WASHINGTON, August 13, 2017 — A day before Donald Trump’s inauguration, the Obama administration sent North Korea $1 million in humanitarian aid.
As a last act, the previous administration broke the link between North Korea’s denuclearization and the West’s provision of food aid.
As Susan Rice, President Obama’s national security adviser noted in a recent New York Times op-ed, the United States must learn to “tolerate nuclear weapons in North Korea.”
Both the Bill Clinton and George W. Bush administrations believed food aid to North Korea was sufficient incentive to induce the “hermit kingdom” to dismantle its nuclear program.
But as the Congressional Research Service reported in 2014,
“Multiple sources have asserted that some of the food assistance is routinely diverted for resale in private markets or other uses. …
“Between 1995 and 2008, the United States provided North Korea with over $1.3 billion in assistance; slightly more than 50% for food aid and about 40% for energy assistance.”
In 2014, the United Nations Commission of Inquiry reported that North Korea “used food as a means of control over the population … knowingly causing prolonged starvation,” resulting in “the death of at least hundreds of thousands of people” and inflicting “permanent physical and psychological injuries on those who survived.”
In the mid-1990s, 5 to 10 percent of North Korea’s population starved to death, a result undoubtedly exacerbated by North Korea’s state planners.
Unlike the West’s socialist states, which survive by pillaging middle and upper-class wage earners, North Korea’s “classless society” exhausted its supply of victims decades ago. And so, the state sends roughly 100,000 North Korean citizens to toil in Russia and China as indentured servants, with a sizable chunk of their incomes going into the pockets of their communist overlords and exploiters.
Since neither economic incentives nor sanctions have curtailed North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, it’s time to gear U.S. policy toward North Korea’s utter destruction.
It was during the New Guinea campaign of WWII that General Douglas MacArthur said, “Starvation is my ally,” referring to his tactic of cutting off food and reinforcements to the enemy, using their isolation as a weapon while simultaneously sparing his men the dangers of combat.
If in the coming days Kim Jong-un fails to fulfill his desire to incinerate American Guam in a flash of nuclear fire, we must consider his threat an act of war and begin an unrelenting program to dismantle that nation by placing economic sanctions on its allies Russia and China, and all companies that do business with them.
Then they and a starving North Korea can eat Kim Jong-un’s nukes.