Dealing with North Korea has become a problem again. It’s actually a problem that’s been with us for the past 65 years or so, ever since the Kim family decided to team up with China, separate itself from the South, and run their people into a poverty that we cannot imagine in this country. But there is a solution. Oh, it’s not without consequences, but there is a solution.
China is the solution.
And all the while, we’ve spent billions throwing at the problem every time one of the Kims actually screamed they were going to go to war with us (usually when things in the country got bad), the then-president (of both parties…it doesn’t matter who, they were all guilty), would open up a dialogue with the North Koreans, and end up giving them food and money in exchange of just going away.
It didn’t work. But it did teach the current leader, Kim Jong Un, how to bargain with us. Be loud and obnoxious and eventually we will show up with boatloads of cash that you can buy food with. It hasn’t happened that way. So, he gets louder, and louder, and the threats get bigger and bigger, to the point China even starts to look the other way.
Well, here’s how to solve it. You tell China that they have 30 days to cease all trade with North Korea. If they decide that they aren’t going to do that, or we pick up any indication that they are doing it, we will immediately cease our trade with China, as will South Korea, and Japan.
It just so happens, the US, South Korea, and Japan are the three largest importing countries of Chinese goods. And it just so happens North Korea is the largest exporter to China. There is a lot of weight in those statistics. So, if China wants to continue to receive a positive trade balance, they need to cut off North Korea. It’s that simple.
Now,you know as well as I do, it’s not that simple. Of course there will be rumblings. There will be saber-rattling, hell there may even be a war of some kind. The Chinese don’t take kindly to anyone telling them what to do, and they won’t this time. But if you turn those ships coming into Long Beach, California around and send them back to China fully loaded, they’ll eventually get the message.
You don’t need to fight North Korea. You need to pressure China to fight North Korea and tell that smudge of humanity that he’s being an ass and needs to back down. China can do that where the rest of the world can’t. It’s just motivating China to take that step. And they may be Communist, but money still speaks. If they see that 80% of their goods are no longer going anywhere, but are sitting on docks around the eastern border of their country, they’ll quickly get the message that America, Japan, and South Korea don’t need their stuff.
That phrase from Jerry Maguire still rings true…the answer to most problems in life is, “Show me the money!”
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!