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North Korea to be the next nuclear superpower

North Korea to be the next nuclear superpower

Not since President Reagan has the United States had a winning foreign policy. 

His administration entered into strategic arms limitation agreements with Russia – and crushed the Soviet Union, at the same time.  He had an effective non-proliferation policy when it came to the spread of nuclear weapons.  

Reagan was the last President who did more than empty talk about America’s military power and purpose.  He used credible threats of intervention to bring home the American hostages in Iran.  He sent in troops to prevent a Cuban Communist takeover in Granada.  He brought down Manuel Noriega, the drug-dealing despot in Panama. 

He bombed the Libyan presidential Palace of Muammar Gaddafi when he was sponsoring international terrorism.  He prevented a Communist Sandinistas take over in Nicaragua.  He shot down Libyan jets that were challenging US ships as part of Gaddafi’s effort to extend his territorial waters.

Since those days, America has been losing power and prestige across all matters – military leadership … business leadership … moral leadership.

President George H. W. Bush may have been the first to articulate the American policy that North Korea will not be allowed to have nuclear weapons even as they were starting to develop them.  That was about the time North Korea launched its then-secret plan to develop nuclear weapons. 

The “no nukes” mantra was often repeated by every American president since then.  Despite the U.S. policy, four generations of the Kim family continued to develop a significant nuclear arsenal.  It was amateur stuff in the early years – with repeated failures.

When things were looking more serious, President Clinton provided North Korea with between $400 and $666 million dollars as part of the “Framework Agreement” which was to have NK join in a non-proliferation agreement.  It did not even slow down North Korea’s development of nuclear weaponry.

By the end of the Obama administration, North Korea was moving quickly in developing more sophisticated weapons and missiles.  President Trump was successful in opening talks with Kim Jong-un with the goal of ending his nuclear plans.  It did result in the temporary succession of missile testing – but no agreement on the larger issue.

With the inauguration of President Biden, Kim launched the nation’s most aggressive plans for stockpiling nuclear weapons – and more importantly, the missiles to launch them.  Kim’s most recent generation of missiles can deliver nuclear bombs anywhere in the United States, according to the generals at the Pentagon.

North Korea is now a major player in the nuclear standoff.  He joins China and Russia – with their hypersonic missiles.

Since the old Soviet Union obtained nuclear weapons after World War II, any use of nuclear weapons has been prevented by the Mutual Assured Destruction (MAD) concept.  With North Korea joining America’s nuclear adversaries – and Russian President Putin threatening “limited” use of nukes in Ukraine – the MAD concept is less assuring.

By all measures, America’s policy of no nukes for North Korea is as dead as the Monroe Doctrine.  It is difficult to conceive any way – sanctions or military threats – that will have North Korea surrendering its nuclear weapons programs.  Atomic weaponry is a growth industry in NK.

And keep in mind, Kim does not have to use those nuclear weapons.  All he has to do is intimidate America with them – much like Putin has been doing.

And the worst may be yet to come since we have repeatedly stated that a nuclear-armed Iran is unacceptable.  More talk. 

Israel suggests that only an attack on the production of nuclear weapons in Iran will end the Supreme Leader’s lust for “the bomb.”    If not that, then what? 

The American approach has not worked.

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.


  1. Tom

    I agree. And dangling the carrots of food and other foreign aid just helped them have more money to develop weaponry. And as far as talking to China about NK’s behavior, well that is a loser. Maybe we should not try to buy peace and security as often and use a big stick when we can. GOP needs to find another Reagan.

    • Harold blankenship

      We had a great president but voter fraud kicked him out. Yes. The evidence was there but the chicken shit worthless courts refused to do their jobs

  2. Bibfy

    You can’t catch us, you can’t match us, so you cry, you whine, you strut about with your guns and bidy body armor, but you can’t WIN. Not like thus you can’t.

    • Miles collins

      But we sure won’t surrender you commie You were right. We have the guns. And will keep them.

  3. Bibfy

    You already surrendered.

    You have your guns, your antivaxers and more covid death and gun death. You’re free free, free at last.

    • Miles collins

      And I effing love it Hope it never changes