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    Nikki Haley: North Korea ‘is Begging for War’

    Nikki Haley: North Korea ‘is Begging for War’

    “We have kicked the can down the road long enough.”

    https://twitter.com/i/web/status/904714254451851264

    US United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley told the Security Council that North Korea dictator Kim Jong-un “is begging for war” after the latest nuclear test in the hermit kingdom.

    “Despite our efforts, the North Korea nuclear program is more advanced and more dangerous than ever,” she explained. “War is never something the United States wants. We don’t want it now. But our country’s patience is not unlimited.”

    Here is her full speech:

    Haley detailed that inaction over the past 24 years have allowed North Korea to become a nuclear armed nation.

    She stressed to her colleagued that “enough is enough” and now “the time has come to exhaust all of our diplomatic means before it’s too late.” Haley continued:

    “Only the strongest sanctions will enable us to resolve this problem through diplomacy. We have kicked the can down the road long enough. There is no more road left. This crisis goes well beyond the U.N. The United States will look at every country that does business with North Korea as a country and the United States will look at every country that does business with North Korea as a country that is giving aid to their reckless and dangerous nuclear intentions.”

    South Korea’s Defense Ministry announced on Monday that North Korea has began preparations to launch another intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). The nuclear bomb the North Korea regime tested could be attached to an ICBM, which heightens the possibility of the bomb to reach America. From The Wall Street Journal:

    South Korean Maj. Gen. Jang Kyung-soo, acting deputy minister for national defense policy, said Seoul had detected signs of activity that suggested North Korea, which conducted its first two ICBM test launches in July, was preparing to launch another ballistic missile.

    Gen. Jang didn’t say what the signs of activity were, nor did he give a time frame for a possible launch. But many experts have been preparing for a weapons test around Sept. 9, when North Korea plans to mark the anniversary of its foundation in 1948.

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    tom swift | September 4, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    The fat guy probably doesn’t want war, he wants money.

    A couple of nukes which may or may not be usable with his piddling short-range missiles don’t make him a viable nuclear power. Even if what he claims to have is functional, he’s at least two orders of magnitude short of being able to hit the US with a knockout attack. And when it comes to strategic nukes, it’s M.A.D. or nothing—if he doesn’t knock his enemy out with the first punch, he’s literal toast. And his buddies the Chinese won’t be able to save him from the inevitable counterstrike.

    He can attack the South with conventional forces … but he’s been able to do that for years. And he hasn’t done it.

    So, conventional war with the South doesn’t seem to be in the cards, and despite all his noises he’s just not a contender for a real nuclear war. Ipso facto, he doesn’t want a war, he wants a bribe.

    If so, he probably missed his chance. Obama would have had a planeload of gold on the way already.


       
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      Paul in reply to tom swift. | September 4, 2017 at 1:38 pm

      Why wouldn’t he want a payoff from Trump? He’s gotten one from the last three US Presidents.


       
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      iconotastic in reply to tom swift. | September 4, 2017 at 1:42 pm

      My thought is that first Whoa Fat has to neutralize the USA before trying to take over S. Korea. Our troops in S. Korea are mostly a tripwire for the USA; attack US troops and the USA will respond. If Fat can convincingly threaten, say, LA or Seattle then Fat might believe the USA would let our troops die and S. Korea fall before we risked a strike on our mainland. An EMP strike over the West Coast would probably be even more damaging too.

      wrt MAD response, Fat might also believe that a massive retaliatory nuclear attack on N Korea would be viewed as a direct threat by China, Russia, or both.

      So a conventional with the South might be in the cards but only if Fat can take the USA off the board.


         
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        tom swift in reply to iconotastic. | September 4, 2017 at 2:41 pm

        That’d be putting a lot of unwarranted faith in EMP.

        The most dangerous thing about EMP seems to be that nobody (certainly not the Press) knows what it is, so it must be awful.

        The defense against EMP is just shielding, something midway between the shielding which keeps annoying noises out of your radio and that for protection from lightning strikes. It’s really just a conventional Faraday cage (basically a metal box) and a good solid ground connection.

        Military stuff is built with all that as a matter of routine. Non-military, well, maybe not. It all has shielding, but it’s nowhere near as heavy-duty as the military specification stuff.


           
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          iconotastic in reply to tom swift. | September 4, 2017 at 3:38 pm

          wrt EMP I meant that the threat could be either EMP or direct strike. Also, the civilian infrastructure still remains quite vulnerable to EMP (http://www.heritage.org/homeland-security/report/the-lights-go-out-survey-emp-preparedness-reveals-significant-shortfalls). Maybe not to sci-fi novel proportions but bad none the less. Either attack is a credible threat were the USA to defend S. Korean (and our own troops) against a N. Korean attack.

          I do not mean to imply that Fat is certainly justified in how he views USA responses, only that if Fat believes he can cow the USA with a nuclear weapon then he might very well set a conventional war plan in place.


             
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            tom swift in reply to iconotastic. | September 4, 2017 at 4:22 pm

            The EMP might well wreak havoc on commercial communications, but I don’t believe it would have any major effect on military ones, which should remain functional. That means that even a preemptive surprise attack by the Norks wouldn’t protect them from an automatic MAD response, one which they couldn’t possibly survive. And nothing China does afterward would help the Norks, either, as they’d already be burning. It is imperative for Fatso’s brinksmanship that he not trigger the essentially automatic American cold-war response.

            Now, Fatso might think that fear of the commercial damage from an EMP, while not militarily disabling, might be enough to deter the US from opposing a conventional Nork attack on the South. While I don’t think that would work, the important thing is whether Fatso has convinced himself that it would work.


           
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          SDN in reply to tom swift. | September 4, 2017 at 7:09 pm

          The problem is that we have already had an EMP event in the US. Look up Carrington Event, which proved rather conclusively how much damage will be inflicted by the electrical currents generated in power lines, pipelines, telephone lines, etc.


         
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        tom swift in reply to iconotastic. | September 4, 2017 at 2:46 pm

        Fat might also believe that a massive retaliatory nuclear attack on N Korea would be viewed as a direct threat by China, Russia, or both.

        He could reasonably expect that would protect him from a large-scale first strike. Retaliatory, though, is another matter. And what might set off a retaliatory response? A missile fired near US territory? The US might not wait to see if it’s an attack on, say, the base at Guam, or just one of Fat’s unarmed “tests” aimed at the surrounding salt water. The wrong “test” could get him killed.


           
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          iconotastic in reply to tom swift. | September 4, 2017 at 7:41 pm

          That’s an excellent point to consider when discussing how to justify a pre-emptive conventiional weapon attack on N. Korea. An ICBM capable missile fired in our general direction could be interpreted as an act of war and aggression justifying a full response.


     
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    conservative tarheel | September 4, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    you can thank Jimmy C. and Bill Clinton for the NK mess.
    Barry did what he does best …. kick the can down the road
    and let someone else fix it …


     
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    Common Sense | September 4, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    Coming very soon to a theater near you.

    Fire and Fury! Courtesy of the United States Armed Forces.


     
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    MadisonS | September 4, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    I cannot forget the widely spread pic of its time with Madeline Albright clinking champagne glasses with “Dear Leader”

    North Korea had agreed to abandon its nuclear weapons program in exchange for US light water reactors. To quote Madeline Albright:

    The Framework Agreement is one of the best things the [Clinton] Administration has done because it stopped a nuclear weapons program in North Korea.

    FDR would not agree. As he said:

    No realistic American can expect from a dictator’s peace international generosity ,,, or … world disarmament, -or even good business. Such a peace would bring no security for us or for our neighbors.


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