With North Korea on the verge of developing ICBMs capable of carrying nuclear bombs to the United States and elsewhere, the day of reckoning is now upon us. We can no longer continue dithering. As Charles Krauthammer says,
You can kick the can down the road, but when Kim Jong Un announces, as he did last Sunday, that "we have reached the final stage in preparations to test-launch an intercontinental ballistic rocket," you are reaching the end of that road.
Since the early 1990s, we have offered every kind of inducement to get North Korea to give up its nuclear program. All failed miserably. Pyongyang managed to extort money, food, oil and commercial nuclear reactors in exchange. But it was all a swindle. North Korea was never going to give up its nukes because it sees them as the ultimate guarantee of regime survival.
Krauthammer rightly notes,
"If they can miniaturize their weapons to fit on top of the rocket and control re-entry, they'll be able to push a button in Pyongyang and wipe out an American city."
So "What to do? he asks.
"The options are stark: