It must be the fault of the United States.
That unhinged assessment comes directly from Jerry Kroth, Ph.D., an associate professor emeritus from Santa Clara University in California, via The Huffington Post, of course. (Leave it to The Huffington Post to blame America when a loose-cannon dictatorship threatens nuclear fire).
Ironically, Kroth works in the Graduate counseling psychology program. According to his piece, "the U.S. is, in fact, provoking North Korea by engaging in its ridiculously inflammatory military exercises."
His solution? The U.S. has to "stop our military maneuvers, now, immediately, and without equivocation," he wrote.
Kroth complained that the fact that the U.S. and South Korea were holding annual military exercises has received "almost no mention." According to Kroth, Kim Jung Un might assume the United States and South Korea planned a first strike.
"How is the paranoid regime in the North to know we are simply engaged in harmless 'exercises' instead of using the term exercises as a ruse to initiate an aggressive, first strike?" he asked. Perhaps, because the U.S. only has 28,000 troops in South Korea. Or because the joint military exercises are tiny compared to North Korea's massive military. The combined maneuvers in August used only 85,000 troops. That's just seven percent of the 1.2 million man army of North Korea.
Kroth blamed the media for increasing pressure in the situation and criticized President Obama.
"And it is no less important to expose the complicity of the U.S. media in its obsessive preoccupation with North Korea's paranoia and militarism, while dismissively failing to mention that we are, in fact, provoking this pre-psychotic mental case into acting out," he explained. He went on to say that "a rational, intelligent, and insightful American president" would stop "rattling the cage" of North Korea.
This isn't the first time Kroth has taken controversial positions. He has complained that conservatives who question global warming doctrine are "delusional." He has also been critical of America's violent culture, saying "we need to recognize the massacres of Jonestown, Columbine, Virginia Tech, and Connecticut are merely symptoms of a much more ubiquitous cancer."
Kroth had predictably left-wing solutions for that one to cultivate "a culture of peace." They include:
"To forbid the sale of handguns, nationwide; to ration the sale of ammunition; to prohibit the sale of violent toys to children (Greece already does), to aggressively control the sale and access of violent video games to children (Australia, Venezuela, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, and Brazil already do), and to prohibit the broadcast of violent scenes, explicit or implicit, on network television during family viewing hours, a practice already in effect in many European countries."
Editor's Note: Dan Gainor is the Boone Pickens Fellow and the Media Research Center's Vice President for Business and Culture. He writes frequently about media for Fox News Opinion. He can also be contacted on Facebook and Twitter as dangainor.