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Trump Relishes Annihilation Like a Hors D’Oeuvre
| August 9, 2017 | 8:23 pm | Analysis, Donald Trump, DPRK | 1 Comment
A man watches a television news programme showing US President Donald Trump (C) and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (L) at a railway station in Seoul on August 9, 2017

Trump Relishes Annihilation Like a Hors D’Oeuvre

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It really is saying something when US President Trump’s latest threat against North Korea draws a rebuke from John McCain – America’s most hawkish lawmaker.

McCain said Trump’s comments about striking North Korea with “fire and fury” were not helpful in the current spiral of tensions.

Other members of the US Congress deplored Trump’s reckless rhetoric, even comparing the president to the North Korean leader Kim Jungun, who is commonly regarded as “a nut-job” by American politicians and media.That comparison is saying something about Donald Trump’s own state of mind.

Speaking before dinner this week at this private golf club in New Jersey, Trump warned North Korea that the country would “face fire and fury, the like of which the world has never seen before”. Such words coming on the 72nd anniversary of the US dropping two atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki — killing over 200,000 people — are grotesque.

Do American political leaders have no shame about the past criminal deeds of their country? Speaking about ordering genocide as if it’s like ordering a hors d’oeuvre.

Even in the gung-ho political culture of the United States, Trump’s casual belligerence and threat of annihilation caused a shock among some politicians and media. One lawmaker, New York Representative Eliot Engel, called Trump’s rhetoric “unhinged”.The alarm is well founded. Given numerous threats already from the US that it is prepared to use pre-emptive military force against North Korea, the words from Trump implying a catastrophic attack worse than the horror of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are indeed criminally reckless.

North Korea quickly responded that it was ready to carry out a pre-emptive attack on the US airbase on the Pacific island of Guam, which would “envelope it in fire”. Pyongyang uses this kind of melodramatic rhetoric all the time, regularly threatening to turn the US and its allies in South Korea and Japan into “a sea of fire”.

But now, even more alarmingly, we have the American Commander-in-Chief indulging in a treacherous spiral of warmongering threats, where one misstep, one misunderstanding, could launch a nuclear war in the region.

Russia and China have both called for calm and for dialogue to resolve the long-running conflict on the Korean Peninsula, which has seen recurring tensions ever since the end of the Korean War in 1953.However, Russia and China bear a measure of responsibility for the latest flare-up. Both countries supported US calls last weekend to pile on more economic sanctions against North Korea, when they voted unanimously at the Security Council. Those sanctions were imposed in response to North Korea’s defiance of previous resolutions banning the testing of ballistic missiles and nuclear warheads. Last month, North Korea launched two intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), which many analysts believe are capable of hitting the US mainland.

But by piling on more sanctions against North Korea, the move has inevitably inflamed tensions.

Pyongyang denounced the latest round of sanctions as an outrageous violation of its sovereignty and its right to develop military self-defenses. After all, it points out, the US has thousands of nuclear weapons capable of hitting North Korea. Washington has also installed this year a new missile system, the THAAD, in South Korea, which gives it a first strike advantage.

Moreover, the latest sanctions signed off at the UN last weekend are, on the face of it, deeply punishing against the North Korean economy and its populace. The nation’s top exports of coal, minerals and seafood are to be banned, which would axe its already paltry export revenue by one-third, going from $3 billion to $2 billion a year.Given the array of American offensive military forces, the repeated verbal threats of “all options on the table” and now the latest ratcheting up of sanctions, is it any wonder North Korea perceives an existential danger? Then we have Trump making shockingly grotesque comments about the prospect of ordering an annihilation right on the anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, while he is about to have dinner with his wife.

Russia and China made a huge mistake in backing more US-led sanctions against North Korea last weekend. That move has only escalated tensions and has emboldened the Americans in their incorrigibly aggressive mentality.

Moscow and Beijing, more than anyone else, should know that sanctions are a counterproductive policy. They are a weapon of war-making and a baleful substitute for diplomacy.

In the case of Korea’s historic conflict, the only solution is to recognize that America is part of the problem. Ever since the end of the Korean War, the perennial presence of American military forces on the peninsula is a never-ending source of conflict.Russia and China are right to insist on immediate all-party talks for the region, involving the two Koreas. But slapping sanctions on one side is wrong, especially given the ongoing war threats issued by the US. Only days ago, the US flew nuclear-capable B-1 bombers from Guam over the Korean Peninsula. Why should North Korea, the region and the world for that matter accept such American aggression with impunity?

Russia and China have a crucial role to play in order to make the US come to its senses and scale back from a catastrophic war. But given the American hubris and self-righteousness to wage criminal wars, and given the twittery state of mind of its Commander-in-Chief, the task of making the US behave like a normal law-abiding nation is foreboding.

It’s not North Korea that needs to be sanctioned. It is the world’s biggest rogue state, the USA, that should be sanctioned and prosecuted many times over. Until it reserves the right to unilaterally threaten and attack any nation, including with the use of dropping of atomic bombs on civilian centers, the world will always be in grave peril. Joining US calls for sanctions on North Korea is like feeding a monster.

The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official position of Sputnik.

Trump the Warmonger: U.S. imperialists escalate provocations against North Korea
| August 9, 2017 | 7:50 pm | Donald Trump, DPRK, Imperialism | 1 Comment

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Trump the Warmonger: U.S. imperialists escalate provocations against North Korea

In a move that escalates the dangerous situation in the Korean peninsula, U.S. President Donald Trump added fuel to the fire on Tuesday, cautioning North Korea that they “will be met with fire, fury and frankly power, the likes of which the world has never seen before.”

The tensions between the US and North Korea were exacerbated by the adoption of a new round of sanctions by the UN Security Council last week. Apart from trading verbal punches, both parties are flexing military muscle as well. In response to two test-fires of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) by North Korea last month, the US and South Korea repeatedly fired surface-to-surface missiles into neutral waters close to North Korea.
Responding to the threats by President Trump, a spokesman for the General Staff of the Korean People’s Army (KPA) commented, among other things, in an statement: 
“Timed to coincide with the fabrication of the heinous “sanctions resolution” against the DPRK at the UN, the U.S. war-thirsty forces are engrossed in war hysteria without discretion. […] All these military actions being conducted in the ground, sea and air clearly go to prove that the nuclear war hysteria of the U.S. authorities including Trump has reached an extremely reckless and rash phase for an actual war after crossing the red line. Under the prevailing grave situation, the General Staff of the KPA clarifies at home and abroad its resolute stand as follows to mercilessly smash all sorts of military provocation, being planned by the U.S. imperialist warmongers, with the inexhaustible military might of the powerful revolutionary Paektusan army which has so far been built”
“War is by no means a game”, pointed out the KPA spokeman and underlined that “the U.S. has gone hysteric, being quite unaware of the army and people of the DPRK”.
According to the KCNA news agency, Pyongyang is “carefully examining the operation plan for making an enveloping fire at the areas around Guam with medium-to-long-range ballistic rocket Hwasong-12″.
The government of the United States of America is responsible for the dangerous escalation of the situation. The Trump administration not only continues threatening the DPRK, but does everything in order to limit any options for peaceful resolution. Another characteristic example is the U.S. travel ban to North Korea (effective from September 1st), which shows that Washington is heading down the road of military tension and conflict escalation. 

With info from: Reuters/KCNA/RT.

KCNA Commentary: DPRK Will Never Step Back from Road of Justice.

Pyongyang, August 9 (KCNA) — The U.S. and other hostile forces, taken aback by the powerful might of the DPRK’s nuclear force, challenged it through the harshest sanctions and pressure and provocative moves.

On August 6, the U.S. framed up “sanctions resolution” 2371 by abusing the name of the UNSC, branding the DPRK’s ICBM test-launch as a “threat to global peace and security.” Meanwhile, it is running amuck, uttering imprudent remarks for military option against the DPRK.
This is a wanton violation of the sovereignty of the DPRK and another provocation to it as it is a product of the U.S. heinous hostile policy toward the DPRK to stifle the ideology, social system and people in the DPRK.
The U.S. is the sworn enemy of the Korean nation as it has incurred the bitter grudge upon the nation hard to be settled through centuries.
From long ago, the U.S. regarded invasion of Korea, gate to the Asian continent, as the important key for implementing the strategy for world domination. It artificially divided Korea, which is neither a war criminal nor the defeated in the Second World War, and unhesitatingly committed the most monstrous crimes unprecedented in history.
The U.S., from its gangster-like nature not to allow the existence of the DPRK, has cooked up a lot of illegal anti-DPRK “sanctions resolutions” and increased them while resorting to the nuclear threats and blackmail to it.
It is the instinct of human being to protect himself or herself from the attack of brutes and it is a righteous step to defend the safety of each nation and security of its country from the aggression of outsiders.
The DPRK took the option of having access to the strongest nuclear force to defend its sovereignty and the right to existence of the nation from the highhanded and arbitrary practices of the U.S.
By taking the option the DPRK declared an end to the gangster-like logic and Yankee-style way of existence that all the countries on the earth should be colonies serving the U.S. interests or fall victim to the U.S.
Now standing before the “only superpower in the world” are the heroic people of Juche Korea, who created the legendary war victory by shattering the myth of “mightiness” of the U.S. imperialists with rifles 60 odd years ago. Today they have the most powerful strategic weapons, Juche weapons with the U.S. mainland in their striking range.
It is a foolish calculation for the U.S. to think that its mainland would be safe across the ocean.
The more “sanctions resolutions” aimed at depriving the DPRK of its sovereignty and rights to existence and development would only stir up the hatred of the Korean army and people toward the gangster-like U.S. and harden their will to retaliate against it thousand times.
The way out for the DPRK is to bolster up the state nuclear force, and the DPRK will never step back even an inch from the road of justice chosen by itself, no matter what others may say. 
Trump Warns DPRK with ‘Fire and Fury’
| August 8, 2017 | 8:35 pm | Donald Trump, DPRK, Iran, political struggle, Russia | No comments

Trump Warns DPRK with ‘Fire and Fury’

  • Trump cautioned "North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States" during his 17-day "working vacation."

    Trump cautioned “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States” during his 17-day “working vacation.” | Photo: Reuters

Published 8 August 2017 (2 hours 58 minutes ago)

Trump cautioned “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States.”

U.S. President Donald Trump has warned the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, DPRK, with “fire and fury” if the country continues to threaten the United States.

DPRK Calls New UN Sanctions ‘Infringement on Sovereignty’

Trump cautioned “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States” during his 17-day “working vacation” at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J.

Trump said the North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has “been very threatening beyond a normal state” and “will be met with fire and fury and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before.”

The comment follows a Washington Post’s report that stated that DPRK has successfully created a miniaturized nuclear war head, “crossing a key threshold on the path to becoming a full-fledged nuclear power.”

Trump’s threatening comments, however, have been rebuffed by Republicans. Senator McCain said Tump’s posture could accelerate a “serious confrontation” with DPRK.

“I take exceptions to the president’s comments because you got to be sure that you do what you say you’re going to do. In other words, the old walk softly but carry a stick, Teddy Roosevelt’s saying, which I think is something that should’ve applied because all it’s going to do is bring us closer to a serious confrontation. I think this is very, very, very serious,” he told a local Arizona radio.

DPRK Responds to Travel Ban: Invites US Citizens to ‘See Reality with their own Eyes’

The intimidated DPRK’s neighbors, in the meanwhile, are preparing their own line of defense.

Itsunori Onodera, Japan’s new defense minister, said Friday,”North Korea’s missile launches have escalated tensions, both in terms of quality and quantity.”

“I would like to study if our current missile defense is sufficient,” Onodera added.

According to New York Times, a military policy review published by the Japanese government on Tuesday is also focussing on the threat from North Korea. Some of the over 12 missile tests by the DPRK this year splashed into waters close to Japan.

“North Korea’s development of ballistic missiles and its nuclear program are becoming increasingly real and imminent problems for the Asia-Pacific region including Japan, as well as the rest of the world,” the government in Tokyo said in its annual defense white paper, the New York Times reported.

South Korea too is working to build its monitoring and striking abilities, along with the radars and remote-controlled reconnaissance planes to track and neutralize North Korean missiles in pre-emptive attacks.

The U.S. has over 37,500 troops on the imposed border between north and south Korea, which was one country before the U.S. war on the peninsula from 1950-1954 that left the people of Korea divided. The U.S. and South Korean armed forces also conduct war games off the coast of the region on a regular basis.

A Pentagon study released in May bemoaned the “fraying” and “collapsing” U.S. Empire, recounting how competing powers Russia and China, along with others like Iran and North Korea, have played a major role in removing the U.S. from its position of global “pre-eminence” and that the U.S. “can no longer count on the unassailable position of dominance, supremacy, or pre-eminence it enjoyed for the 20-plus years after the fall of the Soviet Union.”

Conservatives Are Turning On Trump As Wall Street Journal Calls Him Weak And Not A Real Man
| July 28, 2017 | 9:05 pm | Donald Trump | No comments

Conservatives Are Turning On Trump As Wall Street Journal Calls Him Weak And Not A Real Man

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“Half his tweets show utter weakness. They are plaintive, shrill little cries, usually just after dawn,” Peggy Noonan wrote in Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal, in an article entitled “Trump Is Woody Allen Without the Humor.”

Conservatives Are Turning On Trump As Wall Street Journal Calls Him Weak And Not A Real Man

“Half his tweets show utter weakness. They are plaintive, shrill little cries, usually just after dawn,” Peggy Noonan wrote in Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal in an article entitled “Trump Is Woody Allen Without the Humor.”

This was written before the Trump Obamacare repeal fail and subsequent White House whines and tantrums.

It gets worse. The President’s primary problem as a leader isn’t that he is brash and stupid, “It is that he is weak and sniveling. It is that he undermines himself almost daily by ignoring traditional norms and forms of American masculinity.”

“He’s not strong and self-controlled, not cool and tough, not low-key and determined; he’s whiny, weepy and self-pitying. He throws himself, sobbing, on the body politic. He’s a drama queen. It was once said, sarcastically, of George H.W. Bush that he reminded everyone of her first husband. Trump must remind people of their first wife.”

Precisely because of the conservative view of women, which is none too attractive and involves using being feminine as a negative, this is damning criticism. For conservatives, Trump was supposed to be the BMOC, the Decider, Big Daddy in the White House, Clint Eastwood cleaning up crime with the heart of a vigilante. Instead, he is a whining little drama prince throwing tantrums on an hourly basis, in public, because someone won’t give him the candy he wants right now.

Conservatives elected this man; this is the end game of the values into which they have warped their party. Gone are the deep thinking intellectuals, the generous and caring patriarchs, the fiscally responsible adults… gone.

This is what they have become: Everything they loathe.

Everything Republicans assure themselves they are not, Trump is. He is entitled, spoiled, lazy, whining, immature, nasty, vulgar, obscene, and ignorant.

Republicans have been calling black people thugs for so long, they don’t realize they are the thugs. Coming on the heels of an indisputably great man and honorable president who just so happened to be black, the Trump presidency is throwing cruel, unforgiving light on the false notion of white supremacy to which many Trump voters cling.

Trump is basically not a man to conservative Peggy Noonan. She is no Trump fan to begin with, but certainly she understands the appeal of the hyper masculine altar at which conservatives worship.

The idea that This Man will save you, knows all, is wiser than you, these fairy tales have deep appeal. Trump has unmasked the fairy tale; he is the little oz behind the curtain.

There is no all-knowing man who will save us. There is only Trump, sniveling and whining his way into failure, dragging us all down with him.

Conservatives can forgive Trump his vulgarity, his lack of values, his laziness, his stupidity, his cruelty, even his traitorous tendencies. But they will not forgive him for ruining their dreams of masculine superiority.

If or when more conservatives start to see Trump this way, as a whining loser, he will lose the last leg of support he has.

On this failure Friday, Trump has been humiliated by being unable to bring yet another huge campaign promise to fruition. Will he compound it by vetoing Congress’ tough Russian sanctions, thereby possibly forcing them to override him in yet another humiliating defeat, which he would no doubt respond to by showing yet again that he doesn’t understand even the most basic parts of his job.

Maduro to Trump: ‘Stop aggression against Venezuela, stop meddling in Latin American affairs’
| July 27, 2017 | 7:52 pm | Donald Trump, Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela | No comments

The Mighty Hammer Of Bernie Sanders Socialism Is About To Crush Trump’s Obamacare Repeal Dreams

The Mighty Hammer Of Bernie Sanders Socialism Is About To Crush Trump’s Obamacare Repeal Dreams

The Mighty Hammer Of Bernie Sanders Socialism Is About To Crush Trump’s Obamacare Repeal Dreams

Sen. Bernie Sanders has announced that he will challenge every single one of the side deals that Trump and Mitch McConnell cut with Republican Senators in an effort to get them to support the healthcare bill.

The Mighty Hammer Of Bernie Sanders Socialism Is About To Crush Trump’s Obamacare Repeal Dreams

Sen. Bernie Sanders has announced that he will challenge every single one of the side deals that Trump and Mitch McConnell cut with Republican Senators in an effort to get them to support the healthcare bill.

In a statement provided to PoliticusUSA, Sen. Sanders (I-VT) said, “Today, the Senate parliamentarian made a determination that at least a dozen provisions in the disastrous Trump-McConnell ‘health care’ bill are in violation of Senate rules and cannot be included in this bill without 60 votes. One of these provisions is the “Buffalo Bailout” that was inserted into this bill in order to secure the vote of a tiny-handful of Republican representatives from upstate New York. This is a very important ruling. What this ruling means is that side deals which benefit individual states will most likely be ruled in violation of Senate rules. As the ranking member of the Budget Committee, I will challenge any one of these state-specific provisions. We need legislation which improves the lives of people in all 50 states, not legislation which is geared to obtaining the vote of this or that Republican senator.”

The Democratic Socialism of Bernie Sanders and his supporters has been a powerful force in the health care debate. Sanders was promoted to Democratic Senate leadership exactly for moments like these. He has been able to take his grassroots energy and rally people to the Democratic cause.

If Sanders does challenge all of the side deals that Trump and McConnell cut, he will get them stripped from the bill, and support for the legislation should collapse. The final nail in Trumpcare’s coffin might come from Bernie Sanders, as the pretend capitalist owned by Putin is about to be handed a defeat by Democratic Socialist who has worked his way to national prominence from the grassroots of Vermont.
Political Circus: Casting Call Put Out for Capitol Hill Reality Show
| July 21, 2017 | 9:08 pm | Analysis, Donald Trump, political struggle | No comments
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Political Circus: Casting Call Put Out for Capitol Hill Reality Show

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Everyone gets a reality TV show these days, from cosplayers to pro wrestlers to the Ku Klux Klan. But a new casting call has gone out for a reality show that promises to be one of the grimmest, most soul-crushing exercises in true television imaginable: the lives and times of Capitol Hill staffers.

The call was placed on Brad Traverse Jobs, a subscription-based Washington, DC, job search service. It is being produced by Michael Selditch, a veteran producer and director of reality television.

“[Selditch,] the Executive Producer behind Catfish, 30 Days, 9 By Design & Architecture School is casting a new reality show and looking for congressional staffers and DC influencers,” the ad read. “Democrats and Republicans are welcome as long as applicants have a strong point of view and aren’t afraid to express it. There will be filming of a short reel on July 24-26 so applicants must be in the DC area and somewhat available on those dates.”

Now seems as good a time as any for a Capitol Hill reality show, an era in which weird things happen in the highest offices in the land on a seemingly daily basis. Truth truly has become stranger than fiction, and DC life has become more farcical than satires like “South Park” or histrionic dramas like “House of Cards.” For god’s sake, the president of the United States of America kept himself in the public eye throughout the 2000s by hosting a reality show.