The United States, under President Ronald Reagan’s leadership, defeated the Soviet Union. Do Americans today want victory in the conflict with North Korea and China?
On Sunday, North Korea detonated a sixth nuclear bomb, labeled by the New York Times as “by far North Korea’s most powerful ever.” The Trump administration immediately stated that the threat to use such a weapon against the United States and its allies “will be met with a massive military response.”
The Trump administration is considering new economic sanctions in response to North Korea’s continued and aggressive pursuit of nuclear weapons technology. But the plan to deal with the increasing threat from North Korea, and the Chinese communists backing that regime, remains unclear.
Last week, Conservative Review Editor-in-Chief Mark Levin debuted his plan for dealing with China and North Korea. It is built on the Reagan policies that led to the defeat the Soviet Union.
President Ronald Reagan, one of the most successful presidents in American history, faced a far deadlier foe than China and North Korea, in the Soviet Union. His policies defeated the Soviets, and so Levin believes those policies must be revisited and updated to deal with “Red China” and North Korea today.
“We take a page out of the old Gipper’s book, and we apply his tactics, economic, military, foreign policy, national security, and we adjust them, and we modify them, and we apply them to a new enemy: China/North Korea,” Levin said.
Levin advocates arming South Korea and Japan with missile defense systems so that they may defend themselves from increasing threats from North Korea. He proposes an immediate build-up of the U.S. military, and he suggests that President Trump and Congress must be prepared to shut down the government — as President Reagan was prepared — to see it done.
Levin also proposes putting a permanent nuclear carrier fleet in the South China Sea, to neutralize the artificial islands China is building. Finally, Levin wants the U.S. to use economic pressure on China to upset its unstable economy.
“The idea that we go to China and keep asking them over chocolate cake to help us with North Korea is a joke. China is North Korea; North Korea is China. And they have played this game through Republican and Democrat administrations for 40 years,” Levin said. “And China is vulnerable. The only question is, ‘Do we want to defeat them?’”
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Author: Chris Pandolfo
Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.