Today’s Headlines – Tomorrow’s Political Thrillers: North Korea

    Life is stranger than fiction, but sometimes life can make terrifying fiction. Ripped from today’s headlines, author Mikael Carlson creates a scenario with North Korea where peace and stability in the world hangs in the balance.

    HEADLINE (Fox News) – North Korea threatens to strike US aircraft carrier to show ‘military’s force’

    Three US Presidents left the problem for the future. Now the future is here.

    Synopsis

    The ruthless dictator of a starving population spent his nation’s treasure pursuing nuclear weapons to make him a player on the world stage. Now the United States must take action before its worst fears are realized – a desperate regime in North Korea with nothing to lose and the capability to top an intercontinental ballistic missile with the deadliest payload humankind has ever created.

    When a carrier group dispatched to the region comes under attack from hostile military forces, the US president must take action. With the American military preparing for a massive counter-strike that will plunge the Korean peninsula back into war, the Chinese make a startling revelation – the attack was not ordered by the North Korean leader.

    Convinced a cabal within the North Korean ranks has formed to force the United States into a war that would force their leader from power, China must protect its puppet while keeping a pro-American united Korea from becoming a reality on its border. As they move their new navy into the region for its first real test, the world holds its breath that cooler heads prevail before two nuclear superpowers go to war.

    With hawks clamoring for revenge and protests erupting at home, the president is faced with some serious dilemmas. Should he appease the voters by protecting American military personnel and our allies as he promised? Will his critic’s accusations that he is a warmongering amateur unfit to lead come to fruition? Is he ready to be commander-in-chief and lead his nation to war, or is the specter of nuclear war with North Korea and conflict with China enough to make America step back?

    While a deadly game plays out in the media for the world to see, the secretary of state comes up with a daring plan to diffuse the situation. In a game of high-stakes diplomacy with his Chinese counterpart, they must now convince their bosses to step back from the precipice of war by pulling off the biggest ruse in modern history?

    The Real Story

    Kim Jong-un rules North Korea with an iron fist. Theidea of a cabal trying to oust the dictator in a coup is not far-fetched. A group of generals trying to manipulate the United States into a war to do it is.

    It is true that China is North Korea’s largest and most powerful benefactor. Would they be willing to risk war with the United States over them? That is a question only the Chinese can answer. They are desperate not to have a pro-American state on their border should the Koreas ever unify. For that reason, they have motive to keep the flamboyant North Korean dictator in check. It has been reported that the China-North Korea relationship may be complicated.  War or peace on the peninsula may hinge on just how much leverage the Chinese can apply.

    With Trump’s low approval ratings at home, any decision he makes regarding North Korea will be an unpopular one. He promised his base that he would change America’s role in the world after eight years of Obama’s leading from behind. Any provocations towards North Korea would be a justification of his detractor’s assertions that a Trump presidency would land us in a war. Even if U.S. forces were attacked, critics would find his handling of the situation at fault.

    To his credit, Trump realizes the danger of the situation in North Korea. Should they be able to miniaturize a nuclear warhead and place it atop an ICBM that could reach the West Coast or Hawaii, they could effectively hold the United States hostage. The same also applies to Iran. While the deal Obama signed guarantees a brief peace, it can be argued that it delays the inevitable. He doesn’t want to leave this problem for the next president to have to grapple with.

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    About Mikael Carlson

    Mikael Carlson is the award-winning political fiction author of The iCandidate and the Michael Bennit Series of political dramas. He has also written the thriller The Eyes of Others. His current series, The Black Swan Saga, are epic dystopian political thrillers that showcase a world of corporate governance dominated by elitists. The first two novels, America, Inc. and America, Inc.: Bounded Rationality are available now. He lives in Danbury, CT.

    Mikael Carlson is the award-winning political fiction author of The iCandidate and the Michael Bennit Series of political dramas. He has also written the thriller The Eyes of Others. His current series, The Black Swan Saga, are epic dystopian political thrillers that showcase a world of corporate governance dominated by elitists. The first two novels, America, Inc. and America, Inc.: Bounded Rationality are available now. He lives in Danbury, CT.

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