“On The Holmes Front” with Frank Holmes
The unhinged leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-Un, has put the world in danger by threatening to start a nuclear war against the United States – but generations of Republican and Democratic residents have taken away the one tool President Trump really needs to solve this problem, once and for all.
He should kill Kim Jong-Un.
National security sources admit Kim Jong-un has conducted tests of a hydrogen bomb that could strike most of the U.S. mainland.
With the push of one button, the craziest dictator in the world could nuke Los Angeles, Phoenix, or Chicago – wiped out.
(He could nuke Detroit, but who’d know the difference?)
A nuclear strike would create a death scale of Biblical proportions. How bad? Harry J. Kazianis, an analyst with the Center for the National Interest, calculated what would happen if Kim nuked the West Coast.
Three million Americans would die instantly, he said. More Americans would suffer for generations – like the kids of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
So far, Trump has done everything he can to prevent this – but generations of presidents have robbed him of the ability to do one of the things he really needs to do.
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Kill Kim Jong-Un.
Gerald Ford made it illegal for President Trump – or any other president – to assassinate a foreign leader. “No employee of the United States Government shall engage in, or conspire to engage in, political assassination,” according to Executive Order 11905, which Ford signed in 1976. Ronald Reagan expanded that in another executive order in 1981.
At the time, Americans were embarrassed that the CIA had been caught trying to assassinate Fidel Castro with exploding cigars and other gimmicks. They thought it was bad PR during the Cold War.
But that means now the only way to remove a foreign leader who is threatening American safety is by military action – a bombing, missile strike, or full-scale invasion. To kill one guilty person means we have to risk the lives of innocent civilians and American soldiers.
It’s not like the policy has actually kept the U.S. from trying to assassinate dictators – it’s just made us less successful and cost more lives…lots more lives.
- In 1986, President Reagan bombed the home of Muammar Qaddafi in Libya. He missed, but killed his adopted baby daughter, Hanna. He retaliated with the Lockerbie bombing.
- Bill Clinton tried to kill Osama bin Laden before 9/11, but his bombs only hit empty tents in the mountains. We know how that story ended;
- George W. Bush tried to bomb Saddam Hussein at the beginning of the Iraq war in 2003. Saddam escaped, allowing his Fedayeen “loyalists” to start a full-scale war against U.S. troops. That brought enough time for foreign Muslim terrorists to arrive and launch a jihad that has never ended.
Assassinating a leader – or killing anybody – is a terrible thing to even think about. But isn’t it more humane than starting a war, especially a nuclear war, like we’d have to wage in North Korea?
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With one covert operation, President Trump could end Kim Jong-Un’s regime and send the message that anybody who threatens the U.S. with nuclear weapons will get a bullet in the head.
Dictators would know their actions had consequences to themselves, not just the little people they couldn’t care less about.
Imagine the alternative.
North Korea has an estimated 10 to 16 nuclear weapons scattered around the country.
The air force could bomb all known nuclear installations…but there are others we don’t know about, and we’d probably never get them all.
The only way to remove all of these weapons is by nuking the entire country, killing millions of innocent people.
And now, North Korea can strike back.
The minute Pyongyang realized it was under attack, Kim would launch all of his missiles at densely-populated South Korea and Tokyo.
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And the U.S.
People in Seoul and Tokyo would have between one and 11 minutes to get ready – find a shelter, say their prayers, and kiss their loved ones goodbye.
Three short-range nuclear weapons hitting South Korea would take out 300,000 people instantly – 10 times the number of people killed on 9/11.
It would take 40 minutes before the missiles hit the U.S. mainland. Each missile would kill at least 100,000 Americans at once – obliterated, vaporized.
Our anti-missile system might shoot them down…or they might not. Democrats spent the last 35 years making fun of Ronald Reagan’s “Star Wars” system, the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), refusing to fund it or test it.
Nukes aren’t the only weapon North Koreans have up their sleeves. They will release poison gas around Seoul, choking tens or hundreds of thousands more – including some of the 150,000 Americans who live in the city.
Then they have a million-man army and 7.7 million in the “reserves” they could mass at the border in a last-ditch strike on American troops in the DMZ.
Untold millions of innocent people will die on all sides – all because America has tied its own hands and refused to target insane dictators.
Trump should consider reversing course on this. War is always the worst resort. As barbaric as assassination is, what’s even worse is what General Mattis called “the total annihilation of a country, namely North Korea.” To kill one crazy dictator means the deaths of an untold number of innocent people in South Korea, North Korea, Japan, and likely China.
And above all, the lives of American soldiers. That isn’t right and doesn’t make anybody any safer.
We already have one monument to the Korea War in Washington. We don’t need another.
— Frank Holmes is a reporter for The Horn News. He is a veteran journalist and an outspoken conservative that talks about the news that was in his weekly article, “On The Holmes Front.”