Economic Diplomacy – China Refuses a Dozen Cargo Ships of North Korean Coal…

During the February 2016 GOP primary debate candidate Trump told the world what he would do in response to continued North Korean missile aggression –SEE HERE–  In January of 2017 President Trump repeated the message –SEE HERE

On April 6th and 7th, last week, President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping held a two day summit discussing trade and North Korea.   The United States and China are the two largest economies in the world.  Now see this:

A fleet of North Korean cargo ships is heading home to the port of Nampo, the majority of it fully laden, after China ordered its trading companies to return coal from the isolated country, shipping data shows.

[…]  To curb coal traffic between the two countries, China’s customs department issued an official order on April 7 telling trading companies to return their North Korean coal cargoes, said three trading sources with direct knowledge of the order.

[…]  Shipping data on Thomson Reuters Eikon, a financial information and analytics platform, shows a dozen cargo ships on their way to North Korea’s main west coast port of Nampo, almost all carrying cargoes from China.  (read more)

 

[…] To make up for the shortfall from North Korea, China has ramped up imports from the United States in an unexpected boon for U.S. President Donald Trump, who has declared he wants to revive his country’s struggling coal sector.

Eikon data shows no U.S. coking coal was exported to China between late 2014 and 2016, but shipments soared to over 400,000 tonnes by late February.

This trend was exacerbated after cyclone Debbie knocked out supplies from the world’s top coking coal region in Australia’s state of Queensland, forcing Chinese steel makers to buy even more U.S. cargoes.  (read more)

“Complicated business folks,… Complicated business”…

 

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471 Responses to Economic Diplomacy – China Refuses a Dozen Cargo Ships of North Korean Coal…

  1. sundance says:

    Meanwhile from the looney tunes crew:

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    • The Devilbat says:

      Oh dear. Poor old Alex must have taken some of that herbal medicine he sells.

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      • Wend says:

        Seriously….btw is Paul Joseph Watson still having a hissy fit? Most disappointing.

        Such a cute little bat! My favorite dog is the French Bulldog-because they look like bats of course!

        Liked by 10 people

        • helix35 says:

          The whole crew at InfoWars when nutter in no time flat. Good riddance. That includes that yahoo Cernovich.

          Liked by 16 people

          • helix35 says:

            Meanwhile, Ann Coulter, that paragon of loyalty and good judgement, decided to dive into the nutter pool headfirst. What a disloyal, fickle disgrace.

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          • Can add Lee Stranahan to the nutter list who has a bad case of Ivanka & Jared derangement syndrome.

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          • chojun says:

            Don’t turn on them and throw them out too quickly.

            You need to understand that Trump got a lot of support from anti-war libertarians.

            There are a lot of good, decent Trump supporters who are at various degrees upset by the war posturing.

            The reasons for being upset are myriad but some reasons include: strict anti-war; hope that we could’ve made peace with Russia; fear that Trump is being manipulated by neocons or NATO-aligned globalists.

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            • Gabby R. says:

              They could be doing that more calmly and take a “wait and see” approach instead of sowing dissent and pushing loony conspiracy theories, IMO.

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            • cozette says:

              Because of all the Trump is Putin’s Puppet! Impeach him! blather Trumps strike was the way to achieve partnering with Putin. It shut the neocons up and took away their reason to invade Syria and remove Assad. It only took some bombs that had reached their expiration date. It was a great visual message to all leaders, fitting in with Trumps theme of peace through strength. Finally we are not going into Syria, we are there fulfilling Trumps promise to wipe out ISIS and to work with ME rulers toet up safe places over there for Syrian refugees so they didn’t come here. That was another promise. Trump is doing exactly what he promised. BTW Trump had to thump Assad after the gas attack. Because it violated a treaty agreement and our military is fighting in the region. It was Trumps red line test. Trumps response was measured, limited and logical. A tit for tat. Finally regarding Trumps famous 2013 tweet urging Obama not to invade Syria after the gas attack which some suggests means he switched on his supporters. He didn’t. At the time there was no treaty between the US, Syria and Russia but Obama and the Congress entered into one. Trump enforced it and did no more than that. No invasion of Syria. Sorry McCain. I think Trumps handling of things is exactly what he promised he would do.

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            • sargnickfury says:

              This. I am as disappointed at those willing to turn on these various media outlets for deplorables, as I am those media outlets jumping to judgement. Given trumps rhetoric in his election, and what the public knows, it is very reasonable for them to be confused and concerned, and even upset. If you throw out Breitbart, Alex, Watson, Coulter, Dobbs, Cernovich, etc etc etc…..you might as well join team Nevertrump. Or perhaps you already have. Right or wrong on the current situation, these are THE outlets that made Trump President, and have backed him against the deep state. To throw them out is politically suicidal for Trump and his agenda. better to calm, and speak rationally, then act like cult of personality groupies.

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              • Piper says:

                Agree- Sarg! AJ has done more to warn people over the years than any other person besides Christian commentators. I learned all about the “deep state” nineteen years ago- most dummies are just finding reality! I agree that AJ can be way over the top- but no way will I stop listening! Everyone here has learned a lot, including myself, since the campaign, but Sundance isn’t all knowing and all seeing! Turn everyone else off at your own risk. I have been on pins and needles what for this prophecy being fulfilled- thought is was going to happen under odumbo- but sadly looks like my Trump card is being played soon- may God have mercy on us all! https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah+17&version=NIV

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            • sargnickfury says:

              This. I am as disappointed at those willing to turn on these various media outlets for deplorables, as I am those media outlets jumping to judgement. Given trumps rhetoric in his election, and what the public knows, it is very reasonable for them to be confused and concerned, and even upset. If you throw out Breitbart, Alex, Watson, Coulter, Dobbs, Cernovich, etc etc etc…..you might as well join team Nevertrump. Or perhaps you already have. Right or wrong on the current situation, these are THE outlets that made Trump President, and have backed him against the deep state. To throw them out is politically suicidal for Trump and his agenda. better to calm, and speak rationally, then act like cult of personality groupies.

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            • WSB says:

              That is what I saw in Lou Dobbs last night. He is furious and probably concerned that right now, this looks opposite of the campaign trail. I am in a holding pattern, because much of what President Trump does is to allow opposite forces to play their hands.

              The coal exports were always discussed and anticipated here, so I am glad this came to fruition. But it took a lot of maneuvering and timing to get to this point.

              Patience for all grasshoppers!

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            • 4bleu says:

              expanding on what chojun said.
              The WWII generation was very physical. Walking, working, riding. Even the actors came off farms, tough city neighborhoods and fought.
              This generation of pundits has only talked. Lawyers and lawyerly reigns – habituated to the verbal riposting possible in a neat, physically restrained classroom, court or TV studio.
              They are actually afraid of a real fight. It scares them and they don’t know how to fight it – it’s out of their comfort zone of expertise.

              That’s why football, wrestling and some martial arts are good for boys – it teaches them to physically engage, build muscle, confidence. Also that one can take a few punches and bruises, even get hurt, push through it – heal up and go back in. This is exactly why the left wants to get rid of those ‘contact’ sports. It suits their purpose of creating a generation that is physically and mentally unable to defend itself from any sort of attack.

              Agree with chojun. Let everyone calm down. They’ll be better when they see results they hadn’t expected. Not everyone, but enough.

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            • Benson II says:

              There is no bigger picture when you have a daily headline to come up with. I’m not saying all of the usual suspects are this callous but most are. Sometimes I think they simply don’t care how their opinion pieces effect others but I’ve come to the point where I give them a day or two to recover and come back to their senses. It’s also time to admit none of them have ever had to actually practice what they preach in an organization such as government or on the foreign stage so any insight they have is limited to their own opinion of how things should be done. Sometimes their insightful sometimes their stupid but none of them are president so for that I’m grateful.

              I’ve become a true believer in a comment by one of CTH’s commenters. I apologize for not saving his name. He wrote, “It’s the Iraq Fatigue Syndrome mixed with Battered Conservative Syndrome kicking in. It happens to the best of us at times”.

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        • So is Mike cernovich! Lol!

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      • I liked him in the beginning, but, now, he is just too big for his britches and too many tin hat theories.

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      • kimosaabe says:

        Lotta hate rollin out from Treepers. Shocked. Shocked I say. Everyone you’re denigrating are all Trump supporters that have a varying opinion than some of you on a subject or two.

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    • wolfmoon1776 says:

      Sometimes, in keeping up with President Trump, it helps to assume he’s thinking ahead.
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      😉

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      • Mike says:

        God bless you wolfmoon1776. I see what you’re trying to do. You’re trying to hold things together. But if you think the “new” war friendly Trump supporters and going to mesh with the old MAGA people. It ain’t going to happen. All the people who were with Trump from the beginning are now “trolls, loons, yahoos,” whatever. It’s BS. and these “new” people are garbage.

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        • wolfmoon1776 says:

          Well, I don’t really have to do any holding together, now that I figured out what Trump is up to. He is shaking things out, but counting on Trump gravity to pull things back together as he moves along. He is moving “forward” at speeds Obama could not even dream of.

          You and I will be anti-Trump trolls one day and MAGA heroes the next. Get used to it. Trump speed is the new normal. Some will call it flip-flopping, but that’s not what it is. Trump is dodging and weaving through reality faster than the reality can react to disrupt his plans.

          I was explaining this to my wife. This is a roller-coaster now. Trump is no longer waiting for people to keep up. He is taking his bewildering art-of-the-deal campaign schtick into geopolitics, and for a lot of people who can’t keep up or hold on, it will be a rough ride.

          Trump is no longer playing only with evil and cunning players who are still predictable, easily beatable dopes, like Hillary. He is playing against killers, with his own team of killers, and all the while he has scheming creeps like Hillary, BGI, SPLC, and the neocons gunning for him. Snake Ryan ready to bite when nobody is looking. “Warhead” McCain screaming for Russian blood. Psycho Kim and Samoa Obama plotting some kind of intrigue to take him down. And THOSE are the lightweights.

          This is the majors now. Trump has to outwit world-class adversaries and “frenemies” by defining the deals that they will agree to. One minute they will think Trump is their friend – the next minute, a cunning, bitter foe. And he has to do this with evil cheerleaders like Warhead, Linderace, Dipsy Dowd, Maggie Haterman, and Fake Yapper trashing him or praising him alternately, no matter which way he goes. They can’t keep up, either.

          Neither can many around him. I think that half of the problem with advisers crashing into each other is they don’t realize what Trump is doing.

          And people will trash you, and they will trash me. Get used to it. I’ve already caught plenty of people mocking me. Well, just wait a week in Trump time. Look stupid and conned by Trump one minute, and you look like a sage three days later.

          Trump will not find perfect solutions. He will find OPTIMAL solutions. We cannot ask for more. Trump has stood by and watched Perfect murder Good for 8 years – maybe longer. He’s not gonna do it. He’s going to deliver the best outcome possible, and he’s not waiting for us to feel relaxed about it.

          Best presidency ever! Just hang on. More winning is coming, but a lot of people are going to scream that it’s all over at EVERY turn.

          The best way through this is to define viewpoints, not people, because people will shift as they change position and velocity in Trump gravity. Bash the neocon, warmonger, and dopey globalist positions – not the people who are going to hold them one moment and come loose from them later. Trump is Jupiter moving through the asteroid belt. He is going to pull people into his orbit. A few will get slung off into space, but most will come along for the ride of their lives.

          I am ON the Trump Train for good, even if I scream that I want off and can’t take it. In the end, I only want to scream “TOO MUCH WINNING!!!” 😀

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          • R-C says:

            Wolfmoon, THAT was an awesome read. Very well said, indeed! I agree with your analysis.

            Trump is busting up the old, moribund game of diplomacy and is kicking things up to high gear. NOBODY in the world of politics has ever faced a political adversary like Trump.

            I’m standing proudly with TRUMP!

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            • wolfmoon1776 says:

              Thanks! 😀

              Definitely. He’s still on target, even when he looks like he’s not. Take it to the bank.

              Today, I felt like I passed through a period of clarity between denouncing the Trump-Haley Axis of Evil and getting a MAGA 4 EVAH tattoo. The problem is clearly ME – not Trump.

              I see why Trump is having to make all these seemingly enigmatic moves now. The snakes moved in and surrounded him with BS, and right when they thought they had him – BAM – out came the enigma powers. He’s moving at light-speed now, not leaving any obvious trails for his opponents, and we’re just going to have to keep up.

              Trump is done telegraphing. Trust only one thing to stay constant – his GOALS.

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              • doit4atlas says:

                Sundance’s analysis of the Syrian bombing is spot-on. Trump now has Russia and Assad in a box and the world is watching. With this missile strike he has saved thousands of lives. He has proven Obama/Kerry/Rice lied, shown Putin to be the lying scum he is, wiped away the fake news Trump/Putin connection, forced Assad to stop chemical attacks, sent a signal to North Korea and China, mobilized the world against the Russia/Syrian/Iran axis, and opened the door to kill ISIS.

                Hard to beat this move and all the nay-saying is just fake news.

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              • hippielouie says:

                thx!!! best chess player ever!!!!

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              • PatriotGalNC says:

                Wolfmoon, I completely agree with your assessment of what Trump is about, and what he is doing! I loved your analogy about him being Jupiter moving through an asteroid belt! PDJT is a “force-of-nature”, and his nature is to WIN. He finds himself sitting at a very large table of people who are not only friends, but fierce enemies, traitors, evil murderers, liars, cheats, and soulless mercenaries. And, then when everyone was seated, he reaches under the table and pulls out a brand new board game…a multi-leveled one (as in 4D chess I have been reading about…) This game is one that that NO ONE has seen before. Those interested in learning this new “game” will pull up to the table and pay really close attention. Those who are intimidated by it’s complexity will fight it, and try to destroy it. But, it is too late now to destroy it! This is the game that is needing to be played NOW. When the nature of the players change…So must the “rules” of a game. Obviously, the old game is so outdated that the same mistakes (moves) are being made over and over again–with disastrous results. Now that PDJT has presented the players with this “new multi-leveled” game…(the only one HE is going to be playing…), then they better (and WE better) best strap on our seatbelts and helmets, and prepare for an amazing transformation. DJT brought us to this dance…we must remain faithful.

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            • agreed! and thank you wolfmoon1776

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            • Right there beside you R-C, standing tall and proud!💖

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            • Old Codger says:

              Major DITTOES on R-C’s comments and definitely on Wolfmoon’s analysis.

              Remember all you “disappointed” America Firsters:
              NO American GIs were harmed in TRUMP’s display of out-moded fireworks!

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            • Remington says:

              Wolfmoon knocks it out of the ball park. Sure PTrump is moving around…bobbing and weaving, but all done in the context of MAGA. He has my trust and support. I wish life was logical and linear, but it ain’t. What you are seeing is President Trump working the ring.

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          • ok4ayl says:

            I love the word OPTIMAL, kinda suits the required moves in dealing with the Uni-Party. That was a great read Wolfmoon, well done indeed!

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            • The Boss says:

              OPTIMAL also leaves one OPTIONS. Such as the option to renegotiate a more optimal deal as circumstances dictate. In pedestrian terms, does anyone know of a person who didn’t refinance a high-interest mortgage?

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              • MacKenzie says:

                And as he wins more and more, his leverage increases. As his leverage increases, he can force more renegotiations of earlier outcomes into even more optimal outcomes.

                Winning begets more winning.

                Didn’t he warned us we would get sick of so much winning?

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          • lvdancer says:

            The wobbly ones forget that we could be under a Hillary administration. That would have been the absolute destruction of the USA via her saying that she wanted a hemispheric wide state.

            They fail to see that PDJT is the only chance we’ve got to retain our rights and freedoms.

            A professor once told me that, “idealism is a bondage.” What we’re seeing here is the ideology of the extreme Alt-right.

            Intelligent people change their thinking when new data appears. It is assessed, evaluated, and absorbed or rejected. We are not privy to the intelligence briefing Trump now has.

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            • Lack is not all says:

              Law of nature: only the ones changing to adapt each new enviroment survive, the dinosaurs-like die.

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            • MacKenzie says:

              Idealism is not bondage. Failure to understand that you may need to reach and rest at way stations on the way to the ideal is bondage. Pony Express riders did not teleport themselves from Sacramento to St. Louis. And the reality is that the “ideal” does not even exactly exist in this world. It exists only in the next. Progress in the direction of the ideal is the best we can hope for in this world.

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            • soozword says:

              Would make that “ideology is bondage”. That includes all the “isms”: Marxism, Islamism, and even conservatism. Do what works, do it the Trump way, and we are liberated.

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            • TimeIsNow says:

              You need to be better informed. Alex Jones and Paul Watson are not Alt-Right, they are Libertarians, even though the MSM conflates the two often. Mike Cernovich has no affiliations, but is also not Alt-Anything. Mike and Stefan Molyneux insist they are just criticizing the strikes , yet are still on the Trump Train (they want to make sure it goes no further). It goes on and on. I’m certainly with Sundance’s measured approach. Then again I’m not selling anything or a pundant who needs to create drama.

              Oddly enough, there is a large group of Alt-West (a pro-Western Civilization Alt-Right group) who are almost as measured as Sundance about all this, and know all the good PDJT is doing beneath the radar of shallow people. These so-called extremist are still completely on board with Trump and watching with awareness of the total package.

              I’ll state again, Sundance has the most measured and reasonable take on all of this!

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          • Very good points. Patience and verify outcomes over time. Review current successes: a conservative SCOTUS in the first 100 days, $500 billion in fraud identified in HUD, economy humming along, and the list goes on. Nudge situations along whenever possible such as contact “your Representative” in multiple venues and encourage them to include funds for that border wall in the 2017-2018 budget and/or tax reform. Stay informed and a year from now review progress and that will be much more effective for measuring direction of travel than day to day week to week angst. As for the CTH, how about promoting a weekly contact your congress critter?

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            • Irisheyes says:

              The $500 billion of HUD fraud needs to be more widely reported. Found an article on Political Insider about the inspector generals’s report. Kudos to Dr. Carson.

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          • Thank goodness there’re enough people like you who can see through the BS. Loved your well-written and descriptive commentary. In a nutshell, you pegged it! I’m staying on the train too.

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          • mdaush says:

            Good post. An old mentor of mine owned a large chain of grocery stores. He told me long ago when measuring success in his business that he didn’t get too excited from daily or weekly numbers. He used the monthly numbers for decision making because it smoothed out the bumps (snow storms, trends etc).
            The older I get, the more valuable that advice becomes….what is happening with Trump falls perfectly with that advice.

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            • M. Mueller says:

              Same thing if you are trying to lose 20 pounds. If you weigh yourself several times a day, you will only get discouraged and give up. Have patience; give it time.

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          • Wolfmoon, BEST comment I’ve read in a long time! Very uplifting and thanks for that! We realize Trump has God on his side, guiding him through this maze. And yes, we are always WINNING, no matter what it may appear to be at the moment. Thanks. 🙂

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          • luke says:

            Hear, Hear well said.

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          • WM That is a good summation! Most of us agree with you! We get disappointed one day and next day we get over it! POINTS WELL MADE!

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          • Charlie says:

            God’s Speed President Trump!
            Nailed it 1776!

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          • Fe says:

            Bravo Wolfmoon!! Great start to my day reading what you wrote.

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          • “Neither can many around him. I think that half of the problem with advisers crashing into each other is they don’t realize what Trump is doing.”

            the best, wolf moon 🙂 bumper cars lololol!

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          • Exactly! Well said!

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          • Theresa Anne says:

            “I think that half of the problem with advisers crashing into each other is they don’t realize what Trump is doing.”
            I think you’ve hit the nail on the head.

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            • MaineCoon says:

              PTrump is moving at warp speed. No time to bring update all into each of his orbits. He’s on a different plain/plane. It will be frustrating to many and some will probably leave in due time. The ones who hang on have a clue even if they can’t keep up with it all. They are there for a purpose and provide what he needs from them when he needs it.

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          • dekester says:

            Woolfmoon, that was truly brilliant.

            We too have been on the Trumptrain since the day he announced. The ” we” is our immediate family, and a few of our neighbours. We have all own Trump gear and regularly discuss the twists and turns of current events.

            It is too bad that your MSM would not come into our neighbourhood, and interview us with our Trumpgear on. That would be entertaining.

            As we are up herein B.C. Canada, and none of us can vote legally ( hee hee.) in the U.S.

            Your President is a genius.

            Thank you

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          • Tonawanda says:

            One of the best posts ever!

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          • Rebnstx says:

            Wolf man, I agree with this assessment of President Trump. He knows this is the only way to preside forward. Catch others unaware. An unconventional presidency. Twist, turns, actually going to forge new style of government. Look for some old style agencies to be deleted. Out with the old in with the new. Too much corruption to continue the same.

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          • catmom says:

            Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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          • georgiafl says:

            Thanks Wolfie! I copied and saved your several stellar comments.

            What a President! He does it all with a heart of love, and with God’s truth, the rule of law and the Constitution as his guide.

            More than we could have hoped for, deserved….prayers are really rewarded and needed more than ever.

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          • Rick says:

            Wolfie, spot on!
            WOW! You nailed it better than anyone during the past two years.
            I think I’ll copy and paste your words. They’ll be a marker 8 years from now.
            Thank you!

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          • Rejuvenated says:

            Thank you Wolfmoon 😊

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          • Fantastic wolfmoon1776, just fantastic! You are a gem among gems! God bless you!!💖

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          • I hope you do not mind, I copied your comment and shared on another site where Trump supporters have now turned on him. I, of course gave you credit. Please forgive me,but felt it was so right on, I had to share.

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            • wolfmoon1776 says:

              Spread it far and wide! I am a true believer in Ronald Reagan’s saying that success is always possible if we don’t care who gets credit! 😎 I am honored that you would repost it – truly honored.

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          • IfThenElse says:

            wolfman, I kind of want to frame that and hang it on my wall.

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          • Oldschool says:

            Wolfman, this is one of the bests comments I have ever read and that is saying something here at CTH.

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          • Wolfmoon after a couple weeks of this crap, you nailed it. I too am on Trump train for good. Took wife to Dr. yesterday wearing MAGA hat and we had a positive 10 min discussion on Trump at his request at end of appointment with people in waiting room. And this in CO. Also had another “like your hat” grocery shopping. We just have to hang tough. MAGA

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          • Scotty19541 says:

            Absolutely the best comment I have read here in many days! Thanks so much wolfmoon1776 for really ‘getting’ our great President! He is operating on a plane far above the politicians, globalists, and liberal progressives as he takes aim at the elitists! God bless President Donald J. Trump:)

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          • Aqua says:

            This ^^^^! Thank you for outlining this, which is exactly what we’re seeing. I’ll add, too, that as Trump operates on all cylinders at once, he is relying on those who do know how he operates to help get things done–President Rrump cannot be in every meeting or follow up on every detail to ensure things are executed smoothly, so he is employing his master delegator role to trusted key individuals.

            And the press simply cannot keep up.

            They are desperate for a “story” so they can attack at will. I just ignore the MSM any more-all that shrilling for Hillary totally turned me off.

            I am with you on the Trump Train. In fact, I see an increase of pro-Trump among friends and family.

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          • graciegram says:

            Bless your heart! You said what I have felt and couldn’t put into words. I refuse to deny Trump my support. He knows what he’s doing. Period.

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          • Wasn’t it EricTtrump that said “impossible” was just his Dad’s starting point or something like that?

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          • redlegleader68 says:

            Damn, Wolfmoon … as R-C said, that was awesome. Now, for those of you who may have skimmed over this more than excellent post, go back and re-read this:

            “Trump will not find perfect solutions. He will find OPTIMAL solutions. We cannot ask for more. Trump has stood by and watched Perfect murder Good for 8 years – maybe longer. He’s not gonna do it. He’s going to deliver the best outcome possible, and he’s not waiting for us to feel relaxed about it.”

            Got is, now?? 🙂

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          • MaineCoon says:

            Wolfmoon, I am saving this post as it explains the discord in comments of late, which is disturbing to me. I can understand the rest of the world lurking out there screaming and yelling at every turn, but found it hard to understand the discord seen lately on CTH.

            Like you, I too am on the Trump Train forever – even when it’s hard to understand his actions. When it gets tough, I’ll re-read this post.

            President Trump is in an orbit of his own. Some swish in and out his orbit as he needs them to, but most aren’t even in his galaxy. They’ll have to read what happened twenty years after the fact only to wonder why they never saw it at the time.

            Thanks again for your post.

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          • It’s a big job keeping the hair on fire hang ringers from committing hari kari….lol

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          • mswords000 says:

            WOW! Best post ever!

            President Trump said he would teach the GOP how to win. He is, but he is also teaching all of us.

            We need a new curriculum devoted to the study of this new way (examples: goals never change but adjusting and adapting to circumstances for the best possible outcome in any situation). Psychologists, educators, and social scientists, we need you to study President Trump’s methods and develop programs for schools at all levels — and starting with colleges and universities — and the sooner the better! The world is strangling under the old and ineffective ways of governing and doing business.

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          • belle819 says:

            PDJT is taking the lumps out, complicated business

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          • 2x4x8 says:

            yeah, it was a good post

            i did want to go over your “killers” interpretation though

            poll the Trump MAGA team and ask if they would want Trump to hire for the UN either Nikki “regime change” Haley or Sarah Palin? I can tell the killer instinct

            poll the Trump MAGA team and ask them if they wanted Katrina Pierson as Deputy Chief of Staff or RNC Katie “RINO Leaker” Walsh

            other “killers” on my list would include Sheriff’s Arpaio and Clarke or Kris Kobach

            i wouldn’t describe Kevin Hassett as “killer”, “killer of American jobs” maybe

            http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/04/09/donald-trump-economic-adviser-pro-immigration-pro-outsourcing/

            Reagan’s “man”, Economic Adviser Art Laffer (76) is still available, Trump warmed the crowds with promise to use Heritage Foundation’s list of Judges, whats wrong with Heritage’s Chief Economist “my man from Chicago” Stephen Moore would be great for the job, so would Larry Kudlow

            Trump took too long to fire Katie Walsh, it was well known among the public and making him look bad, even Breitbart News tried to cover it up and give her a supportive article on 2/22 (a moth before fired) to soften the Depolables dislike:

            http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/02/22/exclusive-meet-deputy-chief-staff-katie-walsh-helps-coordinate-white-house/

            but they would have none of it, read the comments !!!!!!!!!!!! and see what the “real” people are saying, 2/22, and what Trump can’t “see”

            just sharing with folks too

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            • Deb says:

              This is Wolfman’a point. You seem obsessed with HOW Trump accomplishes his goals. He doesn’t care. He’ll do whatever he can within legal and constitutional bounds to get the best possible outcome. If putting Nikki Haley at the UN serves that purpose, he’ll put her in the UN and worry about the hand wringers later. He has much more info than we have after all.

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          • 4bleu says:

            re:wolfmoon1776
            excellent.
            THIS:THIS THIS:
            “Trump has stood by and watched Perfect murder Good for 8 years – maybe longer.”

            This is the truth. Most people never see how much initiative is shut down, how much doesn’t happen because of the screeching brakes demand that any action or response must be perfectly crafted. Wonder why the UN doesn’t function? That statement up there. The results always go one way, ruining good things.

            General Patton: “A good plan executed violently today is better than waiting for the perfect plan in a week.”

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          • In AZ says:

            @ Wolfman,
            Excellent! Thank you.
            My thinking also but I can not put it into words like you can, and did.

            Yesterday a commenter on Breitbart said some of the things you said.
            When I see people saying “see, Trump is not a conservative ” I tell them
            “he is not an idealogue, which people are not used to and do not understand “

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          • OverWatch says:

            DeplorableGeorgiaGrace sent your comment and we could not agree more!

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          • Wolfmoon1776:
            Trump INSIGHT of the YEAR!
            I nominate you for KILLER-DEPLORABLE status.

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          • Curry Worsham says:

            Spot on, Wolfmoon.
            “I am ON the Trump Train for good, even if I scream that I want off and can’t take it.”

            Me too.

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          • ^^^THIS^^^ btw this describes exactly what I wanted/hoped for from the get-go from a Trump presidency- shaking things out and pulling things back together!

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          • kittytrump84 says:

            Wolf I read this while driving to work and just got home and copied it for safe keeping. Fantastic post! Hopefully, it can help me cool my jets a bit.

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          • buzzybee says:

            Wolfmoon, I just have to say thank you. I needed to read what you’ve said. Great food for thought. I was scratching my poor head over what’s been happening; your post turned on the light. I can hear the cockroaches in the swamp scattering even now. One may hear them scatter, but one doesn’t always know where they scatter to. Perhaps we’ll see the Trump lion rip open some rotting dead trees, after which more cockroaches will scatter. There may be strange noises. I agree with your take on this, and I find it strangely reassuring. Perhaps because I prefer strange happenings with freedom, rather than familiar and comfortable with oppression.

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          • BigMamaTEA says:

            wolf,

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          • distracted2 says:

            Oh my gosh, I wish I had read this yesterday. You have described perfectly the way I have been feeling for days – like I’m on a runaway rollercoaster! It’s a good thing I love rollercoasters – well, maybe not as much as I did when I was younger but I can still remember how much I loved them! I also remember the thrill of screaming. I’m going to remember that feeling every time I feel like I’m going to throw up. 😂 Just knowing I won’t makes me feel so much better!

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          • Wolfmoon, you had to feel like Babe Ruth after pointing to the bleachers and homering.

            156 likes. Sweet.

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        • Albertus Magnus says:

          You are completely wrong. I was on the Trump trains from the moment we boarded in June of 2015 when our conductor came down the escalator with his lovely wife.

          the ONLY people who are abandoning Trump are those who were FIRST Cruzbots and Paulbots. Pure and simple.

          MAGA.

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        • TexasDude says:

          I am not new, just do not post much till now.

          Thing is, Mike, Trump is fulfilling campaign promises in regards to red lines.

          Trump has never stated he is anti-war or isolationist. Even now, while he thinks Assad should go, he has stated it should be up to the people over there to do it via a process.

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          • 7delta says:

            Trump has never stated he is anti-war or isolationist.

            IMO, this is an important point. The media has long conflated “non-interventionism” with “isolationism.” Non-interventionism doesn’t preclude Just War. A strike may look like interventionism, but it can be Just, because it’s genuinely in America’s overall interest, not in the interest of a few who stand to profit, either politically, monetarily or both.

            Like a lot of people, I was surprised by the missile strikes. Considering all the variables, the best I could come up with was to wait and see, but I sure was hoping that no matter what else, this action also justly started a new phase of global and domestic swamp draining, from the perspective of America’s best interest, as a sovereign nation being harmed and being used abroad, clandestinely and unjustly, to benefit the world’s shadowy manipulators, including our own, who arranged Syria’s internal war (among other offenses) and armed our own enemy, not for the Syrian people. To them, whether Assad is good or bad is irrelevant. He’s in their way.

            The Law of Unintended Consequences serves Natural Law. God and His Universe always deliver justice. Sometimes, it arrives in the most unexpected way, whether we see it or not. They need not bother taking that to the bank. God’s jurisdiction was established long before they opened an account.

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          • SEJMON says:

            agree with you it is up to Syrians-(btw-over 80% vote for his re-election in 2014)to decide who will be theirs president.. not MSM/neocons/libs…..

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      • lvdancer says:

        I’d hate to play chess with him! 🙂

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      • Southern Son says:

        Always!
        When going about Doing the Right Thing, the Things ultimately upset some, who view it through a Personal Lens.
        MAGA is creating Controversy, but Upsetting the Norms.
        Controversy Sells clicks n books.
        I pray They start focusing on the Big Picture, and the Lawlessness that has been entrenched Throughout our Government.
        THIS, is the Dirty Job of MAGA Requires.
        Change Chuffs their Lazy Behinds.
        I still Pledge my Support for Our President, while welcoming opposing views.
        It’s Complicated Business folks.
        As MAGA gets done, I pray, and believe, They will come back around, and do Not Fight Against US.

        Press ON!

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        • Southern Son says:

          My reply was to Wolfmoon.
          WOW!, I knew he Nailed it!
          But didn’t figger so many others would too.
          American Patriots do Not just follow Our President on sunny days.
          We must weather these storms, as we Should have expected them.
          Agree with Wolfmoon, that Trumps Gravity, will pull everyone back Together.
          So we’ll stated!

          Press ON!

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      • McGuffin says:

        True. So true.
        Keeping up with Trump is hard for regular people like me. I do trust the man 100%.

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    • progpoker says:

      Glad I never legitimized Alex Jones in my mind. I always thought he was a flake, he has removed all doubt!!

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    • The Popcorn Tape says:

      Always felt Alex’s heart was in the right place, concerning globalism.

      But man, no question he’s real nutty on some things.

      Apparently preventative measures are war now.

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      • wolfmoon1776 says:

        Alex follows Trump too closely. Now that Trump has to get all mysterious to deal with these foreign leaders and domestic treason-bots, gunning for whatever bad thing they can pull off, Alex is thrown for a loop. He wants it to be simple. Yeah – so do all of us. But Trump is not playing a simple game, with a simple opponent.

        Trump is no longer telegraphing his strategy – just his goals, and the promise to keep those goals.

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    • waltherppk says:

      Unhinged …..there is a lot of that going around these days, or maybe it is a relapse “episode” for the previously afflicted no longer in remission. Poor dears, all the recent excitement was just too much for them.

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    • helix35 says:

      Alex went full moonbat conspiracy theorist after the pinprick in Syria. Done with him for now.

      Liked by 2 people

    • wheatietoo says:

      Looks like the Reptilians from Planet Nibiru have taken over Alex’s brain.

      Liked by 14 people

      • M33 says:

        Are they still here?
        Weren’t they wiped out when the Sumerians were destroyed?
        … Or was that the Lemurians?
        I keep getting them confused.

        Must be those signals from Planet 9 again…

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      • litenmaus says:

        I had to look it up wheatie. This is the first time I’ve heard of Nibiru and our impending doom. America should become the world’s leading exporter of nuts and I’m not talkin’ pecans.

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        • H.R. says:

          litenmaus: “America should become the world’s leading exporter of nuts […]”

          Unfortunately, the U.S. has had a bumper crop of nuts and yet we’re still importing more.

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    • Big Jake says:

      I tried to listen to Jones when I was stuck in Africa with not muc to do for two years… He never lets his guests finish a sentence. You think Hannity is bad….sheesh. Any way, I finally couldn’t take it. Why have guests if they aren’t allowed to talk?

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      • Big Jake says:

        Sorry for the typos…

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        • singingsoul says:

          Jones is poisoning himself with all the colloidal silver he takes. Is he turning blue..?
          Stone is taking some brain food also like Jones wonder if it is affecting them..? One needs to be careful with the stuff.
          Some vitamins are good but others are not.
          Sad to see Jones, Stone, Savage go loony.

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    • BG2 says:

      Alex misses the amazing possibility……
      The possibility that CHINA is going to bring NK to its economic knees by really, truly applying sanctions and thereby manipulate it’s possession of nukes.

      If Don can arrange that….he can arrange the 2nd Coming.

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      • BG2 says:

        I hate it when I do “it’s”. Nothing worse than an errant apostrophe

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        • BG2 says:

          Or a missing full stop.
          Ebonics won’t do, at all, ever.
          Accuracy in all things.

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          • The Popcorn Tape says:

            On the other hand, perfect is the enemy of good.

            We get the idea of what you’re saying, and that’s what’s most important.

            Even Sundance often forgets to capitalize “Congress” or “Republicans.” I just figured it was his way of saying they’re not worth the effort.

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            • BG2 says:

              He shouldn’t and neither should I.

              Pretty soon you’ll be complying with every political language corruption……. eg. “progressive” for a regressive intellectually adolescent Stalinist with discrete tattoos and an embarrassing BA who has a “correct” plan for your life….. but he can’t change a tyre.

              Alinsky said you first capture the language. Rigour (American: rigor) is the left’s biggest enemy.
              So yeah, get the cent details right or the dollars will never take care of themselves.

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            • Bert Darrell says:

              I do it too, but on purpose. I don’t like to capitalize trash either.

              Liked by 3 people

              • mireilleg says:

                For me it depends of the degree of anger towards the situation I am posting about. When I am happy I capitalize R. Just like I never capitalized the P for president Obama. Sometimes I even omitted the P all together. Childish I know, but I am entering my second childhood.

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            • CathyMAGA says:

              I do that. If its not worth it to me/meaningless, I don’t capitalize it…

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    • yohio says:

      We’ve been talking about this all night, I think someone slipped him a Mickey or Alex has finally lost his last marble

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    • I listen to Alex. He interrupts way too much. He is off the reservation a bit on the Syria attack last Thursday. He thinks McMaster is sending thousands of troops to Syria. I haven’t seen proof of that. Calm down Alex.

      He said via Roger Stone that a new bombshell about Songbird will break tomorrow. We’ll see…

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      • Keln says:

        Nothing Roger Stone says ever comes to pass. According to him, Hillary would be in prison right now.

        That guy is a delusional LARPer.

        Liked by 4 people

      • georgiafl says:

        Jones and Stone are media pundits and personalities – pushing their own opinions (books, health supplements, etc) for a living. They – are – just fallible human and can be wrong – as wrong as they are right at times.

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    • Keln says:

      I rest my case…

      Liked by 4 people

    • Sedanka says:

      Alex was handed the chance of a lifetime, he could have parlayed the notoriety he got during this past election into real mainstream success, but he decided to be “principled” instead. His chance won’t come again.

      Liked by 3 people

      • AmyB says:

        The pizzagate issue took him down. Alefantis’ of the Comet Pizza fame threatened him big time with a law suit and maybe more. He had to apologize on air to him and claim pizzagate was fake. I don’t know what is the truth is but there is a lot of smoke so maybe there is a fire. Clearly, there are criminal sex trafficking and pedophilia rings in this country; there have been 1500 arrests since President Trump took office.

        All I know is that I don’t think Alex Jones has ever backtracked on something so completely and he did it very publicly a couple of weeks ago. He was scared.

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      • KitKat says:

        I think that’s very true. As loyal Trump supporters ditch him, he’ll feel the ratings pinch.

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    • freeperjim says:

      YIKES!

      ….I still like “Millennial Millie” who did a great job on exposing the hypocrisy and incompetence of the Hellry2016 campaign.

      Liked by 1 person

    • A2 says:

      That is one very dangerous and deranged individual.

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    • AndrewJackson says:

      While I might not agree with Alex on everything, he has woken a LOT of people up, including myself. Almost all of his listeners are big trump supporters. I am willing to cut him some slack. When we turn on out own, we will just be another HFC.

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    • fuzzi says:

      Alex, Alex, Alex, did you miss your meds again?

      Liked by 1 person

    • mw says:

      Talking heads are struggling for relevance in a post-uniparty administration. Their egos are suffering because they aren’t the smartest guy in the room anymore.

      Our President has the edge, not them. They’ve never experienced this before. They have no one to mock but mocking is their living. They’re in their death throes. We no longer need them. We need Trump’s Twitter feed, Sean Spicer, and other White House communications. We need unfiltered news sites that report actual news, and we need Sundance’s truthful analysis.

      They can’t stop jockeying for position. It’s like watching the waterboy criticize the quarterback for winning. They are all Dwight Schrute from The Office. They probably would’ve been happier with Hillary

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    • ALEX says:

      The sooner these idiots are gone the better…There is a small stable of these idiots with their wack job cult

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    • roy1982blog says:

      I am absolutely amazed how quickly the InfoWars gig has taken a complete 180. They still worship Paul and Rand Paul. I think the size of their audience has gone to their heads.

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    • duchess01 says:

      Alex needs a self-hugging suit – STAT!

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    • ShawneePup says:

      Alex has gone crazy.

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    • Southern Son says:

      He needs Joe to bring over amother Doodie of that Medical stuff.
      And a Bottle…

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    • miketrivi says:

      Alex Jones has been correct more time than not.

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  2. progpoker says:

    Incredibly great news! To all the haters out there, America Winning lifts all boats! It would be nice if you’d step back and marvel at the Master instead of sniping at every opportunity. If you can”t see the benefit of a Trump Presidency, you’re doing it on purpose!!

    Godspeed, Mr. President!!

    MAGA!!

    Liked by 22 people

    • shallbe4 says:

      progpoker — I hear you and totally agree. After Trump’s attack on Syria I heard ok but what does he do now? I’m so sick of the everyday attacks on Trump. Its obvious he’s brilliant and that the lives of average Americans are getting better as more jobs are being produced. God bless this good man. We are lucky to have him as our President.

      Liked by 8 people

      • Tegan says:

        Another point (perhaps because it’s personally important to me)…is the utter graciousness of Trump in all these diplomatic situations, his thank yous and personal recognition to individuals, his never-failing mention of military and uniformed safety groups…in other words, acting as a President should. I like the way he mentions The People’s House and his sense of history living there. And, I even like his winter season use of his Florida home ( believe me, you won’t see them there in the summer months! The MSM will have to find something else to disparage.)

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    • helix35 says:

      Who would have thought this one little event would smoke out so many fakes and frauds who professed support for Trump? Good riddance to all of them.

      Liked by 4 people

      • Mike says:

        Who would have thought this one bombing would bring so many spineless chicken hawk crybullies out of the sewer, declaring who and who is not a “real” Trump supporter?

        God help anyone who has these losers as the “true” followers. With friends like these, who needs enemies?

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      • bertdilbert says:

        helix35

        I voted for Trump for the following reasons.
        Build a wall
        Cut regulations that make business impossible
        Support of our cops
        Remove the filth and crooks in Washington
        Impose trade barriers and taxes on imports to favor US companies.
        Restructure our tax system

        I did not vote for Trump to save Muslim babies.
        To save Europe from themselves

        I understand babies are cute. Kids are cute. So are puppies. Some puppies grow up to be mean. If Trump wants more babies, he can work to limit abortions in our country.

        How do more Muslim babies help Israel? How does that help me?

        I do not care if Assad is a mean bastard. If he can keep his Muslims under control, I am fine with that. If he protects Christians, I am fine with that too.

        For those that want diversity in their lives, do your part and move to a Muslim country.

        If Trump wants to use dead Muslim babies as a pretext to emotionally involve the US in Syria, he becomes another Bush. Nobody wants another Bush.

        Like it or not, I believe a good number of Trump supporters feel the way I do. We are not fakes and frauds.

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        • Peter says:

          Dilbert – that is well stated.

          I voted for Trump to clean up the economic and military mess of the last 30 years.

          If that means blowing up an airfield in the middle of a war zone and telling the world it’s for the children – just to leverage power to push some buttons while having dinner with China , do it – I voted for trump because I trust him.

          Let Trump drive. He’s going to need all 4 years, as did Reagan before winning 49/50 states. If it were easy, Rubio would be prez.

          See what happens.

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          • nhgardengram says:

            “It’s a complicated business folks!” He’s not your regular ‘politician’; this one we can trust; that’s why we voted for him. He is pragmatic, but good for his word. I don’t pretend to know the answers or details; so no second-guessing this President. Trust and verification will come as it has every time so far.

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        • MfM says:

          It’s not about Muslim babies dying in Syria. It’s about live Syrian invaders coming to this country. Stopping the flow, and even reversing it can happen if there are safe zones in Syria.

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          • graciegram says:

            Good point. People forget or choose to ignore this. Keeping Syrians at home is the stated objective of this administration. That’s not starting WW3 or a new Iraq. Step 1 in getting rid of ISIS was the air strike warning. This will take time folks. Let’s not speculate and spout conspiracy theories. Let’s give it time.

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        • TexasDude says:

          That’s fine and good, bertdilbert, but Trump promised and states more than what you vote him in office for.

          Liked by 1 person

        • WestportCT says:

          Understand how you feel, but “PEACE THRU STRENGTH” was also central to DJT’s message.

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          • bertdilbert says:

            This is what my post was aimed at.

            “so many fakes and frauds who professed support for Trump? Good riddance to all of them.”

            Calling people fakes and frauds is name calling. Name calling usually comes out from people who cannot support a legitimate argument. Like a democrat yelling racist when they become lost for words.

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        • georgiafl says:

          A surgical strike to put Assad and Putin on notice is not an invasion/infusion of US troops/blood.

          We have a military minded America first President, not a Bush/CIA/globalist, not a Clinton machine, not a wussy pretend Christian Jimmy Carter who sold out to Saudi Arabia and not a muslim-minded communist, in the White House – thank GOD!!!

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          • bertdilbert says:

            I am 100% for the missile strike. It was an opportunity sucker punch to reset the US on the world stage and keep Trump as an unpredictable. As soon as you become predictable it is a weapon used against you.

            Putin used Obama’s predictably against him. So did Iran.

            I doubt that Assad used chemical weapons because he had already been down that road. The most logical conclusion is it was a set up.

            There is zero motivation for Assad or Putin to fight ISIS, if the plan is to replace Assad when ISIS is removed. ISIS is now the insurance policy. Particularly if the goal is to place a competing gas pipeline to Europe. Putin is not going to participate in shooting himself in the foot.

            Russia fighting ISIS is now a dead issue unless Tillerson has something to give up in exchange.

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        • M. Mueller says:

          Bertdilbert: “If Trump wants to use dead Muslim babies as a pretext to emotionally involve the US in Syria…..”

          This attack is also a statement saying that those chemical weapons better not show up here, and that’s OK with me. I DO care about my babies and want them to be as safe as possible.

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    • Chgonana539 says:

      Step back and marvel. Perfect-will pass this along. Drown out the noise. Tune in another day and marvel. I love winning!

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  3. The Deplorable Tina says:

    It looks like he’s looking at trees, instead of the forest, poor dear. So grateful for your point of view, Sundance! It makes much more sense.

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  4. wolfmoon1776 says:

    The genius of Trump is apparent. He sends naval vessels to Korea, but before they even get there, the first blow lands.

    Trump fights on a level the Fat Boy has no power – IMAGE. The Fat Boy has to murder people to maintain an image to a small nation held in bondage. An image which is DWARFED by a single Trump Tweet. Or even those of certain Deplorables.

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  5. somaspecialist says:

    Is Mike Cernovich, Savage, or Alex Jones reporting this or they still pushing deep state coverups from unnamed sources….

    Liked by 3 people

    • Alison says:

      They are like all pundits working for a paycheck/living.

      Controversy, conflict, conspiracy sells. Even if they have to make it up or head out on a lunatic rant.

      Peace, cooperation, winning? Not so much.

      Those who disseminate news, opinions, think tank pontifications will never be on the side of success. What would they have to sell?

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  6. Summer says:

    “In an unexpected boon to President Trump…”

    Unexpected? Somehow I doubt that.

    Liked by 14 people

  7. auntiefran413 says:

    Will everyone who is tired of winning please raise your hand. Yeah…I thought so.

    Liked by 21 people

  8. citizen817 says:

    Great news for our coal industry. Especially remembering how HRC wanted to carry on with the Obie agenda and shut it down completely. Now shoe on other foot:

    1)Clinton not prez…thank you God!
    2)Not a peep out of Obie since Rice unmasking scandal

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    • Bruce Fauth says:

      Just wondering if you’ll ever see Berserk Insane Sotero on American soil again. You know, maybe not extradited from wherever. Live in exile (‘exile’, a kinder word for not-yet-indicted thieving tyrant avoiding prosecution) Barry. Maybe Donald passed the word that if he ever shows up to raise a ruckus, then he gets indicted.

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      • georgiafl says:

        If we can also get Hilly, Billy, Johnny and Lindsey in the same exile status, along with Pelosi, Reid, Sharpton, and the rest of those amnesty, open borders, ‘Syrian refugee’ advocates.

        Ship them to one of those barbaric enemy groups or nations they sold our secrets and secretly armed – Libya, Syria, North Korea or the Moon.

        Pack them gently into shipping containers, cushioned with lots of their own imported Islamists and illegals to keep them from jostling in transit.

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  9. sundance says:

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  10. M33 says:

    Ahhh…

    The TRUMP effect continues!

    Watch out world — “The Boss” is Here!

    Liked by 2 people

  11. fangdog says:

    The “Fat Kid” with 150-thousand Chinese troops amassing across the river, a US battle group in the south seas and rejected ladened coal ships heading back from China. The lunatic “Fat Kid” has to be thinking: “WTF”?

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  12. distracted2 says:

    It is simply astonishing that one, our dear Mr. President, could have so many balls in the air at once and not drop a one. No wonder his staff is exhausted. 😂

    On a serious note, what do you think the effect of the cargo refusal will be, Sundance? How will NK react, do you think?

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  13. Joe says:

    This is a promising development. There are people who thought that China would refuse to help for fear of looking like they were kowtowing.

    Don’t get carried away with factionalism. The idea is to keep the Trump coalition together, not make catty remarks. Think of it as a popular front. 🙂

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  14. Mantap Lagi says:

    President Trump is setting a new benchmark for presidents to try to follow. Despite what the ignorant punks in the media say, he’s making history and they are, as usual, missing it.

    I’m awestruck by his master moves.

    Okay, I don’t get the Syria thing yet but, so far, he’s proved that he always has a plan and knows how to implement it. So, I reckon he’ll probably turn up smelling of roses on that one too. If not, so what. Everybody is allowed an error or two.

    Please, please, pretty please, can you lend him to us in the UK, just for a couple of weeks. That’s all he’d need to sort us out.

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    • Kinda makes one wonder why this country would elect another politician to that high office…

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    • Rejuvenated says:

      How about getting Nigel Farage in charge over there? He and President Trump would super-MAGA together!

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    • georgiafl says:

      Every incident and event since Mr. Trump announced his candidacy has made it very apparent that his intel has been deep, precise and extremely thorough on every thing and every one from McCain to Obama to the ‘deep state’, to Kim Jong Un.

      Trump has had white hat deep state intel for decades and is in touch with global reality at a level that we can only imagine.

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  15. yohio says:

    Trump delivers on promises and coal jobs, people just can’t see the big picture

    Liked by 12 people

  16. BG2 says:

    Your are well awed.

    You can’t con a multi billionaire…..

    But you can con a politically trivial community service organiser whose whole life was promotion via affirmative action….from the Harvard Law Review to the Illinois Senate to POTUS.

    What the American people will never ever live down is electing him twice. It’s their original sin.

    100 days of Don and how juvenile and ineffective and irrelevant does the American hating ex-muslim look?

    Obama took his revenge on the USA, Don is looking like the Redeemer already.

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    • Kroesus says:

      2008 may have been a “legitimate” election by the voters but 2012 was most certainly NOT….it is all irrelevant as Bammy is constitutionally ineligible to serve in that office and so was a usurper with the complicity of the entire Dimm party and most of the RINOs……the correct resolution would be most of Congress and the complete Bammy administration in jail for treason and crimes against America but do not hold your breath

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      • mdaush says:

        Agreed…we must always point out the electronic vote theft in our elections and the cheating. We have elections coming up, the Dems are planning their cheating as we speak.

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      • georgiafl says:

        Nothing O ever does is legitimate. The Democrats don’t win elections, they use dozens of fraudulent means to overpower elections using dead, fake voters, multiple votes, fake votes, hacked machines, etc.

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      • CM-TX says:

        I can’t help but think that finally exposing 0bama’s real roots, is the quickest route to eliminating Obamacare. When found to be a fraud, ineligible for office- Anything he signed into law would then be voided.

        Inevitably Congress will Stomp their feet… demanding any past Voting portion of Bill, still stand. That’s fine- But to become law, it still requires a retroactive approval by legit POTUS signature. Enter President Trump with Veto Power! Voilà, N0bamacare!😁

        Actually, AZ Sheriff Arapaho has made possible, the ability to establish & correct this gross violation of our Constitution. His team having already gathered conclusive evidence, in an investigation that began 5 years ago (& w/n Barry’s 1st term- should it matter).
        As of Dec, the Sheriff made clear his intent to provide ALL findings to Federal authorities- post DJT’s inauguration.
        The expectation- they’ll justly pursue all necessary course of action.

        I know- it’ll never be that simple. But it should be!

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    • Maquis says:

      He’s no “Ex” Brother. Jeremiah Wright was a Muslim before he founded the Church Zero slept in for twenty years. I’m pretty sure it is a Muslim Laundering Operation.

      Persona non grata enters, your next Communist President walks out. Ain’t not gonna never gonna happen again, no siree.

      Iz zat rasysyt?

      Maquis

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  17. flawesttexas says:

    This is a great development.

    Communist China has leverage with NoKo. US has leverage with China. Looks like Trump is doing something w Communist China…using our leverage

    For years…the Free Trader Communist Globalists would not use economics on Communist China to deal with NoKo. “We do not want to start a trade war with Communist China” they would squeal

    Little did those idiots realize Communist China has always been in a trade war with the US

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  18. Keln says:

    So this along with a US carrier battle group in Korean waters and China reinforcing its border with North Korea with 150,000 troops. All after President Trump and President Xi Jinping had a little chat.

    China has always been the key to diffusing the North Korea problem. I just wonder what form it will take.

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    • A2 says:

      NO 150K Chinese troops massing on the China-NK border. China’s FM and US DOD have debunked this fake news story.

      What is true is that China, per agreements made at the Trump-Xi summit has quickly begun enforcing economic and financial sanctions against NK, The coal shipment story is true as well as the tightening of border and customs traffic.

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    • lfhbrave says:

      The Chinese government only recognizes two things: An adversary’s strength and its own staying power. In this case, the first being American military power, the second translates to trade with the U.S. It seems POTUS is prepared to use these two leverages for the first time in more than 30 years.

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  19. R-C says:

    I was thinking on a post by “Summer”, up above, which discussed this passage from the article: “…China has ramped up imports from the United States in an unexpected boon for U.S. President Donald Trump…”

    Like “Summer”, I hardly find this development ‘unexpected’.

    I fully expect President Trump will make moves nobody has ever imagined, and bring about outcomes that many will claim are ‘not possible’.

    How many times does Mr. Trump have to say “I am going to be unpredictable” before people understand he’s GOING to be unpredictable–and that the word ‘unpredictable’ means he will do things that won’t look like the actions taken by any of his predecessors?

    And, how could anyone think that there wouldn’t be a few hiccups in the transfer of power between an America-hating communist president and an America-loving capitalist president? –There was absolutely NO reason to expect the transition to be a smooth one. Think about the ‘players on the world stage’. The world’s diplomats and leaders are accustomed to string quartets, white gloves, china tea services, and cucumber sandwiches with crustless bread. Mr. Trump, however, is serving up knuckle-sandwiches, bare-fisted. They aren’t accustomed to that, and they’re squirming a bit.

    And, how about everybody stop giving in to gas-lighting? The detestable press is working overtime to destabilize this president, and it seems to me that far too many are swallowing their BS whole–hook, line, and sinker.

    As for me? I’m right in my comfort zone. There is nothing currently going down on the ‘world stage’ that gives me even a moment’s pause. Go get ’em, Mr. President! I STAND WITH YOU, and I have your back.

    I implore you: take a deep breath; stop wringing your hands, and support your president. (…Seems to me I spent a whole lot of time during the campaign saying the same thing, if you swap the word ‘candidate’ for ‘president’.)

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    • mdaush says:

      Impressive that both Trump and Xi did not announce the coal, they let their actions speak.
      I wonder if all of the hubub with Russia, is somewhat the same….that there is back channeling going on between us and Russia. I just don’t believe Trump would play fast and loose with nuclear war.

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    • Lburg says:

      The President and his team are requiring us to know and understand his stated objectives and to believe that they will come to fruition.

      When things occur that we might not understand at first glance, we are required to ask “what sticks on what playing field were just moved? What promise was made that I’ve forgotten or missed?”

      Importantly, this requires us to absorb incredible amounts of information. Not just read, not just view, but absorb. We are all in a gigantic study hall and must do the work to fully ‘get it’ and until we ‘get it’, we can be easily

      “SQUIRREL”.

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    • God love ya, R-C, God love ya!!

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  20. Thank God for POTUS and his closer-deal-making skill. May God continue to bless him mightily and may the leaders of all nations value human life

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  21. diddle40 says:

    Have to say this. The US needs to address its abortion problem. You are killing your own, and accepting in their place, your enemies children. Imo, it could be why you have the immigration problem you do.

    I am unimpressed by Ivanka Trump’s meeting with planned parenthood too.

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      • diddle40 says:

        No, it isn’t. If you have read the thread, there is lots of talk about Syrian babies. It’s whar truggered my response.

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    • missmarple2 says:

      How do you know she wasn’t conveying a message from her father?

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    • singingsoul says:

      diddle40 “Have to say this. The US needs to address its abortion problem”
      “I am unimpressed by Ivanka Trump’s meeting with planned parenthood too.”

      ——————————————-
      Many people are hypocrites the heart goes out to children who are killed in a foreign land and a blind ye is taken for babies being illdd in a mothers womb. The womb is supposed to be the most secure place for an baby. Where is the outcry..?
      I am unimpressed also concerning Ivanka meeting with plant parenthood.
      I am not into star worship or sport figure worship or princess worship. We are not a Monarchy and I reject any appearance of it. All I can say is I do not like what I see.
      I could say more but out of respect for other posters will reframe.

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    • SharonKinDC says:

      Maybe she was trying to persuade them to give up the abortion racket for more funding for other services for women. For example, they DON’T offer mammograms. Nor do they do much pre-natal. For underserved communities, having clinics for womens health issues isn’t a bad thing. If PP doesn’t want to provide these services, then other groups may be invited into the tent.

      Why assume that simply meeting w/ an entity with which POTUS has issues means capitulation? While Ivanka may not prevail in efforts I assume she is undertaking, to not make the effort is foolish.

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  22. TwoLaine says:

    There he goes again, waving his Magic Wand!

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  23. Kim says:

    Here in Australia we sell billions upon billions of tonnes of coal to china and other Country`s , also to Japan and China we sell billions of tonnes , also to Japan we sell billions of tonnes of LPG , we sell these commodities to these Country`s at prices lower than the domestic price in this Country Australia , how to manipulate a market , Japan has bought our Iron ore since the 70s and then proceeded to dump the ore into the ocean for future use , China has been importing coal for the last 20 years , now they have more coal fired power stations than the US soon to also be surpassed by India , mean while China pumps out most of the products that produce those useless ( to a point ) solar panels and those bird killer windy mills that use more CO2 to produce than they save , our Government in Australia is all good with this , we have disappearing industry large power prices and Government with other motives . like lining there own pockets .
    Three cheers for President Donald J Trump
    May he drain the swamp and the influence flow on through out the world .

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  24. sobriquet4u says:

    Since Nov election I have never wavered in my belief of Trump. I’ve had to endure a lot of “side eyes” but never wavered. “Straight on til morning…straight on.”

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    • BobBoxBody says:

      Same here! He’s POTUS now, no time for second-guessing, only for Making America Great Again!

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      • NC PATRIOT says:

        Me Too—-I never waver. When something happens. I assume his reasons will become clear in due time. People are fighting him on ALL fronts.He has to act and reveal his reasons to us as soon as he can. “I will not let you down” he told us. I believe he will give it his best shot !

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  25. Gary says:

    Looks to me as though President Trump has managed to address two thorns with one strike. I’m surprised at China’s move to refuse the NK coal but it sheds light on the reported Chinese troop movements. This is going to hurt NK and hurt them a lot.

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    • Deep Blue C says:

      There is no Chinese troop movement per China and U.S. officials.

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      • Gary says:

        Hence the use of the word “reported”,

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        • Deep Blue C says:

          Well, I’m confused. If it’s not true and you knew it wasn’t true, then why use it to make a point?

          Scratching my head!!!

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      • mamadogsite says:

        Even if there were Chinese troop movements in the North, (which Drudge has sensationalized this morning, I see) and the US is mobilizing with more forces and preparations to the South, I see a psycological “squeeze play”….(like a runner running between bases before eventually being tagged out.)

        This news about the coal reinforces this theory of mine.

        And with this show of cooperation between the 2 largest economies and powerful nations in the world may just send a message to Russia and Syria. Oh crap…Trump’s serious.

        And take into account our UN Ambassador’s suggestion that Assad must go…(I think that was a trigger statement for the Assad military to turn….like the runner between bases needs to be tagged out) and Syria, with the help of its neighbors, rebuild.

        Our ONLY mission should be the continual quest to eliminate the Muslim cockroaches called ISIS and psychological warfare.

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  26. Brant says:

    While he knew the POTUS biggest platform is international work. Domestic being the main area for congress. I wonder if he didn’t realize the total slow poke nature of congress. He decided the place he can get the most done quickly is international. Solves several problems. Gets his strengths and results right in front of everyone and builds political capital to come back to congress later and really push things.

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    • jephfree says:

      there are two trains now, The Trump Train and The Trump International Train. Choo Choo!

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    • MaineCoon says:

      “I wonder if he didn’t realize the total slow poke nature of congress. He decided the place he can get the most done quickly is international.”

      While he waits, he moves. He will not let a non-moving Congress side track him. No way.

      He’s never at a loss for options of where to move. Too many fronts.

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  27. Dora says:

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    • georgiafl says:

      Good morning, President Trump!!! You go, Sir!

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    • A2 says:

      No grass grows under the President’s feet. Note ‘bilateral investment treaty’.

      Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 10:20
      Li: China ready to advance relations with US
      By Zhang Yunbi

      China is ready to work with the United States to “tangibly press ahead” with the bilateral investment treaty negotiations and to resolve divergence and frictions through dialogue and consultations, Premier Li Keqiang told visiting US lawmakers on Monday.

      The delegation, including Senator Steve Daines of Montana, arrived in Beijing shortly after the first meeting between President Xi Jinping and his US counterpart Donald Trump on Thursday and Friday.

      In answer to a question proposed by the US lawmakers at the meeting in Beijing on Monday, Li said China is also willing to expand two-way trade, investment and cooperation between them.

      Bilateral commodity trade reached $519.6 billion last year, and China has become the United States’ fastest growing export market outside North America.
      Read more:
      http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2017-04/11/content_15598619.html

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    • MaineCoon says:

      Starting with coal.

      Come on coal miners! Back to work you go!

      MAGA!! – one industry at a time!

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  28. jmuniz1 says:

    We must let President Trump be Trump everyone focuses on the negatives. He has done more in 100 days than the last 4 Presidents combined. He removed us from the TPP and he has slashed the budget by 58 billion all by executive order. Everyone wants him to be perfect but nobody did anything when we had that usurper in the Whitehouse for the last 8 years.

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  29. NJF says:

    Amazing!

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  30. georgiafl says:

    One of the few songs I remember from my short time in South Korea just before the war broke out. My Father was teaching the SKorean Army how to fly when our base was attacked and bombed by NKorea.

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  31. missmarple2 says:

    I guess Laura Ingraham was on Fox and Friends being bitter and sarcastic about Trump’s foreign policy and Syria.

    I really wish people like her had read “The Art of the Deal.”

    Trump sees the WHOLE picture, not just one country or one faction. When you build a skyscraper, you have all sorts of things which have to be done, many simultaneously and at first seemingly unrelated.

    However, if the neighbors hold up you zoning permit while you have already scheduled delivery of steel and have contracted workers ready to go, you are in a world of hurt.

    Foreign policy is the same thing with President Trump, I think. We have seemingly unrelated events happening simultaneously and they will eventually come together in a recognizable structure.

    That’s why I am pleased to see this story on coal and China, because it’s an example of what I was feeling was going on.

    It’s the difference between linear and creative thinkers.

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  32. Beenthere says:

    The entire Reuters article needs to be read esp the last sentence about Russia ramping up its coal exports to China since April 7. Does China really care where they get their needed coal supply? Ultimately no, but the PR coming from this transaction looks great for them. Did Trump create a good business deal for Russia too? Is Russia’s recent saber rattling to save face? Leaders do what’s in the best interests for themselves or their countries.

    What we are witnessing is Trump positioning everyone to fix the NK and ISIS problems.

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    • georgiafl says:

      ^^^THIS!!!^^^

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    • A2 says:

      In addition to all the sabre rattling hype in the press, and impolitic statements from Russia, two items;

      Sergei Ryzhkov, head of the Nuclear Risk Reduction Center, said that within the framework of the international Treaty on Open Skies, Russian aircraft will conduct observation flights over the United States on April 10-15 from Open Skies airfield Write-Patterson and over Canada on April 18-22 from Iqaluit of Canada.

      Now if we believe all the posturing by Russia and the US press I doubt this would occur.
      http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-04/11/c_136197759.htm

      Secondly,
      MOSCOW, April 8 (Xinhua) — Russia intends to discuss international counter-terrorism with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson during his upcoming visit next week, despite clouded Russian-U.S. ties, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharov said Saturday.

      “We have a multitude of topics, among which international counter-terrorism is of great significance,” Zakharov told Russia’s Rossiya-1 TV channel.

      “Moscow is ready to cooperate with Washington even at the toughest moment of bilateral relations,” she said.
      http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-04/09/c_136192932.htm

      I believe President Trump may have nudged Pres Xi to improve China’s relations with Japan
      ‘Chinese premier calls for improved ties with Japan’
      http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-04/11/c_136200178.htm

      I am not suggesting that fundamental differences do not exist or will not continue to exist, but the Trump team seems to be raising the standards in significant ways. The world is on notice.

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    • SeekerOfTruth says:

      excellent post. tx. If people bother to study Putin actions, they will see his real motives are helping the economy of his country. And oil, natgas, and mineral exports are very key to Russia economy.

      But as always in the diplomatic maneuvering, one must allows face saving talk (Putin tough talk) which means nothing while real progress is happening in the back channels.

      The press only pick up on the often meaningless face saving public saber rattling, while they totally miss the real actions – diplomatic actions, economic actions.

      Follow the ecomomic actions because that will tell you really who is on which side.

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      • Beenthere says:

        We’re a long way off to peace.

        That potential Russian pipeline to the Syrian port is in direct competition with that potential pipeline from Saudi Arabia to Syria. —– Or does it have to be?

        I like to think Syria is large enough for 2 pipelines.

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  33. Deep Blue C says:

    The thing with Trump is you ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS have to wait a while to make any kind of accurate judgment about what he just said or did. If you react immediately, you’re going to have egg on your face. Count on it!

    There are several reasons for this. One, of course, is the lying, grossly inaccurate media. The other is Trump’s amazing chess playing abilities, his unwillingness to tell anyone what he’s up to, and his unpredictable nature (I prefer to call it “creativity”).

    So far, the man has kept every campaign promise; he has his goals and strategies to MAGA firmly in mind (he IS a businessman, after all); and he seems to be moving forward methodically (and yet creatively as needed).

    So you’re left with a decision–will you trust Trump and wait for the motive behind his actions to be revealed or will you react and write him off prematurely (based on what you THINK you know–not what the real truth is)?

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    • MVW says:

      Deep Blue C,
      “The other is Trump’s amazing chess playing abilities, his unwillingness to tell anyone what he’s up to, and his unpredictable nature”

      After all the laudable comments, I find the one essential comment is yours. The one characteristic, strategic tactic by Trump is obfuscation and seeming chaos.

      What has been Trump’s one big criticism of past military actions? Announcing what is going to happen.

      I would hazard that whatever we think is going on is not what is going on. The Syrian airfield attack is a head fake. The deployed American troops are not for invasion but to trap ISIS.

      Doing what the Neocons want wins their support for critical legislative moves.

      Trump, I trust. Let the dust fly. Count the chips after the dealing is done.

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      • NC PATRIOT says:

        ” Doing what the neocons want wins their critical legislative moves”—Like bombing the Syrian base over chemical weapons—-in time to assure Mc, Lindsay and Rubio to go along with changing the Senate rules and getting Gorsuch appointed?

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  34. SeekerOfTruth says:

    Deconstructing the recent events.
    1) Key China-US summit topic = What to do about North Korea? That was number one issue for Trump to try to get a win out of this very early summit. Trade will take time. NK is a quick hitter.
    2) Trump bombs Syria while China here for a visit and gains more respect (and fear).
    3) China moves 150,000 troops to NK border. Sounds like a large number to people in US but a drop on the bucket for China.

    4) US starts moving war ships to the region,
    5) China refuses NK coal delivery.
    6) US coal exports up.

    One of the main economic assets of North Korea is its rich mineral resources. The export of those assets is key to its economy (and money to build missiles and bombs). NK leader prefers to spend this money on missiles and bombs rather than on the people. His people have been leaving his country for years – refugees to China.

    Economic sanctions of mineral exports should be very effective against NK. Especially if Trump can get Chine to go along with it. China is a massive consumer of mineral resources and if US and other countries can increase their mineral exports to China it will be good for them.

    A larger scale mineral export sanction against North Korea will be very good for US Coal and mineral businesses.

    Pundits? Political analysts? Media? = All lost in their screaming. We are winning and they cannot even see the game that is being played. Stuck in the parking lot partying with their beer and brats while the game passes them by,

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  35. Kelley says:

    Im relieved so many of you are optimistic… however, optics is huge. Once a narrative is set…Trump=More War.. He is gonna lose ALOT of people. I am Yuge Trump supporter. Still flying our Trump flag outside. But I am concerned he is losing the narrative. Like so many others I will be devastated if we are in another pointless war…

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  36. gary says:

    Trump seems to take “family” very seriously! Some heads of corp put around them trusted people to help run the business. There is a type of CEO/president that puts family above all the rest.

    Some of the problems Trump had in the past and is currently having is HE PUTS FAMILY ABOVE the people he surrounds himself with.

    And that is a problem. If someone figured out Trump, like a son-in-law (not related by blood), he can be using Trump to be the power behind the power (but don’t let Trump know that).

    Trump’s family has pushed out people close to Trump in the past, and they are doing it NOW. I believe the family are more liberal and like MSM approval and mixing it with the Swamp Creatures.

    If I worked for Trump at high level, I would know that Trump is using me a pawn and I would always be a pawn to him (to hire or fire), Trump will side with family every time. We are the American People and Trump sort of made the Promise to us, that we are his family NOW, and will do for us what he did for his own family.

    Trump might want to re-consider how he thinks about his son-in-law, he is about 35 years old, and Trump is 70 years old. The 35 year old has different priorities and different “wants”.

    Go Trump Go (but access everyone’s motives -even your son-in-law).

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  37. mamadogsite says:

    And for the “complaining Nellies”…ALWAYS KEEP IN MIND…you could have had Hillary sitting and sipping in the Oval Office!!!!!!

    When you own or manage a business, even though you have specific goals and plans, your success depends on how quickly and competently you can pivot when conditions or events warrent. It does not necessarily suggest you have abandoned your goals, but sometimes you just have to change course.

    For many years…our younger years…we did a lot of deepsea fishing in the Gulf and Atlantic. And MANY TIMES we had to change our course (to avoid a storm), or quickly turn around and return to port because of sea fog or rough weather. Did those actions mean we would never fish again?

    NO

    Our actions meant we would live to fish another day when conditions were better.

    So proud of our BUSINESSMAN President. He and businessman son-in-law Jared are making good decisions. Steve Bannon, another success story, is right up there at the top of my respect list. And so many more within the Trump administration.

    One more thought. My husband and I owned a manufacturing business. Many times, we asked employees and supervisors to move to another department after training their replacement to do their job. When you are blessed to have talented and intelligent people working for you, and you respect and pay them well, these internal shifts are as important as firing those who are not 100% devoted to their job and the company for whom they work.

    Cream has a way of rising to the top. (We older people understand this).

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  38. ALEX says:

    The sad thing an article like this does is bring back memories of a time long ago…Although I’m still a few short years from fifty, this type of analysis from Sundance USED to be found in the larger name publications and it would bring forth lots of discussion, thus expanding ones thinking…

    I’ve completely tuned out once again from the right media bubble and now only look for reasoned arguements based on facts…I can make the decision on what I agree with…

    Thanks Sundance…The Trevon/Zimmerman analysis a few years back showed me you go with the available facts…Cheers from me….

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  39. Kelley says:

    You just highlighted a perfect example of “facts” vs narrative. Unfortunately in Trevor/zimmerman the narrative won instead of the facts. Which is what I am worried about now with Trump and the “war narrative” vs targeted strategy facts.

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    • Christopher D. Johnson says:

      I don’t think the “war narrative” can last all the way until 2020 if Trump avoids investing massive numbers of ground troops someplace in that time.

      There’s just no real way to spin “He takes limited military action with few to no American lives at risk” into “HE’S A WARMONGER!” This goes double if by 2020 we’re seeing refugees being shipped out of the U.S. to Syrian safe-zones and North Koreans tensions get ratcheted down via just the threat of violence and no new wars with US boots on the ground being opened up.

      After a decade and a half with 50+ thousands American casualties suffered in Afghanistan and Iraq, let’s take a moment to reflect that, to date, under President Trump we’ve suffered a grand total of FOUR casualties (one death, three injuries) and we watched him leave the cameras behind to meet personally with the family of the fallen soldier. He’s just NOT the type of person who would ever spend the lives of American heroes (which is how Trump seems to view all our servicemen) without the best of reasons AND a plan for victory.

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  40. golfmann says:

    Now THERE’S a dream job:
    coal miner in North Korea…
    Great benefits too, bet.
    May GOD help them.

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  41. aredtailblog says:

    And the jobs keep coming back, at the same time we knock Kim Jong Un down a peg without any direct military.

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  42. gary says:

    So Trump will make our coal miners work and sell it to china. Smart move. and N.K coal goes back to N.K and not to China.
    Brilliant move.

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  43. Janetoo says:

    Everyone needs to remember what the alternative is. That alone should keep everyone in place for 2020. I also want to say how much I appreciate Sundance for the even handed attitude and keeping us all on track.

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  44. 804hokie says:

    So this is what it’s like to have a President who know how to use leverage. Now if only Congress would push through our entire agenda

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  45. BLOCKADE SOLUTION to PRESSURE NORTH KOREA:

    Why not use American Naval Power coupled with Global Financial and Trade Power to blockade all exports to North Korea.

    Shipping Line Blockade & Penalties:
    • Turn back commercial shipping bound for NORK.
    • Foul the propellers and rudders of ships trying to break the blockade.
    • Discontinue insurance for shipping lines serving NORK.
    • Impose financial sanctions against shipping lines carrying exports to NORK.
    • Block shipping lines carrying exports to NORK from all American and ally ports.

    Exporting Company & Country Penalties:
    • Impose financial sanctions against exporters and businesses shipping to to NORK.
    • Block export businesses shipping to NORK from exporting to global ports.
    • Impose financial sanctions against countries whose exporters ship to to NORK.

    Advantages:
    • This avoids “kinetic” military action that invites or triggers NORK response.
    • This leverages American naval power, while limiting options for NORK response.

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    • IMPORTING BLOCKADE SOLUTION to PRESSURE NORTH KOREA:

      Follow the Chinese lead by imposing the above BLOCKADE SOLUTION approach to all shipping lines exporting from NORK, importers importing from NORK, companies purchasing from NORK and countries importing from NORK.

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    • WestportCT says:

      Agree, things moving in this direction. Question: does this work when you’re dealing with an irrational nut job?

      We may be in unchartered territory…especially w DJT and his team knowing that in a short time the stakes will be even higher.

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      • Seems like there are only 2 options for dealing with the NORKS:

        “Passive” gradual economic strangulation to produce a series of concessions until they have been disarmed of both Nukes and Missiles.

        “Active” military missions to produce the above, or ultimately take out Nukes and Missiles.

        The problem with Active is that that the NORKS can CONVENTIONALLY wreak holy hell on South Korea by launching tens of thousands of artillery & rocket rounds within 10 minutes. With such massive numbers of weapons, there is no defense that could stop them:

        The annual report of North Korea’s military capabilities by the U.S. Department of Defense, released in early 2014, identified the North Korean Army’s strength at 950,000 personnel, 4,200 tanks, 2,200 armored vehicles, 8,600 artillery guns, and over 4,800 multiple rocket launchers.[10]

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  46. JJ...the first one says:

    VietNam…how we got there….kept hidden for many years.
    Who do I trust? No one.

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  47. /smh
    When you look at what President Trump has already accomplished and then look back at our previous presidents since after Regan… It’s embarrassing and glaringly obvious how crooked and globalist they all really were. [all four of them.]

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  48. Bob Thoms says:

    Anyone have an opinion on how the NK end game will play out?

    They just made another explicit threat to attack the us with nukes.

    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/north-korea-state-media-warns-100014004.html

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    • Gary says:

      Do they intend to Fedex it here? So far their three stage TaPong(sp) hasn’t made it off the pad.

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      • James W Crawford says:

        The North Korean’s have twice succeeded in launching satelytes into orbit using a variant of that rocket. Any missile capable of boosting a satelyte into orbit can loft a more massive payload half way around the world. Fortunately; it is a low accelleration missile with a 300 second burn time so a fortuitously positioned Aegis Cruiser or our interceptors in Alaska would have a high probability of dsstroying it.

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      • asawasa says:

        that right there is the key point. they don’t even have the missiles to deliver a nuclear strike on any US soil (if they even have a nuclear weapon).

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    • indiana08 says:

      While still dangerous, Kim Jun Il is like the parody of the parody of his father in the movie “Team America, World Police”. He’s going to pound his chest and make threats but he knows as well as we do that if he were to nuke anywhere in America his country would be nuked to smithereens and him along with it. He’s playing a stupid game, he’ll win a stupid prize. China will put their jack boot on his throat.

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      • Bob Thoms says:

        So the end game will be economic sanctions that cause massive internal disruptions and starvation that ultimately leads to an over throw ?

        Or something else?

        Curious what some of the more informed CTH Treepers think how the end game gets played out, if it does.

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    • A2 says:

      Ever play weiqi? That is what is happening as I see it. NK is slowly being encircled by moves set in motion by China; the visit by top nuclear envoy and chief strategist on NK affairs Wu Dawei to South Korea, the talks with Japan to reset their relations, the enforcement of sanctions on NK, all under the watchful ‘referee’ the US navy.

      Unless Kim has gone on a bender in his bunker with his new shipment of cheese and vodka, or decides to launch another missile on the anniversary of his grandfather’s founding of the DPRK on 15 April, he will have to negotiate. His nuclear weapons programme will be decommissioned.

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    • asawasa says:

      they have done this song and dance before. always rattle the saber to get attention and try to trick their adversaries in giving up something in exchange for promises to do something. the problem is they constantly have broken their promises. the worst they could do is maybe nuke Japan, that is if they even have a nuclear weapon AND they can figure out how to get it there.

      Everyone involved knows if NK attacked anyone, China would be blamed for propping up that failed state (i.e. they depend solely on food donations to keep their people from starving to death). Then China would have to choose to defend them or condone regime change. China just wants them to be there as a deterrent and buffer from any attack.

      Most Likely China will eventually tell Kim to sit down and shut up and things will go back to “normal” until the next thing/event that upsets the NK and the whole process begins anew. It would be shocking if China sided against NK in any real way given all the history that has happened in that region.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_border_incidents_involving_North_Korea

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      • Bob Thoms says:

        “Most Likely China will eventually tell Kim to sit down and shut up and things will go back to “normal” until the next thing/event that upsets the NK and the whole process begins anew…”

        So no change; just the same old cycle…………?

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    • Remington says:

      Word is they will have the capacity to hit San Francisco with a nuke in short order…How can we expedite the process?

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  49. James W Crawford says:

    Inspite of my newfound neoisolationist fatalism, I can perceive that President Trump seems to have secured the support of China to solve the North Korean problem. Obviously; Trump’s threat to end the free trade regime and thus destroy China’s export economy has been persuassive. An even more persuasive tactic might have been Trump’s suggestion that Japan, South Korea and Taiwan should be encouraged to build their own nuclear arsenal. Trump might have even hinted that the US might supply backpack nukes to the West China Uh gars, an Islamic group with a propensity to commit terrorist attacks.

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