For Donald Trump and his Alt-gang the conflict is not a gamble, but a win-win situation. Should there be war with North Korea he wins, if Kim Un pulls back with Chinese guidance the U. S. and Trump win Big. What I am saying it is a gamble for only North Korea and not for America. In case of a conventional war NOKO, as FOx Network names the country, would be defeated in days or at most few months, and immediately defeated during two nuclear drops. In both types of warfare there would be few or no American casualties. The South Koreans and possibly Japan would furnish the necessary cannon fodder.
Rest assured Readers the opening will be surgical and conventional, no one wants nuclear war yet, or ever. we must wait and see what develops on both sides. Who will blink first. China is the key, they hold the reins at this moment, but what will the two horses do independently? (It is encouraging reports are that at the nuclear preparation facility the staff continues to plays volleyball in the early Spring weather)
President Trump has done some good, clamped down on illegals, Mexican gangs, encourages enterprise, attempts to create jobs for America’s unemployed, the needy, and he places America First in international trade policy, ‘Buy American, Hire American.’ That’s fine. However it stops there. His motives thereafter tend to be dictatorial, a bad sign for those who love freedom, democracy, our political system, and peace. He plays up to Wall Street, individual corporations with large tax breaks for the rich, the military industrial complex, and their loyal contractors. Trump has not cleaned up the Washington swamp, but created a new deeper one. We are stuck with him for four years, maybe eight, although anything can happen in those years, mostly bad. Reportedly Trump’s approval ratings have jumped to 43% and may go higher as most Americans desire more jobs and want Kim and his regime out-of-the-way.
To answer questions posed by some readers of what could happen, what follows next after a North Korean defeat and the blood dry? The United States and its allies will install a puppet government. Refugees will be taken in by South Korea, China, and also Japan may take a few. The remaining loyal Kim supporters in the country would survive, discredited, and possibly hated by the citizenry. Disturbing is the fact that nearly everyone has had or will have access to weaponry, necessary for insurgency. On the other hand the population will be willing to work hard for low wages to recover their crippled country and to exploit vast mineral resources that lay within. (No oil, but ‘Thars gold, and metals in them thar hills’)
It is generally good to have a presidential transfer whereby a Maximus follows a Minimalist to balance our political system as we now see has happened, but the unqualified verbose Trump has gone dangerously too far. He is a man of action unwilling to compromise and wants it entirely his own way. His select group of advisors, the Alt-Crew, seemingly believe, understands, two principals: ‘Might makes right’ and ‘The business of America is business.’ They want nothing to stand in the way of their objectives which has other troublesome features. On recent trips to Asia and the Middle East, Mathis and Tollerson have talked war, but they also talked trade deals.
It appears at this time China will push North Korea into compromise. China is generally no-aggressive unless directly threatened, and is becoming prosperous well beyond their wildest dreams. They have much to lose at this point. The crisis will then recede, but not entirely eliminated and there may well be room for negotiations and compromises. In spite of a large army and nuclear weaponry Kim jong Un is a paper tiger with a small nation of only 28 million.
Certainly I hope when Kim talks to XI by phone he will say ‘XI, I would not attack the U. S., I’m saner than you think, I was only Joking.’
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This past week the left-wing magazine Counterpunch had on its pages an interesting and controversial article titled: The Problem is Washington, not North Korea. If I was a lawyer on behalf of the egotistical flaky Kim jong Un I could make a formidable case for North Korea’s current and often irrational position.
We in the West have had an extreme prejudice against the Korean puppet regime since its founding in 1945 when it had no choice but to join Russia and other counties in a Communist Iron Curtain alliance and shortly on its guided course to become fanatically anti-capitalism and anti-American. Immediately after World War II the Russians and Chinese installed Kim ill Sung in the north as leader and the U. S. Syngman Rhee in the south as president. The American public and the media soon forgot the hermit kingdom, but history and the historians did not. The North invaded the south in June 1950 on the flimsy pretext of a fabricated provocation largely, and thoroughly, hatched and supported by Stalin and Mao. Dean Acheson had mistakenly excluded the peninsula from the Asian defensive security boundary for important nations marked for U. S. defense in case of conflict. This appeared to give North Korea a green light to invade.
Often unreported and undisclosed during the Korean War the U. S. and its allies had complete air superiority, and virtually a free hand to raid over the entire peninsula without opposition. The result was massive in-discriminate bombings of the North and the killing of more than a million and a half people. The entire conflict cost the lives of from three to four Koreans on both sides, and overwhelmingly civilians of both north and south. As of August 1951 there were no creditable targets in the north, but the bombing continued targeting cities, towns, and small villages killing nearly, (est) 850,00 people. By the time of the signing of the armistice not a single significant structure, or large house for that matter, was left standing in the North while in the South below the DMZ citizens were safe from any American or allied bombing.
The stated mission and the objective of the American Air Force was to ‘destroy all infrastructure and the morale of the enemy’ which was effectively accomplished by General Curtis Le May of WWII Strategic Air Command fame.* The current elderly military and political leaders of North Korea and the nations propaganda machine have not forgotten those dark days when many innocent men, women, and children were slaughtered by air strikes. (carpet bombing) It is then no wonder the North, led by the powerful elite, continue to hate and despise the U. S and its allies.
Other than punishable frightening rhetoric what have the North Koreans done to the U. S. and its trading markets allied in South Korea and Japan, despite their nuclear capability. Has it invaded another country or it’s so-called brother state to the south? No missile has landed on the soil of another country to include Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and heaven forbid the United States.
Kim Un’s propaganda threats are a version of America’s bully pulpit hogwash for the benefit of their leaders to keeping, hold on to power. It is totally nationalistic, done and aimed at Un’s military, and to retain the loyalty of the starving peasant mass desiring food, freedom, and independence that never will be acquired under the present regime. The United Nation reports 60% of its population is undergoing starvation or malnutrition. Should the leader and his gang of culprits be eliminated? Yes of course in one way or another but in due time. Another round of negotiations is advisable, hopefully one that will be a face to face between China, South Korea, North Korea, and the United States. For some unknown South Korea has venementally opposed similar group meetings, as well as the U. S. and often Communist North Korea. This is the time they must find common ground and become insightful and reasonable.
Kim Jung Un, with the advice and guidance of China must understand his present course is suicidal. In case of war it will likely be destructively conventional and the regime may live on to fight another day by means of insurgency. In the event of nuclear war the country will undoubtedly become a death pool.
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* Curtis Le May may be noted as the Air Force Commander of fame, or infamy, for overseeing the incendiary bombings of Dresden, Germany where 225,000 died and the fire bombing of Tokyo killing of over 100,000. Le May was disappointed in Korea after a several months assigned there with the lack of legitimate targets. Le May is credited with saying ‘We will bomb them into the stone age’ which he denied saying, but admitted philosophically commenting a simple truism, ‘In time of war we kill as many of the enemy we can and once we kill enough of them they stop fighting.’
The quick News:
President Trump says it is ridiculous to judge a president in the first 100 days, and a ridiculous standard. That True…. That is unless the president does something or says something that is consistently RIDICULOUS!
Recent Trump Administration comments: Sessions is amazed a judge in Hawaii can block the president’s immigration plan, ‘Hawaii is a small island in the Pacific.’
Trump: ‘Korea use to belong to China.’ It is light unjustifiable humor, but there are justifiable concerns: U. S. and Israel officials to meet for ‘High Level’ discussions, like, when can we move the capital to Jerusalem, Donald?
Bill O’Reilly, (Should be Bill O’really, really, is that correct or a GOP exaggeration?) has been ousted from FOx News for allegations of sexual misconduct and received more that a 20,000,000 dollars golden parachute. That’s peanuts by Wall Street standards.
The ousting should be a benchmark standard for all women who have been harassed by coworkers, or employers . I suggest a new word be place in the yearly updated dictionary word category: O’REILLYGATE
When women are sexually bothered or harassed they should threaten, “Don’t fool with me or I will O’Reilly-Gate you and file with an expensive lawyer. As an added note Bill can shamefully cry all the way to the bank, his personal Net Worth is judged to be between 85 to 100 million.
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Hot Off The Printed Pages:
Here are two current articles/essays to be thoroughly read concerning our policies toward wars and Israel. Take a long look and feel the frustration, anger, and concern for the well-being of America and its hard-working citizenry:
Beware the Dogs of War: Is American Empire on the Verge of Collapsing? By author John W. Whitehead, through: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/46875.htm
The True Cost of Israel. By Phillip Giraldi, http://www.theamericanconservative.com
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