Shouldn’t we just nuke North Korea now and get it over with?
Or, to put it another way, was Douglas MacArthur right, after all?
Well, no and no. (Although undoubtedly some will want to argue the MacArthur thing late into the night.)
Yes, the Hermit Kingdom is being even crabbier than usual these days. On Tuesday, for example, Pyongyang warned foreigners in South Korea to prepare evacuation plans in case of war. North Korea is also believed preparing to conduct a missile test soon, perhaps as early as Wednesday.
Most analysts think this stuff is just business as usual, bravado-wise, from the country’s new and untested leader, Kim Jong Un. Negotiations remain the preferred path, they say: talks that will pressure the North to give up its nuclear ambitions in exchange for normal relations and aid from the West.
The problem is, the North doesn’t seem to want to play.
So what happens if Kim isn’t kidding? Well, we might get an ugly repeat of the 1950s, only this time the wreckage would include a bustling South Korea economy. Would the strategy then be to nuke the North? And if so, how would that play -- hello, Gen. MacArthur -- with China?