With the death of Otto Warmbier, relations have been at an all time low between the U.S. and North Korea. President Trump has called the incident, “failure of diplomacy,” and he’s right. Otto Warmbier allegedly took down a propaganda poster and was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment and hard labor. Regardless whether or not he committed the “crime”, he should never have spent a night in a North Korean prison! The Obama administration failed to bring him home, which eventually led to his physical deterioration and death.
However, this is not the only failed part of our relations with North Korea. The US repeatedly says that we are applying sanctions and other punishments to this horrendous regime, but it doesn’t seem to have any affect on them. I’m not sure if Kim Jung Un is somehow making under ground deals with foreign entities or if these “sanctions” are Chinese global propaganda. But, it seems clear to me that this strategy is not working. The regime keeps building more of a military arsenal with an unknown amount of nukes and other deadly devices. It is unclear if they can be stopped.
I believe that too many countries aren’t worried about this nuclear buildup, especially the US. For instance in the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s it seemed that the US had a much more dominant foreign presence. Even though operations and wars failed like the Bay of Pigs and The Vietnam War, the US was still actively engaging in global issues. Although some would say that these times were a mistake because it resulted in the escalation of the Cold War and the eventual Defcon 2 alert, I believe that this was a very necessary and positive experience that we have forgotten the benefit of. It set boundaries for where ICBM’s (Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile) could and could not be placed. It exemplified how taxing communism and dictators could be. It also, spawned a generation of people who understood the importance of being American.
In recent years we have forgotten a lot of these lessons which has lead to our failure in diplomacy. We as Americans have been negligent to the almost invasive policies of NATO, where we have 150,000 US personal serving overseas and missile silo’s in dozens of countries. We need to understand that invading a country like North Korea is not a bad thing if they are truly acting out of control. Yet, we cannot and should not let our military get to the point where we have a monopoly all over the world. It is indeed a delicate balancing act.