‘Beyond Your Imagination’

We have heard what everybody involved thinks about the chances if there is a war after all the rhetoric….a war on the Korean Peninsula…..

Is The US preparing for a war?

Adding to reports in recent days of growing Pentagon training operations in the US aimed at preparing for an attack on North Korea, House Armed Services Committee chairman Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX) has confirmed “very serious” training is indeed underway.

Rep. Thornberry says the administration is looking closely at what sort of preparedness they’ll need to engage in long-threatened “military options when it comes to North Korea.” This would be an attack, though recent reports have indicated the US believes they can get away with a limited attack that would lead to something short of full-scale nuclear war.

With reports suggesting that a sneak attack on North Korea is also being contemplated in the next couple of months, the shift in training seems to be away from very high-profile exercises right on the border, toward less publicized exercises within the US focusing on specific preparedness for the attack.

(antwar.com)

A retired South Korean general has his say…..

For anyone encouraged by North Korea’s slight softening toward the South, Chun In-bum essentially dumps a bucket of cold water it. The retired South Korean general, who the Financial Times reports led his country’s special forces, spoke to a London-based think tank Wednesday and outlined exactly what American forces would encounter should we decide to bloody the country’s nose—or something more significant. He doesn’t mince words: “I try to explain to the Americans—if we have to go into North Korea, … it’s not going to be like toppling [Saddam) Hussein]. This would be more like trying to get rid of Allah.” He describes the country as “one huge barracks” and the population as militarized far beyond the [West’s] imagination.

“A 14-year-old child in North Korea probably gets more than 100 hours of military training a year,” the Times of London quotes Chun as saying. “By age 14, a child knows how to fire an AK47, fire an RPG, throw a grenade, pitch a tent and march 24 hours.” And even things that may seem promising on their face—the North’s estimated 1,000 fighter jets are aged—aren’t, per Chun, who says those planes would be used kamikaze-style, USA Today reports. And there’s not just the physical battlefield to contend with, per the Brisbane Times: “North Korean cyber capability is right below nuclear capability in terms of threat,” says Chun. He also describes an extreme system designed to root out any dissent, whereby the country’s families are grouped in units, and if one person “misbehaves, the entire five or 10 families go to the gulag or are executed. So everybody spies on everybody else.”

Everybody has their opinions about the outcome of any armed conflict in the region…..and most all seldom take the South Korean population into consideration…..the thing to remember if there is a shooting war then the first causalities will be the people of SK….the US has little to worry about in the first hours of a conflict.  The people of SK will pay a hefty price for the conflict…..

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“Mine Is Bigger Than Yours”

I wish that our president would cease embarrassing himself with infantile bullshit….I recall back during the campaign when the size of his hands came into  and he went off about the size of his “other” parts …..a juvenile response……some are starting to question his sanity.

His Tweet about the size of his nuclear “button” does not help…..

President Trump fired back at Kim Jong Un’s claim to have a nuclear button on his desk by telling the North Korean leader that his button is bigger—and more functional. Kim “just stated that the ‘Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times,'” Trump tweeted Tuesday. “Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!” Trump, who appears to be stepping up his rhetoric against Pyongyang after months of relatively restrained remarks, also brought back his “Rocket Man” nickname for Kim earlier Tuesday, the Washington Post reports.

Like I said….Juvenile bullshit…..and yet there are still slobbering admirers that suck up every word from this liar extraordinaire….speak of lying…..

All governments lie,” as the saying goes, but Donald Trump appears to have taken presidential lying to new heights during just his first year in the White House.

According to an ongoing analysis by the Washington Post that has tracked Trump’s formal speeches, Twitter tirades, and impromptu remarks to the press, the president made 1,950 false or misleading statements during his first 347 days in office. On average, the president says something that is untrue 5.6 times per day.

With just over two weeks left before he reaches the one-year mark, Trump is on track to surpass 2,000 lies, misleading the public at a far higher rate than his recent predecessors.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/01/02/very-best-liar-nearly-year-trump-averaging-56-untrue-statements-day

But it matters not to his supporters…..I have noticed that most of them that I know tend to stretch the truth a bit so as the say “birds of a feather flock together”……

Can You Say WMDs?

Do you remember the WMDs from the 1990’s and more recently in 2003 before the invasion and occupation of Iraq?

I have written about the rhetoric surrounding the situation with North Korea….but so you do not have to remember that I will give you the link……

https://lobotero.com/2017/12/18/is-it-wmds-all-over-again/

Well it has gotten a little louder with this batch of defectors……..

Blood tests on at least one of the North Korean soldiers that defected to the South this year have detected something extremely concerning, according to a South Korean TV channel. Channel A, citing an unnamed South Korean military source, says anthrax antibodies were detected in the soldier, suggesting Pyongyang could be ramping up its biological weapon capabilities, UPI reports. According to Channel A, South Korean authorities have confirmed that the soldier is immune to the deadly bacterium, though it’s not clear whether his immunity comes from vaccination or exposure.

Anthrax can kill within 24 hours if people are not vaccinated, the International Business Times notes, and the South Korean military says its anthrax vaccine will not be ready until the end of 2019. The news adds to concerns about possible biological attacks: The White House released a report last week that said Pyongyang had spent “hundreds of millions of dollars on nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons that could threaten our homeland,” and Japan’s Asahi newspaper recently reported that North Korea has been trying to find ways for anthrax to survive the high temperatures that intercontinental ballistic missiles experience.

The nuke thing was not enough now they are developing biological weapons as well……stir that pot……those damn drums are getting louder.

We Were Under Attack

In case you have been glued top the TV on this train wreck….no an actual train wreck not the Trump White House…..the world was under attack, a cyber attack, and according to the US it was North Korea that attacked……

It’s official, according to Trump aide Thomas Bossert: The US publicly blames the massive “WannaCry” ransomware attack earlier this year on North Korea. “We do not make this allegation lightly. It is based on evidence,” Bossert writes in the Wall Street Journal. He accuses Pyongyang of being “directly responsible” for the “cowardly, costly, and careless” attack that hit hundreds of thousands of computers in more than 100 countries. “We are not alone with our findings, either. Other governments and private companies agree,” Bossert writes. “The United Kingdom attributes the attack to North Korea, and Microsoft traced the attack to cyber affiliates of the North Korean government.”

“North Korea has acted especially badly, largely unchecked, for more than a decade, and its malicious behavior is growing more egregious,” writes Bossert, who says Pyongyang must be held accountable. The May attack froze computers around the world. Users were asked to pay a ransom to unlock them, but those who paid up didn’t have their data restored. A senior administration source tells Reuters that the US government has determined with a “very high level of confidence” that the Pyongyang-linked Lazarus Group was behind the attack and that the White House will make a more formal statement Tuesday.

I know that the US wants to blame North Korea for everything that goes wrong…but in case this accusation is true I have just one question……(Replace Russia with North Korea and eliminate the word election)……

Answer that one question if you please………justify your existence.

Will There Be War With North Korea?

Lots of rhetoric between Fearless Fosdick and Li’l Kim…..I am sure that everyone reading IST is well aware of the situation between the US and North Korea…..but with all the rhetoric is there anyone that thinks this will spiral beyond the rhetoric?

Looks like the Chinese are taking all the threats as the possibility of a war……why?

With a conflict on the Korean Peninsula looking increasingly possible, China is reportedly preparing. The country is said to be laying the groundwork for refugee camps for thousands of prospective migrants along Jilin province’s border with North Korea, reports the New York Times, citing a document produced by a state-owned telecom company. The China Mobile document describes recent inspections of five planned refugee camps—in the cities of Tumen and Hunchun and three villages in Changbai County—for the purposes of verifying Internet access there. Though China’s government hasn’t confirmed the plan, a local businessman tells the Times that temporary housing is already under construction on state-owned land.

The camps were ordered “because the situation on the China-North Korea border has intensified lately,” according to the China Mobile document, which was shared last week on microblogging site Weibo before it was deleted, per the Telegraph. In an exchange erased from the official transcript of a press briefing on Monday, a rep for China’s Foreign Ministry said he was unaware of any such plan, per the Guardian. But analysts say China would be foolish not to anticipate such future needs, particularly in an area that lies just 60 miles from North Korea’s main nuclear test site. The Korean Peninsula is “on the brink of war,” a Beijing specialist on North Korea tells the Guardian. “As a major power and a neighboring country, China should make plans for all eventualities.”

But maybe there is a bright light in all this craziness…..what would that be?

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the US is ready to talk to North Korea at any time about any subject Pyongyang wants to talk about—without preconditions. “Let’s just meet and let’s talk about the weather if you want and talk about whether it’s going to be a square table or a round table, if that’s what you’re excited about,” Tillerson said in a speech at the Atlantic Council policy forum on Tuesday, per the BBC. “Then we can begin to lay out a map, a road map, of what we might be willing to work towards.” But the US has previously demanded that North Korea give up its nuclear weapons before talks begin, and it’s not clear whether that policy has officially changed, NPR reports.

President Trump’s “views on North Korea have not changed,” the White House said in a statement after Tillerson’s speech. “North Korea’s actions are not good for anyone and certainly not good for North Korea.” Tillerson said that before talks could begin, there would need to be a “period of quiet” without nuclear or ICBM tests. Reuters reports that United Nations political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman, whose trip to North Korea last week was the first of its kind since 2011, said Tuesday that Pyongyang did not commit to talks, but they “left the door ajar” for future negotiations.

Talking is good……but will this ever make it to reality?

With North Korea sending out feelers in recent days about the possibility of direct talks with the US, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson struck a conciliatory tone Tuesday, saying the US is now also ready for talks with North Korea with no preconditions.

The White House apparently wasn’t too happy with that, and today went to a very public point of issuing a correction to Tillerson’s statement, insisting that the US very much is not ready for talks with North Korea.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huakabee-Sanders insisted President Trump’s position on North Korea hasn’t changed,

Fearless Fosdick is a moron that will lead this country into the deep end of the pool.

To answer the question……who the Hell knows?  Since there is no direction from the State Department and a loud mouth president…….anything is possible.

North Korea And Beyond

We  all know the machismo of Fearless Fosdick and his rhetoric aimed at North Korea and its leader……but has Li’l Kim had to say in the past couple of days……

War on the Korean Peninsula is now inevitable thanks to America’s “confrontational warmongering remarks,” North Korea warned late Wednesday. A statement from the country’s foreign ministry said the outbreak of war is an “established” fact and the only remaining question is when it will happen, Reuters reports. “We do not wish for a war but shall not hide from it, and should the US miscalculate our patience and light the fuse for a nuclear war, we will surely make the US dearly pay the consequences with our mighty nuclear force which we have consistently strengthened,” the statement said.

The statement also slammed US officials including CIA Director Mike Pompeo for “impudently criticizing our supreme leadership, which is the heart of our people.” The statement came as the “Vigilant Ace” military drills involving hundreds of American and South Korean aircraft continued, with a US B-1B supersonic bomber flying over the peninsula Wednesday, the AP reports. The South Korean military said the drill, in which the US bomber simulated land strikes, “displayed the allies’ strong intent and ability to punish North Korea when threatened by nuclear weapons and missiles.” (On Tuesday, a senior UN official visited North Korea for the first time since 2011.)

Everybody involved in this situation has blasted the other……everybody has the idea of what should be done…..and it looks like war could be inevitable….heavy hard words but what is wrong with the US and NK actually talking to each other?

Anyone who says talk is cheap hasn’t tried getting President Trump to talk with his North Korean counterpart, Kim Jong Un. Not even the specter of a war that could kill millions of people on the Korean peninsula, Japan and now even the continental United States seems sufficient to push the two leaders into negotiations. Both sides insist on unacceptable preconditions before they will even consider holding formal talks to reach a peaceful settlement.

Successful negotiations might end Washington’s economic sanctions and military preparations against North Korea, but Pyongyang demands that outcome before it even starts talks. Two weeks ago, North Korea’s ambassador to the United Nations, Han Tae Song, said, “As long as there is continuous hostile policy against my country by the U.S. and as long as there are continued war games at our doorstep, then there will not be negotiations.”

https://consortiumnews.com/2017/11/30/whats-wrong-with-talking-to-north-korea/

Talking is far better than bullets…..

The Russians have delivered a message from NK…….

With its nuclear and missile programs having advanced substantially over the past several months, North Korea is now ready for direct nuclear negotiations with the United States, according to a message delivered to US officials by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

Details of the plan delivered from Lavrov to Rex Tillerson weren’t totally clear, though in recent weeks North Korea has suggested they envision Russia being involved in any such talks as well. Lavrov says North Korea’s main goal in the talks is security guarantees.

This is unsurprising, as North Korea’s foreign policy seems to be built more or less entirely on the notion that a US invasion could happen at any moment, and they’ve been very public about their nuclear program being designed to deter the US from launching a costly war.

There was no word out of the State Department on any US response to such talks. Though Tillerson has advocated diplomacy with North Korea, they’ve also suggested that any direct talks would require unilateral North Korean disarmament as a precondition.

(antiwar.com)

It appears that talk is cheap but what would the results be if there is no talks?

In a nuclear standoff with North Korea more than two decades ago—long before the reclusive government had atomic weapons that could threaten America—US officials planned for war. Declassified documents published Friday show the United States believed its military and South Korea’s forces would “undoubtedly win” a conflict on the divided Korean Peninsula, with the understanding it would cost many casualties. The Pentagon estimated at the time that if war broke with Korea, some 52,000 American service members would be killed or wounded in the first three months. South Korean military casualties would total 490,000 in that time. And the number of North Korean and civilian lives claimed would be enormous.

Today, with North Korea almost able to directly threaten the US mainland with nuclear strikes, the possibility of conflict looms as it had in 1994. Twenty-three years ago, the stakes were different, reports the AP. At that time, President Bill Clinton’s administration considered a cruise missile strike on a North Korean nuclear complex after it began defueling a reactor that could provide fissile material for bombs for the first time. Former President Jimmy Carter headed off a conflict, meeting with founding North Korean leader Kim Il Sung and helping seal an aid-for-disarmament agreement. The pact endured for nearly a decade, despite frequent disputes and periodic flare-ups on the peninsula. The AP has more.

Do we want a war or do we want a world that is safe from bullies and warmongers?

Do we talk or do we walk?

Would You Believe It Is North Korea Again?

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.”

https://www.realclearworld.com/articles/2017/12/01/is_donald_trump_getting_ready_to_attack_north_korea_112645.html

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.

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/trump-north-korea-terrorist-list-by-christopher-r-hill-2017-11

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…..

https://www.redstate.com/streiff/2017/12/03/lindsey-graham-talks-war-coming-north-korea/

Scary stuff!

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…..

https://www.usip.org/publications/2017/11/united-states-north-korea-stuck-dangerous-zero-sum-game

Please do not let “STUPID” rule the day.

Am I high?

Look who is president….STUPID is all we have.