Here it is, just about midnight ending April 15 in Pyongyang (as I’m writing this), with North Korea having done nothing spectacular to celebrate its founder (and basically its god), Kim Il Sung’s birthday. Oh, there was parading in the street, but no nuclear test, and no missile launch.
All the breathless reporting by every news network practically guaranteeing that Armageddon is at hand turned out to be wasted because the Norks carefully decided it wasn’t worth an actual American response on their most important holiday.
Instead, North Korea “showed off two new intercontinental ballistic missile-sized canisters as well as displaying its submarine-launched ballistic missile and a land-based version of the same for the first time,” CNN reported, “according to analysts.”
The Norks strutted in a parade through the streets of its capital. These weapons could be operational, or they could be props. I’m sure someone in the U.S. intelligence community has a good idea which they are, but in the end, parading something doesn’t accomplish anything.
The first time the world officially learned of the F-117 stealth fighter was when President Ronald Reagan used them in Panama. You don’t see America parading our military secrets through Washington, D.C. You don’t see America parading new missiles in the streets.
What you do see is the U.S.S. Carl Vinson carrier group sailing within strike range of North Korea. You also see the U.S. Air Force conducting the closest thing to a military parade, called an “elephant walk.” But not in America–they did it at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan.
There are at least a dozen advanced F-22 fighters at Kadena, along with–count’em–at least 20 F-15 Strike Eagles. I think I see an AWACS aircraft in there, and a tanker or other assets. These aren’t parade troops, they’re combat aircraft.
With all these oxygen-sucking headlines like “WORLD ON A KNIFE-EDGE: North Korea primed and ready for missile test TODAY,” nothing actually happened. Why would the North Koreans try something when they know what’s in store? I’ve been asked why Kim Jong Un says the things he says–threatening war and destruction. My answer is because we let him. By pursuing diplomatic and negotiating tactics Kim always knew nothing would really happen, so he continued his tests.
Since Trump’s been in office, the missile tests have increased in tempo. But now that the perfect day to make a statement about standing up to evil America has arrived, Kim stood down, content to parade in the streets while America parades real military power. Trump’s plan seems to have worked.
But the Washington Post decided that instead of praising President Trump for doing what he said he’d do on the campaign trail–having a military so strong nobody would challenge it–they compared his forward-leaning use of the military to an “angry tweet.” When an angry tweet is backed up with real power, our adversaries do tend to give them weight.
Here it is, now midnight in Pyongyang and I’m hearing our air raid sirens go off here in Georgia. They test them every Saturday at noon. Nothing happened in North Korea, and it’s because our military is standing ready, and Kim believes Trump will do exactly what he said. So far, I am satisfied with that result.