Things are getting dicey:
As long as the North Koreans couldn't reach us with ballistic missiles, they were pretty much on the back burner. Sure, North Korea is a bandit state run by a lunatic, but it's been that way since the end of WW2 and we're doing ok. Or that was the party line, anyway.
Bill Clinton told us he had it all solved in October of 1995, just like Blowjama told us he had everything under control with Iran.
But Bill was wrong.
Our "intelligence" services tell us it will be at least four years before North Korea can marry up a hydrogen warhead with their current ballistic missile delivery system. Of course, our "intelligence services" are the same outfits who told the U.S. Navy that the Japanese fleet was still in Tokyo Bay on December 7th, 1941. They haven't improved significantly since then. Not that it's entirely their fault. Congress eviscerated the C.I.A. , when certain congressmen decided that "spying" was a bad thing and that "gentlemen don't read each other's mail."
Whatever North Korea needs in the way of help, they can buy from Pakistan. Look up A.Q.Khan network on Google. Khan is the father of the Pakistani bomb, and a national hero there. He also ran a business selling nuclear expertise and hardware to rogue states like North Korea and Iran. When he got caught, he got house arrest in his palatial villa and was allowed to keep his profits. It's a tough life in Pakistan.
The news tells us that North Korea can't reach the West Coast yet. Of course, that was the party line when Obama was running the show, and as he was completely ineffectual, the media sold Americans the story that it didn't matter, the Bogey Man couldn't hurt us even if we couldn't do anything about him.
CNN recently did a segment showing a map with North Korean missiles falling into the sea off the coast. This clip below is from the Wall Street Journal. It tells a different story than CNN's humbug.
Then there's the annoying fact that the North Korean's have now got sub launched missiles.
Their subs are not as good as ours. And we have an excellent hunter killer sub fleet. But, if you don't have to worry about losing all your submarines in an attack, and you have a lot of them, you can probably get a few of them in close enough to the continental U.S. to launch.
President Trump is the first American President with any moral courage in a long time. But the options are limited. We don't want to set anything off with China, and North Korea (believe it or not, it's true) has the largest ground Army in the world. Their equipment is not bad and Korean soldiers on either side of the DMZ are very good soldiers. Enthusiasm for another ground war in Korea is at low ebb in just about all quarters.
Well, we could bomb the North Koreans into the stone age. Although, with the exception of the ruling elite, they are pretty much already there without our help. There's the awkward fact that their nuclear facilities and the "upper crust" hidey holes are way down deep underground. We might get them with our own nuclear weapons, but that's a political no go.
Personally, I have no idea how to fix this. But I hope somebody comes up with something pretty soon. At least before the North Koreans can reach further inland than the West Coast. I could probably live with it if Los Angeles and San Francisco got the Sodom and Gomorrah treatment, but I'm downwind of Atlanta.
Thought for the Day:
If you bought one of these 1950's Civil Defense radiation detectors, as I did eons ago, it has to be calibrated. That wasn't a problem until the Congress passed laws that made it almost impossible for a non government lab to keep the necessary radioactive elements on hand to re-calibrate the units.
The only outfit I know that still does is: K14U.
If anybody knows of anyone else who does it, I'd sure like to know about it. K14U is a good outfit but they are expensive.
But then again.....
By the way...
Here's a really old post apocalyptic movie that will really curl your hair. Made quite a stir back in November of 1983. More than 100 million people watched it's premier on ABC.