Global Politics

Dangerous Idiot Category: "It’s Time to Bomb North Korea"

Edward Luttwak, an armchair foreign policy idiot, proposes bombing North Korea.

It’s Time to Bomb North Korea says Edward Luttwak, idiot of the day for Foreign Policy Magazine.

Check out his rationale:

It’s true that North Korea could retaliate for any attack by using its conventional rocket artillery against the South Korean capital of Seoul and its surroundings, where almost 20 million inhabitants live within 35 miles of the armistice line. U.S. military officers have cited the fear of a “sea of fire” to justify inaction. But this vulnerability should not paralyze U.S. policy for one simple reason: It is very largely self-inflicted.

OK so let's not worry about 20 million people, disruption in trade, or the threat of starting WWII involving Russia or China for the very simply reason that if the US starts the war it will be "largely self inflicted."

Luttwak's Predictions

Wikipedia has an interesting list of Luttwak's Predictions.

People listen to that guy?

Despite not getting anything right, Luttwak, a Romanian, served as a consultant to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the National Security Council, the United States Department of State, the United States Navy, United States Army, United States Air Force, and several NATO defense ministries.

Open Secrets

Finally, please consider an excellent article by Major Danny Sjursen, a US Army strategist and former history instructor at West Point: American Warfare’s Giant Open Secret

Sjursen served tours with reconnaissance units in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Unlike Luttwak, Sjursen knows what he is talking about.

Foreign Policy magazine brutally disgraced itself publishing Luttwak's article.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

19 Responses

  • Sechel

    Jan 9, 2018

    I read a similar story that Donald Trump wants to do this very thing but the Generals are against it saying there's no way to know for sure how North Korea would react, some giving the odds as high as 10% that North Korea would retaliate with nukes. I'm more scared to think that Donald Trump really wants to do this, than reading about Luttwack. Additional problems are not knowing how China would react to a U.S. military strike. And if Trump is warming to this idea, it speaks to the different risk tolerance of someone who is more entrepreneurial like Trump versus the U.S. military or even a CEO at a fortune 500 company

  • Sechel

    Jan 9, 2018

    https://www.ft.com/content/a6384b1e-eaf7-11e7-8713-513b1d7ca85a

  • Sechel

    Jan 9, 2018

    http://www.businessinsider.com/tillerson-mattis-trump-north-korea-strike-2018-1

  • El_Tedo

    Jan 9, 2018

    I'd prefer we withdraw all of our troops from Korean and SELL nuclear weapon systems to Japan & South Korean. Just the threat of that might make China remove their proxy.

  • Sechel

    Jan 9, 2018

    @El_Ted0 , I'm interested in a 3rd option. Attempting to shoot down the next missile North Korea launches. It's provocative, but no less provocative than what North Korea is doing.

  • El_Tedo

    Jan 9, 2018

    @Sechel , Even better would be hacking the missile and dropping it back at the launch site.

  • JonSellers

    Jan 9, 2018

    @Sechel, Even better would be removing our troops from the Korean peninsula and opening up trade with North Korea similar to what we did with China. North Korea isn't a threat to anyone anyway.

  • Roger_Ramjet

    Jan 9, 2018

    Edward Luttwak-job. Dangerous idiot indeed.

  • AWC

    Jan 9, 2018

    Why not try backing off and letting the two Koreas work it out? Military action is no solution. Hell, it was already tried decades ago, killing vast numbers of North Koreans and 50,000 + Americans and tens of thousands of South Koreans and resulting in the standoff we see today at the 38th parallel.

  • Sechel

    Jan 9, 2018

    @AWC a diplomatic solution would be the best solution, but diplomacy without leverage is just begging. what's wrong now is not the threat of military force but the incessant sabre rattling and claims of who has the bigger button

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