OPEN THREAD: ‘Anti-Americanism + Nuclear Programs = Happy Dictators. Embracing America = Setting Yourself up to be Stabbed in the Back’
Courtesy of The Cold Equations, here is a handy cheat sheet for dictatorial longevity.
||Prior relations with the US
||Nuclear weapons program
||US treatment of country
||Status of leader
||Pressured ally to step down
||Moderately warm lately, despite past difficulties
||Abandoned under US pressure
||Probably on his way out
||Strained to hostile
||Not a lot of info, probably has some program
||Mild economic sanctions
||Life is sweet
||“America is the Great Satan”
||Probably going to join the nuclear club soon
||Ineffectual, intermittent saber-rattling
||Happy as a clam
||Has some nukes, ICBMs are in the works
||Ineffectual sanctions, endless talks, unkind portrayal in 2004 movie “Team America: World Police”
||You know what sucks about being Kim Il-Jong? Nothing.
Also via TCF, North Korea is pointing to the US/NATO/al Qaeda action in Libya as a reason why it will never, ever, ever give up its nuclear weapons or reduce the size of its million-man army of Lilliputians. How’s that for a proliferation-prevention FAIL?
Let’s make this an Open Thread.