Kim Jong Un is a dangerous dude.
Not because he's so powerful and smart, but because he's as crazy as my late "Uncle Harry."
Regular readers of this blog may recall how after "Aunt Rose" walked her French poodle "Parfait" into a moving car along a relatively quiet side street in Brooklyn some years ago, the following year the City of New York sent a form for a new dog license. When Rose was about to throw it away, Harry yelled "What are you doing? Send them the money." To which Rose said, "But Harry, the dog's dead." To which Harry replied: "Listen Rose, I don't want any trouble. Just send them the money."
But Kim is no longer a 33-year-old, funny-haired Uncle Harry; he's as dangerous as a pogo-sticker in a minefield.
President Trump tweeted about Kim and his North Korean crew.
North Korea is getting really close to being capable of preemptively launching a nuclear attack on the U.S. and Dennis Rodman is not going to stop him if the lunatic decides to go ahead with this plan.
Kim's annual address for 2017 boasted that his regime was in the final stages of readiness to test-launch an intercontinental ballistic rocket.
"Research and development of the cutting-edge tech weapons are actively progressing and strengthening our defense capabilities, including last stage preparation of tests for Intercontinental Ballistic rocket launch have been continuously succeeding," pass the ketchup, Kim said.
"We can expect an [intercontinental ballistic missile] test this year with full capability within the next few years," Bruce Klingner, a former CIA official told Fox News.
The missiles Pyongyang fired into the sea off the coast of Japan most recently had a range equal to that of U.S. military bases. It stands to reason that the North is preparing for war.
Last week, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said that President Trump had spoken with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as well as South Korea's Acting President (due to the fact their first woman president, Park Guen-hye, is also the first impeached president). The purpose of the meeting was to reassure our allies of "the United States' ironclad commitment to stand with Japan and South Korea in the face of the serious threat posed by North Korea."
Spicer added that the President "also emphasized that the administration is taking steps to further enhance our ability to deter and defend against North Korea's ballistic missiles using a full range of the United States' military capabilities."
It is the belief of many experts that North Korea has the ability to strike Japan and South Korea.
"After missile test launches last year, Pyongyang declared that they were practicing nuclear air-burst attacks on South Korea," CIA Deputy Division Chief for Korea Bruce Klingner told Fox News.
Arthur Herman, senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, thinks it's possible to stop a North Korean nuclear attack. He believes that by "putting technology in the sky that both the U.S. and Japan could deploy in a very short time--technology that can all but eliminate Pyongyang's menace," he wrote in a Wall Street Journal Op-Ed.
"Technology exists now for stopping a North Korean missile launch much earlier, in its boost phase," he wrote. "It's called boost-phase intercept, or BPI, and the U.S. and Japan have the means to deploy it."
Last year's Pyongyang nuclear test had then South Korean President Park Geun-hye questioning Kim's mental soundness.
"Kim Jong Un does not listen to any voice, and this leads us to view Kim Jong Un's mental state as uncontrollable," she said.
Not many sane people in the know think that Kim Jong Un is rational. Since coming into power, he has killed 70 officials, an uncle, and probably a half-brother. His favorite way of killing many of them was with anti-aircraft guns.
He needs to go if we want peace there. But at least the BPI is a very effective way of preventing an effective nuclear attack.