Article: Does North Korea Need Nukes to Deter US Aggression? | OpEdNewsHere's your U.S. foreign policy quiz for the day:
Question 1 -- How many governments has the United States overthrown or tried to overthrow since the Second World War?
Answer -- 57 (See William Blum.)
Question 2 -- How many of those governments had nuclear weapons?
Answer -- 0
Does that mean North Korea needs nuclear weapons to deter US aggression?
Yes and no. Yes, nuclear weapons are a credible deterrent but, no, that's not why North Korea set off a hydrogen bomb last Tuesday. The reason North Korea detonated the bomb was to force the Obama administration to sit up and take notice. That's what this is all about. North Korea's supreme leader, Kim Jong Un, wants the US to realize that they're going to pay a heavy price for avoiding direct negotiations. In other words, Kim is trying to pressure Obama back to the bargaining table.