Would Be Stupid to Trust the U.S.
By Jacob G.
- To many mainstream pundits, the solution to the
crisis in Korea is for U.S. officials to sit down
and “talk” to North Korea in the hopes of
negotiating a mutually beneficial agreement. While
it won’t guarantee that a deal will be worked out,
they say, “talking” is the only chance there is to
resolve the crisis.
an important point: Any deal that would be reached
would involve trusting the U.S. government to keep
its end of the bargain. And trusting the U.S.
government would be the stupidest thing North Korea
could ever do. That’s because as soon as U.S.
officials found it advantageous, they would break
the deal and pounce on North Korea, with the aim of
achieving the regime change they have sought ever
since the dawn of the Cold War more than 70 years
what U.S. officials did to Libya. Its dictator,
Muammar Qaddafi, agreed to give up his
nuclear-weapons program in return for regime
security. That turned out to be stupid move. As soon
as U.S. officials saw an opening, they pounced with
a regime-change operation. Today, Qaddafi is dead
and Libya is in perpetual crisis and turmoil. That
wouldn’t have happened if Qaddafi had a nuclear
deterrent to a U.S. regime-change operation.
what U.S. officials are doing to Iran. They entered
into a deal in which the U.S. government agreed to
lift its brutal system of sanctions, which has
brought untold suffering to the Iranian people, in
return for Iran’s abandoning its nuclear-weapons
program. After the deal was reached and Iran had
complied, U.S. officials broke their side of the
deal by refusing to lift their brutal system of
sanctions and even imposing more sanctions. U.S.
officials also now looking for any excuse or
justification for getting out of the deal to which
longtime partners and allies of the U.S. government
can never be certain that the Empire won’t suddenly
turn against them.
what happened to the U.S. government’s loyal partner
and ally Saddam Hussein. U.S. officials worked
closely with him during the 1980s to kill Iranians.
But when Saddam invaded Kuwait to settle a
oil-drilling dispute, U.S. officials went after him
with a vengeance, and notwithstanding the fact that,
prior to Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait, they had falsely
indicated to Saddam their indifference to his
dispute with Kuwait. Result? Today Saddam is dead,
and the U.S. government succeeded in achieving
regime change in Iraq.
Syria, which for a time served as a loyal partner
and ally of the U.S. government, as reflected by the
secret agreement to torture Canadian citizen Mahar
Arar on behalf of U.S. officials and report their
findings back to the CIA. Later, U.S. officials
turned on Assad’s ruler, Bashar al-Assad, in a
Unfortunately, this is not a new phenomenon. Recall
the countless agreements that U.S. officials made in
the 1800s with Native Americans. U.S. officials were
notorious for breaking them once it became
advantageous to do so. Native Americans were
entirely justified in accusing U.S. officials of
speaking with a “forked tongue.”
If you were
a North Korean, would you trust U.S. officials?
Would you give up the one thing that is deterring a
U.S. regime-change operation in return for a promise
from U.S. officials that they would not initiate a
regime-change operation? That would really be a
really stupid thing to do, from the standpoint of
North Korea. As soon as the U.S. government found it
advantageous to break the deal and invade North
Korea, engage in another state-sponsored
assassination, or impose a new round of
regime-change sanctions, they would do it.
to North Korea will do no good because North Korea
will never trust the United States to fulfill its
part of any deal that is worked out. There is but
one solution to the crisis in Korea: withdraw all
U.S. forces from that part of the world immediately
and bring them home. Anything less will only
continue the crisis or, even worse, result in a very
deadly and destructive war.
Hornberger is founder and president of The Future of
Freedom Foundation. He was born and raised in
Laredo, Texas, and received his B.A. in economics
from Virginia Military Institute and his law degree
from the University of Texas. He was a trial
attorney for twelve years in Texas. He also was an
adjunct professor at the University of Dallas, where
he taught law and economics.
article was originally published by
Future of Freedom Foundation