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

  • Dsgn

    Jan 11, 2018

    Let’s zoom out a little? Perhaps more important than LuttWack’s NeoCon viewpoint are the words “Foreign Policy Magazine”. If James Corbett is correct with his reporting on the concept of “predictive programming”; articles like that, in a publication like FP or The Economist are no accident. They are the direction that the Owners of the CFR, Trilaterals, Bilderbergers, Club of Rome, and Committee of 300 want to “lead” (or push) the world into. If 21 “mainstream” publications call Trump “Dark” at the same time, the herd thinks Trump is sinister! If the owners of those same “mainstream” publications all propagate LuttWack’s message at the same time, South Korea and Japan are in grave danger, and plenty of profitable reconstruction contracts may be issued to the insiders’ stakeholders to clean up the ruins and divide up the newly available (NK) mineral resources. Big picture: does this article fit the emerging paradigm that Brave New World and 1984 weren’t entertainment, but instruction manuals?

  • Troothsayer

    Jan 10, 2018

    Interesting to tally the countries with private central banks and how it has changed with the list of countries where USA has messed with and invaded. Seems to be a pattern.

  • Mike Mish Shedlock

    Jan 9, 2018

    "more stoner logic from mish, try to get out more" - LOL You have to be braindead or stoned to think putting 20 million people at risk of nuclear annihilation is a good idea.

  • klausmkl

    Jan 9, 2018

    more stoner logic from mish, try to get out more

  • KidHorn

    Jan 9, 2018

    Why do we care what NK does? We can't police the entire world, so why even try?

  • AWC

    Jan 9, 2018

    The above said, Rocket Man is a temporary obstacle, as is Trump.

  • AWC

    Jan 9, 2018

    In sum, this whole thing could be surmised as competition between the US (ROC?) and China (NORK?) to see who gets to exploit the substantial low cost labor pool in North Korea. In the end, with a bit of luck, North and South could be reunited, ala East and West Germany, if the Dogs of War can be held at bay long enough.

  • AWC

    Jan 9, 2018

    @Sechel, Gunboat Deplomacy generally leads to chaos. Economic incentive, as in win-win negotiations is always preferable to military action. And certainly, preferable to US Police action (MIC?) meddling.

  • Ambrose_Bierce

    Jan 9, 2018

    Sweet irony, that Trump thinks his button is bigger. Launching a preemptive nuclear attack on North Korean while Chinese submarines are off our coast? Hey folks study the year 1950 if you want to know what China will do. And at some point a disabling EMP will be set off just to get US to cool down, however Trumps button is a toy button and you should hear that conversation should it occur.

  • 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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