You know there is not a lot to write about these days…..sex, investigations or just the sheer stupidity of the president…..I guess this post would fall in the last category.
I cannot tear myself away from the whole North Korea drama…..it has everything a good false flag should have…..the end game is that if we do not act then the missile with our name on it is headed for downtown Chicago.
Well the continuing saga…..North Korea fired a new ballistic missile…..and now we pick up the story as it unfolds…….
North Korea released dozens of photos Thursday of the Hwasong-15, a new intercontinental ballistic missile it claims can reach any target in the continental US. The AP reports the photo dump, published in the paper and online editions of the ruling party’s official daily, is a gold mine for rocket experts trying to parse reality from bluster. Their general conclusion is that it’s bigger, more advanced, and comes with a domestically made mobile launcher that will make it harder than ever to pre-emptively destroy. But there’s a potentially major catch: It might not have the power to go much farther than the West Coast if it’s loaded down with a real nuclear warhead, not a dummy like the one it carried in its test launch on Wednesday. Here’s a closer look:
- The Missile: The new missile appears to be significantly bigger than the Hwasong-14 ICBM tested twice in July. It dwarfs North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who stands about 5 feet 7 inches tall. Size is important because a missile targeting the US would have to carry a lot of fuel.
- The Launcher: North Korea boasted that the Hwasong-15 was fired from a domestically made erector-launcher vehicle. The photos back that up. Being able to make its own mobile launch vehicles, called TELs, frees the North from the need to get them from other countries, like China, which is crucial considering the tightening of international sanctions that North Korea faces.
- The Payload: North Korea claims the Hwasong-15 can carry a “super-heavy” nuclear payload to any target in the mainland US. But the heavier the load the shorter the range. Michael Elleman, a leading missile expert, has suggested that Hwasong-15’s estimated 8,100-mile range assumes a payload of around 330 pounds, which is probably much lighter than any real nuclear payload the North can produce.
Okay their boasting has been confirmed….now enter the clueless ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley……she adds to the drama…..
U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said Wednesday that North Korea’s launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile that some observers believe could reach Washington and the entire U.S. Eastern Seaboard “brings us closer” to a war the U.S. doesn’t seek.
Haley, speaking at an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council, said that if war comes as a result of further acts of “aggression” like Tuesday’s launch, “make no mistake the North Korean regime will be utterly destroyed.”
“The dictator of North Korea made a decision yesterday that brings us closer to war, not farther from it,” Haley said. “We have never sought war with North Korea and still today we do not seek it.”
You know I bet if we could ask Li’l Kim he would have a different opinion than Haley….all he needed to do was quote Trump and Haley on several events and he would conclude that war was eminent.
Moving on with the script….after this most recent test what can the US do? More sanctions? What is left that we have not already sanctioned? But please tell the audience what is there to do?
Will our protagonist will turn to his nemesis China…..
China’s main leverage point with North Korea is the supply of oil — but Beijing is wary of shutting it off out of concern that Pyongyang could turn on Beijing.
What to watch: If China does not at least reduce the oil supply to North Korea, expect the U.S. to sanction a major Chinese financial institution, such as China Merchants Bank or the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, to “punish” Chinese inaction. But that could backfire, as the anger in Beijing may lead China to halt any cooperation with the U.S. over North Korea.
The bottom line: China is not going to fix this problem. The U.S. either accepts a nuclear North Korea and sits down for negotiations once Kim is willing to talk, attempts a deterrence strategy that allows the region to live with a nuclear North Korea, or launches a pre-emptive war.
So what will be the next chapter of this saga?
“I want your listeners to know that by the end of this week there’s gonna be some strong signals to China and North Korea that the military option is very viable,”Senator Lindsey Graham told Tony Perkins on his radio show Wednesday.
The South Carolina Republican, who in recent months has conveyed President Trump’s most chilling threats to the Kim regime, did not specify what he had in mind, but he did lay down a marker. As Graham told Perkins, “Now, nobody wants a war with North Korea, thousands, maybe millions, could get hurt or get killed but the president has to pick between our homeland security and regional stability and he has told me, he has told the Chinese, that he’s not going to live under the threat of a nuclear attack from North Korea and if he has to use military force he will and if there’s going to be a war it’s going to be in China’s backyard.”
Is there something missing with the Trump strategy?
US President Donald Trump certainly has a point when he complains that he inherited the difficult problem in North Korea. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has shown no interest in negotiation, or even in listening to what anyone has to say about his reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons and the long-range missiles needed to deliver them.
But the fact that Trump inherited the problem does not absolve him of responsibility for addressing it. So far, he has failed even to articulate, much less implement, a strategy for dealing with North Korea. Almost one year into his presidency, his only achievement has been to secure additional sanctions at the United Nations. Worse still, his bitter complaints about his predecessors suggest that he has no idea what to do next.
This saga continues….our protagonist being the loud mouth bully that he is cannot help himself but make the situation worse….but how much worse can this get before it boils over in the fires of war?
Check out Lindsey Graham on Face The Nation…..
But with all the rhetoric there are still options that could be taken….if only the loud mouths would consider them……takes little effort to read the proposal…..
Please do not let “STUPID” rule the day.
Am I high?
Look who is president….STUPID is all we have.