That's my impression of the 45th president, today. He just learned how handy war-making is to distract from treason investigations, a dysfunctional White House, and political failure. Now his mouthpieces are talking about deploying nukes 50 miles from North Korea, "a preemptive strike" because diplomacy has failed, and "the Pentagon has directed the Carl Vinson Strike Group to sail to the K...." <eyeroll>
To me this suggests that evidence of his treason will soon be revealed, and he's desperate.
Guys, it doesn't look like there'll be an election in eight years. We all won't last that long. It's not even 100 days.
... the Trump regime is considering plans presented by the National Security Council to redeploy nuclear weapons in South Korea and attempting to assassinate Kim Jong-un as a means of countering North Korea’s nuclear weapon program.
The first and most controversial course of action under consideration is placing U.S. nuclear weapons in South Korea. The U.S. withdrew all nuclear weapons from South Korea 25 years ago. Bringing back bombs — likely to Osan Air Base, less than 50 miles south of the capital of Seoul — would mark the first overseas nuclear deployment since the end of the Cold War, an unquestionably provocative move.
NBC’s anonymous source, described as a “senior intelligence official involved in the review” said:
"I'm not advocating pre-emptive war, nor do I think that the deployment of nuclear weapons buys more for us than it costs," but he stressed that the U.S. was dealing with a "war today" situation.
FoxNews was preconditioning its audience that a military strike on North Korea may be the only option. Retired Gen. Jack Keane, “Trump’s first choice for Secretary of Defense,” told FoxNews:
“We’re rapidly and dangerously heading towards the reality that the military option is the only one left when it comes to getting North Korea to denuclearize and not weaponized [intercontinental ballistic missiles] …
“The Trump administration cannot accept a nuclear launch… We cannot rely on our missile-defense system to defeat it and expose the American people to a nuclear attack. Therefore if an ICBM attack was imminent the president would have to conduct a preemptive strike.”
Earlier last month, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said diplomacy had “failed” and stated the U.S. was done negotiating with North Korea. Tillerson warned that “all options are on the table”. All options, that is, except diplomacy.
“Let me be very clear: The policy of strategic patience has ended,” Tillerson said ...
We’ve just witnessed in Syria, Trump ordering a missile strike on “impulse” without a strategy or plan to what happens next and how the news media ... swooned ... Trump learned that war is a great distraction.
During the campaign, Trump had this infamous exchange:
TRUMP: Let me explain. Let me explain. Somebody hits us within ISIS — you wouldn’t fight back with a nuke?
MATTHEWS: OK. The trouble is, when you said that, the whole world heard it. David Cameron in Britain heard it. The Japanese, where we bombed them in 45, heard it. They`re hearing a guy running for president of the United States talking of maybe using nuclear weapons. Nobody wants to hear that about an American president.
TRUMP: Then why are we making them? Why do we make them?
I view the nukes on Syria as a distraction from an ongoing investigation that simply will not go away. The strike cost us 59 million in nukes alone and it was announced beforehand so they could get things out of that base and also know what was going on. Putin maybe didn't like the idea but it was all a decoy that might even bolster the 35% rating that tRump had. The problem is that it seems to be working.
Now we head off to Korea with nukes again and tRumpites want us all to get on board. We have to do something, they cry.
In case anyone missed it, big profits are made in war. He's bring the jobs back.
The Syria cruise missile attack was conventional weapons. My concern is that the ships, and possible submarine accompaniment, deployed to N. Korea carry nuclear weapons.
The one saving grace, Ruth, is that the men on those ships are likely far more circumspect and hesitant about the deployment of nuclear weapons than the commander in chief is.
The concepts of Mutually Assured Destruction or irreversible escalation are apparently either unknown or meaningless to Drumpf (no great surprise), but then he amounts to little more than a self-involved bully who think that having the biggest stick in the playground means he can use it as he wishes without consequence.
What makes this even stupider is that there are conventional weapons which would be at least as effective if not more so if Drumpf is interested in wide-scale destruction and wouldn't involve nuclear deployment ... but "fuel-air bomb" doesn't sound as sexy as "nuclear weapon."
Loren, your comment reminds me of a quote:
"Religion is like a penis. It's fine to have one and it's fine to be proud of it, but please don't whip it out in public and start waving it around... and PLEASE don't try to shove it down my child's throat."
~ Religion is like a penis,from General Politics & Current Events