Sentator John McCain was speaking to Greta van Susteren about North Korea in an interview with MSNBC. In the process of that interview, he began to question Kim Jong-un’s sanity.
McCain said that Kim is not of sound mind and that it is up to China to control the irrational dictator. He went so far as to throw some insults at Kim, calling him the “crazy fat kid that’s running North Korea.”
Keeping with their usual tune, Pyongyang responded to McCain’s statement with insults as well as threats, saying that those words are almost a declaration of war. They proceeded to accuse McCain of ‘blasphemy‘ and said that North Korea plans to ‘fulfill its sacred mission‘ that will put an end to those who dare ‘hurt the dignity of the supreme leadership’ by means of a ‘merciless sledge-hammer blow.’
Ouch! McCain is one brave man for saying what he did. Godbless America and our freedom of speech.
McCain did not seem much intimidated by the threat. “What, did they want me to call him a crazy skinny kid?” he asked on Twitter.
Unfortunately, McCain’s hopes for China to restrain North Korea’s corpulent leader are probably in vain. China banned its Internet users from referring to Kim by nicknames such as “Kim Fatty III” on social media. By the end of 2016, fat jokes about Kim were among the top 10 censored search terms on China’s Weibo service.
On Wednesday, The Hill published an op-ed from former CIA director James Woolsey and Dr. Peter Vincent Pry, the chief of staff for the Congressional EMP Commission, warning that North Korea’s threats are not necessarily implausible. The authors said, “false reassurance” was delivered to the American people by claims that North Korea can’t build a miniaturized nuclear warhead or reliable ICBM yet.
Woolsey and Pry contend that North Korea might already have nuclear ICBM capability, or be very close to it, and they can always find other ways to deliver a nuke to the U.S. mainland, such as hiding it aboard a freighter and sailing it into an American harbor.