Trump on North Korea: “I have some pretty severe things we’re thinking about”…

The Big Panda is positioned to feel the Big Hurt if they don’t take action…

First Lady Melania Trump wore a purposeful red jacket today as she was seated at the G20 during President Trump’s remarks to the summit leaders with Chinese President Xi Jinping seated next to him.

While in Warsaw Poland last Thursday President Trump was asked about possible action against North Korea:

“I have some pretty severe things we’re thinking about. Doesn’t mean we’re going to do them. I don’t draw red lines.” …  “It’s a shame they’re behaving this way and they’re behaving in a very dangerous manner, and something will have to be done about it.” (link)

Today during a bilateral meeting with China’s President Xi Jinping President Trump reinforced the message:

President Trump, at the start of his meeting Saturday in Germany with Chinese President Xi Jinping, called the Asian nation a “great trading partner” and said the increasing North Korea nuclear threat will eventually be resolved “one way or the other.”  (link)

One way or the other.”   Where “one way” is China taking action to dial back the regime they control; and “the other” is Trump delivering a series of economic consequences upon China for their refusal.

What is increasingly clear is China enabling and utilizing North Korea as a proxy foil against President Trump’s intent renegotiate bilateral trade deals.  However, big panda knows -albeit with an uncertainty to the severity- they are walking a tenuous tightrope given the intensity of President Trump to resolve those two issues simultaneously.

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The media might be ignoring where this predictable path is leading for reason, but there is no doubt the U.S. is prepared to deliver substantive and actual economic consequences toward China for their unwillingness to stop Kim Jung-Un from advancing toward ever more threatening conflict.

Saturday’s meeting also focused on trade between the two nations.

Trump said “many things have happened” that have created trade imbalances between the United States and China but “we’re going to turn that around.”

The president was flanked in the meeting room by about a dozen top administration officials including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and adviser Jared Kushner.  (more)

Notice the shift in hand position?

Subtle nuances visible for anyone who has followed the negotiation practices of Donald Trump in business and in life.

As with the initial Mar-a-lago meeting in February, Donald Trump always takes the position of advanced partnership toward his encounters allowing the incoming party to define themselves as an honest negotiator or a duplicitous adversary.

Throughout his dealings, Donald Trump, now President Trump, doesn’t position the engaged participant as opposition; instead he establishes his own stake -openly- and then watches to see how the opponent defines the nature of the relationship going forward.

The entire dynamic of how President Trump has engaged with the Chinese delegation is a case study in how this takes place.  However, if you follow this approach to its historic and natural conclusion, it generally doesn’t end up well for the participant who chooses the adversarial route.

CTH would not be at all surprised to see massive economic action take place within the next few weeks and/or months as a result of China playing trade leverage games and enabling N-Korea with such dangerous provocations.   China might think they are being their customary sly and sneaky selves, however they would be well advised to notice this is not their traditional adversary.

Donald J Trump is not engaged in this political strategery as a matter of creating benefit to himself or his business enterprise.  No, President Donald J Trump is approaching this relationship from a perspective of stewardship.  President Trump will intensely protect America with the ferocity the same Donald Trump protects his family.

President Xi Jinping has no formative understanding of how this intensely American President views his role of national stewardship.  This is not a political adversary Xi has ever encountered within the body of U.S. politicians.

President Trump is not a typical western politician from the perspective of self-interest.  This president would grind the bones in his own hand to make his lady liberty a rib if that was what is necessary to generate a win for America.  Believe it.

Pause – Repeat and Re-read as necessary.

There is no upper limit to the level of economic pain Team U.S.A. (America First) is willing to inflict upon China.  There is no ending perimeter of action too far for President Trump to travel.  Trump will battle his adversary far beyond traditional horizons and will follow them in retreat if that’s what it takes to ensure the safety of the our economic nation.

He hasn’t been talking about this for three decades only to put limits on his approach; including daring this economic adversary, China, to strike back by nationalizing U.S. private corporate assets.

Can you think of a faster way to drive economic patriotism than for U.S. companies to see China lash out and seize U.S. assets? Think about how fast U.S. manufacturing would return if corporations had their manufacturing overseas assets frozen or nationalized by the Chinese government.

Everything centers around trade, the underlying economics, and the leverage. From President Trump’s current perspective China is in a position where either action or inaction creates an economic win for the U.S.

If China takes action against North Korea, real and substantive action, they might retain some of the structural benefits currently allowed with their trade position in the U.S. market.  U.S. wins with binding Korean military issue now resolved.

If China doesn’t take action against North Korea, real and substantive action, President Trump begins a series of seriously punishing economic pressures against China that have almost no end.  The U.S. wins with tighter trade policy driving greater benefit to U.S. national manufacturing and our economic base.

Favorable action, or unfavorable action, the U.S. wins in either scenario.  But let their be no doubt, there will be action.

Again, we repeat for emphasis:  Donald Trump limits those who know the strategy to a select group he chooses; and even within that group each participant often doesn’t know the intent of their role in the larger dynamic. However, he ensures each member has clarity of purpose in the specific action required. Action that he designs after a great deal of consideration.

There are not three aircraft carrier battle groups positioned off the coastal waters of Asia and North Korea because President Trump is positioning for military engagement, or positioning as a deterrent for DPRK military engagement. Thinking that’s the purpose is the popular review, but it, in the full scope of review, is incorrect.

Again, President Trump doesn’t bluff; he tells you openly what is the focus. President Trump has not mentioned one-single-word about using the military to engage the North Korean missile threat.

All of President Trump’s words are directed at the economics of the situation. All of them. Yet almost every review of analytical opinion of the situation is centered around the military. Why is that? Tradition? Traditional frames of reference?…

If the long-term strategy is economic, and with Trump almost everything is economic, the military inventories are more purposeful as enforcement mechanisms for a trade and mercantile blockade, not for military combat.

President Trump has positioned his advanced economic strategy to deal with the extremes.

President Trump knows the key to North Korea is China. Intellectual minds established in decades long perspectives of geopolitical events have not yet caught up to the reality of modern trade economics driving the behaviors of militaristic nations.

Those same minds are so entrenched in the larger, more popular, dynamic of advanced global logic, they can no longer contemplate national action shaped by anything other than applied force.

President Trump doesn’t apply force, he simply creates outcomes were the best alternative for the adversary is to change their approach according to their own best interests. Trump positions the interests themselves, he does not need the direct application of force.

President Trump doesn’t seek to apply force to the mouse running through the economic maze; he simply changes the location of the cheese, and the mouse’s travel responds accordingly.

China will take direct action to change the behavior of North Korea because it will be in China’s best interest to do so. Trump doesn’t bluff. Once he makes up his mind on a long-term strategy he simply works through each sequential move to obtain the objective.

There’s no limit to the economic squeeze President Trump is willing to apply toward China. The U.S. Treasury, the U.S. Dept of Commerce, the U.S. Dept of State, the U.S. Dept of Agriculture, these are all tools in the sequential approach that are far more powerful than bombs, planes and rockets.

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151 Responses to Trump on North Korea: “I have some pretty severe things we’re thinking about”…

  1. A2 says:

    President Xi ‘Mr Harmonious Society’ Jinping will be a bit of brown bread if he continues down this path. Millions of Chinese have been lifted from abject poverty and have invested their new found wealth in housing, investments, stocks (love to gamble), and business enterprises all of which has been encouraged by the government to make China ‘rich and prosperous’ and has created an aspirational middle class citizenry.

    If the economic MOAB falls (it will be precision targeted), no Chinese, worthy of the name will countenance a reverse engineering on their hard won economic wherewithal.

    President Trump has, and will continue to brand Xi as putting his ‘foreign adventures’ i.e. support of North Korea above his own people’s prosperity and well-being. Remember that the biggest investors and business owners are high-ranking members of the CCP and have by far the most to lose.

    There will initially be ‘patriotic’ anti-American rhetoric in the State-owned press, and Xi has already started extreme censorship of VPNs that millions use to circumvent the “Great Firewall’ so they can access outside social media. But this too will fail.

    A pejorative term for China circulated by pissed off netizens, Xī Cháoxiǎn 西朝鲜, literally “North Korea of the West”, who have complained about similarities between China and longtime (if increasingly uneasy) ally North Korea, such as repressive leaders, a lack of democracy, official corruption, and a fear of the West.

    It is censored of course by The Ministry of Truth, but not forgotten.

    Also recall, the exemplar of the Arab Council and the swift reaction to Qatar. If Xi wasn’t taking note, he won’t survive the next Party Congress.

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    • JustSomeInputFromAz says:

      A2 are you an ex-pat working in China?

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    • US says:

      A2, keep on taking names. Wow.

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    • smythe714 says:

      I am very impressed with your comments and the wonderful and clear way that you have added to the very moving statements from Sundance. May God continue to bless America, the land of the free!

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    • mikebrezzze says:

      I foresee a brutal purge of North Korean goofy goons, the heart attack gun is about to test its warranty to the max!

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    • Jedi9 says:

      I know this to be true, because I spent 3 and half years in China, learning the language and culture, and I hated the internet there, it sucked for the very same reasons you just articulated. One thing I know for sure that the only thing the Chinese understand is the language of money! Money is what they worship aside from the love of cigarettes, with their tea stained teeth, bad garlic breath and yellow tartar stained fingers they certainly would sell their own mother out if it meant their choice between money and loyalty. Chinese always lie and usually will engage in business without the practice of ethics with a self centered attitude that only benefits their thirst for money and power. Having leverage is the only way one succeeds in negotiating with the Chinese, and even at that, the strategy for having a successful cooperation with them is to make them think that they have won the negotiations without giving away the longer term game plan that involves not selling out, or being taken to the cleaners! One thing is for sure, I am always on my toes for having gained the experience to deal with them in the investment industry, which I spend a lot of time between Singapore and HK to negotiate many complex business issues regarding Join venture projects involving Chinese nationals. Its exhausting to say in the least, and a good exercise regimen is a must in order to maintain my sanity and overall health to stay sharp and focused constantly on a daily basis.

      All I can say, it is refreshing to see a man like Trump take on the Chinese, and it is about time, because after all, if the Chinese themselves don’t want to buy their own products that they manufacture, then why is it good for Americans to do so? Just to contribute more waste to landfills in order to buy more cheap worthless crap? I can’t wait to buy everything American made, and I certainly don’t care to pay more for them either, for I will do so with pride! So if China wants to continue on this reckless path, then it is true, they have way more to lose and that is fine by me! Charge the shit out of them because its about giving them a taste of their own medicine, and the business aspect of this paradigm is exactly something Trump understands very well!

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      • USMCLt says:

        Some of the larger volume items going into our landfills consists of Chinese made furniture. One would be hard pressed to find much furniture made in the USA today. “Big Furniture” and it’s supporting industries in the USA began dying off at least 30 years ago. Try to find a quality made case good consisting of tastefully integrated hardwood veneers and solids that was made in the US in the last 20 years. FedGov Inc encouraged this to happen through tax policy, currency manipulation and a lack of export/import controls on raw materials. This activity resulted in the decimation of industries largely staffed by a low skilled work force, necessitating the need for more bureaucrats to “care” for all the poor souls who could no longer find work. Meanwhile, American landfills fill up with Rooms to Go and Ashley junk.

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        • Jedi9 says:

          Yes you are correct! I remember while in college in Buffalo New York, there was such a company called Kitchner Furniture that went out of business for the very same reasons you just mentioned. How could they compete with manufacturers that producing cheaper products with lower overhead costs such as cheaper labor? Jobs were disappearing for the same reasons, so the vicious cycle of no money to pay for quality made goods vs. Cheaper affordable is a relative term. It was really a shame too, because they were very well known for their quality American made furniture. Some of my family members went to the Amish markets to buy furniture, which was hand made, and they still have it to this day! I never bought in to the throw away mentality, I always believed in using something until it can’t be used any longer. Such as my I-phone, I am still using a 5S and it works fine. Quality over quantity any day, and I hope America returns to that sense of pride some day!

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          • Homesteader says:

            Furniture should be of high quality and American made. It should be purchased with an eye to hand down to children and grandchildren. We buy vintage too whenever possible, even appliances. The Chinese would have been out of business long ago if they were depending on my dollar.

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          • ladypenquin says:

            All my furniture is either old American, from the 1930’s or Amish made. America once made great solid, real wood furniture until the industry was destroyed by the cheap import junk from China. Same for fabric. Our mills shut down, and now the ready-to-wear one buys is thin and the cotton content is gone after few washings. China isn’t the only country that shut down our industries, but it certainly is a major cause.

            I used my mother’s old Balck and Decker iron for years, which she had used for years. Finally gave out, so bought a new Black & Decker, which was worthless, made in China. Have had 3 new irons in less than 10 yrs, while the one family iron had lasted for 30 years.

            Big business sold out – they’ve kept the trademark names but the quality is gone – no longer made in America.

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            • Plain Jane says:

              I’ve been sewing for 60 years, and so long for the beautiful and substantial fabrics that came out of our southern mills of years ago. I’d never put 20 hours of tailoring into the junk fabrics that come from JoAnn’s Fabrics. All good fabric stores are gone from here. Once Marshall Fields and Vogue closed their sattelite store, one was left only with on-line options. It stinks.

              Cant even find American made with American component feminine hygeine products.

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              • ladypenquin says:

                Exactly. I know what you mean about the fabric available for sewing. There’s no substance in them. The fabric is meant to wear thin and wear out so you have to replace it. Years ago, my in-laws bought hubby a very nice, high quality shirt, can’t recall the brand right now, but it was high-quality material, kept over 15yrs, classic style, and it was one of my favorites for my husband. Finally gave it away. Today, we’re lucky if a shirt lasts a year, maybe two.

                We’ve been forced by Big Business to accept shoddy goods from overseas, especially China, and I try to avoid “Made in China” – but it’s practically impossible – though as you noted, turn to the internet and find “Made in America” quality goods.

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        • Plain Jane says:

          My son was bequeathed a bedroom suite by a distant relative who died suddenly after purchasing the suite. My son didn’t have room for it in his apartment, so we stored it for him in a spare bedroom until he purched his home. A week after the suite was delivered I noticed the smells, checked for labels, and sure enough, made in China. It took 3 years of year round cross ventilation open windows and ceiling fan for the fumes to subside.

          In my whole life 70+ years, of new furniture, I’ve never experienced such a thing from new furniture.

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      • Billy Dunn says:

        Without a doubt CTH has the BEST commentary on the net.
        I love reading these post. Thanks

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    • Ned says:

      This sums it up for me:

      “President Trump doesn’t seek to apply force to the mouse running through the economic maze; he simply changes the location of the cheese, and the mouse’s travel responds accordingly.”

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  2. Southern Son says:

    America First!

    Press ON!! Mr. President!!

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  3. patrickhenrycensored says:

    “I don’t draw red lines”
    Crayola foreign policy timed out.

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  4. Mike says:

    The wild card is Kim.
    How far does he push the comic book evil dictator meme ?
    Popping open air nukes, especially from missiles, especially extra-territorially or ultramar, is asking for trouble…

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    • WonkoTheSane says:

      All Kim has is the nuclear threat. NK appears to be a paper tiger with the ability to take a couple of big bites and swipes before it collapses. There is a documentary called “Kimjongilia”…I think it’s available online. It’ kind of a weird attempt at avant-garde, filmed with weird camera angles and replete with interpretive dance. It is well narrated and gives a good synopsis of the history of the Kim dynasty and the Korean war. The most riveting scenes are interviews with people who escaped and their tales of the horror of living in NK. One of them was a soldier who said the army rank and file are badly treated and they are told to steal from the populace in order to eat. Most soldiers are severely undernourished. My take-away was that toppling the regime would probably not be a monumental task, but the humanitarian crisis that would follow would be catastrophic. There would almost certainly be an attack on South Korea and maybe Japan. Not knowing the depth of the nuclear capability is the wild card. The choices seem impossible and I hope and pray for the sake of the people of NK there can be a peaceful solution, but I am not optimistic.

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      • Jedi9 says:

        That is a good point! Which is why the economic tightening of screws to China is the way to go. Besides, China has been engaging in some pretty shady stuff, and I am convinced that they were behind the USS Fitzgerald attack with the aid of Russian technology. My opinion of course, but Xi Jinping was insulted when Trump fired off those missiles in Syria while visiting Trump in Marlago a few months ago, so he retaliated to send a message by attacking our Destroyer which was tasked with monitoring China’s Military bases that they have been building on the atolls. They like to use NK as the goat boy proxy in order to insure it doesn’t get back to China, and the fact if any war were to happen, (heaven forbid, because like Mattis says, it will be catastrophic for everyone involved) the prospects of a NK occupied by western forces such as the United States is something China can’t stand to bare, as being to close to comfort as their bordering neighbor. So they will no doubt supply NK with the necessary weapons and technology to defend themselves. In fact I also believe and it has been reported that NK’s latest ICBM launch was technology that China supplied them with. Also add in the fact that most of these missiles that will carry NK’s Nuclear warheads are Mobile which makes monitoring them a very difficult job for US counter intelligence and surveillance apparatuses that act as the US firewall for anticipating any possible future strike against the US.

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        • TheLastDemocrat says:

          “They like to use NK as the goat boy proxy in order to insure it doesn’t get back to China.”

          Plus, NK / Kim uses the cult strategy to maintain control: “all of these measures I inflict upon our people are due to the threat of the Really Bad Guy (whomever the cult defines as the immoral, external threat) out there, somewhere; other problems are caused by the Really Bad Guy.”

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      • jmclever says:

        Wonko, that is why I have said that the best way to defeat NK is to rain down cheeseburgers and let the people and the military know that there are plenty more where those came from. I have recently been struck by the gaunt appearance of the soldiers. Maybe it is because their leader is such a huge contrast (pun intended).

        The humanitarian crisis you allude to is already there, only hidden because it does not fit the Swamp’s narrative. America is the most giving nation in the world. If we are allowed to do it without bureaucratic interference or greedy middlemen, once Lil’ Kim is gone, we could turn the situation around in no time.

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  5. Don’t we all just LOVE our President. The Lion King.

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  6. Justah says:

    President Trump is not standing alone with this – his Cabinet Secretaries are on-board. They are all sending the same message. That was not the case with Obama/Clinton/Kerry & the multitude of Defense Secretaries. China “gets” the message – the ball is in their court.

    I still maintain that the “One China” thing is a HUGE card. It is extremely important to China’s “face” and ambitions.

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    • georgiafl says:

      Trump has recognized Taiwan, given his word to Taiwan, that card was played the first week and he will not renege.

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    • ladypenquin says:

      Obama, Kerry, Clinton – just a trio of mincing fops, unfortunately they did a lot of damage. The idea that America would accept such substandard behavior from its leaders is beyond my comprehension – but it really blows one mind when you realize what the European people are willing to accept.

      Where have all the real men and women gone???

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  7. b4im2old says:

    Hm, celebrating ALL THE WINNING,and NOT tired of it!!!! Foot stomping celebrating!!!!

    “When I say TRUMP, you say HOW HIGH?”

    🙂

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    • janc1955 says:

      “When I say TRUMP, you say HOW HIGH?” … LOVE THIS!

      Liked by 6 people

      • b4im2old says:

        Hm, ME TOO! 😉 I read (almost) every single SD exceptional analysis here and comment occasionally from my tiny twig perch – IMO SD is the best you will find anywhere that CORRECTLY “gets” President TRUMP!

        Thank the Lord for PDJT and his incredible cabinet, and family, and for SD, too!!! We were so close to the abyss … PTL!

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  8. sundance says:

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  9. There is no doubt that President Trump understands the nuances and superstitions of the Chinese from wearing the color red to a simple handshake, something that Western people don’t quite grasp. After all, President Trump has dealt with wealthy Chinese patrons at his casinos and as banking tenants in his buildings. Having worked with these wealthy patrons myself many years ago, I can tell you that family, good-will and respect are far more important to them than money. They are also very superstitious and demand that their requests, as insignificant as they may seem, are honored. From the way you present yourself to attention to detail, the Chinese people have little respect for any Westerner who underestimates them.

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    • lfhbrave says:

      While that could be the popular view of Chinese culture from a westerner’s standpoint. I would say in almost all circumstances, the self-interest and greed of a Chinese overrides this misguided Chinese “face-saving“ cultural behavior.

      One of the oldest sayings of Chinese wisdom is “識實務者為俊傑”, meaning “A wise man submits to circumstances”. I bet the Chinese government will soon be in a “survival mode” in dealing with the N. Korea situation.

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    • usayes says:

      PDJT’s tweet that “but we had to try” affirms his clear understanding of “saving face” and how the Chinese “test” their adversaries or potential business partners. As onlyinvegas correctly points out respect and attention to detail are essential elements of the Chinese psyche. IMHO you will see a change in China’s dealing with North Korea this coming week – and as insignificant as it may sound to the uninformed, major props to our FLOTUS for her red choice in wardrobe.

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  10. MakeAmericaGreat says:

    Poor China, you just had to blow it, didn’t you?

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  11. Oldschool says:

    “President Xi has no formative understanding . . . .” Reading this portion of SD analysis brought a flood of thoughts of misinderstandings of the real American spirit. The elitists, msm and other politicians did not understand the electorate comprised of this spirit. The Brits didn’t understand it when we fought for our freedom and the Japanese surely didn’t when they “woke the sleeping giant”. This is the fabric of our Lion and we are awake once again.

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  12. E C says:

    First thing I noticed was the dominant handshake. Things have changed.

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  13. We did a “exercise” near the DMZ I heard today, using 2 ,, B-2’s & inert bombs..
    Be nice to drop a “FEW” INERT bombs in the “square”..

    also NOICE the OPTICS in the video.. Tillerson there & Wilbur Ross?
    Oh My, I bet Wilbur said to china,,
    **Go ahead dump those bonds, We got our 6**

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  14. jeans2nd says:

    China Tries to Buy Time From Foreign Investors
    “July 6, 2017 Beijing’s move to open its bond markets is a sign of weakness.”

    “this move is a sign of weakness. The Chinese government is fearful of the fragility of its economy – its lack of a strong consumer base, its overdependence on exports and real estate, and its need to prop up inefficient businesses…it doesn’t change the deeper structural problems its economy faces.”
    https://geopoliticalfutures.com/china-tries-buy-time-foreign-investors/

    ““I think the president-elect has done a wonderful job preconditioning some of the other countries with whom we will be negotiating that change is coming,” Mr. (Wilbur) Ross said.”

    How the US Could Win a Trade War With China
    “US can find a solution for most vulnerabilities; China cannot”
    http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2205639-how-the-us-could-win-a-trade-war-with-china/

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  15. I re-watched the Video…
    LOOK
    at the faces on the other side….
    He WENT THERE!

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  16. Paul says:

    The United States recorded a government debt equivalent to 106.10 percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product in 2016.

    China’s debt has ballooned to almost 250% of GDP thanks to Beijing’s repeated use of cheap credit to stimulate slowing growth, unleashing a massive, debt-fuelled spending binge.

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    • bkrg2 says:

      The economy of China has been propped up for several years through Government spending, currency manipulation, and foreign investment/manufacturing. Some of this is positive – like a growing middle class and people rising above poverty.
      However, the global slowdown over the last few years has hit all nations hard – especially China. In reality, they are in a much more stable/stagnant economy than Xi and MSM lead us to believe.
      Even if one removes N Korea from the equation, China will slowdown. It’s now up to Xi if he wants a slow descent, lead zeppelin, or a Hindenburg.

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  17. I’m tellin you folks.. RE-WATCH that video..
    LOOK at the other “side”
    TRUMP went there..
    He went off the “scripted” narrative!
    LOOK at their faces!

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    • thluckyone says:

      Crossthread, even with as little use as I have for George H.W. Bush, I’m reminded of him saying “…Saddam Hussein WILL LEAVE Kuwait…” when our truly noble Lion says, “…we WILL succeed regarding North Korea…” (or something to that effect).

      The decision has already been made.

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    • Sundance sums it up perfectly and it’s something that I have always believed about the Chinese government.

      “China might think they are being their customary sly and sneaky selves, however they would be well advised to notice this is not their traditional adversary.”

      PTrump knows how sneaky the Chinese operate, PTrump gave China the benefit of the doubt based on an understanding a few months ago but that all changed when sneaky China continued their close relationship with NK. PTrump is done messing around, actions will follow.

      The future of American lives are at stake.

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  18. CharterOakie says:

    A party apparatchik is no match for a cunning, wise, energetic, tough and persistent patriot who has honed his negotiating skills over decades.

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  19. I’m gonna say it..
    A few “stealth” Bombers and ONE EMP, a couple MOAB’s & is all it would take We see the…

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  20. Donna in Oregon says:

    The Chinese have a fair idea what’s up. However, strategy and tactics are a hallmark of the Trump admin. Can’t stop the Trump train, it’s already left the station China. MAGA! It started with Taiwan. But China knows enough to be concerned, but can they stop it? Hong Kong is 2nd to the USA in imports from China. Great tactics, fabulous strategy!

    Chinese aircraft carrier sails into Hong Kong on maiden visit (in yesterday’s news)
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/07/chinese-aircraft-carrier-sails-hong-kong-maiden-visit/

    United States Congress set to introduce Hong Kong human rights act ‘in coming days’
    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2062798/will-hong-kongs-pro-democracy-camp-find-ally-trump

    Hong Kongers look for an exit 20 years after handover to China (in last months news)
    By Katie Hunt, CNN
    Updated 8:25 PM ET, Mon June 26, 2017
    http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/26/asia/hong-kong-handover-exit/index.html

    Even the Loons don’t get it:

    G20 Opinion
    If you think the EU should stand up to Trump, then it must stand up to China
    Natalie Nougayrède
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jul/01/g20-eu-trump-liu-xiabao-china-president-xi-donald-trump

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  21. A2 says:

    With reference to Sundance’s point about the positioning of the US fleet as an economic embargo, not military force, the Chinese press is now circulating the following comments by the Foreign Ministry aggressively asserting China’s sovereignty over the southern (aka south China) sea:
    “China firmly opposes any individual country using freedom of navigation and overflight as an excuse to harm its sovereignty and security, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Friday.

    Responding to a report that two US bombers flew over the South China Sea, Geng Shuang told a daily news briefing that China respects freedom of navigation and overflight in the East China Sea and South China Sea in accordance with international law.

    “However, China opposes any individual country using the banner of freedom of navigation and overflight to flaunt military force and harm China’s sovereignty and security,” Geng said.

    Pres Xi also leaned heavily on PM Abe at their meeting over the Senkaku (Diaoyu) islands and to scold him for having joint air and sea exercises in the region.

    Pres Xi is also trying to make an FTA with Mexico “to combat protectionism”. (I need to pause now to clear my snort)/

    http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1055422.shtml

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  22. Mike diamond says:

    Kim Jung un needs to know president trump is not playing around like Obama did !

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  23. Sandra-VA says:

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  24. fleporeblog says:

    That picture of our President with his grandkids says it all! He sees us and our country the same way. His Presidency is about MAGA but it is also about taking care of worldwide issues that only he and his masterful team can take care of. Our President and many members of his administration are at an age where they want to make sure that their grandkids and great grandkids are safe and can prosper. They want to know when the day comes that our Lord decides to take them home that the United States of America is setup to succeed for decades and decades to come. WE as a Country are truly BLESSED because we all will benefit from their mission.

    Wilbur Ross – 79 years of age
    Dan Coats – 74 years of age
    Donald Trump – 71 years of age
    Sonny Perdue – 70 years of age
    Jeff Sessions – 70 years of age
    Robert Lighthizer – 69 years of age
    Linda McMahon – 68 years of age
    Rick Perry – 67 years of age
    John Kelly – 67 years of age
    James Mattis – 66 years of age
    Rex Tillerson – 65 years of age
    Ben Carson – 65 years of age
    Elaine Chao – 64 years of age
    Steve Bannon – 63 years of age
    Tom Price – 62 years of age

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    • Beenthere says:

      Did not realize very important Wilbur Ross is that old. I hope he’s training his backup.

      Liked by 3 people

    • Cliff says:

      How old is Betsy Devoss?

      Liked by 1 person

    • georgiafl says:

      Very Biblical having elders in positions of authority.

      America may now be recovering from its infatuation with ‘youth worship’

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    • Paco Loco says:

      Sixties Rule! The Trump team are almost all born between 1938 and 1948 ….Baby Boomers mostly. Unlike Clinton who never inhaled, these champs all were busy creating business fortunes beginning in the 70’s. The Clinton’s only made money by selling political influence. Trumps success is all about collaboration and win/win via persuasion. The Chinese understand this and will play ball to keep the good times rolling for their economy and ours. We do live in interesting times!

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      • Well, Paco, somebody should explain that to the Chinese bureaucrats. Bureaucrats the world over achieve “success” via coercion and theft. There may be a gulf starting between Chinese business people and government people, just like in the US. This could make negotiations much harder than we think. And we already think the deal-making will be difficult.

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  25. “President Trump is not a typical western politician from the perspective of self-interest. This president would grind the bones in his own hand to make his lady liberty a rib if that was what is necessary to generate a win for America. Believe it.”
    I Believe.

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  26. Donna in Oregon says:

    This article states why President Trump has a “warm” meeting with May. England will be very useful to the Chinese problem. May is a weasel, but THIS angle helps the Trump admin. leverage with China. China needs Hong Kong to prop up their phony economy.

    May meets Xi Jinping as China suggests ‘shelving’ Hong Kong row
    British PM and Chinese president hold talks at G20, with Xi reportedly wanting to bury differences amid anger at Beijing implying handover pact no longer applies

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/08/may-meets-xi-jinping-as-china-suggests-shelving-hong-kong-row

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  27. wheatietoo says:

    Our President basically put Xi on notice that he has grown weary of this little Nork-China movie that they keep playing.

    He sees what they’re doing.
    It was ‘cute’ for a while…and he was willing to play along with their little subterfuge.
    But it is no longer amusing.

    As Sundance points out…if China were stupid enough to lash out at the US companies who have operations in China, it would be a Gift to Pres Trump.

    Those companies would come running home as quickly as possible, taking all those Chinese jobs with them.

    Any ‘unrest’ or military action in that area is going to have a chilling effect on Commerce.
    Multi-national companies will flee not only China, but other Asian countries as well…and seek the security of relocating their manufacturing operations in the US.

    So essentially, China is in a box.
    They will have to play nice and take whatever our President and his team of Wolverines decide to let them have…or face some dire economic consequences.

    This is going to be fun to watch.

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    • CaptainNonno says:

      Say they nationalize US assets. Couldn’t we do the same? Could we reimburse those affected companies using the interest payments that come due?

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      • wheatietoo says:

        We could…but we shouldn’t.

        It would be a mistake for China to do it — and a mistake for us to do it.
        It would have a chilling effect on business investment in operations here in the US.

        It would discourage the very thing that we are trying to encourage.

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  28. auscitizenmom says:

    “First Lady Melania Trump wore a purposeful red jacket today as she was seated at the G20 during President Trump’s remarks to the summit leaders with Chinese President Xi Jinping seated next to him.” I had a fit of giggles after I read this. What went through my mind was POTUS Trump collaborating with the First Lady. “Hey, you got anything red? Wouldn’t it be a hoot if you wore red and sat behind me at the meeting? Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha.”

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  29. I have to say something. Truth is, I have only skimmed through the article (sorry, Sundance), but it is very important.

    I am seething. While looking through the awful media articles about Trump’s G20 meeting today, I have only heard that he was shut out of the climate deals. No-one wants to mention that we now have loads of LGN, which will reduce our carbon output by up to 25%. So we will hit the targets without them just by switching over. And without paying huge sums of money to nations who have only the intention to line their own elite’s pockets. But who cares?

    But no-one has mention the two biggest WINS for Trump, and for the USA. They have all signed a non binding trade agreement saying they believe in free trade between nations. But they have also signed a memo attached to it which says that trade must be free and FAIR, which means they have to buy from us, not just sell to us. We buy and sell from each other to an equivalent amount. This is just huge, and is a big win for what he campaigned on, regarding our balance of payments. It changes nothing, as it is non binding, but it is the first step in making sure that the USA and others are not there to be financially raped.

    Secondly, they also signed an agreement which says that free trade can be suspended, or altered, if the buying/selling nation has hostile intentions to the buyer/seller. (It’s what we are doing to Russia right now). In other words, it is fine and dandy to put trade tariffs on countries who have a negative and threatening policy. Therefore, the USA can claim that NK are threatening us with a nuclear weapon, which they clearly are, and are being funded to do so by China, which they clearly are.

    So, look out to a 25% trade tariff on China for it’s imports to the USA, moving to 35, then 45, all the way to 100% and beyond, as a G20 SANCTIONED legitimate move to force China to destroy it’s vassal state hostile intentions to anialhate the USA, via NK. Nuclear wipe out, it doesn’t get more threatening than that.

    Two massive wins. But no mention of it anywhere. Is it me, or am I just not reading this right? It’s like living in the Twilight Zone.

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    • SharkFL says:

      Fake News and Very Fake News is paid commentary by those with varied interests but all antithetical to US interests.

      My 75+ year old parents subscribe to USA Today and watch the nightly news every day. I have to continually correct them on what’s really going on in politics. (In large part thanks to the endless pearls of wisdom from the Treehouse)

      It is too much to get my old parents to change their news consumption but I can correct misconceptions and fill in cavernous blanks in their understanding.

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    • Paco Loco says:

      Trump and company are not going to start an economic war with China by raising tariffs. The solar panel tarrriffs on Chinese panels nearly killed the industry in the USA. Likely tariffs on Chinese aluminum and steel are likely to be small increases. The US has no intention of starting a trade war with China.

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      • wheatietoo says:

        We’ve already been in a trade war…one that China started…and one that we have been losing.

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        • Paco Loco says:

          what we have at present is an unequal balance of trade with China not a trade war. Alaska is going to equalize this once the gas pipeline is built and billions of CU feet of LNG are shipped to China. In the nex 48 months the energy exports from the US are going to be the great trade leveler. China could become the biggest consumer of US energy. We will be friends.

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  30. maiingankwe says:

    Our family is on a road trip, so I read this article to them after I had discussed in my own words how our President Trump is making America Great Again. I was so spot on, but only because of the Treepers here and especially Sundance. However, I did like looking smart if only for a little bit. 🙃

    Anyways, my husband just said, President Trump was the very first president he has ever voted for. He liked how someone had finally said with complete honesty and conviction, America will always come first. My hubbie than went off to list all of the past errors of other presidents and the accomplishments of our President Trump. He’s so happy and proud just like me and our twelve year old daughter. Who by the way wore her Trump tee-shirt in the airport. She did it all on her own, and I never noticed until we hit the second airport. I know, bad mom, but she wore a light jacket heading out.

    There are so many people jumping to conclusions and screaming and yelling our President Trump is going to screw everything up. I so like knowing the truth and I’m really starting to sleep good at night without all of the worries of the last administration. Our President Trump makes me feel safe and secure and I so love him for it. It feels good to know what is really going on, and it makes it a bit of a laugh watching the pundits.

    Have an awesome night and and a blessed Sunday. Be well good Treepers,
    Ma’iingankwe

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  31. MVW says:

    “CTH would not be at all surprised to see massive economic action take place within the next few weeks and/or months as a result of China playing trade leverage games and enabling N-Korea with such dangerous provocations. China might think they are being their customary sly and sneaky selves, however they would be well advised to notice this is not their traditional adversary.”

    China is about China, not Globalism. China will never be in the Globalist camp. They will take advantage one deal at a time. I just wanted to set the table here.

    Trump will not go massive. Instead he will pick vulnerable and influential economic targets. He already did it with a bank.

    Xi is not a dictator, instead, he navigates the party politics and persuades to come to a consensus. Trump has more control over the US government than does Xi. Once Trump’s targeted action begins its rollout, the Chinese will deliver the message to Kim. However, Trump is looking for complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula which may take a bit to choke down.

    The bargain China wants for denuking NK is oil rights to the S. China sea and Taiwan, neither of which they will get from Trump. So sorry.

    Trump is going for the bank shot of S. Korea and Japan trade rectification, for which he will get. Until he gets that the NK problem will stay in play.

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    • wolfmoon1776 says:

      I agree completely that China is about China – not Globalism. China wants to USE globalism to advance CHINA. If they say they’re for it, it’s because they want to “join the club” to be in charge of it. What’s sad is that the idiot NWO backers thought they could control China by globalism. Ultimate briar patch reversal. The thing is, globalism is pretty much busted as a losing proposition. The Chinese will now play the Merkel-Macron remnants to maximum advantage, including playing hard-to-get, but they will never ACTUALLY submit to its dictates. Signing and lying is simply the ChiCom way, and they will NOT stop.

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  32. yohio says:

    We should be fascinated to watch how this plays out. So what might the benefits China keeps IF they deal with N.Korea & I wonder how MSM will try to spin this

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  33. wodiej says:

    I don’t trust China after their long fiasco of manipulating currency. I am certain PT wasn’t surprised by what they did w NK. Trump gave them a chance and they blew it. No worries for PT, on to the next strategic move. This man knows how to play the game and these opponents have no idea what they are doing or who they are dealing with. PT will reduce their arrogance to tiny pebbles in the sand. God Bless You President Trump, First Lady Melania and your family and the USA.

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    • wolfmoon1776 says:

      From my reckoning, China is simply trying to make their most profitable retreat, and hoping Trump makes a mistake. The Chinese communists have no intention of ever playing fair, and never did. They will get away with whatever they can get away with. Lies are a tool, and they will use all tools and abandon none.

      They’re communists. And the Chinese variety is among the smartest and sneakiest.

      An important thing to realize is that the Chinese read “The Naked Communist” and immediately took corrective action, including covering their tracks, by making sure people in America no longer read it. People who never read that book, and who read it freshly now, like I did, will immediately see that the Chinese communists acted to save communism by countering every move Skousen advocated, and then intelligently building on that framework.

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  34. Ogzy says:

    OK, so what would a ‘win’ look like here?

    Because even if NK claimed they were ‘suspending’ their nuclear program, they would reverse that the minute that China ceased applying pressure.

    I’d like to see the NK regime go down in flames! Nothing less!

    Ghengis Khan said:
    “There is peace when your enemy is dead!”

    When did the West forget this truism?
    .

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    • Some Old Guy says:

      A “win” in NK means nothing less than a transparent and complete de-nuclearization of NK. I personally don’t believe this can occur outside the total removal of NK elites which suggests regime change either through US led efforts, Chinese led efforts or a combination of both.

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  35. joemariner says:

    I believe this is relevant:
    Mattis says US strike is not the inevitable consequence of NOKO nuclear/missile program.

    Good to have a “Mad Dog” in the room that understands the consequences of all this “war rhetoric” splashed across the media.

    In a matter of weeks when the casualties mount the pundits and msm will call Trump a war monger, the dems will be calling for impeachment, an already divided country will be in the streets, our depleted military will be stuck and squandered in another land war in Asia, our adversaries especially Iran who works closely with NOKO (using an injection of $150 B)will rejoice, South Korea will be destroyed. What China and Russia will do can only be imagined.

    Remember the media drove us into Iraq war. Why didn’t Bush 1 complete the job in 91? Why did we abandon Afghanistan after Soviet pull out?
    It all became Bush lied, people died, which led to Obama and his failures.

    We now have an inglorious history of going off on half cocked military adventures, many times pulling defeat from the jaws of victory, mostly because we lose the will to win and support of American people, fueled by a drumbeat of criticism from the left. : Korean War 1, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, etc..
    We have ongoing active military operations in the global war against radical Islam, in Syria, Iraq, Africa, Asia, throughout the Middle East and on the home front. Our military is attempting to contain Iran and the aggressive behavior of Russia and China.

    Our plate is full, our debt is high.. Our forces are worn, our industrial capacity practically non-existent, the VA is overwhelmed.

    We spent tens of billions on ABM systems only to be told they are only 25%-50% effective. I’m sure that was not in the contract specs. How about a refund if they don’t work.

    Who are our allies? Where is Congress? Where is the UN? Where is SEATO? Do we do this alone?

    Can we destroy NOKO, yes but at what cost, then what?

    Think, don’t let the little SOB, get under your skin. When the smoke clears, not much in North Korea will change, China will not allow SOKO and US on their border. Our adversaries would love to see us crash and burn in the mountains, tunnels, and rocks of North Korea.

    If China/Russia won’t cooperate the lines are drawn, no more conversation, say good-bye, back to Cold War II. We can live without their stuff, we did it for 50 years. We won the Cold War with a combination of military deterrence, resolve economic superiority and American values. Millions suffered under communism, but we could not invade, we protected the free world and gave the suppressed masses hope.

    I’m sorry but offensive military operations is not the way to Make America Great Again.

    If you think it is go spend some time with a rifle standing guard on the DMZ between North and South Korea. Then crank up body bag production, expand National cemeteries, double the VA budget, start building fallout shelters, rebuild our industrial capacity.

    Maybe some will think it will be good for the economy.

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    • I Love Sec/ Gen. Mattis, but he’d better nix this funkyA tranny biz asap.. getting tired of hearing about it, and seeing rainbow pride signs on base. This is the cancer within that worries me more than NK.

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      • wolfmoon1776 says:

        I agree. It’s a foot in the door to demands to bow down to cultural Marxist insanity, and it just gets worse and worse.

        In my opinion, the military needs to insist on “the knife” as the standard for full treatment as gender. I think that’s a powerful way to push back against the cultural Marxists. Demand full commitment to “new gender” as proof of new gender. Until the knife, it’s not real. And in the interim, saddle it with plenty of rules. The tables need to be turned. “Trans” needs to be on trial, not the military. When the cultural Marxists are screaming or hiding, THAT is when sanity is back in control.

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        • I get what you’re saying my friend, but until we’re able to change chromosomes, none of it’s real. These freakazoid social experiments are not what wins wars, b/c it doesn’t make us more lethal and efficient. This isn’t even taking into account the moral hazard aspects. This being said, I’ve always thought that if the feminazis wanted to really show solidarity w/ muslims, they should subject themselves to FGM. I’m pro- whatever consenting adults want to do, in the privacy of their own homes, but not in the Military.. And not involving the youth of our Country… Never..

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          • wolfmoon1776 says:

            Military readiness must not be sacrificed. I think that normal Americans can make that our bottom line, now that Obama is out. That should limit the cray-cray. In fact, military readiness is an issue that will send Kamala Holder back to Crazyfornia, should she try to run for POTUS or VP. She will look JUST LIKE OBAMA to voters.

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          • The social experiments might not be as bad as you fear, tear. I hear that some eunuchs were pretty tough fighters. At one time or another in the past 4,000 years, they have served as “soldiers, royal guards, government officials…” according to Wikipedia.

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      • Ogzy says:

        After asking around (to medical people), it turns out the trannies can do a perfectly good job in the military.
        There no reason why they shouldn’t be there in whatever capacity appropriate to their abilities.

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    • georgiafl says:

      Too many wars on behalf of foreign and domestic donors $$$ interests and other dark motives.

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      • Don’t forget JFK and the Vietnam War, plus the assassination of Vietnam’s leaders just a couple of months before JFK was assassinated himself. Those were not our best years. Everything was an exciting game to the Kennedy crowd.

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    • Paco Loco says:

      The cosmic crystal ball(made in America) says…Within three years there will be free trade between China, South and North Korea. Kim will have been deposed and NK will disarm. McDonald’s will open a restaurant in NK owned by a Chinese entrepreneur and the US will be selling LNG to the NORKs.

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  36. joninmd22 says:

    “President Trump is not a typical western politician from the perspective of self-interest. This president would grind the bones in his own hand to make his lady liberty a rib if that was what is necessary to generate a win for America. Believe it.”.

    Now what’s needed is new republicans in Congress who can get the job done.

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  37. TheLastDemocrat says:

    NK is bizarre and irrational. They have almost nothing to lose. That makes it difficult to deal with them.

    Dealing with China is much preferred.

    One way to deal with China is this. Expose one of their underhanded, scurrilous foreign maneuvers somewhere else, such as in Africa where they foment tribal division in order to pick a side to support for a modest investment of materials, then through that gain access to oil.

    Exposing how they work in one place – with much less precariousness – can scare them that we can figure out these schemes, and we are willing to tell the world.

    I cannot find a website quickly that tells this story, but this site includes the matter of weapons dealing –
    https://sites.google.com/site/davidhshinn/china-s-involvement-in-african-conflict-zones

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  38. wolfmoon1776 says:

    Quoted for N+1:

    President Trump is not a typical western politician from the perspective of self-interest. This president would grind the bones in his own hand to make his lady liberty a rib if that was what is necessary to generate a win for America. Believe it.

    Pause – Repeat and Re-read as necessary.

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  39. Joan says:

    Extrordinary excellent article. Well written and very enlightening
    Thank you CRY

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  40. jstanley01 says:

    I have to believe that there have to be voices among the Chinese elites who fully realize that allowing their psychopathic North Korean cousin to play games with nukes and intercontinental ballistic missiles is beyond dangerous. But they are being drowned out by their fellows who make big money on trade with North Korea.

    Don’t be fooled by the country’s facade of Communism. If there is one thing to realize about China nowadays it is this: from “the least to the greatest,” the Chinese are all about one thing nowadays. Making money.

    Which means Pres. Trump’s strategy is perfect. If the U.S. threatens to hit China in the pocketbook harder than the hit they will take if they sanction North Korea, they will likely acquiesce to the position where they lose least. Being encouraged to do so by those there who see the danger clearly enough, and are finally being listened to.

    Just remember to leave them a way to save face, very important….

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  41. emet says:

    Several ways to get N Korea in line. The big worry is Pakistan.

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    • bofh says:

      Not to worry about Pakistan – we’ve got an open line of communications with them through the Awan family. At least the Democrat congress does.

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  42. Donna in Oregon says:

    I have been following the 100 day agreement President Trump made with China in May 2017. The July 16, 2017 date appears for China to keep it’s agreement.

    JOINT RELEASE: Initial Results of the 100-Day Action Plan of the U.S. – China Comprehensive Economic Dialogue
    https://www.commerce.gov/news/press-releases/2017/05/joint-release-initial-results-100-day-action-plan-us-china-comprehensive

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  43. Donna in Oregon says:

    Mr. Ross’s Commerce Deppt is going after the Chinese in aluminum, wood and also tires:

    US Department of Commerce release findings on Chinese OTR Imports
    http://www.tractionnews.com/us-department-of-commerce-release-findings-on-chinese-otr-imports/

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  44. Donna in Oregon says:

    And again the Commerce Dept. is hitting China:

    Commerce Dept. investigates steel imports used in auto parts
    May 16, 2017 @ 2:00 pm
    Eric Kulisch

    http://www.autonews.com/article/20170516/OEM11/170519836/commerce-dept.-investigates-steel-imports-used-in-auto-parts

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  45. A2 says:

    An Update.

    Today (17 July) the Global mouthpiece Times has published an Op-ed on Presidents Xi/Trump meeting.I world say China blinked, but with one eye.

    The lede is: “Xi-Trump meet defies naysayers in West” . The spin is that everything is back on track to the ‘citrus summit’ (aka Mar-a-lago) cooperation and good fellowship; that the problems are all due to negative voices in Washington stirring the pot to get ‘bargaining chips’ over China and that Xi/Trump have a mature relationship and shows that Sino-US relations can weather the storms.

    All told a very positive article and very complimentary to President Trump.

    However, one section stands out like a nail needing a hammer.

    The article states that ” China has strictly implemented *UN sanctions on North Korea* [in bold], but will not impose additional sanctions on North Korea in fields concerning people’s livelihood or humanitarianism. Beijing-Washington cooperation on Pyongyang’s nuclear issue must respect China’s attitude, and the US should adapt to this.”

    Of course, ‘people’s livelihood” and “humanitarianism” may include just about anything bar military weaponry and related items.

    The article concludes with this statement (I’m sure it is aimed at certain noisy senators ), but note the statement “Trump is returning to Washington’s previous China policy”.

    “There are still forces in US strategic circles and the public calling for being tough on China. They like neither China nor Trump, and instigate Trump to counter China. They expect the Beijing-Washington relationship to see major problems.”

    “The Trump administration has not been as tough on China as expected. This annoys those who wanted to see Trump display more of his personality in his ties with China.”

    “The Sino-US relationship is in a reasonable zone, and this is why Trump is returning to Washington’s previous China policy. Beijing and Washington should expand cooperation and put friction under control. This conforms to the national interests of both China and the US.”

    Hmmm.
    http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1055596.shtml

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    • thluckyone says:

      A2, I think the authors of this article are either NOT reading Sundance and the CTH everyday – as they should – or they’re just trying to blow smoke up the trouser-leg of those who are willing to buy into their nonsense.

      Thank YOU for letting us know about their stinky line of bs and I’m grateful to see that you have no smoke wafting up from around your belt.

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      • A2 says:

        Well, theluckyone the Global Times is a hardline Chinese state run propaganda shop that often puts out a certain line before Xinhua, the official propaganda shop. So I was curious as to what they would be spinning concerning the Xi/Trump meeting at the G20.

        It would be fun to know if they read CTH, but as you can tell from the spin, they read the US-European MSM. What is new is the flatterer discourse that logically will backfire if looked at too closely. They don’t call them mandarins for nothing.

        My personal reading between the lines is Xi got the message, is trying to save face by cum hoc ergo propter hoc positioning if the sanctions happen. But like the world famous hagglers that they are, they think they are still in the gai see (bazaar). I think the price just went up.

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