THE PENALTY for taking down a poster was a cruel death for Otto Warmbier.
It’s a haunting murder by a criminal and hostile nuclear power for which no effective U.S. response is possible.
That’s where we are with North Korea, even as the fat man-child in power continues to lose his grip on his country.
Senator John McCain, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said it the best.
“I was saddened to learn about the death of Otto Warmbier today following his unjust imprisonment and torture in North Korea. I send my heartfelt condolences to Otto’s family and friends as they grieve this tragic loss.
“Let us state the facts plainly: Otto Warmbier, an American citizen, was murdered by the Kim Jong-un regime. In the final year of his life, he lived the nightmare in which the North Korean people have been trapped for 70 years: forced labor, mass starvation, systematic cruelty, torture, and murder.
“North Korea is threatening its neighbors, destabilizing the Asia-Pacific region, and rapidly developing the technology to strike the American homeland with nuclear weapons. Now it has escalated to brutalizing Americans, including three other citizens currently imprisoned in North Korea. The United States of America cannot and should not tolerate the murder of its citizens by hostile powers.”