Question: How does North Korea, a nation with a starving population, become capable of striking the United States with an ICBM carrying a nuclear warhead?
Answer: Easily, thanks to the help of our government, one of our defense contractors and our news media all of which pretend to be serving the American people as they provide aid and comfort to our enemy.
In the 1990’s, the Clinton Administration allowed Loral, a space technology corporation to sell missile guidance technology to the People’s Republic of China. The American public was told that this would not harm us because the P.R.C. would only be using this technology for peaceful purposes, such as launching communication satellites. The mainstream news media reported this technology transfer as if there was no problem. The howls of outrage came from the likes of Rush Limbaugh, part of the “vast right-wing conspiracy.”
We should not have been surprised that the Clinton Administration showed itself to be so willing to cooperate with the P.R.C. In addition to being ideologically aligned with the communist Chinese, the Clintons had also accepted money for Bill Clinton’s 1992 Presidential election campaign from the P.R.C. Not directly, of course. You may recall the name Charlie Tri (pronounced ‘tree’) from those days, just a restaurateur with a generous heart. The P.R.C. laundered their gift through Charlie.
Please so not infer that the Clinton Administration was doing something unprecedented. In the 1940’s we transferred A-Bomb technology to the Soviet Union, our World War II “ally.” Instead of Charlie Tri we had the Land-Lease Program. You could load up the plans on a C-47 transport that stopped at Ladd Field in Fairbanks before continuing to Murmansk.
So, what does this have to do with North Korea? I suppose the Chinese could have passed the Loral guidance system to Pakistan and let the Pakis figure out how to get it to the Norks. On the other hand, the P.R.C. and North Korea have a common border. Whaddaya bet? See, and neither of us are rocket scientists.