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An intriguing idea

CF-regular gadfly Mark Mattis presents one.

North Korea is going to need significant assistance to transition successfully from a military economy to a civil economy. I would like to suggest that to help them, the US should cut all funds to the United Nations, give that money instead to the Salvation Army, and request that they use it to help North Korea make the change. The assistance will need to be distributed across the country, and the North Korean military is well positioned to do that work. Giving current military members something important to do is a critical part of the transition, so this helps in more ways than one. And they would be getting some of the aid as well, so this also makes their lives better in the process.

The Salvation Army command structure is set up well to be able to interface with the North Korean military leadership. In North Korea, Kim should put the Salvation Army leadership at the same level as the heads of his military, reporting directly to him. The Salvation Army leadership would identify what aid was coming, but the tasking to distribute that would be done by the North Korean military. The Salvation Army should embed a small number of people at the final distribution level, but the actual distribution would be done by the Korean soldiers. The embeds would make suggestions, and report up to their leadership as to any problems in the field. Their leadership would have direct access to Kim, who knows how to take care of problems with his employees. I do not expect much graft, fraud, or corruption after the first few cases are dealt with. And the Salvation Army leadership in North Korea would also report directly to Secretary of State Pompeo, who would be able to realign things appropriately if any backsliding occurs. In my not so humble opinion, that would be “Win, Win, Win!”

I’m sure there are probably eight bazillion reasons why it couldn’t work, some of them possibly even sound ones. But man, the way it would frost shitlib nuts makes it worth considering all by itself.

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    And one more thing to consider:
    Part of the transition is going to be providing electrical power throughout North Korea. Remember those photos from space showing the contrast between North Korea and South Korea:
    https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=83182
    Fixing that will require a major effort in power generation and distribution. I wonder if North Korea might have any technical people who might be able to gainfully work on that, given the opportunity? Like, maybe, nuclear scientists who would otherwise be out of jobs?

    Our goal, if Kim is really willing to de-nuke, should be to help North Korea get up to second world nation status, and then get out of the way. We would know they were there when significant numbers of people from South Korea and from China wanted to emigrate to North Korea, where they originally came from and where their families still live. At that point, North Korea should be able to stand – or fall – on its own. My bet is they stand tall.

    If Mickey D’s gets into the country, think what a boost it could be for their image – not to mention potential future sales in North Korea – if they were to provide “Happy Meals” for distribution out to the countryside. I expect they could come up with food that would appeal to the citizens’ palates:
    https://modernseoul.org/2013/02/16/mcdonalds-in-south-korea-olds-favorites-and-new-additions/
    Giving the North Korea “Deplorables” a taste of the future would brighten their day, and incentivize them to work together to make the transition a success. And over the long run, Mickey D’s would end up with MANY new customers.

    There are many opportunities to make this a textbook case for how to help a nation get back on its feet. Of course, they could all be thrown away if Supreme Leader Kim does not intend to denuclearize. However, if he does follow through, and if President Trump plays the cards right, we might not only end up with a new, sincere friend in Asia, but Norway might have to retire their Nobel Peace Prize because there would never be anyone who could ever begin to compare to what President Trump did.

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