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  • Unelected Leader

    Multiple US presidents have done little. The US has already accepted it. That’s how we got here. Trump is shaping up the same way. Didn’t label china as a currency manipulator. Hasn’t sanctioned the banks and Chinese SOE-connected businesses supporting NK. Trumps “friend” Xi Jinping gets what he wants. A nuclear NK regime that relies on China for life support, and keeps the US+allies off balance in perpetuity.

    • yes rofl. Trump said a lot of things didn’t he? He gets what he wants too! Trademarks settled and future deals for VP Kushner 🙂 Americans will continue to lose jobs and wages and prestige until you figure out that letting multinationals run your affairs doesn’t work. A nationalist, UNELECTED government like the CPC is even preferable despite its faults.

      • Unelected Leader

        I regrettably like your comment. It’s still early enough to keep hope alive, but that will be largely diminished into nothingness by the end of the summer if the present course is maintained.

  • D4x

    A binary, or ternary, choice? There is linkage between Iran and North Korea, known to be supplying Iran with weapons, ballistic technology, and more, since the 1980-88 Iraq-Iran war. Might have to pay attention to “Washington is trying to cut Iran from having a land route to transport arms to Hezbollah in Lebanon. Published: 13:40 May 24, 2017″ http://gulfnews.com/news/mena/syria/us-wrestles-iran-for-control-of-syria-iraq-border-1.2032252

    Iran is North Korea’s key cash customer.

    • Andrew Allison

      The difference is that N. Korea seems unlikely to launch a first strike whereas Iran or, more likely, a surrogate is virtually certain to.

      • D4x

        Do you mean a nuclear first strike? We should take some comfort that Twelver Shi’a prophecy requires Jerusalem be intact. Fingers crossed that Kim Jong Un does NOT believe he is the 12th Imam.

        I was just trying to broaden the focus on ‘what to do with North Korea’ to include what POTUS is already doing to Iran, which has already been supplying missiles to proxies, e.g. Hamas, Hezbollah, Houthis.

        While the accuracy of wiki is outside my expertise, looks like the first, and third Twelver portents are already in progress:

        “Shias believe that the arrival of the Mahdi will be signalled by the following portents:

        >The vast majority of people who profess to be Muslim will be so only in name despite their practice of Islamic rites, and it will be they who make war with the Mahdi.

        > Before his coming will come the red death and the white death, killing two thirds of the world’s population. The red death signifies violence and the white death is plague. One third of the world’s population will die from the red death and the other third from the white death.

        >There will be a great conflict in the land of Syria, until it is destroyed.

        > Death and fear will afflict the people of Baghdad and Iraq. A fire will appear in the sky and a redness will cover them.

        Shia traditions also state that the Mahdi be “a young man of medium stature with a handsome face” and black hair and beard. “He will not come in an odd year […] will appear in Mecca between the corner of the Kaaba and the station of Abraham and people will witness him there.”

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahdi#Twelver_Shia_Islam

  • Jeff77450

    I was stationed at Camp Howze, Korea, for one year in ’77/78 and I’ve had an interest in what transpires on the Korean peninsula ever since. I don’t claim to be any kind of expert. My very layman prediction (none of which is profound): NK calls our bluff and continues its nuclear ambitions unabated. * Eventually*, within NK some kind of tipping-point is reached, very roughly comparable to the events that precipitated the fall of the Soviet Union, and the regime/system collapses like a very rickety house-of-cards. Will it end with a bang or with a whimper or something in-between? Will it end abruptly or in a series of fits-and-starts? Regardless of how it ends will it precipitate some completely unanticipated secondary crisis? I don’t know. I’m 58 and based on the lives of my parents, may they rest in peace, I’ve got another 25-30 years. I consider it likely that I will live long enough to see the end.

    • KremlinKryptonite

      Well, the regime will change its behavior or collapse altogether when the CCP decides it should. Maybe that will be within your timeframe, or maybe not.
      But in the meantime, some of your likely old hangouts in Itaewon are still the same! You remember a joint called Grand Ole Opry? I know it was opened around that time in the 70s, and still located on the infamous “Hill” haha.

  • Kevin

    Announce a 20% tariff on Chinese imports until North Korea verifiably ends its nuclear and missile programs.

    • Unelected Leader

      Haha! The US is not smart enough to do something like that. And why impose a temporary tariff? The US has had tariffs on its exports for decades. If America was a smart, serious player then it would not allow MNCs to write its trade deals aka surrenders for it, and it would use the same protectionist aka smart policies on currency, subsidies, dumping, tariffs, etc that china and Japan and Korea use.

  • I think we may just have to live with it. May require arming Japan and South Korea with nuclear weapons however.

  • FriendlyGoat

    The enemy is not a nation, an army or a missile program. The enemy is a man. Does that help us focus?

  • Old Gunny

    Per Glenn Reynolds, “unexpectedly”.

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