
The Seattle Times reported that the same week Clapper made the above statement, Obama did an NBC News interview in which he said he expected more provocations from North Korea–but claimed he did not believe they had nuclear-armed ballistic missiles.
Obama conveniently minimized the growing North Korean threat to postpone having to take any definitive action. His policy was one of “strategic patience,” which really meant neglect and procrastination.
As The Hill observed, President Trump asserted the need for American action in North Korea back in 1999. At the time, Trump said he would seek to first negotiate with the Kim regime, and then consider using military force if a deal could not be made. He also stressed the importance of solving the issue sooner rather than later.
Trump went on to say: “We virtually tried to bribe them into stopping and they’re continuing to do what they’re doing. And they’re laughing at us. They think we’re a bunch of dummies. I’m saying that we have to do something.” Trump’s remarks alluded to the 1994 deal engineered by President Bill Clinton and emissary Jimmy Carter, described by The New York Post.
Obama knew North Korea had nuclear warheads back in 2013 and did nothing. Did his inaction lead to the horrific threat we face today?
Clinton sent Carter to convince North Korea to stop its development of nuclear weapons. America gave the Kim regime $5 billion and two nuclear reactors. All the US received in return was a promise North Korea would stop their development of nuclear weapons. Not surprisingly, North Korea later confessed to having broken the deal on day one.
Like Clinton, Obama’s policy toward North Korea was one of appeasement and neglect. Not surprisingly, former Obama-era National Security Advisor Susan Rice just penned a New York Times op-ed telling Trump to “tolerate nuclear weapons in North Korea.”
One must now ask: Was a nuclear-armed North Korea the goal of the Left all along?