John Kaisch, the Governor of Ohio and former presidential candidate, has a solution to the assumed Korean crisis. He has called for the assassination of Kim Jong un and the rest of the country's leadership. The Washington Post, the bullhorn of Washington groupthink, reported this dangerous nonsense as though it constitutes sensible political discourse.
These are troubling signs. It only takes a modicum of empathy and a moment's reflection to see how dangerous such talk is. As the North Koreans read Kaisch's words, and the tone of the reporting, they can only conclude that the US is a outlaw state that is seriously contemplating the assassination of their leadership. This can only encourage them to step up their defence capabilities and it can only ramp up their fear, making the outbreak of military conflict more likely.
Kaisch's call for the decapitation of the Korean leadership is also troubling in terms of what it suggests about the US regime. According to Kaisch, if he were in the White House, he would be demanding that such a plan be drawn up. One might well remember that according to virtually the whole of the political establishment, Donald Trump is some crazy person who could start a war on a whim. There are no such criticisms of Kaisch from the political-media elite. The implication is that Kaisch's craziness is actually mainstream thinking in America's elite.
If such a plan were put into effect, it is difficult to envision what would be more dangerous: its success or its failure. An attempt to assassinate the leadership of North Korea, whether successful or an abject failure, would almost inevitably trigger a war. Imagine if Kim Jong un were assassinated. North Korea is a theocracy; indeed, Kim's long dead grandfather is still the head of state. The murder of the country's leader would unleash a torrent of anger, hatred and patriotism, as indeed would a failed attempt to do so.
Kaish's plan is crazy, and very, very dangerous.