Doug Bandow returns to the show to discuss his latest article for the National Interest, “I was in Pyongyang When Otto Warmbier Was Released.” Bandow discusses how Pyongyang has changed since he was last there 25 years ago, why North Korea won’t give up their nuclear weapons, and why military engagement would have massive implications for Seoul, which is located just 30 miles from the DMZ. Bandow suggests that the solution is Trump stepping outside the box and reasserting his unconventional approach to US foreign policy. Scott wonders whether the American troops stationed in South Korea aren’t deterrence from American politicians starting a war, which would lead to significant American casualties and whether we could ever live in a world without nuclear weapons.
Discussed on the show:
- Lindsey Graham: “If there’s a war between us and North Korea now it will be over there not here.“
- Seoul proximity to the DMZ makes it vulnerable to heavy shelling.
- “U.S. Nuclear War Planning for a Hundred Holocausts,” Daniel Ellsberg
- “Rodman ‘trying to open door’ in North Korea“
- “Trump Says He’d Meet With Kim Jung Un Under Right Circumstances“