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Monday, January 17, 2011

North Korea: Nuclear Aggression Could Cause Internal Collapse

According to a South Korean official, North Korea could cause its own collapse if it keeps squandering money and natural resources on nuclear weapons and other military programs.

Chun Yung-woo, South Korea’s chief national security advisor, said:

“I think they will come to the point where they can no longer sustain the burden of military expenditures. They are already suffering from misery ... I think they will be worse off. I think their obsession with their military capabilities, especially weapons of mass destruction like nuclear weapons, chemical weapons ... that would be a short-cut to their demise.”

Well, that doesn’t sound too good now, does it. Pretty chilling scenario.

But isn’t there a certain other country that’s facing the same danger? You know, spending trillions of dollars on weapons while everything else collapses? A huge gap between the Powers That Be and the rest of the population?

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Blogger Dave Dubya said...

Cue Frank Zappa: "It Can't Happen Here"

January 17, 2011 at 1:33 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

"Who could imagine... that they would freak out... in Washington, D.C.?"

Great post, Tom. The links you provide are great, and illustrative as always. A bit of re-prioritization might be nice for our country, eh. As for N. Korea, if their intention is to starve off half their population, they seem to be doing a fine job.

January 17, 2011 at 6:41 PM  
Blogger J. Marquis said...

I was reading today about four of the new Tea Party congress people who made a trip to Afghanistan and when they came back they basically advocating we stay there forever. How's that for cutting government spending to the bone?

January 17, 2011 at 9:32 PM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

North Korea's leadership is paranoid and xenophobic. Small wonder, since one of the main ways they get hard currency is by counterfeiting U.S. currency.

The parallel between the U.S. and North Korea only holds up to a point. Two key parts of our problem are that we have carried the burden of protecting the interests of our friends, East and West, for decades. We're now well past the point where our friends can and should do a lot more for the common defense, taking the burden off of us.

The other thing is that the U.S. weapons industry is big, entrenched and incredibly well connected. Not just by lobbying Congress and pumping money into the campaigns of friendly pols, but by providing jobs and revenues to states and localities all over the country. The industry has ample means of fighting any attempts to seriously scale back defense outlays.

Neither of those things pertain to North Korea.

January 18, 2011 at 12:40 AM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

J. Marquis, wouldn't it be swell if we could persuade those go-get-'em tea party patriots to go fight and stay in Afghanistan forever?

I don't know how much good they would do for the Afghans, but their indefinite service over there would be a boon back here. :)

January 18, 2011 at 12:43 AM  
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January 18, 2011 at 3:13 AM  
Anonymous Rick Massey said...

I seem to recall another empire infinitely larger than North Korea that did the same thing to its self by getting bogged down in Afghanistan. No. not us. That would never happen to us? But it did happen to the Soviet Union. Our leaders cannot make the connection because the official newspeak is supposed to be that Ronney Reagan had something to do with the collapse of the Soviet Union. Here we go down the same road just as though the destination were completely unknowable.

January 18, 2011 at 4:05 AM  
Blogger MRMacrum said...

Our problems are because we allow them damn libruls to draw the same breath as the rest of us God fearing red blooded muricans. North Korea's problems are all about them being commie bastards, which are what libruls turn into when the lights go out.

We get rid of the libruls like Ronnie got rid of Russia and by Jesus, I think we might just be able to afford to dole out a new gun to every newborn and still have enough jingle left over to bite in hard on the deficit or build that big fence to keep furrin leeches out. I vote for the fence. Nothing hardens my puddin like bulldozers and stuff.

January 18, 2011 at 4:11 AM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

SWA's right. When we blow the hell out of someone else, we smile. Ever see the North Koreans smilin', well, do ya?

January 18, 2011 at 7:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Won't the Chinese prop them up indefinately?

January 18, 2011 at 8:18 AM  
Blogger Beekeepers Apprentice said...

I'm actually surprised it hasn't completely collapsed yet and Il's head hasn't been raised on a pike.

January 18, 2011 at 3:52 PM  
Blogger Beekeepers Apprentice said...

I'm surprised we haven't collapsed yet, too!

January 18, 2011 at 3:52 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Dave: Here in the good ol' USA???

Snave: I'm surprised North Korea is still intact and functional. And they're a great anti-role model for America, if only our "leaders" would learn.

J: According to teabaggers, money grows on trees when it's used for the Pentagon, prisons and domestic spying. Money that goes toward helping real people, on the other hand, is taxpayers' hard-earned money and they should get to keep it.

SW: There are obvious differences between the U.S. and North Korea.

But it's still pretty unsettling that there are actually parallels between one of the world's richest countries -- and allegedly a democracy -- and one of the world's poorest and most repressive countries.

Our government has the same twisted spending priorities that the USSR did right before their collapse, and that N. Korea has right now. I hope our "leaders" can learn before it's too late.

And it's way past time for the US to stop footing the bill for most of our "allies'" military spending.

Rick: What sort of blasphemy is this? When St. Ronald Reagan looked Gorbachev squarely in the eye and said "Tear down that F#$%&!# wall, Splotchy!" -- Gorbachev knew damn well what would happen to him if he didn't obey :)

Seriously though, you've got it exactly right with "Here we go down the same road just as though the destination were completely unknowable." Also known as "doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result each time."

MRM: ROTFLMAO. Fox News called -- you got the gig.

Randal: The two things them people can't do -- smilin' and drivin'.

Anonymous: They always have, but I hope it won't be indefinite.

January 18, 2011 at 3:53 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Bee: You're right, both of those things are surprising.

January 18, 2011 at 4:08 PM  

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