by Ruby Henley
The clear and present danger we are facing may have jokingly been referred to as a “a chubby brat,” “this crazy fat kid,” and a “total nut job.” First impressions sometimes are deceiving. Many who have known Kim Jong-un say the 33 year old leader of North Korea has long been underestimated. I agree with that statement, as he has been interested in making North Korea a nuclear power for a very long time. He has encouraged his military and nuclear scientists by giving them special housing and privileges the rest of the population do not have. Kim is determined that his country be accepted as a nuclear power, as he feels this is necessary for economic growth.
We must realize Kim Jong-un is a ruthless killer, and he is willing to kill to have what he wants. South Korean intelligence officials say Kim has executed close senior officials, including his own uncle, who had been seen as his mentor. It is also assumed the he ordered the assassination of his half brother, who was poisoned by VX nerve agent at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia in February. Chilling, isn’t it?
Kim is a paradox, who simply defies explanation. He loosened state controls on the economy and engineered modest growth. In fact, the middle class in North Korea are growing. Kim succeeded in regaining some of the public confidence that the regime enjoyed under his grandfather and lost under his father, whose rule is remembered for a devastating famine.
“Smart, pragmatic, decisive,” Andrei Lankov, a North Korea expert at Kookmin University in Seoul, said of Mr. Kim. “But also capricious, moody and ready to kill easily.” This observation by someone who has studied Kim Jong-un must be taken seriously by the United States, for it is an indicator of what steps we must take to either start or stop a war with North Korea. Serious actions await, and unfortunately we do not have time to falter.
I am very concerned for President Trump, as he is being confronted with an alien agenda of life and death. He is walking on ground he has never stepped on in his life, but he is acting as a confident leader of this Country. How can we criticize his demeanor or his words? I remember praying for some type of leadership from Barack Obama, but I never received it. Do not listen to the back stabbing words of the Deep State, as that is what they want you to do. Praise the leadership we are seeing from basically an exiled President. He is not in the White House at this time. Do we really know why he is not there?
We know that a rumor was started that he called the White House “a dump.” However, President Trump says in his tweet he did not talk badly about the White House. It will be up to you to decide what you believe, but I choose to believe our President over his enemies. Unfortunately, at this time in the United States of America we are witnessing a coup against our chosen President. You cannot convince me otherwise.
I love the White House, one of the most beautiful buildings (homes) I have ever seen. But Fake News said I called it a dump – TOTALLY UNTRUE
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 3, 2017
In his last statement and outreach to North Korea, he said exactly what I would expect a leader of the United States of America to do under the present circumstances. What should he say to North Korea? He certainly should not show cowardice. His words are: a.msn.com/r/2/AApTnqT?m=en-us
Speaking to reporters from his New Jersey golf resort, Trump declined to explain precisely what he meant by the boast of military readiness. He brushed away calls for caution from world leaders, including Germany’s Angela Merkel. And he directly called out Kim Jong Un, North Korea’s leader, as a destabilizing force who should not be allowed to continue his course.
“If he utters one threat in the form of an overt threat — which by the way he has been uttering for years and his family has been uttering for years — or he does anything with respect to Guam or anyplace else that’s an American territory or an American ally, he will truly regret it and he will regret it fast,” Trump said.
The US military officials are stating there has been no new significant movement of troops, ships, aircraft or other assets to the region other than what has already been long planned for previously scheduled exercises.
In my opinion, the differing messages communicated by President Trump and the Military will prove an effective strategy against Kim Jong-un. He will be confused as to what the US might actually do at this point. If one can confuse Kim Jong-un, it is one way to master the current crisis, as he is shrewd but only human.
I respect President Trump, and finally I must say I will stand behind him in whatever course of action he chooses to take. I do want to see respect and unification between our President and the military. That current lack of respect by the military toward President Trump is a situation which could prove our demise. I believe the current coup in this Country is creating an event that North Korea is using to its advantage.
I applaud President Trump, as should all Americans. What is worse than poor leadership laced with cowardice and laziness in a President? You should be able to answer that question from past observations, as Obama is described very well by those adjectives.
What options do we have here in dealing with North Korea? What is President Trump really dealing with? I would not want to be in his shoes.
What if the United States concluded that the best course of action at this time would be to accept North Korea to the table as a nuclear power? Does that seem reckless and simply non negotiable?
I would like to quote from a publication which is very relevant to this current crisis: nuclear-news.net/2017/07/05/donald-trump-has-few-real-options-in-dealing-with-north-korea/
A North Korean ability to reach the United States, as former Defense Secretary William J. Perry noted recently, “changes every calculus.” The fear is not that Mr. Kim would launch a pre-emptive attack on the West Coast; that would be suicidal, and if the 33-year-old leader has demonstrated anything in his five years in office, he is all about survival. But if Mr. Kim has the potential ability to strike back, it would shape every decision Mr. Trump and his successors will make about defending America’s allies in the region………
So what are Mr. Trump’s options, and what are their downsides?
There is classic containment: limiting an adversary’s ability to expand its influence, as the United States did against a much more powerful foe, the Soviet Union. But that does not solve the problem; it is just a way of living with it.
He could step up sanctions, bolster the American naval presence off the Korean Peninsula — “we’re sending an armada,” he boasted in April — and accelerate the secret American cyberprogram to sabotage missile launches. But if that combination of intimidation and technical wizardry had been a success, Mr. Kim would not have conducted the test on Tuesday, knowing that it would lead only to more sanctions, more military pressure and more covert activity-and perhaps persuade China that it has no choice but to intervene more decisively.
In another very well established publication we have the following: www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/how-trump-would-mobilize-against-north-korea–and-how-to-avoid-it/2017/08/10/c8667582-7e08-11e7-9d08-b79f191668ed_story.html?utm_term=.121db5972742
The United States could try a lightning strike to preempt a North Korean attack, perhaps using cyber and other exotic weapons. But the Pentagon cautions policymakers that there isn’t a way to guarantee that North Korea couldn’t launch a nuclear missile in response to such an attack. It would be a cosmic roll of the dice.
What are they saying in Ireland? www.irishtimes.com/news/world/us/trump-faces-perilous-range-of-options-in-dealing-with-north-korea-1.3183691
The Trump administration’s first recourse has been diplomacy. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sought to head off North Korea’s missile program this week by suggesting that the United States could open talks with Pyongyang if North Korea would halt its missile tests.
On Thursday, however, North Korea raised the stakes by saying it was considering a plan to test-fire four intermediate-range Hwasong-12 missiles in international waters near Guam, home to US air and naval bases as well as a Thaad anti-missile system.
Trump hinted broadly later in the day that he has his own military options in mind. “Obviously we’re spending a lot of time looking at, in particular, North Korea,” he told reporters, “and we are preparing for many different alternative events.”
Military solutions are now fully in place,locked and loaded,should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 11, 2017
The United States could attack North Korea’s missiles while warning Kim that his government would be the next target if he dared to strike back. But few analysts are confident he would be restrained.
Those urging firmer action assert that a military buildup in and around South Korea could give economic sanctions and diplomacy more time to work while providing US negotiators with more leverage. Lindsey Graham asserted that diplomatic efforts would fail unless the United States made clear that North Korea’s deployment of an intercontinental missile would cross a “red line” and that military options were available if the talks faltered.
Further, Breitbart reports: Former President Barack Obama’s National Security adviser, Susan Rice, wants President Donald Trump to accept North Korea as a nuclear power.
“History shows that we can, if we must, tolerate nuclear weapons in North Korea — the same way we tolerated the far greater threat of thousands of Soviet nuclear weapons during the Cold War,” she wrote in a New York Times op-ed, criticizing the president’s “fire and fury” rhetoric in response to the escalating tensions between the two countries.
Although I am not a fan of Susan Rice, I actually believe she is on to a very viable solution to our present crisis. Do you want to avoid war? How do you do that at this point? Again, I will support President Trump, and that goes without saying; however, I believe Susan Rice should be taken seriously here.
How would Russia feel about this stance? http://gamesworlditalia.com/2017/08/11/russian-federation-does-not-accept-a-nuclear-north-korea.html
“I think that the risk [of conflict] is very high”, Lavrov said. “Especially considering the current rhetoric: direct threats of force are being voiced”. The talk (in Washington) is that there must be a preventive strike made on North Korea, while Pyongyang is threatening to carry out a missile strike on the US base in Guam.
“Unfortunately, the rhetoric in Washington and Pyongyang is beginning to turn extreme”.
“The side that is stronger and cleverer” should take the first step to defuse tensions, he said speaking live on state television. “We are still expecting common sense to prevail”, Lavrov said at a youth forum in Russia’s Vladimir region.
He added he hoped “common sense will prevail”, and said Russian Federation would not accept a nuclear North Korea. During Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Moscow earlier this summer, the Russian and Chinese foreign ministries issued a joint statement proposing ways to de-escalate the situation. “But you know our position: we don’t accept the fact that North Korea could possess nuclear weapons”.
So, we see that Russia would not approve of a nuclear North Korea, while at the same time putting all the responsibility of resolution on the United States. In my opinion, that is an unrealistic expectation from Russia. As I see it, the only thing that will appease Kim Jong-un is acceptance by the world as a nuclear power.
I would not want to be in President Trump’s shoes, but I have faith that somehow the right decision will be made, but that does not mean it will work with North Korea. We have to accept there may not be a right option here, but we must stand together as a Country behind our President.