US has been talking up the idea of “all options” being on the
table against North Korea, unilateral military attacks in particular,
for weeks now, and appears to be stepping up that narrative again
today, declaring that “the
clock has now run out”
on North Korea.
not clear this actually means imminent US action, or even that such
action is likely at all, because these comments are coming just days
ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to the US to meet
with President Trump, and in that context, this is seen more as a
message to China than a practical threat to North Korea.
Trump Administration’s position on North Korea from the start has
been that China has “enormous” influence and could resolve the
situation more or less trivially. China agreed to cut off coal
imports as a nod to US calls to “do something” against North
Korea, but since then have tried to get the US to countenance some
sort of diplomatic effort with a negotiated settlement.
despite “all options are on the table,” being a phrase the
administration has eagerly picked up from its predecessors, it’s
not true, because several top officials have made clear diplomacy is
no longer being considered at all, Indeed, if there is one message
the administration has tried to get over beyond demanding China do
something, it’s that past attempts at diplomacy are to blame for
the US not having already imposed a military solution on North Korea.
Trump's First War Is Probably Going To Be A Conflict With North Korea
now most people are completely desensitized to stories involving
North Korea (just
look at the lack of mainstream media coverage of tonight's missile
test-launch). One can only hear about so many blustering threats,
missile launches, and state sanctioned executions, before those
incidents are no longer surprising. Over the years we’ve seen it
all, and most folks don’t really pay much attention to what’s
going on in the Hermit Kingdom. That’s
unfortunate, because they’re not paying attention as the Trump
administration inches towards war with North Korea.
first definite sign that the current administration was going to take
a different approach to North Korea, was when Secretary of State Rex
Tillerson stated emphatically last month that “all
options are on the table.”
me be very clear. The policy of strategic patience has ended. We are
exploring a new range of diplomatic, security and economic measures.
All options are on the table,”
reporters during a joint news conference with South Korean Foreign
Minister Yun Byung-se on Friday.
we do not want to, for things to get to military conflict,” Tillerson
he went on to say that “if
they (North Korea) elevate the threat of their weapons program to a
level that we believe requires action, then, that option’s on the
added that a “comprehensive
set of capabilities” is
being developed to deal with the country.
at least one of those options is already in place. Before
that interview even took place, US special forces were
already training to
decapitate the North Korean regime.
that threat, North
Korea has refused to back down on their nuclear program, and
for good reason. Kim Jong-un’s regime believes that they won’t be
safe from foreign invasion unless they have a nuclear tipped ICBM
that can be launched at targets that are thousands of miles way.
US government on the other hand, has taken a different position. Our
government believes that North Korea can’t be trusted with that
kind of military capability. In a sense both sides are correct, but
clearly those opinions are diametrically opposed. Unless one side
backs down, there will be war before North Korea demonstrates that it
can launch a nuclear tipped ICBM.
President Trump has tacitly admitted that he’s willing to go to war
with North Korea. During
a recent interview with Financial Times, he stated if China can’t
or won’t reign in North Korea, then
our government is willing to “act alone.”
FALLS, Va. (AP) — President Donald Trump says that the United
States is prepared to act alone if China does not take a tougher
stand against North Korea’s nuclear program.
comments in an interview with the Financial Times come just days
before he is set to host Chinese President Xi Jinping at his
Mar-a-Lago estate in South Florida. The two are expected to discuss a
number of issues, including North Korea, trade and territorial
disputes in the South China Sea during their meeting on Thursday and
we will talk about North Korea,” Trump told the newspaper for a
story that appeared Sunday on its website. “And China has great
influence over North Korea. And China will either decide to help us
with North Korea, or they won’t. And if they do that will be very
good for China, and if they don’t it won’t be good for anyone.”
China’s help, there can’t be any peaceful resolution with North
Korea, because China is the closest thing to a friend that country
has on the global stage.
Unfortunately, there isn’t much of a chance that China is going to
defang this regime anytime soon. If they could they would have done
so a long time ago. They may enjoy having a communist buffer state
between their capital and an American ally in the south, but they
don’t want to live right next door to a certifiably insane regime
with nuclear weapons.
don’t think that China could ever convince North Korea to give up
its nuclear program. Kim
Jong-un saw what happened to countries like Libya and Iraq after they
abandoned their WMD programs. And North Korea is probably just as
afraid of regime change at the hands of China as they are of America,
because China would prefer a buffer state that is much more obedient
and prosperous (and you know, not armed with nukes that at the
command of a lunatic). Even
North Korea’s closest friend is kind of an enemy, and they need
capable nukes to defend themselves from China as well.
if China can’t convince them to give up their nukes, and the United
States won’t tolerate a nuclear armed North Korea, then there’s
only two possible outcomes.Either
our government is going to blink in this standoff, or there’s going
to be war.