Who spends so much on weapons that they can’t feed or house their people?

North Korea’s leader as a mere toddler -that’s rich. Kim Jong Un is the preeminent adversary of our Pentagon. This New Yorker cover is wishful thinking I suppose if also insulting to our own sense of shame. The New Yorker depicts junior Kim’s military success as child’s play, though he continues to hold Western gunboat diplomacy in abeyance. The old saw is that North Korea has been starved of economic prosperty owing to its regime’s unfettered militarism. Sound more like someone else you know? The US can’t house its poor, can’t feed its children, can’t rebuild its infrastructure, nor provide safe drinking water to disfavored urban populations. The US spends more on war than everyone else put together. It can’t provide healthcare. Even Kim Jong Un can do that. Likewise Un doesn’t start wars, or expend ordnance to require the manufacture of more. North Korea’s war footing isn’t our capitalist sinkhole for weapons industry profiteers. That baby with the warheads would be better played by an average American preadolescent, shortly to be a PTSD’d amputee.

Eric Verlo

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1 Response to Who spends so much on weapons that they can’t feed or house their people?

  1. Avatar Chuck Noland says:

    North Korea provides healthcare to its people?
    I don’t think so. See http://www.businessinsider.com/north-korean-healthcare-2014-5

    Their communist-totalitarian-isolated-from-the-world political system is unable to provide for the basic needs of their citizens. It’s not so much an arms vs butter issue; they really don’t have much of an economy at all.

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