The news that North Korea has conducted a successful nuclear bomb test is worse than you think. The New York Times reports:
On Friday, North Korea reported a major advance in its efforts.“The standardization of the nuclear warhead will enable the D.P.R.K. to produce at will and as many as it wants a variety of smaller, lighter and diversified nuclear warheads of higher strike power,” it said in a statement on Friday, using the initials of the country’s official name, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. “This has definitely put on a higher level the D.P.R.K.’s technology of mounting nuclear warheads on ballistic missiles.”
President Obama’s disastrous foreign policy legacy has unleashed a whirlwind of malign forces, ranging from the creation of ISIS to the enabling (and financing) of Iran’s nuclear program, placing nuclear weapons in the hands of a regime officially committed to triggering Armageddon, so that the Twelfth Imam can return and lead Muslims to paradise and the end of the world.
It is hard to top that for foreign policy disaster, but Barack Obama definitely has it in him to leave an even smellier pile of trouble for his successors to deal with. Compared with Iran, which will need several years before it even has a bomb, North Korea, the equal of Iran in insanity and its superior in originality, is now openly and loudly developing a scary nuclear arsenal mounted on ballistic missiles of ever greater range and accuracy. The Iranians, after all, follow a creed with over a thousand years of history, while the NoKos follow a murky novel national dogma called Juche, loosely translated as “Eff you, go away” to foreigners, and “Obey!” to the domestic population.
North Korea is led by a ruthless (he had his uncle killed), morbidly obese, and young (early thirties – date of birth uncertain) third-generation monarch who took office in 2011.
President Obama had the opportunity to influence an insecure novice dictator by his actions toward the country. As usual, he taught Kim Jong-un to laugh in America’s face as a pitiful, weak giant led by a weakling.
The grotesque humiliation heaped upon Barack Obama at Hangchou airport, enacted before the world’s leaders gathered for the G-20 (none of them got the no rolling stairs treatment) was the signal to North Korea. Gordon Chang explains:
Kim, seeing how Xi treated Obama, thought he could get away with delivering his own radioactive-laced snub.Kim knows that Xi is not about to further goals, like the denuclearization of North Korea, that Washington promotes, and so Pyongyang thinks it has a big green light in its quest to possess the world’s most destructive weapons.Pyongyang will make fast progress in developing nukes—until the U.S. and the rest of the international community realize they have a China problem as much as a North Korean one.
Ronny Gordon sums it up:
Actually, we have a global problem.