Secretary Rex Tillerson Issues Statement on North Korea ICBM Test…

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson issues a formal statement in response to the ICBM missile test conducted by North Korea:

The United States strongly condemns North Korea’s launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile. Testing an ICBM represents a new escalation of the threat to the United States, our allies and partners, the region, and the world.

Global action is required to stop a global threat. Any country that hosts North Korean guest workers, provides any economic or military benefits, or fails to fully implement UN Security Council resolutions is aiding and abetting a dangerous regime.

All nations should publicly demonstrate to North Korea that there are consequences to their pursuit of nuclear weapons. We intend to bring North Korea’s provocative action before the UN Security Council and enact stronger measures to hold the DPRK accountable.

The United States seeks only the peaceful denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the end of threatening actions by North Korea. As we, along with others, have made clear, we will never accept a nuclear-armed North Korea.

The President and his national security team are continuing to assess the situation in close coordination with our allies and partners.

~ Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

President Trump is smartly setting up the real adversary and it is not North Korea, it’s China.

To understand the longer and larger strategy, we must first remember the underpinning of all leverage, economics.

The true economic adversary to the United States is China.

President Trump and Secretary Tillerson are establishing who supports North Korea by defining who enables them.  Once the enabler is defined and in the sunlight, then action against the enabler is justified.

In the final analysis, China will either take action to remove the North Korean threat, or the United States will collapse the economy of China with the biggest set of economic actions against China in the history of economic sanctions.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley will establish and highlight the action of the enablers.

U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad will politely request China to stop enabling and take action.

President Trump will politely ask Xi Jinping not to put him in a position of destroying the Chinese economy.  Trump will remind Xi Jinping he really doesn’t want to, but he is being left no option.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue are the atomic economic sledgehammer…. awaiting orders.

President Trump works the entire plan down to it’s two logical outcomes for the world to decide. Either:

A.) War with North Korea killing millions of people.


B.) Economic Sanctions against China to avoid war.

President Xi Jinping can already see this is the binary choice at the logical end of the current path.  He too knows the art of economic war.

Xi can see this coming hence he will work veraciously to avoid being in that binary economic box.

One of China’s approaches will be an attempt to curry favor with all economic adversaries; China needs friends and will attempt to buy them if possible.  However, the U.S. economic market is worth $20 trillion and is the strongest economic leverage on the planet.

Economic isolation does not hurt the U.S. as much as economic isolation hurts all other industrial nations that rely on their ability to bring their products to U.S. markets.  The U.S. holds all economic leverage.  Remember, at its core – the U.S. is self sufficient in every industry.

China holds dollars.  China also hordes dollars as part of: a.) their trade surplus with the U.S. paying in dollars; and b.) their economic strategy to keep the U.S. dollar inflated.  China cannot dump dollars in retaliation without punishing their own economy.

If you owe the bank a million dollars the bank owns you.  If you owe the bank a trillion dollars, you own the bank.

China is screwed.

For three decades everyone in Donald Trump’s financial orbit, the “killers” per se’, have been chomping at the bit to crush China and cut them down to size.

U.S. Billionaire Donald Trump is now the President of the United States.  U.S. Billionaire Steven Mnuchin is now the master of all international finance.   U.S. Billionaire Wilbur Ross and Robert Lighthizer control trade.

North Korea is a regional problem, but North Korea is also an American opportunity.

North Korea’s behavior is giving President Trump every excuse to crush China economically; and yet no-one yet realizes what the long strategy is…

When all options are exhausted and this question remains, China will become the visible enemy enabler that must be confronted to avoid war.

That, my friends, is leverage.

That is also, why Trump has needed to speak so warmly about China.

China has always been the target.

Sun Tzu

“Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt.”

~Sun Tzu

Or, put another way:

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190 Responses to Secretary Rex Tillerson Issues Statement on North Korea ICBM Test…

  1. Pam says:

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    • redtreesquirrel says:

      I have been really impressed with Nikki Haley. Is she the same person who was Gov of SC. LOL She has been an incredible U.S. Ambassador.

      Liked by 13 people

    • US says:

      South Korea has a brand new leftist government. Pressure should be applied in them. They employ North Koreans in free zones with factories that keep the Communists going. We and the UN are still in a state of war with communist North Korea. That includes the South Koreans relentlessly sucking at the USA’s free trade deficit. Renegotiate the South Korean bilateral trade agreement and cancel China’s Most Favored Nation Status and Seattle and Los Angeles will be safe from nuclear attack.

      Liked by 1 person

      • G. Combs says:

        “….and Seattle and Los Angeles will be safe from nuclear attack.”

        Can’t we wait until AFTER they wipe out LA? 😁

        Liked by 3 people

      • fleporeblog says:

        NK has anywhere from 50,000 to 80,000 of their citizens forced to work in China and Russia. The citizens receive hardly any money but NK racks in hundreds of million dollars for their forced labor from those two countries. This has to Stop immediately! Our President has participated in China’s major initiative (Belt and Road)

        From the article linked above:

        First, there is the July 4 summit meeting in Moscow between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping, with expected results that have led both sides to characterize the meeting as “the event of the year.” They plan to consolidate coordination between China’s Belt and Road Initiative and the Russian-led Eurasian Economic Union; they will open up new areas of scientific cooperation, including in the Arctic; and they intend to work closely together to combat terrorism, the drug trade, and other threats to global security.

        Well our President will tell these 2 morons that NK is the biggest threat today to global security. Not only will we destroy the Chinese economy, we will destroy Russia’s as well now that we are becoming the export king of the world. This should have NK’s situation resolved sooner rather than later.

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        • WSB says:

          I was also under the impression from Tillerson’s quote above he was throwing Iran into that mix, noting the collusion of NK and Iran in nuclear R&D.

          Liked by 3 people

        • jbrickley says:

          Kill the price of oil and Russia will continue on it’s downward slide. It obliterated Venezuela and it did indeed hurt Russia. The combination of US drilling and fracking plus OPEC literally dumping oil on the market hurt Venezuela, Russia, and Iran financially.

          Drill baby drill and get those OPEC members to dump even more oil on the market. Just like the Soviets we will crush them economically and outspend them on defense.

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  2. georgiafl says:

    White House spokesperson:

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  3. The Boss says:

    Man, will the “Emerging Markets” establishment players take an atomic boot in their ass or what? Not all that complicated. They are screwed too.

    Liked by 5 people

  4. NJF says:


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  5. jrapdx says:

    The NorKs are just begging for a slap down. Like a petulant child upping the ante wanting a parent, another adult, someone to finally set limits on out of control behavior. Everyone seems to agree, ideally that would be China. But if China won’t act, who will? And what could they do? We don’t want war at all, but at what point does it become unavoidable?

    Tillerson isn’t telegraphing the Trump administration’s answers, but it’s like we can see the wheels turning in his head. It’s a difficult and uncertain calculus, let’s pray our leaders have the support of allies and opponents alike to be able to find a peaceful solution to the mess.

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    • JAS says:

      The fat kid is just another Sadam. They don’t stand a chance against most developed countries, let alone ours. Had it not been for Truman, China and Russia in the 50’s, especially the lack of testicular virility on the part of Truman there would not be a China , a North Korea and maybe Russia.

      Nukes were in vogue then and we had more of those than anyone else.

      Last, the Democrats, Russia and China OWN this, since their actions in the 50’s. They intervened and because of that, this is where we are at now.

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    • Take a look at a night time photo of NK……. Then rest easy. They are NOTHING…..


  6. Disgusted says:

    I associate dumb meaningless words like “strongly condemning” anything with the likes of a John Kerry. NOT this wonderful Trump administration. SO, WTH! Just not good enough.

    Liked by 2 people

    • yucki says:

      I think that’s diplo-speak throat-clearing, like “with respect…” before a slashing response. TRex does the jargon just right.

      Liked by 3 people

    • FTWPhil says:

      They are using it to neutralize the opponents expectations of reaction. Say what the “sh%& for brains” crew said, and then show what “bad A@$ mofo” crew do.

      It’s code to the #MAGA crowd to buy their popcorn, and wash that “liberal tears” cup.

      Antifa will see what it’s like to be a real fascist in the real world. Things will move quickly, and incalculable. Before “they” know it they have cut a circle around themselves. Painting themselves in a corner with the blood of unjust killing for power. Pure evil.


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    • M33 says:

      Is this what you are trying to say?


      • M33 says:

        I was concerned at first, too, at the “strongly condemn” phraseology which we have all heard before, but…
        Sundance’s perspective helped me see a whole other set of circumstances I had never linked together before.

        I think big things are coming soon to a theater near you.

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    • Wink says:

      It depends on the person who says “strongly condemning”. It reminds me of a private high school where I taught. There was a teacher who would threaten students with citations, but with no follow up. Then there was teacher that only had to raise her eyebrow and the kids would duck for cover. It depends on power behind the message.

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  7. Oldschool says:

    This analysis is economical shock and awe. POTUS is brilliant!

    Liked by 6 people

  8. Lunatic Fringe, Phd. [undocumented] says:

    Um, if “the United States will collapse the economy of China with the biggest set of economic actions against China in the history of economic sanctions” shall come to pass, can someone give me a heads up so I can move some shekels around first? Would hate to be the last one holding Chinese equities in that event, knowwhatImean?

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  9. thluckyone says:

    BOOM! (that was my own head exploding) Sundance, if you aren’t a professor of modern history and international political intrigue, may I/we nominate you for the position at some University that you respect? (but PLEASE don’t close the CTH!!)

    NOBODY can deny that our beloved Lion has done/is doing EVERYTHING possible to avoid harm to anyone. But then Xi might welcome the chaos as an opportunity to finish off the commies in his face. Hey, I KNOW it’s far-fetched but it COULD happen with the help of Trump & his killers!

    Bust my britches and call me flummoxed. I have just GOT to see how this story plays out.

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  10. georgiafl says:

    Meanwhile we have Obama in S Korea and Asia speaking out against nationalism.

    And McCain and a contingent of Senators are denouncing Trump/Tillerson foreign policy.

    This should be illegal and is certainly punishable.

    Liked by 18 people

    • BillRiser says:

      The O will be in N. Korea next. He’s the middle man for Iran. Someone needs to check his Swedish bank account.

      Liked by 6 people

    • flawesttexas says:

      McCain is a Free Trader Communist Globalist. And, by proxy, supports North Korea

      I remembered getting harassed by the Communist Globalists at the nearly dead Free Republic. Supporting Free Trade with Communist China is an economic and strategic failure

      Trump Admin is definitely not a Bush Admin. Its time to make Communist China deal with their proxy

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    • Donna in Oregon says:

      President Trump’s admin is so far ahead of the Obama Obots mindset at this point. Obama and McCain are just useful idiots to our President’s admin., their absolute impotence is already in the formulaic strategy of opposition.

      1. They are so predictable.
      2. They have no power.
      3. They are bought and paid for
      4. One’s ‘go to’ plan is to give up, then get money from his benefactors.
      5. The other’s ‘go to’ is war, then get money from his benefactors.
      6. Rinse
      7. Repeat

      Liked by 2 people

      • georgiafl says:

        Miss Donna, besides big $$$$ there’s some dark ideology mixed into their motives.
        Obama is an Islamist/Marxist and McCain seems to be willing to consort with, fund, arm and abet the same terrorists.

        Liked by 1 person

        • Donna in Oregon says:

          Yep, and who has a lots of money in that equation? Georgiafl that is just one aspect of the benefactors these treasonous lechers have. We are on the right path….those two are poison. Greed, one of the 7 deadly sins.

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    • AmyB says:

      Obama is certainly in violation of the Logan Act. It would be extremely ironic if he was the first citizen who gets charged with a violation of the Act in a century, at least, given that the democrats were trying to drum up those charges for Mike Flynn?

      Liked by 4 people

    • G. Combs says:

      It is illegal via the Logan Act
      18 U.S. Code § 953 – Private correspondence with foreign governments

      Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.

      This section shall not abridge the right of a citizen to apply, himself or his agent, to any foreign government or the agents thereof for redress of any injury which he may have sustained from such government or any of its agents or subjects.”

      I would REALLY REALLY Like to see McShame and Obummer brought up on charges via this law.

      US officials either pass or present should NOT have any dealings with other governments unless expressly authorized by the President since they can be seen as representing the USA or flaunting divisions within the USA. Essentially it is treason.

      Liked by 4 people

      • georgiafl says:

        Likely, they are being ‘surveilled’ and evidence is being documented.

        Trump’s pattern seems to be ‘giving them enough rope to hang themselves’ – then acting decisively.

        Sessions is a sharp guy with lifelong record of respect for the law.

        All such a contrast to the prior regime in our White House.

        Liked by 2 people

      • neal s says:

        I have a dream. …. Imagine that BHO is charged with violation of the Logan Act, and the only way he can wriggle out of being convicted is if he proves he is NOT a citizen of the United States (since the act only applies to citizens). BHO proceeds to prove that he is NOT a citizen of the United States. Then two seconds after his smug smile breaks out from hearing he is not guilty of violating the Logan Act, numerous other charges are levied against him, all depending on his NOT being a citizen of the United States. These he will not escape.

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  11. filia.aurea says:

    “If you owe the bank a trillion dollars, you own the bank”, SD. Yup, China is screwed.

    Liked by 4 people

    • El Torito says:

      Better to owe than be owed….

      Liked by 2 people

    • LafnH2O says:

      Sundance knows all things. Sees all things and Remembers all things…
      I would not be the least surprised if he has a PhD., In all things, President Donald J. Trump!!

      [Donald Trump] understood a famous axiom: If you owe the bank $1 million and can’t pay, you’re in trouble, but if you owe the bank $1 billion and can’t pay, the bank’s in trouble. The moment that captured his strategy perfectly came when Trump’s CFO received an $800,000 quarterly insurance bill for Trump’s yacht, Trump Princess, which was, of course, mortgaged. He simply sent the bill to the Bank of Boston, which held the note on the boat, with a reminder that if the Princess sank uninsured, there’d be no collateral for the loan. The bank paid the bill.

      — Geoff Colvin in Ex-CEOs should learn from The Donald, Wall $treet Week, 13 May 2008

      No worries

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  12. emet says:

    Step one: Move China from column one to column two in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule ( example, tricycles column 1: 0% duty, column two: 70% duty).
    Step two: Step back as if you had hust lit an m80 firecracker.

    Liked by 2 people

  13. redtreesquirrel says:

    Off Topic:

    Anyone who’s looking for a good laugh this 4th of July, you have got to check out this video by a guy called Remy. He has lots of them on YouTube. This one about Liz “People Will Die” Warren is brilliant.

    Liked by 6 people

  14. Troublemaker10 says:

    NK could be a wealthy nation.

    North Korea sitting on $7 trillion worth of minerals

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  15. BillRiser says:

    Don’t agree that we just force China to change N.Korea we also need to take other steps which is outlined here.Since the U.N. Has Been Reluctant to Impose Measures Against North Korea, the U.S. Should:

    Insist that the next U.N. resolution—to be implemented after a North Korean nuclear test—include Chapter VII, Article 42 of the U.N. Charter, which allows for enforcement by military means. This would enable naval ships to intercept and board North Korean ships suspected of transporting precluded nuclear, missile, and conventional arms, components, or technology.
    Demand that all U.N. member nations fully implement U.N. resolution requirements to prevent North Korea’s procurement and proliferation of missile-related and WMD-related items and technology.
    Publicly identify all North Korean and foreign banks, businesses, and government agencies suspected of violating U.N. resolutions.
    Freeze and seize the financial assets of any involved North Korean and foreign person, company, or government entity violating U.N. resolutions and U.S. or international law.
    Call upon foreign banks, businesses, and governments to reciprocate U.S. actions against North Korean and foreign violators.
    Lead an international effort against North Korean illegal activities, including currency counterfeiting and drug smuggling. U.S. law enforcement actions in 2005 against Pyongyang’s accounts in Banco Delta Asia were highly effective, but they were later abandoned in acquiescence to North Korean demands to “improve the atmosphere” for nuclear negotiations.

    Fully Implement Existing U.S. Laws Against North Korea’s Illicit Activities. Contrary to Obama Administration depictions of North Korea as the most heavily sanctioned country in the world, the U.S. has imposed stronger punitive measures against the Balkans, Burma, Cuba, Iran, and Zimbabwe. Washington should impose the same measures on Pyongyang as it has already done for other countries for far less egregious violations of U.S. law, including:

    Designate North Korea as a primary money-laundering concern such as the U.S. Treasury previously designated Ukraine, Burma, and Iran.
    Ban North Korean financial institutions’ correspondent accounts in the U.S. The U.N. Panel of Experts concluded that North Korean transactions continue to be mostly in “United States dollars from foreign-based banks and transferred through corresponding bank accounts in the United States.”
    Publicly identify and sanction all foreign companies, financial institutions, and governments assisting North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs and call on foreign banks, businesses, and governments to reciprocate U.S. actions.
    Formally charge North Korea as a currency counterfeiter.

    Fund U.S. Defense Commitment to Asia. While the Obama Administration has been stalwart in its rhetoric pledging an “Asia Pivot,” it has not provided the military budget necessary to honor fully American commitments to security in the Pacific. Massive defense budget cuts are already affecting U.S. capabilities in the region, increasing risk to allies, U.S. security and economic interests, and the safety of U.S. service personnel and American citizens living and working in the region.

    Improve U.S. Homeland Ballistic Missile Defense. The U.S. should accelerate the deployment of additional ground-based midcourse defense interceptors in Alaska and California to prevent an emerging gap between North Korean ballistic missile capabilities and U.S. defenses.

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    • BillRiser says:

      Russia and China will more than likely vote against the Article 42. If the UN does not participate in the Blockade we start a blockade with the USA, S. Korea, Japan.

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    • Donna in Oregon says:

      This is a strategy. We are not really at all or nothing. China is just going to be taken down a few notches one year at a time. By year 8 of this admin……well, you know. WINNING! MAGA!

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      • El Torito says:

        The NK nukes are pretty much an all or nothing situation Leverage and diplomacy are expendable pawns, always met with Chinese lip service. China is the enemy and only the collapse of their economy will bring them into a compliant orbit and even after that, there will be a violent conflict over the Island building and criminal territorial claims. Popcorn deployed.


      • BillRiser says:

        You need more than attacking China financially to change N Korea. I did not say not to do that but N. Korea has more dark strings pulling at it than China alone. A blockaid will stop all the dirty players. Stop the flow of money to N Korea from the world. It’s a global community elsewhere in the world. Remember Cuba Missle Crisis.

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  16. Sylvia Avery says:

    Sundance, truly grateful once again for you explaining this. The Norks have made me very uneasy for a long time, and it has gotten so bad that whenever I wake up in the middle of the night I turn on the TV just to check if we have been nuked yet. China makes me nervous, also.

    I have been looking for explanations and analysis that make sense ever since the missile launch last night but nothing has made sense to me. Your analysis does. I don’t know that this is how it will all play out, but it is a well reasoned and logical scenario. And it brings me some comfort. I am sure Xi doesn’t want to destroy his economy. And I hope he doesn’t feel China is ready to go to war with us yet.

    Many thanks.

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  17. JAS says:

    Who EXACTLY is giving the fat kid the nuclear technology? There is NO WAY NK can come up with the tech on its own. The perpetrators have to be on the front page news 24/7. Think about it. they are more backwards than Cuba!

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  18. Paul says:

    And China’s is long over due and trump along with his arsenal of “killers” would be something the founding fathers once visioned. Trump campaigned about being sick and tired of china . They (china) run business in this country and are very nasty . So yes , it is time for economic paradigm shift.

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  19. MOA says:

    This is getting serious.
    The only way NK can be manipulated is by China who buys its coal.
    PTrump can manipulate China via trade.
    The elephant in the room is that if push comes to shove the US needs no trade goods from China it can’t quickly manufacture itself, but China needs to sell consumer goods to the US or its economy tanks.
    An interesting poker hand.
    China can’t really even retaliate in the Sth China sea….what are they going to do/? Attack US warships doing freedom of navigation transits? Nah.


  20. scott467 says:

    This entire thought expressed at the beginning of this article, with just a few changed words, applies almost perfectly to how President Trump should deal with the globalists and other anti-Americans (CoC and big business lobbyists) whose interests are diametrically opposed to the American People:

    The true economic adversary to the United States is Tom Donohue, the Chamber of Commerce, the multinational corporations and the politicians they own.

    President Trump is establishing who controls Republican Senators and Representatives by defining who they really work for and who has paid them off. Once the Puppet masters are exposed in the sunlight, then action against the Puppet masters and their puppets — corrupt Congressional Republicans — is justified.

    With 1,000% support from the American People.

    The Democrats and media will be thrilled to go after corrupt Republican political leadership, because that’s who they are.

    The rest of America will be shocked and outraged when they discover the betrayal of Congressional Republicans, and they will go after these criminals with more passion than the Democrats.

    Those corrupt Congressional Republicans will be like men without a country, surrounded on all sides, like traitors discovered within the camp.


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    • Donna in Oregon says:

      Yep. I caught that too when President Trump was in Iowa. His speech made it very clear he’s figured this out. The pols are so arrogant. A secret is only a secret if one person knows and never says a word…..

      Real problems for the Swamp in the future. Pay back is a biotch…..

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    • thluckyone says:

      I STILL wanna see our President shave the heads of James Comey, Bronco Bama, Mitch McConnell, EVERYONE in the C.o.C and KIM KONG-UN!!!
      Sequence starts at 1:50 ROTFL!!

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  21. Donna in Oregon says:

    I live in Oregon. I am confident in President Trump’s strategy. I believe my family is completely protected.

    I live in the strike zone.

    This is what faith in God and country feels like. It feels good 🙂 MAGA! Happy 4th! 🙂

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  22. scott467 says:

    “In the final analysis, China will either take action to remove the North Korean threat, or the United States will collapse the economy of China with the biggest set of economic actions against China in the history of economic sanctions.”


    Let’s do both.

    Collapse China’s economy, and THEN decapitate the North Korean leadership and the North Korean political-class.

    At the same time, liberate the gulags, flood the country with pamphlets and radio broadcasts and TV broadcasts and every other means of communication, telling the North Korean people this is their opportunity to be free, and instructing them to rise up against any authority figure who attempts to defend, protect or continue the criminal Jong-Un regime.



    • Donna in Oregon says:

      Ah patience Grasshopper 🙂

      Art of War: “To secure ourselves against defeat lies in our own hands, but the opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself”

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    • jmclever says:

      Just have to flood NK with cheeseburgers and tell them that there are plenty more where those came from if they will abandon their leader. Money talks, but food talks louder to starving people. Look how thin their soldiers are.

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  23. NJF says:


    NK has been officially warned, next one is gonna hurt Bigly. One way or another, this Fat Boy has to go.

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  24. A2 says:

    I agree with every jot and tittle of Sec Tillerson’s statement. Sundance’s analysis is a precision strike.

    Merkel has a fine needle to thread during the G20. She has waxed hot and cold on China Germany’s largest trading partner, but not a favourite of the rest of the EU members for a variety of reasons. What to do, what to do. Lead the EU or throw in her lot with China, Russia, Iran, North Korea and Pakistan. A couple of pandas does not a foreign policy make. I expect a big plate of dissembling will be served up at the G20. By contrast, Pres Trump will be serving ‘the most delicious chocolate cake’ with two scoops of ice cream. 😀

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  25. armie says:

    Let’s see if that, combined with that rather large missile test we and the South just conducted gets the point across.

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  26. jeans2nd says:

    Re: Trump-China strategy, plus ties in Russia-G20 – similar views shared by retired Indian diplomat, son of Indian diplomat. Includes a few things we may have not known/missed, plus links.

    “En route to Hamburg, Xi arrived in Moscow on Monday on a state visit. The Chinese commentaries have presented the partnership with Russia in effusive terms as the number one foreign-policy priority for Beijing. (People’s Daily, Global Times) Xi himself extravagantly praised the quality of the Sino-Russian strategic partnership. (TASS)

    “On the other hand, there was no matching rhetoric from the Russian side. Moscow is instead approaching the Putin-Trump meeting with great expectations and is single-mindedly focusing on that event. The official media highlighted with barely-concealed glee that there will be a “full-fledged ‘sit-down’ meeting” between Putin and Trump on July 7. Moscow heaves a sigh of relief that Trump is crossing the Rubicon, finally, despite the relentless pressures over his ‘Russia connection’.”

    “snippets of a conversation between US state secretary Rex Tillerson and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres last week have been ‘leaked’ to the media, signalling US willingness to let Russia take the lead in Syria in finding a solution to the conflict.”

    How on earth is every single person in our Fraud Fake Media missing all this? Incomprehensible. Mamet principle/willful blindness. dummies

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  27. Donna in Oregon says:

    We don’t need to show our hand. We’ve given Russia, China and Iran enough of a glimpse.

    Art of War: In battle, there are not more than two methods of attack–the direct and the indirect; yet these two in combination give rise to an endless series of maneuvers.


  28. I’m guessing it was an SRB, it’s time.


  29. garysutt says:

    Instead of taking the powerful adversary approach, why doesn’t trump go to North Korea and talk to the directly?


    • Because we have Dennis Rodman to do that. Seriously…do you know anything about their murderous regime? This guy kills his own family members and stated last July that they declared war on the US due to sanctions. Yeah….Trump will just fly AF1 into Pyongyang and make nice-nice with this unstable asshole. Better to make China deal with The Dough Boy.

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    • A2 says:

      Gary, old sport, that is James ‘infamous’ Clapper’s policy as the advance man for Zero when he went to S.Korea.

      A tea and talk shop, cause folks there is nothing we can do now that NK is a nuclear power.

      I’m having a laugh.


  30. Meatzilla says:

    Apologies for the O/T comment — but this is breaking, and, wow, is this ever beyond messed up. Now CNN is holding Trump supporters personal, identifiable information hostage and threatening to expose them if they don’t stop and/or change their ways. Unreal!……

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  31. Donna in Oregon says:

    Recommend for those not familiar with it to read the Art of War. I think Tony Soprano used it (sarc). Understand yourself and understand your enemy. I think for Americans during the Trump era this is required reading. Our President is really, really smart. It’s a lot of mental juju to try and keep up anywhere close to this admin.

    Otherwise we will all go crazy with the Dumbed-Down MSM hacks jerking our chains every 24/7. Peace be with all Americans today and every day 🙂

    Liked by 3 people

  32. jeans2nd says:

    The U.S. responds, via the U.S. Eighth Army

    Liked by 1 person

    • armie says:

      I found that story a couple of hours ago, nestled between a bunch of “Trump has no options” items published by our defeatist media, and thought, “no options, huh?” He has lots of options.

      Liked by 2 people

  33. MaineCoon says:

    $20TT is a lot of leverage. $1.5TT is a lot.

    I don’t think Xi can make economic friends fast enough to offset Kim’s itchy trigger finger.

    It’s only fitting that China return what was so freely and unfairly given ti China starting with Bubba. Oddly, we can thank Kim’s dangerous behavior as paving the way for President Trump to level the playing field and although he never promised to balance the budget, but he will greatly reduce.

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  34. [from article]
    “North Korea is a regional problem, but North Korea is also an American opportunity.”
    “North Korea’s behavior is giving President Trump every excuse to crush China economically; and yet no-one yet realizes what the long strategy is…”

    If the ultimate goal IS to crush China economically, then I would think that the US did something, deliberately, that subliminally (or deliberately) encouraged North Korea to act this way. The most likely way to accomplish that would be to have someone from the US, someone that Kim Jong Un possibly trusts and admires, feed him some information, or pass some sort of message.

    Need more popcorn. Lots more.

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  35. treehouseron says:

    President Trump is allowing China to cuck themselves in regard to this. Every day that goes by, they look weaker and weaker and weaker, and the U.S. looks stronger and stronger and stronger.

    Eventually it will become untenable. I’ts astonishing to me that China has let this go on as far as it has. They’re letting a little runt ruin their entire image in the eyes of the world?

    China has become a laughing stock, if they don’t act swiftly and decisively their reputation as a world power will be destroyed. Once that happens, why would we negotiate any trade deals at all with such an inconsequential Asian country?

    You’d think the chinese people themselves would have more respect for their own country than I do as an American. I suppose not.

    Apparently China is a paper tiger.

    Liked by 1 person

    • fangdog says:

      Look at the American Libtards. American Libtards have no more respect for America as Chinese for China.

      Liked by 3 people

      • treehouseron says:

        It’s crazy. I’m sitting here thinking “Oh… China, that’s a big, important country. Very powerful, they would never let that happen” and the Chinese are thinking “I wish he’d stop….”

        I mean, I know the Chinese people themselves have no say, but you’d think the government would want to be seen as a major player.

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  36. distracted2 says:

    On the anniversary of our independence, I am thankful that God Almighty gave us President Trump. So very, very thankful.

    Liked by 3 people

    • fangdog says:

      I am thankful there was enough patriotic Americans with enough common sense to offset the braindead Libtards. We would all be on a fast track to Venezuela otherwise.

      Liked by 2 people

  37. tony5460 says:

    I don’t understand why anyone would believe North Korea could attack the U.S. or Japan or even South Korea. NK is not Nazi Germany or Empire Japan. They don’t have the ambition or capability to conquer the world. Yes, Kim is a brutal dictator. But he’s not stupid. He lives like a king and rules like a emperor. He understands that starting a war against the U.S. or it’s allies is the end of the Kim Dynasty. He absolutely has not reason to do that. Then why does he want nuclear weapon? Because he believes the U.S. and the South or even China would try to make regime change and his conventional army is not going to be able to defend NK. Think about Gaddafi or Saddam. What happened to them when they did not develop nuclear weapon? The key to peaceful resolution is not in the hand of Chinese. China actually does not have much leverage as many would think they have. The key is for the U.S. to have direct dialogue with NK and find a way to assure Kim that NK would never overthrow his kingdom and his country can have a normal relationship with the world if he gives up nuclear program.


  38. Killdozer says:

    We should bomb the south China Sea manmade Island ,next time kim unhung shoots off we should intercept it and re send it to the fake island s ,I seen it in a James Bond movie so I know it can be done ,it`s called re entry then we can use the president of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte to sell it


  39. President Trump and Cabinet: By now, you have no doubt forewarned America’s CEOs that they had better have a COMPLETELY AMERICAN supply chain to back up ANYTHING they import from China.

    Defense procurement should already be racing to replace ALL Chinese sources.

    America should be in the midst of INDUSTRIAL MOBILIZATION to RESTORE our EMACIATED DEFENSE CAPACITY from the Obama years that would make WWII look like a warm-up.

    Congress should be passing EMERGENCY FUNDING to reconstitute American Steel and Aluminum production and INSTANT TAX REFORM to free up corporate capital for investment.

    Once the Sanctions on China hit the fan, it will be TOO LATE to build and mobilize domestic factories.

    Liked by 3 people

    • Bakokitty says:

      I hope Apple Corporation is paying attention, they have a lot of their money, their supply chain and building of their products tied to China.
      From the 9-5Mac site Nov 4, 2013 reported this (first paragraph)

      “The State of Arizona today announced that Apple is planning to build a new manufacturing facility in the city of Mesa, Arizona. The facility will create 700 jobs for manufacturing, and an additional 1,300 jobs for the construction and management of the new facility, In total, Apple will be bringing at least 2,000 new jobs to the United States thanks to this new facility.”

      “In addition to the manufacturing facility, Apple will be constructing a new solar power grid in the city to power the manufacturing operations, according to Arizona’s announcement:”

      This is a tiny start for Apple, that if China becomes and adversary, this plant will be a meaningless effort. The plant will manufacture Mac Pro computer.
      This is just one example of a huge American company who might falter. Then again we don’t manufacture steel we buy from China, I doubt America can fire up several steel plants in a hurry.
      Then there Trump,just came out saying he wants us to build many new refineries. That too will take steel.
      So you are very correct, American Industrial companies better aready have back up plans
      being put in action, or we will be the ones with egg on our face.
      I think President Trump is doing a great job trying to turn this country around, now Congress needs to stop acting like petulent teenagers digging their heels in and get on board to work for the American people.

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  40. John Matrix says:

    Love the analysis Sundance!
    Everyone, please go back and re-read the first part of Sundances essay. The part in bold red letters.
    How great is it to finally have all the “killers” working for America’s interest!
    Utilizing the North Koreans to achieve the greater, long-term goal of finally bringing balance, and sanity to our economic and geopolitical relationship with CHINA.
    President Trump is using China’s own junkyard dog against them.
    Why is it I always feel like Trump and his cabinet are like Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday in the Movie “Tombstone “…MAGA BABY!!!

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  41. MaineCoon says:

    Here’s this morning Tweet. Following SD’s playbook!

    Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump

    Trade between China and North Korea grew almost 40% in the first quarter. So much for China working with us – but we had to give it a try!

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  42. Aguila2011 says:

    Everyone knows that NorKo is a tool of China. And an expensive one at that.
    I think that rather than fret over their “advances” in technical capabilities, which are like taking baby steps compared to most other countries with ICBM capabilities, we should put the economic screws to NorKo and China. Make NorKo an even heavier boat anchor, the proverbial albatross, they carry around their neck. At some point, if we and the rest of the world do not give in to their blackmail tactics, they will become an investment no longer worthy of continued funding and they will force the needed change.

    As for Nikki, I say, rather than scurrying around calling for emergency meetings at the UN (yeah, there’s a worthy bunch who earn their salaries), which is just what the NorKo’s like to see, everyone should just chill and act like it is no big deal. I bet that would frost them something fierce. Benign neglect. Like communities that completely ostracize someone, make them complete outcasts. Like they don’t even exist. Let China deal with ’em.

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  43. trapper says:

    Everyone should have a globe. The US government gave this ICBM a potential range of 4100 miles, capable of hitting all of Alaska. But when that circle is drawn in the other direction it includes all of India, a good part of Australia, and … Moscow.

    I have a bit different thought. Today’s UN action may be to clear our battle space. Everyone out of the way, and no one respond. This may go down very quickly, with the UN meetings occurring while we get radar lock on Kim. Wouldn’t want to be him.


  44. MaineCoon says:

    This Armstrong post today, entitled “China To Open Bond Market To Foreign Investors,” is above my paygrade, but it ties in to the economic China issue and many here will understand it and have worthy comments.


  45. David says:

    I hate to say but the only way to handle North Korea without a war is by punishing China for helping N. Korea survive. To prevent a trade war I would start with Ethics. Penalize and ban all Chinese companies who stole technology or patents. This must be some 50% of their industry.


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