Stunning Leverage Created by President Trump Over Little Dragon – Draft U.N. Security Council Resolution Targets N-Korea Economy…

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley is structuring a U.N. Security Council resolution toward North Korea by targeting a ban on DPRK exports.  This approach is in line with the larger Trump strategy to leverage economic sanctions as pressure on North Korea to stop advancing military expansion and nuclear weapons.

However, how President Trump has set Nikki Haley up for success on this resolution is something for the history books to write about:

♦First: A review of the possible enhanced sanctions against N-Korea should be incorporated with the larger issue of policy toward the DPRK’s enabler, China.  President Trump, Secretary Mnuchin and Secretary Ross have positioned a severely consequential trade reset between the U.S. and China.  [Trump and Ross delayed an announcement on trade sanctions against China which was scheduled for today.]

♦Second: The enhanced U.S. energy export initiatives, in conjunction with lower oil prices, an outcome of U.S. energy policy and a mutually beneficial relationship between President Trump and Arab states in the GCC, have severely weakened the economic position of Russia.

Russia’s energy export economy is dependent on energy prices remaining high. President Trump has brilliantly worked the geopolitical economic relationships to leverage influence over a large portion of the Russian economy.

Combine these two points and you discover the leverage President Trump’s team has created.

This is now a situation where China and Russia’s best economic interests are enmeshed with supporting U.S. sanctions against North Korea.

The Bear (Russia) and Red Dragon (China) have been drawn into an economic battle space controlled by the Eagle (Trump-USA).

President Trump can offer a ‘better’ trade outcome (definitions variable) for China if they comply with Nikki Haley’s sanctions.  Similarly President Trump can negotiate with Russia on ‘better’ or “more favorable’ terms (definitions variable) for U.S. energy shipments to Eastern Europe, again if Russia complies with Nikki Haley’s sanctions.

Previously, President Trump’s visit to Poland, and the Three Seas Summit (Baltic, Black and Adriatic Sea States), along with France and the G20 members, established economic relationships and agreements for energy export between the U.S. and Eastern Europe.

Add all this to the personal relationships developed between Trump and the Gulf Cooperation Council; then factor in the larger geo-strategic economic realm; and then overlay the leverage needed over Russia on issues unrelated to the EU,… and damn Trump’s foresight on this is incredible.

The Outcome – Now we see China and Russia holster their U.N. Security Council veto power, because it is in their economic interests not to oppose the U.S. sanctions.  Brilliant strategy:

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – A U.S.-drafted United Nations Security Council resolution aims to slash by a third North Korea’s $3 billion annual export income by banning the country’s exports of coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lead ore and seafood, a council diplomat said on Friday.

The diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, said there was a “high confidence” that Russia and China would support the draft resolution.

The United States is aiming for a vote on Saturday to impose the stronger sanctions over North Korea’s two intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) tests in July, diplomats said. A resolution needs nine votes in favor, and no vetoes by the United States, China, Russia, France or Britain, to be adopted.

The draft resolution would also prohibit countries from increasing the current numbers of North Korean laborers working abroad, ban new joint ventures with North Korea and any new investment in current joint ventures, said the diplomat. (link)

When it comes to the use of economic leverage to create U.S. national security outcomes, well, we are learning at the knee of an economic master player.

“complicated business folks,… complicated business”

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166 Responses to Stunning Leverage Created by President Trump Over Little Dragon – Draft U.N. Security Council Resolution Targets N-Korea Economy…

  1. sundance says:

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    • fred2w says:

      To quote Neo, “Whoa.”

      Liked by 10 people

    • rf121 says:

      Russia though may not play due to the recent interference by congress and the sanctions bill. We shall see.

      Liked by 10 people

      • Plain Jane says:

        Loaded: Did Congress do the sanctions bill to lead to war with either/or/and the 3 and the U.S.? They knew what PDJT’s objectives are, and want him to fail.

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      • A2 says:

        Yes we shall see as Russia has made a lot of noise (on behalf of China also) that they will veto.

        However, it should be noted that Russia has been silent on taking counter sanctions to the Congressional bill, partly because their counter sanctions imposed to previous US sanctions (aimed at the Russian consumer) were worse than the original sanctions, and partly because the new sanctions (that are aimed at Putin’s money men that keep him in power and potentially will hit their interests) include a ‘loophole’ (not in the original draft) that Trump signed.

        Of course this so-called loophole is seen by the money men as a way to fly under the radar and feel less pressure from the sanctions. That provision allows the government to issue “routine” licenses to companies to do business with Russia if that “does not introduce essential change in the policy” of the US toward Russia.

        “RBC Russian news agency) cites US lawyers as saying that this change “leaves to the president real freedom to issue license which permit actions which otherwise would be subject to punishment” and that the measure does not provide any means for those who object to any such grants to appeal them except via the federal courts.”

        rbc.ru/economics/02/08/2017/5980a5289a794754fb147bc2.

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      • maiingankwe says:

        True, but it would be to their own detriment, and the bottom line is all about profit. They may be angry, but they’re not daft.

        I’m sure there will be bluster considering they have been sanctioned and now they are supposed to follow suit on another country. However, if they will lose more money than gain by saying no, they might just say yes for the love of money rather than principles.

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        • Imposing sanctions which do not materially injure one’s opponent is at best a questionable tactic.
          Imposing sanctions which have no repercussions on one’s opponent and in fact inflict exponentially more damage on their own must have their sanity questioned.

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    • Sylvia Avery says:

      Well, that ought to get Li’l Kim’s attention.

      Liked by 10 people

    • Ned says:

      I only skimmed the articlee so forgive me if this was mentioned.
      The DOWN SIDE is this WILL bring RUSSIA and CHINA CLOSER together.
      Both will be suffering and losers will UNITE.

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      • Cozette says:

        Russia’s interests are aligned with a Trumpian America since they too are an anti Communist, Christian, anti Globalist nation. China is a real threat to them since China is a Marxist, Globalist country that is aligned with the EU and Bilderberg crowd. We share a common enemy that poses an existential threat to both of us. Russia’s past cooperation with China has been to protect them from the war mongering Globalist Neocons who have controlled our government for too long.

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      • kpm58 says:

        What?
        The only suffering loser will be NK.
        President Trump has set it up so Russia and China benefit if they go along to get along.

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      • JustSomeInputFromAz says:

        Ned, “I only skimmed the article”: then WHY did YOU comment?

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    • fleporeblog says:

      SD’s I absolutely love this write up about how our President has setup both Russia and China to not veto the UN sanction against NK. I have highlighted numerous times that our President has allowed the Economic Train to leave the station never to return again! Yesterday’s job number for July (209,000), the fact we have cut the trade deficit in June by over 6% in comparison to the year prior, 2nd quarter GDP of 2.6% and the Stock Market hitting an all time high for the 8th consecutive day shows that the train is picking up serious traction.

      All of this would not have been possible without the unleashing of our Energy Superpower. From coal to LNG and every other source in between, corporations realize it is more cost effective to build in America versus the rest of the world.

      This Energy explosion has also allowed us to take the upper hand with Russia and for different reasons eventually with China. Our President has been traveling to different countries or meeting with them in the US and is selling American coal and LNG. In doing so, it is feeding our economy but also buying us Massive Leverage with the two world powers that we need to resolve our two biggest issues; North Korea and eventually Iran.

      South Korea is paying for our protection by signing an agreement for $15 Billion in LNG. Ukraine got screwed with HRC losing and has to pay for their bet on her by purchasing coal to be able to use throughout the year. Poland and the Three Sea countries (11 total) decided that to distance their dependency on Russia, it would be smart to sign contracts with our companies to supply LNG. They are also building up their infrastructure to be able to pipe the LNG through each of the different countries. Our President assures them that the US will never use the fuel as a weapon against them.

      All of the things I just described is killing the Russians and their stronghold on these countries and their economy back in Russia. China will agree to massive amounts of LNG and coal to lower the import/export advantage they currently have. We will continue to take their trinkets but in return they will buy hundreds of billions of dollars in LNG and coal. The need is there for them with 1 billion plus Chinese living in China.

      Folks our President is beyond brilliant! Energy has served and will continue to serve two major purposes. It will be used to “Fuel” our Economic Train and it will continue to “Fuel” our leverage with Russia and China!

      That isn’t just winning. This is MAGASUPERWINNING!

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      • maiingankwe says:

        Excellent post Fleporeblog! Well written too.

        You know, by the time I reached the end of your post, I realized never in a million years would I have thought our energy would be our saving grace. I knew it was a big deal and understood the importance of being energy independent, but not at this level and with this skill. Never would I have thought to work it with Russia or China in order to exert control over NK. Never. There are so many positive sides to the whole of it as well. Beneficial to all except NK and hopefully Iran down the road. I am really impressed. And so happy I voted for our President and everyone else too! Dang happy he is all ours.

        The past couple of days all I’ve been hearing is negative and a lot of bashing against our President, his administration, cabinet members etc. This really made my day. Heck, it will make my whole week, and I know I will be rereading this again and again. So love great news.

        Be well, and thank you for writing such a fabulous post!
        Ma’iingankwe

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        • fleporeblog says:

          Thank you for the kind words! Other than our President, I don’t think anyone could have envisioned it!

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        • forjava1 says:

          Need to reread article and comments to re-set the old brain categories to emerging kung-fu dynamics.

          Just wish RF leaders could move beyond inducing friction with US and other nations. Their partnership would be valuable.

          Maybe useful to point out that Chinese bigs will be giving up on some serious NK graft goodies if they help strangle NK.

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      • Peg_C the Deplorable says:

        Excellent summation. And it reminds us that Obama’s and Hillary’s policies were bass-ackwards in every conceivable way (for us – certainly not for our enemies!).

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  2. Joe Blow says:

    I expect to hear absolute zip about this on the evening fake news.

    Liked by 24 people

  3. Grace Anne says:

    We hired the right man at the right time and we are keeping him! I love and admire our President. Kind of think he is having the time of his life, putting his puzzle pieces together to MAGA. I sure am. I have decided to buckle up and enjoy the ride ’cause I know who is control. And SD you are so right, the MSM is running in circles, chasing their own. Their demise is coming and they don’t even know it.

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    • M. Mueller says:

      Grace Anne, I was just scrolling down to post that I TRUST OUR PRESIDENT. Some of the comments on the threads today make him sound like a duffuss who can’t tell who is for him from who is against him. Not buying that.

      First I trust God; then I trust President Trump. I refuse to succumb to the doom and gloom scenario going around today.

      Liked by 17 people

      • Grace Anne says:

        You are so right! Your priorities are spot on. With that as your compass… there is no doom and gloom. I have in the past been inclined to be rattled because of what I read or heard. No more! It is sad truth is so hard to come by, that is the world we live in. Keep the faith ’cause Truth is over this nation. We are blessed with President Trump. More blessings coming… though it may not look too pretty in the process. It truly is a battle for our mind.

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        • JC says:

          It was never going to be easy, right, Grace Anne? This is what turning the Ship of State looks and feels like… with the right captain at the helm. What a blessing that our President’s stunning economic and negotiating brilliance takes so much of the sting out of the vile and arduous battle to save our country.

          Liked by 5 people

          • Grace Anne says:

            Amen JC! You speak truth and have become a dear friend in our battle. Ain’t going to to be pretty but we are victorious! I am thankful for you!

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            • JC says:

              Thank you, Grace Anne. You made my day… my week. I am grateful for you, too!

              Ha – no, not pretty, but most things of value usually require, mud, sweat, blood, grime and a hefty dose of sheer terror. Love these great words from our President: “Never give up. Never, never give up.”

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      • Peg_C the Deplorable says:

        Amen, amen, amen!

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    • jmarshs says:

      And to think he’s still technically a political amateur. Wait until he REALLY learns to play the game, lol.

      Winning!

      Liked by 13 people

      • Grace Anne says:

        You made me laugh! Yes what an amateur he is! The sky is the limit!

        Liked by 4 people

        • carrierh says:

          And when Trump has that little smile, watch out because what’s coming won’t be pretty. He also knows we do not want McMasters an Obama carry-over so wonder when he too will be leaving? You either impress and do the job Trump wants or you hear YOU’RE FIRED and it is happening faster now because he gave 6 months to feel you out and out think you. Sorta a great movie on a daily basis. Love it.

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      • SharkFL says:

        Years 2, 3 and 4 will be epic. Years 5-8 will be uncharted MAGA territory for the US and the Earth. I dream that we can exorcise the Catholic church of its demons and restore a true map of the world under God.

        Liked by 2 people

        • Grace Anne says:

          So many churches need healing. This will be a painful and difficult time. Part of the “ugly” that is coming. He is preparing us now. God is raising up His army and would not be surprised this army is not within the organized church.

          Liked by 5 people

        • carrierh says:

          More than once the Catholic Church has had evil nasty popes and priests during its lifetime and after 2000K years we will again resurface because God thru Jesus created our church.

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      • kpm58 says:

        I hope and pray President Trump never learns how to play the DC Swamp game.

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    • Fe says:

      God bless your heart Miss Grace Anne. I think the same as you regarding our President. He’s going nowhere because God put him in the WH to do what is righteous for the forgotten men and women of our country. He shall prevail over all of this nonsense by the obstructionists Uniparty and the evil deep state. One by one he will snip those puppet strings until we are free and have been liberated from an out of control tyrannical federal govt.

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  4. Wow. If Russia and China abstain (which is their version of I won’t vote against but can’t vote for), it is truly a master stroke from Pres Trump. How many other US presidents have been able to accomplish anything even close to this with regards to NK?

    I am so impressed by Pres Trump’s foreign policy successes. Brilliant is the appropriate description.

    Mr. President – just in case you’re reading this – I am not tired of winning!

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    • Minnie says:

      Hear, Hear!!

      Liked by 9 people

    • Ned says:

      The ONLY problem is, this will UNITE RUSSIA and CHINA.
      Mutual LOSERS do UNITE.
      Look at how the NEVER TRUMPERS have aligned with the LEFT.
      Miserable people UNITE.

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      • JC says:

        Winners and Patriots unite, too, Ned, and we unite under God. Critical difference.

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        • Ned says:

          “Winners and Patriots unite, too, Ned, and we unite under God. Critical difference.”
          Losers UNITE too. We see that with the DEMS and RINOS in D.C. as they continue to unite against Trump. They would have preferred a Hillary win. As for God, He is ALWAYS in control no matter who the winners and losers are.

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  5. catmom says:

    Thank you for this post SD. Nice to get some uplifting news at the end of a long week.

    Liked by 19 people

  6. Question Everything says:

    This is why I voted for Trump and Dan Pena hit it on the head long before the election.
    BEWARE Very Strong Language but spot on.

    Liked by 20 people

  7. Paul says:

    Pretty soon wall street will be renamed MAGA.

    Liked by 4 people

  8. woohoowee says:

    When it comes to the use of economic leverage to create U.S. national security outcomes, well, we are learning at the knee of an economic master player.

    And he’s doing it for free! What’s not to like 🙂

    Liked by 19 people

  9. andrewalinxs says:

    Amazing watching the President work on Foreign leverage a true master. If I where the Uniparty I would be really afraid right now as you have to ask what does the President have up his sleeve for them.

    This sanction outcome for reference took about 6 months to leverage and that is not counting the fact he Probably started working this strategy out before he was sworn in.

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  10. kyasgrandma says:

    I’ll give Nikki credit for this one thing – she was savvy enough to recognize a winner in President Trump – and hitch her wagon to his star.

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  11. Alison says:

    Since most of NK’s exports go to China, how accurately can we monitor a ban? Do we trust the monitors? Couldn’t China keep funneling $$ to NK under some other guise? Lastly, how does the ban affect China from an import perspective (I assume it’s minimal).

    Not expecting SD to answer, just thinking out loud. Will watch this move ahead with interest.

    Nikki Haley seems to be working out very well as President Trump’s UN pick.

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    • Sylvia Avery says:

      You raise some interesting points. I will watch how this unfolds with great interest and a lot of hope.

      Liked by 3 people

    • cdnintx says:

      I guess China could buy their coal from USA instead of North Korea 😉

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    • TheLastDemocrat says:

      I was thinking this, as well:
      China will say one thing and do another.

      However, as with Middle East alliance against Qatar, China is on record saying one thing, and Trump will call them out when they fail to stick to their word – this is a lot of “losing face.” China cannot “win” either way. Sanction NK or don’t sanction NK. either way, the world, and the status quo, moves toward isolating NK, and China can wobble or hang out in the middle of the road all they want, but it aint comfortable –

      You know what is in the middle of the road? A yellow road, and dead armadillos.

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    • A2 says:

      Yes, China has been subsidizing NK under the guise of ‘humanitarian aid’ (and one of their main objections to new sanctions). However, that will become more difficult simply because the ‘humanitarian aid’ has been essentially ‘barter’. The items listed in the UN resolution were what China received at the other end. DPRK “free rider” status will not last long.

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    • yucki says:

      Maybe the starving little Norks willl get to eat some of their own fish!

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  12. jmbuck says:

    Wow, he was confident and said all along it would be easy. For him, yes. For any former President in last 25 years, not so much. He is just methodically brillant.

    I don’t get that he has the same level of confidence in beating the globalist and their puppets in Congress. Going to be a much harder fight. They have to know he has the upper hand on trade and it looks like from the insane position the GOP has put themselves, i.e. in opposition to President Trump and the everything American people voted for, they have been set up as the last line of defense for the globalist elites. This is going to end badly for them. The 2018 mixterms are going to be a disaster for the incombenent Uniparty. Couldn’t happen to a more deserving swamp of scum.

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    • FofBW says:

      Let us hope, like Hillary, they think their money will buy them the election in 2018.

      Liked by 4 people

    • jmbuck says:

      Gee, I hate auto correct.

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    • redtreesquirrel says:

      @ jmbuck

      I totally agree with you. To all my fellow Treepers who have expressed concern about voting in the 2018 elections….I got this from a poster on The Don – Reddit: There is no path to a viable third party. We don’t need to change parties. We need to change who’s in our Party. WE ARE THE GOP NOW. Remember that…

      President Trump NEEDS our help. We must not let him down. We are the ones who will drain the swamp. There are 100’s of Dems up for election in the House in 2018. Many in states Trump won. Let’s flip that for the R’s. For the RINO’s embedded in the GOP, donate to their primary challengers. Tell your friends to do the same. Most importantly vote for the challenger in their primary election. We can’t allow the Dems to get the majority because they want to impeach Trump. Maxine Waters is on Breitbart today, because she’s telling people that Pence is the next to be impeached! Democrats are ruthless because they are so corrupt. If Trump gets what he wants, and we get what we want, that means people like Maxine Waters are going to prison. They are desperate to protect their turf.

      Time for We the People to Repeal and Replace Congress and Drain That Swamp! We are the GOP now.

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      • Minnie says:

        Yes, Red, as it was always meant to be until the GOP got too full of themselves and became corruptible.

        I believe they all fear the contents of those computers (Cankles, awan, etc) and are scurrying to cover their butts due to the blackmail heaped upon them.

        It’s just a gut feeling.

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      • Sylvia Avery says:

        Thanks! I agree with you and I know a lot of others here do, too.

        There have been a lot of emotional outpourings about Never Again Will I Vote GOP and it is so frustrating. I get the anger and disappointment.

        But what you said–it is OUR party now. We need to claim it, own it, control it.

        Liked by 9 people

        • redtreesquirrel says:

          Exactly, Sylvia. We are the GOP now. Ryan and McConnell are already history in my view. We will take back our party. Just watch.

          Liked by 7 people

          • Sylvia Avery says:

            I am in a BLUE BLUE BLUE state, and there will be no one running against my Dim slate of incumbents.

            But what I can do is watch what is happening in other states and I can and will donate to primary challengers or write letters or whatever I can do to help.

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          • Yes redtreesquirrel it is our party.

            Not the party of the silver haired sun tanned geezer Senators and Representatives.

            When Donald Trump announced he was running for president I was barely listening there were already 16 Republicans running.

            But when Donald Trump said I will build the wall and make Mexico pay for it I said” how can I help” and I never looked back.

            Pres Trump beat out 16 well financed primary candidates to sin the Republican Primary and then he was up against Hilary.

            Every said Trump would never win, Hilary was to formidable.

            Never, win.Never beat her.

            I knew he would win would because what he said about building the wall was what every desperate American citizen had been begging for for ten years.

            Ant the political elites ignored us.

            Not Trump, this was the biggest political issue in the campaign and no one but Donald Trump was talking about it.

            Now we are fighting for much more and it is more complicated.

            It will take many battles but we will win in the long run.

            We are in this fight for our children and our grand children.

            And we will not let them down.

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        • mw says:

          Yes, we have vote for GOP Patriots, not rinos

          Liked by 5 people

      • Jmbuck says:

        Yes, We are the party now. The only way we lose is to sit home and not vote for the best of the choices we have. That apathy got us where we are. Stay engaged and show up.

        However, we must be do our research on everyone who gets in the race in our voting area to oppose the swamp creatures.The GOPe infiltrated the Tea Party and some that won under that banner turned out to be swamp i.e. Cruz, Rubio, Lee, etc.

        We must not be fooled again. Take no one at face value. I learned a lot on this site and will review FEC filings like Sundance and the Treepers did on the GOPe Presidential candidates. We need to watch who their donors are for clues as to who their allegiance is to. Follow the money.

        In it for the long haul. MAGA

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      • Coldeadhands says:

        Our most intensive election strategizing and resource commitment has to be for the primaries.
        The wake up call was the skullduggery in Cochran’s last Mississippi Senatorial primary.

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      • Kaco says:

        ” There is no path to a viable third party. We don’t need to change parties. We need to change who’s in our Party. WE ARE THE GOP NOW. Remember that…”

        Absolutely right.

        Take back the party. Before GOP primaries we need to have a board to identify America First challengers.

        If all else fails, vote for the RINO in the general, but don’t vote Dem unless you want PT impeached. And a vote for a third party is like a vote for Johnson was in the presidential election and could be a problem in a predictably close election. A lot of Never-Trumpers who couldn’t stomach Trump voted “their conscience”.

        We have to give PT the majority GOP and do the best we can.

        At least let’s get the RINOs primaried and change the GOP to the America First party.

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      • Squirrel. I agree up to a point. We are only the GOP if we can take it over.

        If Trump gets booted out of office before his time is up, then I am afraid that a new party is the only option. I agree that we must boot out the RINOs. But this is our last chance.

        Of course, we want as many dems to flip as possible in the senate and the congress. But it is the traitorous RINOs who are the biggest danger to us changing the party. We need to boot them out.

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        • NC PATRIOT says:

          To boot them out, in the Senate, we have to wait for each one to come up for re-election and primary them. In 2018 we may be able to turn some Dem seats. In 2018 in NC neither Senator is up. Have to wait til 2020 to try to get Tillis out !

          Liked by 2 people

          • Peg_C the Deplorable says:

            I have a dream: one term only for all Senators. Yep, it’s a dream. but It’s one of my happy places. LOL

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      • Peg_C the Deplorable says:

        This is exactly what former NeverTrumper Mark Levin was saying on his show for many years. We did what he told us with PDJT in particular and he threw 10 fits because our choice wasn’t his choice. Also, we knew his candidate could never, ever pull the trigger. Apparently he is tepidly on our reservation now, but many former Bunker-dwellers are way past him. Fool us once, you’re done.

        Your post is exactly right.

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  13. The Devilbat says:

    Had Hillary become president, she would have provided north Korea with a favored trade status and sold them all the nuclear hardware they wanted. Kim in a gesture of peace would of course make a huge donation to the wonderful Clinton Foundation. Think about it, there are still millions of idiots out there who are upset that she lost the election. There is obviously no fixing STUPID.

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  14. Minnie says:

    🎶 sing it loud, sing it proud 🎶

    OUR President is a genius!!

    Thank you, Mr. Trump, you trulyare the President of, for and by the People!

    God bless us, everyone 🙏

    MAGA 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🦁

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    • Minnie says:

      👍

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    • Ed. says:

      President Trump is clearly following the 36 Stratagems method of war, like he has always done in the past. If you don’t know what the 36 Stratagems are look them up and study them, all will make perfect sense ounce you do. The best part is that he is so skilled at using them he can and often does let the enemy know what he is doing for the simple fact that they will never believe him, and he knows it.

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    • Peg_C the Deplorable says:

      Supposedly most politicians including all of Congress have read this book. If this is true, it’s pretty obvious the GOPe is illiterate or mentally impaired as a group.

      This book should be required reading in high school.

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  15. sundance says:

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  16. Linus_In_W.PA. says:

    To me, while I could certainly buy that the Trumpet planned it all out, it seems more that he was just doing the right things in the individual theaters, and when the time came to turn the screws, he naturally created leverage due to his ‘right things’ being what is good for the USA.

    LIKE A FREIGHT TRAIN ROLLING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  17. MK says:

    The Eagle always had the high ground, shame past administrations the intelligence to use it.

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  18. trapper says:

    Really, Really, REALLY liking Nikki Haley. As near as I can remember she has not missed a step. Sharp cookie who understands why she is doing what she Is doing and sees the moves laid out for her by PDJT several moves ahead.. Very impressed. Can we clone her for Attorney General?

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  19. Bouchart says:

    I’m not too confident on Russia going along. They might abstain, and that’s good enough. But I don’t think North Korea exports enough to move the the needle much on commodities prices.

    China might go along in theory but I don’t see why they wouldn’t just smuggle. NK is right on the border.

    This strikes me more as symbolic than anything else…

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  20. WhichWayWesternMan says:

    Oil and gas are only about 10% of Russian GDP, and some of that represents value added oil products. State oil revenues account for 17% of the budget. Meanwhile, Germany and Russia continue to work on Nord Stream 2. It would be very difficult to get US energy resources to Europe more cheaply than Russian gas.

    The real pressure point is China. Russia will follow their lead on the NK issue.

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  21. Matt says:

    In addition to the economic plan, re-militarize Japan. Problem of N Korea solved.

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  22. A2 says:

    In addition to the above post, Sec Tillerson is attending ASEAN and making moves to have NK removed from the council. The main items on the agenda are NK, south China sea issues and the return of Islamic militants to SE Asia.

    It is suspected that all member countries will loudly condemn the DPRK.

    The meeting started today.

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  23. Augie says:

    It’s obvious — but it took me this long to actually articulate this. When the President is able to work independently of congress, the results are golden. When congress enters the picture, not so much. How long will it take congress critters to figure this out?

    Will the (previously non-Trump) voters figure it out first?

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  24. oldiadguy says:

    The other players (China, Russia) in the international drama have not been sitting still.

    https://acefinance.wordpress.com/2014/06/24/extension-of-the-russia-china-gas-pipeline-into-india-is-under-discussion-at-the-brics-summit/

    https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/europe/vladimir-putin-visits-gas-project-which-will-export-to-china-1.3176108

    http://www.businessinsider.com/r-learning-mandarin-in-the-tundra—russia-invites-china-into-oil-business-2015-4

    China and Russia both have economic cards to play if they chose. We have to remember that this is not a one sided game. The other players have a vote.

    Take Care

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    • A2 says:

      Yes, both have cards to play, but so do others. China and India are going at it hammer and tongs on the border and India is the major block to President Eleven (XI) and his OBOR (one belt, one road) neo-imperialist key policy.

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      • Cozette says:

        And even before the inauguration President Trump and India’s President Modi became BFFs. During the campaign President Trump actively courted the Hindu vote and has made strong friendships with influential Hindu American businessmen who still have strong ties with influential people in India. This Game of Thrones was being set up for some time. Plus our President already has ties with people from around the world through his business dealings, unlike our clueless politicians.

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      • oldiadguy says:

        “China and India are going at it hammer and tongs on the border and India is the major block to President Eleven (XI) and his OBOR (one belt, one road) neo-imperialist key policy.”

        No, China and India are not going a it hammer and tongs, at least not yet. So far, it is a war of words. As far as being a major block to OBOR, not so much. China has bypassed India so far, though the Russians have attempted to entice them with a pipeline as indicated in a link I posted above.

        https://walizahid.com/2015/10/chinas-world-reshaping-one-belt-one-road-obor/

        China has been on the move with this project for many years. China has just recently started construction on a military base in Djibouti.

        http://www.chinaafricaproject.com/djibouti-welcomes-china-to-build-a-military-base-translation/

        After eight years of Obama, the U.S. is just now getting back into the game.

        Take Care

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  25. Reader-Between-the-Lines says:

    While I am relatively new to the CTH family, I just want to say that I have learned more about commerce, finance, and economics from SD and the Treepers who comment regularly than I ever did in 6yrs of college. CTH has become my “go to” for honest analysis and info. I use this site to fact-check all the other, including Breitbart.

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  26. I think President Trump had T-Rex “take out the lumps.”

    “Courage’: China Applauds Rex Tillerson’s Soft Approach on North Korea”

    “In a press conference Monday, Tillerson stated, “We do not seek a regime change, we do not seek the collapse of the regime, we do not seek an accelerated reunification of the peninsula, we do not seek an excuse to send our military north of the 38th Parallel.” Instead, he claimed the United States was “trying to convey to the North Koreans: We are not your enemy. We’re not your threat. But you are presenting an unacceptable threat to us, and we have to respond.”

    http://www.donaldjtrumppolls.com/courage-china-applauds-rex-tillersons-soft-approach-on-north-korea/

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  27. oldiadguy says:

    The other players (China, Russia) in the international drama have not been sitting still.

    https://acefinance.wordpress.com/2014/06/24/extension-of-the-russia-china-gas-pipeline-into-india-is-under-discussion-at-the-brics-summit/

    https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/europe/vladimir-putin-visits-gas-project-which-will-export-to-china-1.3176108

    http://www.businessinsider.com/r-learning-mandarin-in-the-tundra—russia-invites-china-into-oil-business-2015-4

    China and Russia both have economic cards to play if they chose. We have to remember that this is not a one sided game. The other players have a vote.

    Take Care

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  28. Reaganite says:

    NK is a blip. What’s important is to understand just how close the Rockefeller/Bush/Clinton dynasties brought America down into a neo-feudalism. They would’ve by designed destroyed the leverage Trump is now employing in order to steal our sovereignty and strip the country bare.

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  29. gfgustav says:

    Thank you, SD. Excellent analysis.

    When grandmasters play chess, they angle for an accumulation of small advantages. Pieces on the right squares. An intricate balance of threats. The opportunities to unleash brilliant combinations on their opponents arise naturally out of this accumulation of advantages, albeit the winning master has to see the opportunity and seize it when it arises.

    Trump is playing the economic game at the grandmaster level. As SD said, “we are learning at the knee of an economic master.”

    I take considerable solace in this. I have to believe he is playing the House of Cards game in the swamp with the same masterful acumen. Hence I really enjoyed the Keln comments in the McMaster piece. Another SD bullseye.

    It will be fascinating to see how this unfolds. I’m inclined to wonder if, at some point, we will see some brilliant move by Trump vis-a-vis the Deep State that seems to come out of nowhere. Something no one anticipated. Something that reveals that everyone … everyone … is playing catch-up. And when they begin to grasp the implications, Trump’s detractors will be shocked. Stunned. Beside themselves with helpless fury. Not to mention behind bars. Checkmate.

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  30. yakmaster2 says:

    Is our President brilliant or what? 😀
    Thank you, SD, for outlining POTUS’s leverage strategy. I mean that sincerely.

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  31. DoggyDaddy says:

    All this talk about sanctions on NK is just “feel good” nonsense and having an economic war with China over NK is stupid. Unless we are prepared to go to war at the expense of South Korea, we are going to have to accept, at least in the short term however awkwardly that might be, that NK will have nukes that can reach us.

    History shows that pariah states (e.g., Taiwan, South Africa, Israel during the 1960s and 1970s) have often been quite successful in rebuffing sanctions. But whether previous UN sanctions against NK have been fully implemented or not, or whether China has circumvented sanctions to support NK, these have little relation to the truth — sanctions did not make NK so miserably poor and are not keeping NK that way. The fact that only 20% of NK land is arable coupled with bad economic programs (communist-based central planning with emphasis on heavy industry at the expense of everything else) contribute much more to NK’s failure as a state than sanctions ever have done or ever will do.

    If the US decides to up the ante with economic sanctions against China; again, I wonder what exactly do we think China can do? Over the last two decades, China has been normalizing relations with South Korea — a major source of friction between Beijing and Pyongyang. And while China would probably welcome a more stable leadership dynamic in NK, it is quite clear under current conditions that China does not want to see the NK regime collapse, whether from internal or external reasons. The reason is clear: the Chinese are frightened by the potential of massive numbers of NK refugees (in the millions) crossing into Manchuria — people for whom China would have difficulty caring and who could destabilize a strategic region of China. Perhaps this helps to explain why China has begun already to deploy so many troops to the border area.

    I think China believes the US is effectively stymied from using military action against NK because of the proximity of Seoul to the DMZ. Seoul is the 16th largest city in the world (nearly 30 million people) and directly under the umbrella of NK’s most important, powerful, and hardened military weaponry — artillery. Preemptively eliminating NK artillery assets is impossible and failing to do so means heavy attacks on Seoul. Some military analytics I’ve seen anticipate more than 500,000 rounds of artillery would hit Seoul in the FIRST HOUR of a conflict. No city population is prepared and equipped to endure that kind of onslaught. I’m sure China believes the US will not allow Seoul to incur tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of casualties.

    The only hope I see is for the US to offer to work with China to develop a plan for mutually dealing with the potential human and economic fallout from a regime change in NK. Then perhaps China would be willing to engage in a more indirect solution to NK (e.g., a Chinese-inspired coup-d’etat with a controlled nuclear disarmament outcome).

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  32. alligatriot says:

    Looks like the Bear and the Red Dragon agree with your assessment, Sundance.

    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/08/05/un-slaps-new-sanctions-on-north-korea-following-missile-tests.html

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  33. tsforex says:

    It bloody worked! MAGA

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