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Updated: 03/17/2013 08:00:33AM

Is North Korea a real threat to U.S?

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It is my firm belief the elected politicians in Washington, D.C. (Congress and President Obama) are running out of solutions as to how to solve the financial trouble our country is facing. They are presenting the ‘new’ belligerent North Korean communist dictatorship as a potential danger to our country.

Hold on ... don’t despair! Is it possible someone from the movie industry in Hollywood already came up with the solution to get over the ‘hump’ the Obama administration is facing?

Maybe some old-timer executive in the far west already gave the answer. Remembering the plot of two fairly old films: Wag the Dog and The Mouse that Roared, neither of which were in serious contention for an Oscar nomination, but in my opinion actors Dustin Hoffman and Peter Sellers’ performances were excellent in both movies.

The young Americans of today most likely didn’t see either film while many of the older folks forgot all about the plots involved. How does this relate to North Korea being a real threat to the United States?

The film Wag the Dog portrayed Hoffman’s character as an adviser to the U.S. president who was facing some kind of personal trouble and crisis. To divert the concern of the American people, the Hoffman character suggested creating an imaginary enemy threatening the security of the country. The president presented the problem to the public. He scared everyone with the possibility of a war with an adversary that only existed in the mind of his trusted visionary adviser. When the president faced the fictitious and non-existing problem and solved it, the American people praised him for saving the country and soon they forgot all about the original crisis. Hint, any hint?

The Mouse that Roared starred Peter Sellers playing several characters. He was the queen of the bankrupt monarchy in Europe. He was also the ‘prime minister of the kingdom and he recommended to the queen the only solution to their financial dilemma and catastrophe was to declare war on the Americans across the Atlantic Ocean. A bunch of misfits lead by another personification of Sellers landed in Manhattan and attacked a surprised and puzzled police department in Central Park of that city with their only weapons, bows and arrows. The invaders knew they didn’t have a chance to succeed in their endeavor but expected the American government to help their poor country economically as they always go with their defeated adversaries.

Is it possible that some smart aleck adviser in Washington is whispering in the ears of the administration in Washington, D.C. to ‘wag the dog’ hoping to hear ‘the roar of the mouse’ later on? I hope I am wrong.

Cesar GuerraLake Wales


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