Scott Bates was Senior Policy Advisor for the U.S. House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee, President of the Truman Center for National Policy, and taught at the National Defense University in Washington, DC. Bates has taught at the University of Tokyo and met with national security officials across Asia. He lives in Stonington, CT and currently serves as Connecticut’s Deputy Secretary of the State.
For 25 years, America has sought to keep nuclear weapons out of the hands of one of the world’s most brutal regimes. We worked to ensure that North Korea would never have the ability to launch a nuclear warhead that could reach the American homeland. Those efforts have been unsuccessful, and now judgment day is at hand.
How we answer this challenge will make the difference between war and peace and likely define America’s place in the world for generations to come. To do nothing invites future aggression, and to do too much can usher in a global catastrophe. There is a way forward out of this dilemma, somewhere between Barack Obama’s “strategic patience” and Donald Trump’s threat to bring “fire and fury” into an already volatile situation.
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