Authored by William Robert Barber
Conflict is a steadfast behavioral intrinsic of humankind. The understanding and acceptance of that reality is an essential precursor in the drafting of any foreign policy or diplomatic overture. This nation’s foreign engagements must be enacted with the unhindered eyesight of a realist that sees the world as it is; not as if an idealist, a dreamer, or a Pollyanna might wish it to be. Peace has proven to be an illusion. Indeed, if peace was stated as the goal of this nation’s policy, instead of initiating peacefulness, one encourages hostility. The very concept of creating peace requires the proponent of such a policy to lay down the sword and shield; the requirement of peace as a policy goal inherently requires the acceptance of vulnerability and trust. Such a positioning for America is an exercise in self-destruction, as well as entertaining the populous with the dangerous mirage of hopefulness instead of coping with reality.
What is critical for America as to its engagement in any armed conflict is winning. America must remain committed to the unmitigated goal of absolute unadulterated victory. Anything less than victory once engaged prompts eventual re-engagement or worse; a perfect example is the present no-win scenario with North Korea.
In 1950 the United States lead United Nations force into Korea to defend South Korea from the invasion of its Northern brethren. Notice, I said defend instead of offensively invading North Korea. The United States decided to push the bully back instead of smashing him over the head with a two-by-four. This tit for tat / paddy cake approach to ruthless aggression cost thousands of deaths. The tri-party nations of China, Russia, and North Korea united to invade South Korea; the surprise attack swept through all opposition; imagine, just five years after the end of WWII, war had raised its ugly head once again.
The fighting was horrific and damning; dead and wounded were numerous. But, as usual it was the common people who suffered the most. As the war took form, no end to the fighting seemed in sight. The United States lost its interest and elected a president who pledged to end the war. This president did not pledge victory; he pledged that the conflict would end. True to his word the conflict did indeed end. It ended with North Korea intact. We know that not conquering North Korea was a monolithic strategic mistake. The result of our willingness to accept less than victory was the catalyst for a continuance of counter-party belligerence; as a nation we lost sight of the opportunity to really end the war and we have been paying that price in gold and blood ever since.
There should not be a nuclear armed North Korea but because of our indulgence in seeing the world as we wish it to be congress and the executive office checked into Disneyland; an armistice was agreed upon at the price of victory and now North Korea threatens America and its interest with nuclear destruction.
It is said by those who seem to know all things that regarding North Korea there are no good options. Is Iran next? Will America ever accept its role as the leader of the free world? America and its allies are the only guarantor of democratic principles, unobstructed international trade, and many freedoms we hold common. America is the armed counter to the potential of Russian or Chinese aggression.
There is a nuclear armed madman running a country…and America allowed it to happen.