Wednesday, August 9, 2017
I'm watching you!
From the Victor Davis Hanson Internet web site and as also seen at the National Review this item concerning the man in Pyongyang. Kim the Merciless. And the threat as posed by same to the world order.
"Is Kim Jong-un an Evil Buffoon or an Evil Genius?"
"Kim Jong-un has accomplished something that neither his grandfather nor father pulled off during the last 70 years: bringing an existential threat to the shores of the United States. North Korea’s handful of missiles that are soon to be pointed our way will be seen as posing a greater existential threat than do the far more numerous nuclear-tipped missiles of Russia and China — on the premise that by feigning (?) madness Kim is far more likely to use them. How weird that the really dangerous adversaries are seen as posing a far lesser danger than the far weaker one. Iran is looking at all this as a tutorial."
"Even in the age of North Korean technological incompetence and American high-tech excellence, a sophisticated society assumes it cannot live with the idea that there is a 1-2 percent chance that a lone North Korean nuclear missile — due to a supposedly insane finger on the button that claims it is indifferent to threats of U.S. massive retaliation — could at any moment actually get through U.S. defenses to reach Pacific Heights or South Central LA."
So what is the man? Kim! And evil genius or an evil buffoon? Or something in-between. The Professor does not answer in a categorical specific manner.!
American policy makers and military planners also must take into consider the difference between the INTENTIONS of Kim and his CAPABILITIES! He has atomic weapons and a long-range missile delivery system. But what does he intend to do with them? That is the question!
A question [what are the intentions of Kim] that can only be answered by the use of what Sun Tzu termed the INWARD SPY! Sun defining such a person thusly:
"Worthy men who have been degraded from office, criminals who have undergone punishment; also, favorite concubines who are greedy for gold, men who are aggrieved at being in subordinate positions, or who have been passed over in the distribution of posts, others who are anxious that their side should be defeated in order that they may have a chance of displaying their ability and talents, fickle turncoats who always want to have a foot in each boat. Officials of these several kinds," . . . "should be secretly approached and bound to one's interests by means of rich presents. In this way you will be able to find out the state of affairs in the enemy's country, ascertain the plans that are being formed against you, and moreover disturb the harmony and create a breach between the sovereign and his ministers."
The United States intelligence community has such an INWARD SPY in Pyongyang? I would like to think so but doubt it!