A message from Otto Warmbier's parents

September 26, 2017

In their first TV interview, the parents of Otto Warmbier maintained their composure a lot better than I would have while talking about the way he appeared when he arrived from North Korea. Apparently, he wasn’t in anything resembling a peaceful coma as he lay there in the plane --- he was flailing and jerking, howling and wailing “inhuman” sounds, like a prisoner in his own never-ending nightmare. Blind and deaf and unresponsive, his eyes a blank stare.

His lower teeth looked as though they had been pulled by pliers and rearranged in his jaw. Obviously, he had been tortured.

And what had the young Otto Warmbier been accused of doing? Taking down a propaganda poster, I suppose to keep as a souvenir of his trip to wonderful Pyongyang. It’s hard to even imagine what that government does to its own people accused of “crimes.”

If there is any doubt remaining as to what we’re dealing with in Kim Jong-Un, this story dispels it.  He is an evil terrorist monster. He doesn’t watch rockets go up just because it’s fun to see them fly through the sky --- he revels in them as a tool for making his enemies suffer unspeakable horrors. And even if somebody kills him, North Korea no doubt has a few understudies waiting backstage. (I imagine a shabby little “Kim-bot” factory somewhere, with an assembly line staffed by starving political prisoners.)

It’s impossible to appease someone like this. At least America finally has someone in charge who realizes it. The same day we learn what the North Koreans did to Otto Warmbier, President Trump makes a statement consistent with his previous ones: we are prepared to do what we have to do. Additional sanctions to target their finance network were announced as well. But Americans aren’t used to such bluntly-worded messages from a Commander-in-Chief; the faint of heart are uncomfortable with this and caution him to cool the rhetoric and not make the little dictator mad.

News flash: the little dictator is already mad, as in "as a hatter," and previous strategies, dating from the Clinton years, for dealing with him have brought us what we have today: hydrogen bombs, long-range missiles, and evidence of the horrific torture of a young American.

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  • Melissa Bourgeois

    09/29/2017 10:53 AM

    Thank you for pointing this out and even though Trump is brash he is at least steadfast. We Americans needed this in a Commander because we have seen the results of the weak and easily guided presidents.

  • Kay Tope

    09/29/2017 08:41 AM

    I am so very sorry to hear what happened to this young man. My prayers go out for him and for his family. This evil should have been stopped a long, long, time ago. It should be stopped by any means possible.

  • MK Greene

    09/28/2017 12:49 PM

    This young American was made to go blind, deaf, and tortured in ways I'm sure we can't even imagine to the point of losing his sanity by a cruel and heartless dictator who hates America. Otto was sacrificed to try and scare us because he was American. I hurt and pray for Otto and his family. President Trump is criticized because he does not speak like a politician (patty cake, patty cake) - but he has not spent his life trying to powder, diaper, appease and tolerate madmen. NK should have been handled years ago. I would more than bet NK and Iran are not standing alone, which might explain some of their boldness. God Bless and keep America

  • Elaine Braga

    09/27/2017 07:44 PM

    Dear parents, I am sure that Otto was a wonderful, smart son. My heart goes out to you both but I am sure you have heard that many times. You both are so strong, stay that way, your story is so unbelievable, how you both have endured I will never know. Please accept my sympathy and prayers for you and your beautiful family.

  • Brenda Snow

    09/27/2017 07:20 PM

    He is more than "mad as a hatter". I believe he is controlled by a demon. Our president and his loyal staff need our continued prayers and full support.

  • randy lewis

    09/27/2017 07:00 PM

    And Dennis Rodmans Good Friend.Drain The Swamp

  • Delores VAn

    09/27/2017 06:49 PM

    Do you remember the name of the idiot late nite comediene ( and I use the term loosely)who was making fun of Otto and his name? He should be called out. I don't remember if it was Kimmel of Fallon but it was shameful.

  • Mary Alber

    09/27/2017 06:40 PM

    Thank God for President Trump and him calling like he sees it. I'm sorry for the innocent lives that may be lost, but the North Korean regime must be destroyed. These past presidents who have coddled and pacified succeeded only to help create the spoiled, evil brat that is now threatening our country. He had his own uncle executed so sadly what he did to Otto is not surprising.

  • Joy Daly

    09/27/2017 06:08 PM

    As Americans we should all be enraged by the torture this man suffered. To have anyone paint North Kirea as a "victim" is inherently wrong. The kim Jong Un regime is pure evil, and America must take action by supporting our President. I feel sorry for the innocents living under this North Korean madman. Proud of our President for taking action, unlike spineless Obama. We must hold North Korea accountable.

  • Janice Gomes

    09/27/2017 05:50 PM

    We need to drop a bomb on their country & wipe ALL of them out before they do it to us first.

  • Linda Cagle

    09/27/2017 02:42 PM

    Dear Mike - Thank God we finally have a President with the guts to stand up to this North Korean monster. Like most reasonable people, I pray we don't have to go to war. But, at least I know we have a President who is not afraid to go to war with this monster if all else fails. Donald Trump promised to keep America safe, and I, for one, firmly believe him. I certainly never believed in President Obama who only seemed to want to appease everyone. I pray every day for peace, and I know that this President will do everything in his power to protect us. God Bless America, and God Bless President Trump. May God also Bless the work you are doing Mike. Please keep spreading the truth. It seems to be a rare commodity these days. Sincerely,
    Linda Cagle

  • Amy Syrell

    09/27/2017 02:09 PM

    Gov. Huckabee, I am so glad that you included this statement on your newsletter. I imagine that some that read your newsletter wouldn't have seen the interview live as I did. If anyone I knew had come home in the state that Otto had, they've have had to either hospitalize me or put me in jail to stop me from doing to the offenders exactly what they had done to someone else. I know we cannot to do the leader of North Korea what Seal Team 6 did to Osama Bin Laudin. However if we wait until all the medal wearing fools and the leader are in the same place, we could take them all out at once. Just an idea...

  • Al Everson

    09/27/2017 01:07 PM

    Dear Governor,
    Please understand Otto Warmbier is not the only American with a North Korean experience about whom we should care. In case you do not know, there are still American prisoners of war captured in the Korean War who are still alive and being held in that hermit kingdom. LIVE SIGHTINGS of these Americans come to the fore from time to time, but our government does ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to secure their release and repatriation. The silence is deafening, and the willful refusal to even acknowledge this hostage crisis is an eternal stain on our flag and our national honor. Where is the honor when a nation leaves behind in the hands of a communist enemy those who answered the call to sacrifice?
    We should move heaven and earth to get these POWs back. God, hear our prayer.
    If you want more information, just let me know. You know now where to contact me.
    -- Al Everson

  • Joun Mamesah

    09/27/2017 12:54 PM

    I was once live in S Korea as a missionary and I know as a Christian living in N Korea is a nightmare and since US goverment ban this nation forgive me but why Otto visit N Korea? He knew what kind of man Kim Jung Eun and his father nightmare behave. Anyway..God shall not be mock and only because of the death of Otto but also for all the people before and even after him till today.
    In the bible the was the story of king Manashe..a very wicked king but then God allowed him to be exile into foreign kingdom but there in the prison he humble himself and the Lord forgave him but the Lord still allowing his concequences in his life for what he had done. My prayer that this will be the story for the president.

  • David Bauer

    09/27/2017 12:41 PM

    Past policy of appeasement created this monster. President Trump is leading the way to stop North Korean aggression and threat to world civilization and peace.

  • Trey Lapinsky

    09/27/2017 12:28 PM

    Governor, you say, << Americans aren’t used to such bluntly-worded messages from a Commander-in-Chief >>. I am an American (literally just a few DAYS older than you) and I'm not used to anything BUT bluntly-worded messages. You and I grew up in different times than those of today. I LOVE the President we finally have again who shoots from the hip and from the lip and tells it like it is (although you would have been a damn good one!). North Korea (by the way, next year will mark 50 years since North Korea hijacked the USS Pueblo while it was in international waters and took her crew hostage for 11 months and subjected THEM to torture nearly every day from January 23 - December 23), the NFL National Anthem protests, blm, our fight for religious liberty, our First and Second Amendments under attack, liberal education and brainwashing (and where most young people today know NOTHING about history or civics ... they're utterly clueless; I thank God every day that my dad was a history teacher), the transgender "bathroom law", people treating and speaking to our President with such disrespect, etc., etc. ... Governor, I'm not used to THIS. Everything we're seeing today is fallout from 8 years of Obama and there is no way it can all be remedied in 4 years. I truly pity the young people today. You and I grew up in a different and SO MUCH BETTER and SAFER and more EDUCATED America. These young people today don't know any better; all they know is what they see.

  • Brenda Turner

    09/27/2017 12:17 PM

    This is truly horrifying. I can't believe anyone over here would make the remark they wish they had this monster as a leader. I wish I could make that wish come true for them. Now I am a Christian but there is only so much one can take from satan, and they obviously are ruled by him. Let's pray for the people of his country to finally be free from this monster and hear the word of God. We have been so blessed in this country because of God, satan can't stand that because Jesus is so close the demons have become agitated. But we know the end of the story, satan is a dead man walking and he cannot fulfill any lies he told them to win their souls. I pray they find their way back before it's too late. I can't wait!!

  • Cindy Williams

    09/27/2017 11:51 AM

    I can not imagine the horror these parents have been through because of this evil man. I also feel sorry for the people having to live under his evil reign. I will pray for our President to be led to do whatever is necessary to stop him way he can.

  • Roberto Rodriguez

    09/27/2017 11:49 AM

    May God avenge his death!!!!!

  • Leland Earl Whitehouse

    09/27/2017 11:37 AM

    Plan A did not work, so now we have to go to plan B-2. Our Intel. people know exactly how many launch sites N. Korea has & exactly where they are at. so, say there are four launch sites.
    Simple problem, we send in four B-2 bombers and just like that, N. Korea has no longer any long range threat. China is backing us on the Northern boarder of N.Korea & Japan is ready to strike with a war fleet off the coast. NO PROBLEM.

  • Ronni Fauci

    09/27/2017 11:37 AM

    My heart goes out to the family. If something isn't done now to stop this madman, he will have no problem shooting Rockets rat theend US and it's territories. Sanctions do not work as he doesn't care if his people starve. Wake up Americans before it's too late.

  • Shirley jean koockogey

    09/27/2017 11:28 AM

    I believe that we have a President that will take on any problem with a robust attitude and this 81 year old loves it! I am asking our Lord God to protect him and his family and he WILL make America Great again! WHatever he decides about this monster North Korea leader I am for all the way!

  • JIm Dole

    09/27/2017 11:25 AM

    Janice...where was a segment on this in the news this morning on TV. Those videos they showed proves that this young man went thru HELL in North Korea. I am retired military and When 9-11 hit, I tried to go back in to do my duty again but was denied. I hope to hell when President Trump does decide to do something about it, I hope that little f...ing leader in North Korea gets the first bullet to his head and actually show it on TV. I still find it uneasy that the U.S. actually got Bin Ladin cause we never saw his body. They say they dropped his body in the ocean. Have a great blessed day.

  • Carol Donaldson

    09/27/2017 11:16 AM

    Although "propriety" doesn't allow for photos, the true horror of this young man's torture needs to be seen by the "snowflakes" who support NK. --- I think it was reported that Un suffers from gout and takes steroids. If true, his rage only escalates. Though killing civilians is against principled warfare, when stopping a madman who starves his own people, perhaps a quick death for them is preferable to a slow starvation and deathly diseases.

    My heart breaks for the Warmbiers.

  • Bonnie L Locke

    09/27/2017 11:13 AM

    I agree 100% with you statement and have the utmost respect for your perspective and writings.

  • Janice Schaefer

    09/26/2017 11:44 PM

    I'm sure words cannot adequately express the horror felt by Mr. and Mrs. Warmbier when they first saw their son. My heart and prayers go out to their family. I saw a short excerpt from their interview with Martha Macallum on The Story. What happened to this young man is an outrage, but Otto's story will never be picked up or told by the mainstream media; it doesn't fit their political agenda (and I say mainstream facetiously - there is NOTHING mainstream about the current media in this country). From the moment Otto was taken by the North Korean officials, to the unresponsiveness of the Obama Administration, his fate was sealed - how do these people sleep at night? President Trump's narrative on North Korea is spot on. I just hope he's not too late!