Showing how the Central Intelligence Agency [CIA] often gets things wrong, CIA’s Korea Mission Center Deputy Asst. Director Yong Suk Lee thinks North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is a “rational” man. Lee reacted recently to 71-year-old President Donald Trump calling Kim a “madman,” referring to his indiscriminate use of nukes and ballistic missiles. Calling Kim “Rocket Man” Sept. 19 speaking to the U.N. General Assembly, Trump said the North Korean dictator was on a “suicide mission,” threatening the U.S. and its allies with nuclear war. “Beyond the bluster, Kim Jong-un is a rational actor,” Lee told a CIA conference at Washington’s George Washington University. Published in liberal news outlets, calling Kim a “rational” man disparages Trump’s characterization of Kim as a “madman,” someone so reckless with his nukes and ballistic missiles he risks war with the United States.

Feverishly working on a nuke-tipped Intercontinental Ballistic Missile, Lee believes Kim seeks nuclear weapons to survive rather that a Trump-labeled suicide mission. When Kim murdered his uncle Jang Song Thaek Dec. 12, 2013, accusing him and other senior North Korean officers of treason against the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea [DPRK]. Murdering his half-brother Kim Jong-nam Feb. 14, 2017 at Kuala Lumpur, Malyasia airport, two female North Korean agents allegedly smeared VX nerve agent on his face. When Lee talks of Kim as a “rational” actor, he’s talking about his methodical ability to assassinate political opposition. Killing senior DPRK officials with anti-aircraft guns Aug. 30, 2016, Kim didn’t show a “rational” side, showing his psychopathic side. CIA officials often get wrong the difference between psychopathic and psychotic killers.

Shooting a medium-range ballistic missile over Japan Hokkaido, Japan Sept. 15, Kim increased his chances that the U.S. will attack Pyongyang in the near future. If he were really interested in survival, Kim wouldn’t be threatening the United States with nuclear war. Lee says Kim acts “rationally” but his rationale for his nuke and ballistic missile program increases a U.S. invasion. Sixty-four years after the Korean War ended July 27, 1953, there’s been no attempt by the U.S. or South Korean to invade the North. “We have a tendency in this country and elsewhere to underestimate his conservatism,” said Lee, making zero sense. He’s only conservative to the extent he’s a fascist dictator abusing North Korea’s 25 million population. “He wants to rule for a long time and die in his own bed,” said Lee, referring to the twisted rationale behind Kim’s nuke and ballistic weapons program.

If the CIA believes its “rational” to threaten the U.S. with nuclear war, they need to rethink the definition of “rational.” If Kim wants longevity governing, you’d think he wouldn’t challenge Trump to a duel. Calling Trump “the mentally deranged U.S. dotard [as senile old man]” Sept 21, Kim thinks he’s increasing his longevity. Trump warned Kim Sept. 19 speaking to the U.S. General Assembly that he would “totally destroy” North Korea if he continued to threaten nuclear attack against the U.S. or its allies. CIA officials need to rethink their definition of “rational’ threatening nuclear war against the United States. “Every generation has a madman,” Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte told Trump about Kim Jong-un. “In our generation, it is Kim Jong-un. You are dealing with a very delicate problem,” admitting Kim’s unstable. How the CIA defines “rational” is anyone’s guess.

CIA officials mistake Kim’s cunning behavior for “rational.” Whether family or military officials, Kim’s liquidated any hint of opposition, whether it’s real or pure paranoia. When it comes to dealing with Trump, Kim acts more paranoid, believing he cements his position as a strong leader to challenge U.S. President Donald Trump. When you consider the statewide brainwashing of Korean citizens, they hear nothing other than the U.S. seeks to invade-and-conquer North Korea. There’s no history in North Korea other than what citizens are fed daily by the state-run KCNA news outlet, blaming the U.S. for North Korea’s famine and shortages. South Korea’s Korean University Professor Nam Sung-wook called Kim “strong and cocky,” noting that Kim’s intelligence is “not so bad.” Saying Kim’s intelligence is “not so bad” is hardly a ringing endorsement of his leadership.

Calling Kim “rational,” the CIA hurts its own credibility knowing that threatening nuclear war against the U.S. is the surest way to extinction. Shooting off ballistic missiles and detonating nukes promotes universally condemnation to Kim’s regime. Russia and China fear a U.S. invasion of North Korea, something Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has dismissed. If the U.S. attacks Pyongyang to neutralize North Korea’s nuke and ballistic missile arsenal, Trump’s willing to let China run North Korea, throwing cold water on the Kremlin’s fear about U.S. encroaching on Vladivostok. Like Kim, who hypes the U.S. invasion threat to the Korean people, the Kremlin also hypes the U.S. threat to Russia. “North Korea is a political organism that thrives on confrontation,” said Lee It’s difficult to make the CIA’s case for a “rational” Kim when he constantly threatens the U.S. with nuclear war.