Trump to DPRK: US Military ‘Locked and Loaded’

The motto of American forces based alongside allied troops in South Korea is “Ready to Fight Tonight,” and there has been little if any sign of mobilization that might suggest preparations for a strike. Even without nuclear weapons, North Korea has an array of conventional artillery that analysts have said could lay waste to Seoul and other parts of South Korea if war were to start. [New York Times]

THE MAN in the White House could be seeing the ghost of President Harry Truman, hearing his voice in his dreams.

President Trump is not a man who will shy away from provocative military actions in an untenable position.

Except that North Korea is manageable if you believe in diplomacy. As we know, this latest brand of the Republican party does not. See the Dick Cheney – John Bolton wing from the Bush era.

North Korea will stay a nuclear nation because they learned the lesson of Saddam Hussein, and Gaddafi. Living with nukes is the natural order of the 21st century.

Guam has been warned: “Don’t look at the flash or fireball.”

Trump isn’t the first president to discover that foreign policy bravado speaks to a strong segment of the American populace.

America was founded in blood, fire, and fury.

We’re teenagers compared to the rest of the world and teens can be easily swayed by wacky mood swings.

The most representative of this penchant is the story laid out in Foreign Policy about “the memo that blew up the NSC,” a copy of which is in the post. It will further explain the daunting challenges of McMaster, Kelly, and Mattis.

The full memo, dated May 2017, is titled “POTUS & Political Warfare.” It provides a sweeping, if at times conspiratorial, view of what it describes as a multi-pronged attack on the Trump White House.

Trump is being attacked, the memo says, because he represents “an existential threat to cultural Marxist memes that dominate the prevailing cultural narrative.” Those threatened by Trump include “‘deep state’ actors, globalists, bankers, Islamists, and establishment Republicans.”

The memo is part of a broader political struggle inside the White House between current National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster and alt-right operatives th whatth [sic] a nationalist worldview who believe the Army general and his crew are subverting the president’s agenda.

Anyone thinking Trump’s “fire and fury” rhetoric is too much should listen to what Secretary Mattis said.

Trump just doesn’t have the right stuff.

It may be the Age of Aquarius but our enemies are not enlightened.

Talk rough and carry the largest lethal force on earth.

Kim Jong-un doesn’t have a death wish.

Are you listening, China?

When presidents get in trouble at home, it’s not unusual for them to bolster their position with a foreign policy move that reminds the American people of the awesome power of the presidency.

We’re suckers for a macho man.

We either use diplomatic tools and pressure, as Mattis continually suggests, which includes statements that talk about the partners we have by our side, or we enter a new era where nothing is sacred.

DPRK’s Kim Jong-un, Secretary Mattis is talking to you on behalf of the world, not just Donald Trump.

The United States and our allies have the demonstrated capabilities and unquestionable commitment to defend ourselves from an attack. Kim Jong Un should take heed of the United Nations Security Council’s unified voice, and statements from governments the world over, who agree the DPRK poses a threat to global security and stability. The DPRK must choose to stop isolating itself and stand down its pursuit of nuclear weapons. The DPRK should cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people.

President Trump was informed of the growing threat last December and on taking office his first orders to me emphasized the readiness of our ballistic missile defense and nuclear deterrent forces. While our State Department is making every effort to resolve this global threat through diplomatic means, it must be noted that the combined allied militaries now possess the most precise, rehearsed and robust defensive and offensive capabilities on Earth. The DPRK regime’s actions will continue to be grossly overmatched by ours and would lose any arms race or conflict it initiates.

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis
U.S. Department of Defense