Trump Administration Responds To North Korea Missile Provocations…

China, via Beijing’s communist old guard, has played right into the hands of the Trump administration by overreacting to the economic pressure of President Trump.  Beijing authorized an atomic elbow via another provocative North Korean missile test. However, their response now empowers the Trump administration to point out the terrible DPRK behavior and simultaneously take a higher diplomatic road.

President Trump, Secretary Tillerson and Secretary Mattis’s “Fire and Fury” approach was essentially a dynamic Win/Win.  By utilizing diplomacy (Tillerson/Haley) while constructing the appearance of military possibility (Mattis/McMaster), while simultaneously President Trump put the BIG geopolitical economic squeeze on China, team U.S.A. created a multidimensional box – and Beijing walked directly into the trap.

Unintentionally, China has now created a diplomatic ‘high-road’ path in response to the DPRK for the Trump administration.  China, seeking to retain position behind the curtain of the DPRK, will not be able to oppose, publicly or in the U.N., any U.S. and allied position now or they run the risk of the entire world seeing their controls over Kim Jong-un.  Notice the strategy in the well coordinated approach today:

President Trump Speaks To PM Shinzo Abe – President Donald J. Trump spoke yesterday with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan to address North Korea’s launch of a missile that overflew Japanese territory. The two leaders agreed that North Korea poses a grave and growing direct threat to the United States, Japan, and the Republic of Korea, as well as to countries around the world. President Trump and Prime Minister Abe committed to increasing pressure on North Korea, and doing their utmost to convince the international community to do the same. (LINK)

WHITE HOUSE STATEMENT –  The world has received North Korea’s latest message loud and clear: this regime has signaled its contempt for its neighbors, for all members of the United Nations, and for minimum standards of acceptable international behavior.

Threatening and destabilizing actions only increase the North Korean regime’s isolation in the region and among all nations of the world. All options are on the table. (LINK)

Secretary Rex Tillerson Statement –  Secretary Tillerson spoke on separate calls with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and Republic of Korea (R.O.K.) Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha to discuss North Korea’s launch of a missile that overflew Japan.

They agreed the launch was an escalation of North Korean provocations and showcased the dangerous threat posed by North Korea to the United States, Japan, the R.O.K., and countries around the world.

Secretary Tillerson reaffirmed with Ministers Kono and Kang the strength of our alliances with Japan and the R.O.K., as well as the ironclad commitment of the United States to their defense.

Secretary Tillerson agreed with the two ministers to continue close coordination on efforts to increase pressure on North Korea to show the regime that its repeated violations of UN Security Council resolutions will only result in condemnation and isolation from the international community.  (LINK)

U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley locks the trap with a statement of how China and Russia will now have to stand on their prior commitment to the U.N. Security Council:

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China’s objective is conquest.  China’s tool for conquest is economics.  President Trump’s entire geopolitical strategy, using economics in a similar way, is an existential threat to China’s endeavor.  Communist Beijing calls the proverbial DPRK shots.

President Trump is putting on a MASSIVE economic squeeze.

♦Squeeze #1. Trump and Mnuchin just sanctioned Venezuela and cut off their access to expanded state owned oil revenue.  Venezuela now needs more money.  China and Russia are already leveraged to the gills in Venezuela and hold 49% of Citgo as collateral for loans outstanding.  Now China and Russia will need to loan more, directly.

♦Squeeze #2.  China’s geopolitical ally, Russia, is already squeezed with losses in energy revenue because of President Trump’s approach toward oil, LNG and coal.  Trump, through allies including Saudi Arabia, EU, France (North Africa energy), and domestic production has driven down energy prices. Meanwhile Russia is bleeding out financially in Syria.  Iran is the financial reserve, but they too are energy price dependent.

♦Squeeze #3. Trump and Tillerson just put Pakistan on notice they need to get involved in bringing their enabled tribal “extremists” (Taliban) to the table in Afghanistan.  Pakistan’s primary investor and economic partner is China.  If U.S. pulls or reduces financial support to pressure Pakistan toward a political solution in Afghanistan, China has to fill void.

♦Squeeze #4. China’s primary economic threat (competition) is next door in India.  President Trump has just embraced India as leverage over China in trade and pledged ongoing favorable trade deals.  The play is MFN (Most Favored Nation) trade status might flip from China to India.  That’s a big play.

♦Squeeze #5.  President Trump has launched a USTR Section 301 Trade Investigation into China’s theft of intellectual property.  This encompasses every U.S. entity that does manufacturing business with China, particularly aeronautics and technology, and also reaches into the financial services sector.

♦Squeeze #6.  President Trump, Secretary Ross, Secretary Mnuchin and USTR Robert Lighthizer are renegotiating NAFTA.  One of the primary objectives of team U.S.A. is to close the 3rd party loopholes, including dumping and origination, that China uses to gain backdoor access to the U.S. market and avoid trade/tariff restrictions. [China sends parts to Mexico and Canada for assembly and then back-door entry into the U.S. via NAFTA.]

♦Squeeze #7. President Trump has been open, visible and vocal about his intention to shift to bilateral trade renegotiation with China and Southeast Asia immediately after Team U.S.A. conclude with NAFTA renegotiation.

♦Squeeze #8.  President Trump has positioned ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) as trade benefactors for assistance with North Korea. The relationship between ASEAN nations and the Trump administration is very strong, and getting stronger. Which leads to…

♦Squeeze #9.  President Trump has formed an economic and national security alliance with Shinzo Abe of Japan.   It is not accidental that North Korea’s Kim Jong-un fired his missile over the Northern part of Japan.  Quite simply, Beijing told him to.

Add all of this up and you can see the cumulative impact of President Trump’s geopolitical economic strategy toward China.  The best part of all of it – is the likelihood China never saw it, meaning the sum totality of “all of it”, coming.

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157 Responses to Trump Administration Responds To North Korea Missile Provocations…

  1. citizen817 says:

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    • carrierh says:

      Trump is a great strategist and having businesses in many countries, he knows a lot more than anyone in Congress who have shown they know nothing but taking outsider money to become millionaires and ignoring us. That day has come and gone and the 2 parties in 1 are going to find themselves out of Congress and living like us, that no benefits or perks will go with them because we, their employers did not vote for not authorize same. They set it up for a sweet life for them and ripping up off. Sorry, but no more and if not awake, you will also be tried for treason and hanged. My belief is that about 95% of Congress are on the take and dislike Trump upsetting their money apple cart and we say, you are fired and we will elect/hire better candidates with many provisos that they must follow or be immediately removed. Two 3 yr. terms max, no benefits/perks, no huge salary for just a few weeks of “work” that means blocking us and our President from MAGA, and any misstep means you are out of a Congress job.

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      • I’ve been calling for this for YEARS NOW CARRISH.
        THOSE SOB’S NEED REMOVED PERIOD AND NO BENEFITS, LET THEM GO FIND A JOB LIKE WE HAVE TO..

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      • Remington..... says:

        I look forward to the day PT starts to expose the net worth of these traitors. ‘Looking at bank accounts and off shore holdings. Etc the American people see up close and personal how they have been had. Let these turncoat go back home and explain that to their constituents. Let the chips fall where they may.

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  2. Travis McGee says:

    Looks like China just pooped and stepped back in it.

    Liked by 16 people

    • Founding Fathers Fan says:

      China’s response to economic sanctions I big pinch. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRTu6kG6uIU LOL

      Liked by 1 person

    • James says:

      “However, their response now empowers the Trump administration to point out the terrible DPRK behavior and simultaneously take a higher diplomatic road.”

      Point out the terrible DPRK behavior and take the high road? What does that mean? China doesn’t care about a diplomatic high road. China doesn’t think the way we do – they take a long view of history.

      I think I remember another recent article on this site saying that after Pres.Trump had given his fire and fury remarks that China had gotten the message and put the lid on N. Korea. But now N. Korea has done another provocative missile launch. So apparently somebody didn’t get the message – I guess. So by the fire and fury remarks, did we actually want China to let DPRK do another missile launch and cause China to walk into our trap? Is this part of some grand scheme? So what’s the next move?

      I just don’t get it.

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    • Figres says:

      “As a Chinese immigrant” you would love China to win the economic war and, as every good communist, you are bound to your disgusting ideology which doesn’t allow facts to be considered. Sad. “Bomb bomb bomb” is not the insane stupidity the American people, not the Chinese immigrants, voted for. Clinton would for sure have done it, so you might vote for her in 4 years if she dares to run again.
      Or just go back to your communist paradise.

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    • Charlie says:

      Re-read the squeeze played out. China fears not controlling their people i.e. communism.
      Economic squeeze = no jobs = no food/medicine = restless population.
      China is in “check” they are surrounded by all the kings men.

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      • reenahovermale says:

        But that’s just it, isn’t it. How very convenient of them to have packaged it up so nice and tidy and ready for harsh sanctions which would include the properties and accounts in the U.S., if needs be.

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  3. jrapdx says:

    Appears it’s time to increase economic sanctions on China since there’s every reason to believe China put NK up to launching the missile over Japan. Squeezing China harder might prompt China to do something even more ill-advised, they don’t seem to learn from experience very well. That makes it a rapidly tightening spiral toward the endgame of self-destruction. How they choose to play it is up to them.

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  4. Minnie says:

    China has no idea the level of wrath it just released.

    Or does it?

    Their citizens may have something to say about the impending economic nuke unleashed.

    Then again, they’re owned by their government.

    Such a pickle!

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    • fleporeblog says:

      Minnie I work with a lot of Chinese people at my job. They have told me that once the people in China 🇨🇳 get the taste of money 💰, they will do whatever it takes to keep it coming. 1.7 Billion people can destroy the Communist Party in China 🇨🇳. There aren’t enough tanks to kill them all.

      Liked by 18 people

      • Minnie says:

        I pray they find the power and strength to do so, Felice!

        Liked by 9 people

      • Aguila2011 says:

        I say your Chinese friends, who I presume are working in the US, are lying sacks of excrement. It is freedom that people would want in the need hierarchy. A taste of money? Sounds like a greedy crony-capitalist globalist who cares not for country or their own people. Just the almighty buck. And of course, they are a godless people.

        No, if you look at the roughly 300 million well off Chinese and the BILLION plus left behind, therein is your reason for an uprising. In any well functioning society/system, I think the 80/20 rule would apply. 80% of the people would be doing fine-to-great while the bottom 20% would be struggling, not the other way around. Something is wrong with that picture. The fact that people don’t fix it themselves is a function of education, information and means, as well as the people are so sparsely distributed.

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      • carrierh says:

        fle, we have Chinese friends and from our first visit and my studies in Hangzhou’s great university, the Chinese have a learned to build great businesses, make big money, and love good things, especially cars and clothes! The few communists left are getting older and eventually will disappear and they can’t stop the entrepreneurialism that has grown exponentially each year over the last 15 yrs. For sure, the communists have always feared uprisings from the poorer Chinese and have allowed a lot more freedom and are making money themselves from the improved economy. So, a case of between the devil and the deep blue sea, I think they will act as they should and that means Trump, as usual, wins.

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      • Jedinovice says:

        My entire customer base (bar one family) is ethnic Chinese and, yes, they LOVE “The Money.”

        Yes, they call it “The Money” and you can hear the capitals!!
        If the economy nose dives in the China – and it’s coming – there will be blood on the streets!

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  5. Minnie says:

    China has no idea the level of wrath it just released.

    Or does it?

    Their citizens may have something to say about the impending economic nuke unleashed.

    Then again, they’re owned by their government.

    Such a pickle!

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  6. redtreesquirrel says:

    If you go back and watch Candidate Trump’s election rallies, he mentions China often, how he hated having to work with them when he put up his buildings there. He knows exactly how corrupt they are. I believe it actually motivated him to win the presidency. I say, Praise Jesus! 🙂

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  7. Doug says:

    i think its safe to say that China isnt really that clever its just we were that dumb and/or run by people who sold us out. either way pigs get slaughtered because they get greedy, chinas been greedy for quite awhile and is addicted to the one sided trade policies like a crack addict. I do question if the day china passes us in nominal gdp will actually even happen now. Once the fake sheen comes off of China people will actually be able to analyze all their fake economic data. Combine that with a shift to India and we could seriously harm them.

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    • redtreesquirrel says:

      Much of Hollywood is owned by China. They don’t make patriotic movies to please American audiences anymore. That’s why. Ever wondered how Hollywood became such Communists?

      Liked by 11 people

      • Doug says:

        very true in fact many of the movies now have gratuitous scenes of china either saving the day or just scenes for them. red dawn was even changed from china to north korea how ironic is that!

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        • redtreesquirrel says:

          Last movie I saw was Dr. Strange with Benedict Cumberbatch. Half of the film was of China. BTW, they are living high on the hog there now – off of the manufacturing wages they stole from our country.

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        • Rudy Bowen says:

          China was peripheral in the first Red Dawn…the invading troops that the Wolverines were fighting were Cuban and Soviets. There was a mention of China by the pilot played by Powers Booth (he mentioned their losses from our ICBM strikes). ‘There used to be a billion screaming Chinamen’. But, yeah.

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        • Aguila2011 says:

          Yeah, just like in the movie Armageddon when the US had to rely on the ChiComs for “their” rockets to get supplies to the rescue team. I was only surprised they didn’t add a Chinese astronaut to the rescue team to boot! They are soooo kind hearted. Really!!

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      • Grandma Covfefe says:

        In the 1950’s Senator Joseph McCarthy was right about Hollywood.

        Liked by 10 people

        • wolfmoon1776 says:

          Yes, We must learn from his mistakes.

          (1) View the compromised as victims, not criminals.
          (2) Never blacklist – point out that compromised Hollywood blacklisted worse.
          (3) Treat the media as an enemy at all times.
          (4) Don’t give in to media narratives – EVER.
          (5) Use sunlight to beat back infection and their defenses.
          (6) Bring back and IMPROVE/UPDATE the old anti-communist knowledge.
          (7) Make clear the logical and unavoidable failure of Marxism.
          (8) Teach differences between cultural (breakdown) and governing Marxism.
          (9) Identify conflicted personalities as a RISK for subversion – as VICTIMS.
          (10) School choice down to teacher level to SHUN not fire communist teachers.

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        • Aguila2011 says:

          Not just Hollywood but the infestation in the US gummint.

          Liked by 3 people

        • carrierh says:

          Grandma, and Congress and sad to say we have a large number of registered socialists and communists in our Congress that we foolishly voted in. We have to work hard and drain the Congress swamp, and let Hollywood just continue to kill itself just like the RNC and DNC.

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      • Judith says:

        Yes, and they actually rewind American movie history as well, churning out one remake after another. But the “new” movie is never as good as the original. National Lampoon’s Vacation and Ghostbusters comes immediately to mind. It’s like they must go back and ruin everything that was ever any good. And replace our entertainment with all this social justice crap. Please. Cry me a river, Oprah.

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    • run by people who sold us out.

      ^
      this

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  8. redtreesquirrel says:

    If you haven’t seen Joe Dan’s latest video – it’s a good one.

    https://intellectualfroglegs.com/mob-ocracy/

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  9. NJF says:

    Before I read, I just want to say thank you SD for reiterating these important bullet points. I just gave this to my son.

    He is preparing for a speech & debate competition where the topic is “should we supply SK with a missile defense system?” As we discussed it over dinner, the whole NK/China issue came into play.

    You are helping to inform generation Z!

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  10. lurker99 says:

    This was all covered today by the MSM /sarc

    Thanks SD – pleasure to read this…………..

    Liked by 9 people

  11. John says:

    There is nothing in China we can’t make here… The only thing that will disappear is the corporate wage and environmental arbitrage that has been going on since NAFTA.

    Liked by 4 people

    • tom f says:

      Your optimism is boundless.

      Liked by 3 people

    • redtreesquirrel says:

      I am already looking for things that say “Made in America”. Are you kidding?

      Liked by 3 people

    • Dennis Leonard says:

      Mr 121,you need to take a remedial economics course here at CTH,this has been covered in great detail by SD.So go do some studying.

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    • volintn says:

      true Rf, but our food should be less expensive based on what SD has taught us here.

      Liked by 2 people

    • Grandpa M says:

      Last month I was surprised to find in my local ACE Hardware store toilette tank guts Made in the USA. The price was 13.99, equal or cheaper than the Chinese made crap. Bought 4.

      Liked by 4 people

      • Minnie says:

        Excellent 👍

        Liked by 1 person

      • Texian says:

        Check out the Made in the USA garden hose nozzle for the same price.. indestructible.. will last for decades. Deceivingly small and simple.. doesn’t leak, will never have to replace the rubber washer, built like a tank. Drop it, bang it against a brick wall, run over it.. still works like new.

        I was so tired of the gaudy ‘bling’ type China made crap, they leak right out of the package, drop it a few times and it breaks.

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    • Aguila2011 says:

      The emotional impact of the price increases will be short term however as the “better” products will last longer and hence people will save in the longer term by not having to replace every six months, for instance. And the psych impact is important as people realize this and become willing to spend more for better. The entire dynamic will change undoing the false dynamic of cheaper products from overseas.

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    • Only a fool would believe America can’t out-automate China.

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    • jmclever says:

      BUT with cheaper energy prices and lower corporate tax rates, it might not be as bad. Besides, most people prefer to buy clothes that don’t self-destruct in 10 washes and cell phones that don’t explode.

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  12. John says:

    Yep then they have to sell our debt….Interest rates and salaries go back up. 1000 ultra rich guys in the USA are affected…. big deal

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  13. fleporeblog says:

    They will be teaching classes for generations about how our President in his first year in office was able to get our Economy back to 3% GDP and how he was able to leverage our two biggest foes.

    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 are realizing 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 consistently 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 🇰🇵 NOW and eventually Iran 🇮🇷.

    South Korea 🇰🇷 has decided it is in their best interest to pay 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 Nations (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 as we speak to be able to pipe the LNG through each of the different countries. Ireland 🇮🇪 and Lithuania 🇱🇹 just recently signed a contract for our LNG. UK 🇬🇧, France 🇫🇷 and Germany 🇩🇪 are purchasing massive amounts of our Coal.

    All of the things I just described is killing the Russians and their stronghold on these countries and their economy back in Russia 🇷🇺. Eventually China 🇨🇳 will agree to massive amounts of LNG and Coal to lower the import/export advantage they currently have with us. 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 1.7 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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  14. Nessie 509 says:

    Trump is president. Hillary’s not.
    He’s got a $20 trillion market in his hands. China’s doesn’t.
    I like USA odds.

    Liked by 7 people

  15. duchess01 says:

    Know your enemy – and President Trump does like the back of his hand! Love his ‘squeeze’ play!

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  16. TexasDude says:

    You know, for a culture that supposedly values education, it appears they cannot even multiply polynomials.

    In other words, it appears all they can do is solve for X, while Trump is solving for X and Y and then applying a and b.

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  17. Timmy-the-Ute says:

    Squeeze 8: Testing of the upgrade B61-12 Nuclear bomb.

    I still trust President Trump, but I have lost faith in SOS Tillerson. Seeing how he behaved on Fox on Sunday I fear he may make a deal that undersells Trumps deal. Tillerson seems to feel that he can speaks for the United States over Pres. Trump. That he is there to keep the President from going too far.

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    • fleporeblog says:

      No one speaks on behalf of our President! Tillerson actually obeyed our President’s orders of not speaking on his behalf. He told everyone in his administration not to after ASEAN Spicer was destroyed by the press for doing so and our President contradicting him a day or so later. Not fair to them or him.

      Liked by 8 people

    • tom f says:

      Seems no ne agrees with you.
      Wonder why?

      Liked by 2 people

    • El Torito says:

      I don’t see that intent in TRex’s Sunday remarks. I guess if you are willing to blindly trust MSM…

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    • Fe says:

      Oh vey Timmy, it’s going to be ok. Mr. Tillerson is an adult, a very astute thinker. He is not some YES man or a sycophant of PDJT. He was right in what he said, don’t read more into it than what is there. It simply means the President speaks for himself, nothing more, nothing less.

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    • mypitztop says:

      Little Timmy-the-Ute, are you a Cruz-Bot who is so constipated with conservitivism, you just love ‘muddying up’ an incredibly enlightening article on the ECONOMICS of WAR and a well-thought-out string of replies to FINALLY COMMON SENSE?

      Or are you just so addicted to the Aroma of BO and Her Majesty the Clinton Queen, you are here to pile onto the fake news that Tillerson is ABSOLUTELY THAT STUPID, to go on Fox’s Sunday Morning game without his playbook?

      When you pick up your salary from your Soros ‘lead’, let BO know, “Yes, they are still clinging to their guns and religion!”

      Watch out! Both have done a great job for us patriots for over 240 years … about as old as Soros looks. When he gets to the golden gate, Jesus is going to say, “St Michael! Lucifer got out again?”

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      • M. Mueller says:

        Hey, you’re out of line here mypit! Timmy’s been one of us for ages, and I’ve never seen you before. People can disagree without making nasty accusations. That won’t work here.

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    • Liberty says:

      Not sure I’ll convince you otherwise, but for what my opinion is worth… My current impressions of the State dept lead me to believe that negative aura around Tillerson is framed by the way the state dept has been utilized over the last few presidencies. Tillerson seems focused mainly on speaking to matters of state, and using the power of the department to leverage access to the US to get naughty countries to get their act together. We know pretty clearly he could care less about celebrity or the latest episode of “housewives” in his building. The grift and graft club is dying, and so too are “special envoys” and other worthless lifetime employees – – from boredom that is. Maybe I’m in the minority, but I find his style exactly what is needed, and and I take his Sunday show comment about the President exactly at face value.

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    • piper567 says:

      timmy,
      I believe you misunderstood Tillerson’ s comment, but I’m sure other Treepers will expand.

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  18. Daniel says:

    This. Is. Amazing.

    How will people ever understand this? They need to understand this.

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  19. Doug says:

    one thing I keep hearing about Chinas interests in North Korea is there supposedly large reserves or Rare Earth minerals… has any independent source ever verified their existence there. because its an important part of discussion if indeed its there.

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  20. Trent Telenko says:

    So when is Pres Trump going to get the UN to decide ba “missile No-Fly Zone” over North Korea?

    Systematicly shooting down Un’s missiles stops him tech development program.

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    • trialbytruth says:

      how much tech do we reveal shooting them down? I am not an expert but shoot downs of missles require some high tech systems that are constantly upgraded. I am pretty sure thats why the fly over japan was allowed. Trajectory was harmless so let it go …just a guess

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  21. I listened today when Rush replayed the clip of TRex answering the question. His response was quick and cut off Chris Wallace’s line of questioning completely. Brilliant to do so and no doubt TRex anticipated that question. The response of the Radical Media was predictable; but, they have nowhere to go with it.

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  22. I once read years ago that one of China’s greatest fears was the rearming of Japan. Maybe the time has come.

    Liked by 2 people

    • TexasDude says:

      Well, the Japanese did value dogs over a Chinese life. The Japs were very brutal and cruel.

      Liked by 2 people

      • El Torito says:

        They had it right 🙂 /not sarc

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      • wolfmoon1776 says:

        Japan will never be like that again.

        China’s better lesson is to try to not be like Japan WAS – not to lecture Japan NOW. The hubris of a newly modernized civilization always sees empire with fresh eyes – not wise eyes. Some in China get this – others do not. China has done well to avoid the trap which has befallen so many new powers, but it is not out of danger yet.

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  23. Florida Playboy says:

    Petition to enforce Communist Control Act
    https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/enforce-article-50-us-code-842-0
    §841. Findings and declarations of fact
    The Congress finds and declares that the Communist Party of the United States, although purportedly a political party, is in fact an instrumentality of a conspiracy to overthrow the Government of the United States. It constitutes an authoritarian dictatorship within a republic, demanding for itself the rights and privileges accorded to political parties, but denying to all others the liberties guaranteed by the Constitution. Unlike political parties, which evolve their policies and programs through public means, by the reconciliation of a wide variety of individual views, and submit those policies and programs to the electorate at large for approval or disapproval, the policies and programs of the Communist Party are secretly prescribed for it by the foreign leaders of the world Communist movement. Its members have no part in determining its goals, and are not permitted to voice dissent to party objectives. Unlike members of political parties, members of the Communist Party are recruited for indoctrination with respect to its objectives and methods, and are organized, instructed, and disciplined to carry into action slavishly the assignments given them by their hierarchical chieftains. Unlike political parties, the Communist Party acknowledges no constitutional or statutory limitations upon its conduct or upon that of its members. The Communist Party is relatively small numerically, and gives scant indication of capacity ever to attain its ends by lawful political means. The peril inherent in its operation arises not from its numbers, but from its failure to acknowledge any limitation as to the nature of its activities, and its dedication to the proposition that the present constitutional Government of the United States ultimately must be brought to ruin by any available means, including resort to force and violence. Holding that doctrine, its role as the agency of a hostile foreign power renders its existence a clear present and continuing danger to the security of the United States. It is the means whereby individuals are seduced into the service of the world Communist movement, trained to do its bidding, and directed and controlled in the conspiratorial performance of their revolutionary services. Therefore, the Communist Party should be outlawed.
    (Aug. 24, 1954, ch. 886, §2, 68 Stat. 775.)

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    • wolfmoon1776 says:

      Nice to read words from people who actually GOT the threat of subversion, and its extraordinarily asymmetric power. The secret to deal with communists now, is not to fear them or hate them – but to merely understand them as victims of an organized error.

      Although I will admit to teasing them on Twitter. 😉

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  24. El Torito says:

    ” The best part of all of it – is the likelihood China never saw it, meaning the sum totality of all of “it”, coming.”

    Then again, even if they did, I’m good. Having worked with more than my fair share of Chinese arrogance, I am fairly certain that they did, in fact, see the events, but only as individual events. The arrogance prevents them from connecting the dots and/or believing that they could be wrong about anything.

    I look forward to their fragile economy, built on stolen intellectual property, deceit, and our own leaders selling us out, come crashing down.

    The Chinese always, always, always become intoxicated over a little power and always can be trusted make hideously ham-fisted decisions.

    This is too easy for our President.

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    • wolfmoon1776 says:

      Your final sentence: This is too easy for our President.

      Exactly. It’s too easy. We need to be more careful.

      The communists always layer trap upon trap, deception upon deception. Do not think for a minute that they have not laid minefields of possibility everywhere. We are on a primrose path where they take lumps, but they know WHICH lumps. Never doubt their duplicity. Never doubt how deeply they have burrowed into America. Never doubt how nasty they will make things if this goes hot.

      But never back down either. And never, ever, ever give up, until every last one of them is dead or has their hands in the air, if they want it that way.

      Those we fight will not all have Chinese faces. Sadly, the final war against communism will mean an enormous number of dead in all countries. But we will be free of THAT particular bad idea forever.

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  25. citizen817 says:

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  26. NJF says:

    I think China is still shocked that our POTUS “went there.”

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  27. KenG says:

    My browser keeps showing two Squeeze #4 and #5’s. Weird.

    Great article as usual. I read years ago that China uses graft as part of everything. They call it Red Envelope.

    Lastly, they can only copy/reproduce stuff and actually create very little.

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    • El Torito says:

      And one thing China should never ignore is that in the Gulf War we were able to turn off the Iraqi missile guidance systems. Those we sold. But since most of China’s tech is stolen from us and cloned it’s safe to assume we can disable a lot of it.

      I worked in a particular sector of the high tech industry for over 20 years. Depending on the product I was involved with, clearances were required. We developed products for the Federal Government, U.S. military and military of allies, Giant banks, etc. I was personally, intimately involved with the first 3 efforts to sell this level of product to China, Fed gov’t at our side every inch of the way. I can assure you that in each case, The Chinese gov’t was attempting to reverse engineer in less than an hour of it reaching their shores. Our gov’t and military are and always have been ahead of them every step of the way. When my head hits the pillow, I rest well knowing we are decades ahead of them militarily, technologically. And for all their high minded B.S., their leadership are really nothing but a band of arrogant, thieving fools.

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    • jmclever says:

      IMHO that’s because freedom of speech and freedom of expression are the parents of innovation and creativity. Communism stamps out creativity in favor of conformity. This is why most inventions come from democracies and why Hollywood can’t make a decent movie these days.

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  28. Bob Thoms says:

    Impressive summary . Thank you Sundance.

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  29. Coldeadhands says:

    Is anyone keeping a tally of all the incoming Hurricane Harvey aid offers from our friends around the world?!

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  30. trapper says:

    Are there any Beijing watchers here, comparable to the old Kremlin watchers who pored over who was in photos and who disappeared to determine what was going on with the inner workings of the Soviet government? What is happening within Beijing? Is there any internal power struggle between the hard core communist old timers and maybe other factions, if there even are any? My sense is the communist regime will not survive this squeeze and is on its last legs. That would also orphan America’s left.

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  31. jmclever says:

    A serious question: What do you think will happen next if China can’t take the pressure? Do they pop or collapse? Like a cornered animal, will there be a last ditch aggressive effort on their part or will they cut the strings on all their puppets in an attempt to save the core?

    The most dangerous time in the life of an abuse victim is when she is in the process of leaving the relationship. I feel that we are in that same type of dynamic with China. OTOH, that last aggressive act can be rather anticlimactic if the abuse victim has planned ahead and held her cards close to her vest, So let’s see what happens.

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    • El Torito says:

      What Trump is taking from them is their capacity to influence any outcome. Heck, they haven’t even gotten around to figuring out what is happening. The Panda is being neutered and at this point the Panda is thanking us for it.

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  32. silverlakela says:

    White House Petition to End CNN Airport News because airports in the US are government owned therefore can’t endorse any political party.
    https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/remove-cnn-airport-network-all-united-states-airports

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  33. Florida Playboy says:

    How does China get Fat Boy to give up all his nukes? Will he just hand them over if they demand them? Does China control what Fat Boy does? I am not up on it all. What is the advantage to the Chicoms for Norks to have ICBM’s that work? This stuff is over my head.

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  34. progpoker says:

    T-Rex supported the mission. Good enough for me.

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  35. sundance says:

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  36. North Korea continually threatens the well being and safety of the United States. China had a trade surplus with the United States of almost $350 billion last year. China almost single-handedly props up the North Korean economy.

    Now ask yourself, if China has no control over North Korea as they claim, why would they tolerate, enable, or spend money to sustain a regime that threatens the largest international consumer of Chinese goods on the planet? Short answer; they wouldn’t. Their own self-interest would deem action against North Korea appropriate and necessary to protect a substantial portion of their own economy. The fact that they don’t is further evidence that they wish to maintain a threat to the U.S. for the sake of economic and political leverage.

    Too bad for them, the days of feckless American leadership are over! #MoreWinning 😀

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  37. hutchrun says:

    THIS IS REAL BAD……

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    5. I believe that disclosure of any facts beyond those set forth in the FAC, whether in response to discovery requests or otherwise, will have an adverse effect on the government’s ability to conduct the ongoing criminal investigation. Such disclosures are likely to reveal potential targets and subjects of the investigation and the investigative techniques that have been and will be used in the investigation. Such disclosures could result in the destruction of evidence, flight of potential subjects and targets, or the identification and intimidation of potential witnesses. In fact, potential witnesses with knowledge of the criminal conduct and other facts set forth in the FAC may live in jurisdictions where their safety and security could be in jeopardy if their identities are disclosed through civil discovery in this and the other related cases.

    http://realpolitikasia.blog

    PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has accepted an invitation by US President Donald Trump for talks at the White House in September.

    Wisma Putra said in a statement that the prime minister will be undertaking a working visit to Washington at the invitation of Trump.

    “At the invitation of the President of the United States of America, Donald J Trump, the Prime Minister of Malaysia Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak will undertake a working visit to Washington, DC on Sept 12, 2017.

    Read more at http://www.thestar.com.my/n

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  38. remuda2016 says:

    Trump was trained by DI’s at NYMA…learning mil strategy and tactics. Then business at Wharton and Penn…and school of ‘hard real estate’ knocks. That’s why he testified on US business and affairs of state many times 80’s-on…by request of US officials. So when hard-ball is required with logic and sentiment…who else would you want steering this country…to MAGA…! Semper Fi!

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  39. Bob Thoms says:

    Question: What would be the immediate response of a small tactical nuke strike on Pyongyang aimed at taking out the primary command and control of the NK army?

    Is it possible?

    I know the conventional wisdom is that Seoul would be immediately destroyed in retaliation. Is conventional wisdom accurate?

    There is this unnoticed piece of military news………..important?

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-08-29/us-conducts-successful-field-test-new-nuclear-bomb

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  40. Mike diamond says:

    Kim Jung unnn has lost his can of cheese whiz and crackers,he will soon be a memory! The north Korean people will rejoice and be free from this fat Kidd !!

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  41. xminusone says:

    The Chicoms will take a certain amount of guff from the Weeble until it begins to affect their bottom line. Then Kimmy will have an ‘accident’ and be replaced by a puppet controlled by Beijing.

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