June 08, 2009

Should we still have 30,000 troops in North Korea, 50 years after that war ended? Given that the quickest way to gain international respect is to acquire nuclear weapons, do we believe we can prevent every nation on earth from going nuclear forever? If we do how far are we willing to go, how many lives are we willing to sacrifice and how much money (“we’re already out of money” says Obama) are we willing to spend to eternally fight nuclear proliferation? And will those actions increase the possibility of a nuclear weapon actually being used, possibly by domestic terrorists?

I ask these questions not because I have all the answers but because they are rarely asked. The U.S. approach to dealing with communist regimes hasn’t been that much different than that of wrestling promoters or Hollywood filmmakers, where our enemies and friends constantly change with little rhyme or reason. Yesterday’s enemies become today’s friends and vice versa, depending on what’s best for the government box office. And while geopolitics is not Hollywood and foreign policy is not pro wrestling, it is amazing how often foreign leaders and nations become heroes or villains of our own making.

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