Friday, August 11, 2017

The new battle for the Pacific

No matter how it turns out, this is going to be a part of history. And if Kim plays the wrong card with President Trump, then North Korea could end up being history. Just saying. 

Oh boy. Just when you thought the rhetoric on both sides could not get more shrill. And poor old Guam - why them? Is it that good old Anderson Air Force Base? Of just the fact that Kim does not like the Marianas Trench? In any event, all this war talk has the dishes in the cupboards shaking all the way from Boston to San Diego. Are we getting close to something bad? Or is this just another close call.

Before I go any further on this, I want to share some reporting I heard yesterday. I have not confirmed it as yet however. According this reporting, the Norks have had upwards of 60 nuclear missile ready warheads since 2013. Four years. And (this is the real scary part should it be true), the Norks were in talks with Iran during the "peace treaty" that we were negotiating with Iran towards the end of the Obama regime. Suspicions are that Iran could have illegally bought some of those warheads from the Norks. If there is one smidgen of truth in this story, our hot mess just got a whole lot hotter.

Back to the new battle of Guam. For North Korea to announce to us that it plans on firing four missiles which will hit close to Guam is not only nerve rattling, it is also a head scratcher. Probably also falls into that "act of war" category. Guam is not just some atoll sitting all by it lonesome in a remote area of the Pacific. It is American territory. It contains large Air Force and Navy bases. There are hundreds of thousands of people who live there year round. 

More and more pundits are now saying what I have been saying for weeks. This is the modern day version of the Cuban Missile Crisis. The big difference? The country took that crisis much, much more serious than this one. In my opinion, we should be taking this crisis (yes, I will use that term) more serious than the 1960's Cuban crisis. Why? Today, we are dealing with a nut ball. In 1960, we were dealing with a country who understood reality. A country who wanted to stay in existence. 

Love him or hate him, it is nice to have a President who does not act like "pajama boy" in a crisis. One that is not cowed by a tin horned dictator. This current President, surrounded by some the best generals we have, is not going to let this game go on any further. The buck truly does stop at his desk. 

One more time. The key to a rapid de-escalation to this rapidly developing crisis always has been, and always will be - China. Right now, China is acting like Obama on steroids. In other words, they are master spectators. If China takes a pass on this crisis, I doubt that Trump will.

I have always told my girls one thing when they were young and important world events were starting to unfold. Pay attention - you are witnessing history. I will say the same about this issue. No matter how it turns out, this is going to be a part of history. And if Kim plays the wrong card with President Trump, North Korea could end up being history. Just saying. 


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  2. Rep. David Cicilline urged Speaker Paul Ryan on Friday to call back the House from its August recess in order to debate legislation that would require congressional approval for a U.S. pre-emptive strike.

    The measure, introduced back in January, "will provide an opportunity to reduce tensions and prevent a catastrophic nuclear confrontation," the Rhode Island Democrat wrote in a letter sent Friday to Ryan. The House left for its August break at the end of July and isn't scheduled to return until the first week of September.

    The bill in question, the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act, would require the president to seek approval from Congress for a first-use nuclear strike. It would also maintain the president's ability to retaliate for a nuclear strike.

    "It is critical that the Trump administration exhaust all diplomatic options before resorting to military force," Cicilline wrote. "Instead, President Trump has made a dangerous situation even worse by recklessly asserting that the United States is 'locked and loaded' to bring 'fire and fury' to North Korea."