The chubby-faced whelp holding America and a good bit of the world in suspense with his lunatic ramblings could be one of America’s best friends. Our allies swear to support us when the press cameras flash, may come through in a pinch, and might even cough up a little cash when the world community decides to rescue the helpless in some out of the way hellhole, but let’s be honest. Most of the business of being allies is diplomatic lip service. If we are looking for the friends who can teach us what we need to know to defend ourselves, the countries that hate America top the list.
Why we should thank countries that hate America.
Much as we might fantasize about turning South Korea into an island, North Korea’s example makes it a valuable friend and bearer of harsh reality. We watched the North Korean nuclear program progress for years until that first nuclear test signaled success and warned us of trouble on the way. We could have used the lessons we learned about how upstart nations develop new technology that can make our lives miserable, but we chose not to. We could have done something to prevent other countries that hate America from trying to get their hands on the bomb. Instead, we let Iran journey down its own nuclear path, opting to wait for the unthinkable with scarcely a nod to the heads up that things were going from bad to worse. Both nations did us a favor by letting us know what was coming. Why didn’t we pay more attention and do something to halt their progress?
A lesson for President Obama from an unlikely source.
There is nothing like hearing our president preach to the choir, apologizing to countries that hate America for our transgressions. Kim Jong-un knows better. He prefers the never apologize, never explain, throw all caution to the wind method of diplomacy. Which strategy is more successful? One leader is commanding the world’s attention and has everyone wondering what his next move will be. The other leader has managed to offend his own people for remarks made on the global stage criticizing America.
Does Washington have the sense to learn?
Our most valued allies will make the right noises and tell us what we want to hear. If Washington bureaucrats want to stop threats from abroad they should be looking to the countries that hate America and the al-Assads, Kim Jong-uns, and Ahmadinejads who rule them. These are the leaders who tell us where this world is headed if we sit back, follow the course we have chosen, and do nothing. Countries that hate America teach us what we need to know and even how to act when the time comes to do something jaw-dropping. As we wonder just how good our intelligence is and what North Korea might be capable of, someone should ask why we never listen.