There may be a method to the madness and the U.S. shouldn’t fall for it.
For a long time I thought that North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un was nothing more than a mix of two things…a self-absorbed spoiled brat and bat-poop crazy. While I still believe that assessment is fairly accurate, I may need to add a third dimension to the mix.
I’m just not certain yet if that third dimension is “easily manipulated” or “cold and calculating.” Maybe I should just add both and call him a four dimensional guy, but that kind of sounds like I’m giving him too much credit.
Now let’s get to the missiles thing. North Korea has been taunting the U.S. (and the rest of the world for that matter) with repeated missile launches and\or threats of launches for a long time now. But over the last couple of weeks, they have drastically upped the ante with the threat to launch missiles towards Guam and the actual launch of a Hwasong-12 missile that traveled right over northern Japan.
As I said, there may be a method to the madness, and here goes. We know that the U.S. has been working diligently on a missile defense system for years, but no one has really ever seen it in action. Yes, there are pictures and a few short videos of test missiles being shot down, but not much else.
The only way that the rest of the world could see our missile defense system in action is if we use it. Then – and only then – would they be able to begin developing ways to defeat it. It’s extremely difficult, if not impossible, to defeat something you’ve never seen before.
Enter Kim Jong-un. Is he “cold and calculating” in lobbing missiles out to sea just to get us to shoot one down so he can see the defense system in action? Or is he “easily manipulated” and China and\or Russia are urging him on so they too can see the system at work?
I hate to be a conspiracy theorist, but I wouldn’t put it past the Russians or the Chinese. All three countries have a lot to gain and nothing to lose but a few tin cans launched out to sea. I wonder…