I’ve been following the increasingly bizarre threats coming out of North Korea for weeks. The “Dennis Rodman” visit was nothing short of surreal. I live on the West Coast, so naturally I don’t find any of this “we’re gonna nuke you” talk from North Korea funny in the least.
US analysts are routinely dismissive of North Korea’s latest military swagger as puerile. They cite the chirping broken record of a repeating pattern which has been in place since Kim Jong Eun’s father led the tiny isolated nation up until his death. The pattern usually goes: North Korea defies the global community and tries a nuclear test. The global community responds with sanctions. North Korea is outraged and acts out by making awful threats and tries to do even more forbidden nuclear tests. The global community reacts, lather rinse repeat. Something is really wrong with this pattern.
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