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Why America is Wrong About North Korea

First, let me assure you that I am a real American who embraces the Constitution and the founding ideals of this country. I believe in a constitutionally limited government and unalienable rights. I believe in our common law heritage which states that no crime can occur unless someone's rights have been violated. I am a no holds barred supporter of the 2nd Amendment. I also support our military.

It is this support of our military that drives me to speak out against this perpetual state of war America has been saddled with for decades. It is time that our country returns to its roots of liberty and prosperity. It is time we obeyed the law.

North Korea recently fired a rocket in what is being described as an "ICBM test." This rocket got higher than any previous ones and this has some speculating that these rockets could hit our country. This is not good news, but it is not any of our business. None. We have no moral authority to tell other nations how to run their country. We have no constitutional authority to invade or start a war with another country without a declaration of war from Congress. There is no justification for interfering with any other countries across the world when they are not a threat to our security. But that is exactly what we have done for the last 60 years.

Let's remember some facts about Korea and the "war" we waged there. Who remembers that the US and USSR made an agreement in 1945, after the end of World War II, to divide Korea (one nation at the time) into North and South? The reason given at the time was this was done for "administrative purposes." Remember the 38th parallel?

The United States entry into the "war" occurred after a North Korean attack across the 38th parallel in 1950. We supplied munitions and air support. That quickly escalated into troops being mobilized and sent to the Korean peninsula. Truman didn't get a declaration of war from Congress but relied on a UN resolutions to justify sending troops into battle. The Constitution gives a different accounting of how war should occur. This is only one of the many illegal "wars" the United States has participated in the last 60+ years. Who also else remembers that 90% of the troops fighting in the "coalition" for the South were American? Were you ever taught that over 36,000 Americans were killed and over 100,000 were wounded in action? Or that over 2 million Koreans lost their lives during the conflict?

We currently support South Korea with troops, hardware, ammunition, and supplies, We still have American troops stationed along the DMZ. Our deployment of three carrier groups to the region to conduct "naval exercises" when Trump went to speak in China is obviously a ploy to antagonize North Korea. Did you know that the Ronald Reagan carrier group staged naval exercises off the Korean peninsula previous to that? How would Americans like Chinese ships off our coast performing military exercises? Is it any wonder that North Korea harbors ill feelings?

How about the economic sanctions the United States has championed? We have led the charge to isolate North Korea from the rest of the world by banning their export of precious metals, coal, oil, iron, zinc and other base metals. North Korea has been excluded from the international banking system. The United States has laws on the books which restrict anyone who deals in the United States from doing any business with North Korea. It is us or them.

We exercise the right to board any ship on the way to North Korea and inspect it. If anything is being shipped that is against our laws, we confiscate or destroy those items. Food is one of the many items banned, by the way. Check out the "Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act" and Public Law 114-122— an act "to improve the enforcement of sanctions against the Government of North Korea, and for other purposes."  How would Americans react if another country tried to isolate us like this from the rest of the world?

This is just a symptom of the problem. The United States has over 600 bases in over 120 countries worldwide in defiance of our Constitution. The United States has invaded, bombed, or attempted government overthrow in many countries since World War II in further defiance. We have become the "policeman of the world" by allowing our Congress to break the law. This is not the course our founders charted when we created our country. This is what we fought against.

But at least our government is consistent. The feds ignore the Constitution nationally, why shouldn't they ignore it internationally? Our government is out of control, and the rest of the world is waking up to the fact just as more and more Americans are.  Washington DC and the corrupt cadre that influences its actions are once again creating strife where there should be none.

Support our troops, our Constitution, and our integrity as a nation and speak out against this vile behavior by our government. We should not be spending any money, nor sacrificing American troops for actions like this. This is what Eisenhower warned us about. Support America, support liberty, and stop the warmongering.

Written by Frank Caprio

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