North Korea just did the U.S. a favor. It set off another nuclear blast. National security officials have been scratching their heads over whether our longtime nemesis has the technology to make a warhead that could be attached to a long-range ballistic missile:
Congressional testimony from senior officials in the intelligence community has not produced a definitive statement on whether or not North Korea has achieved this critical capability.¹
Now we are closer to answering that question, though waiting for proof that we are in imminent danger is a bad idea. At least when it comes to North Korea we don’t have to obsess over whether we are offending a religion, a problem we buy into whenever threats come from the Middle East. With North Korea we only have to rely on past experience, including a war that one side thinks is still being fought.
Whatever the North Korean government believes, we have no reason to think that our government will do anything about any hostile country that acquires or threatens us with nuclear weapons until we finally see a too-bright flash on American soil. The world has no reason to believe we will act, either, given our reliance on condemnation, talk of provocative acts, and shaking our heads.
When the world is laughing, national security becomes a difficult task.
Idiots in Washington are determined to show the world we are weak and getting weaker. How could hostile nations not help but laugh? Our government is so tied up in knots that it can’t even agree on how to get rid of the mandatory spending cuts that were part of its own bipartisan sequestration plan. All it can agree on is that the cuts were a very bad idea, even though lawmakers spent so much time hatching their fail safe plan to fix government debt that our credit took a hit.
Our embassy was attacked and Americans died in Benghazi, a segue to more killing in Mali. The best response our government could come up with was to spread misinformation, then voice disapproval and warn of consequences that will never come.
Latin America flooded our country with its impoverished castoffs. Washington idiots responded by blaming America on the world stage for not bending over further while our citizens look for work and wonder how to scratch up the money to educate both their kids and the offspring of illegal immigrants.
The White House is still talking about the Great Recession, but when it was time to act it hastily directed our Democratic Congress to spend hundreds of billions on a stimulus package that did not bring jobs back but instead allowed lawmakers to divert their attention to the president’s pet health care bill.
If you were a foreign power hostile to the U.S. would you be intimidated by absolute proof that idiots run America’s government, or would you decide that now is a good time to misbehave (see: Leadership Crisis, Government Debt Cripple U.S. Influence)?
Our government gets hacked again.
Foreign hackers are probably laughing, too, about Washington insisting it is finally going to get serious about cybersecurity. The recent intrusion at the Department of Energy while taxpayers and businesses listened to talk of their government shepherding the private sector into a secure cyber future is embarrassing at best and at worst a harbinger of things to come. Before the department was hit the agency trumped its “Electricity Subsector Cybersecurity Risk Management Process”:
… guidance to help utilities better understand their cybersecurity risks, assess severity, and allocate resources more efficiently to manage those risks.²
As it turned out, an infrastructure cyber apocalypse was not what Energy Department employees needed to protect us from. Instead, our government needed to safeguard their personal information. Sometimes understanding risks means you have to consider the big picture, something Washington idiots have obscured with their arrogance and hubris.
The big picture: Washington idiots refuse to economize and jeopardize national security.
What can we do when public officials who hold themselves immune to sanction or censure put the country in jeopardy because their idiocy convinces them that partisanship trumps common sense and fiscal sanity?
Warning sirens have been going off for years about the national security implications of our government debt, including the risks posed by the debt owned by China:
Many U.S. policymakers have expressed concern over the size of China’s holdings of U.S. government debt. For example, some contend that China might decide to sell a large share of its U.S. securities holdings, which could induce other foreign investors to sell off their U.S. holdings as well, which in turn could destabilize the U.S. economy.³
While Washington idiots on Capitol Hill try to convince us that gun control and immigration reform are crises that can’t wait, sequestration looms and the one solution lawmakers seem to agree on is that they must come up with a way to prevent cutting spending (see: Halting the Sequester Will Be a Historic Betrayal). The problem is, spending cuts mean different things to different politicians. To Republicans it means rescuing the defense budget. To Democrats and our president it means raising taxes to generate more revenue.
If I was China, I’d be drooling on my IOUs.