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.