Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Indicates Upcoming U.S. Naval Blockade of North Korea…

During several months of discussions deep in the weeds of President Trump’s geopolitical strategy toward the North Korean nuclear missile crisis, CTH extensively outlined a particular economic approach that would likely surface ONLY AFTER President Trump, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley walked methodically through the sequential elements needed.

The most important part of that sequence involved getting China and Russia to accept the cornerstone of a denuclearized DPRK.  They did.  The “Unanimous” U.N. Security Council resolution against the DPRK was passed.

The next phase was to get the international community to agree to the strongest ever massive economic sanctions. They also did.  As this was occurring, Defense Secretary James Mattis positioned U.S. Navy assets forward into the region, and close-quarter drills began in South-East Asia ocean trade routes near merchant vessels.

Evolutionary talks between President Trump and the newly empowered Chinese Chairman Xi Jinping established the framework for President Trump’s zero-sum economic position; both President Trump and Chairman Xi were clear on the possibility.  Following their meeting, China sent an emissary to the DPRK and the U.S. State Dept. labeled North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism.

As anticipated, in the State Department response to the latest ICBM test, we now see the elements of a pending U.S. naval blockade.   [Paragraph #2, Sentence #3]

[…]  In addition to implementing all existing UN sanctions, the international community must take additional measures to enhance maritime security, including the right to interdict maritime traffic transporting goods to and from the D.P.R.K.

(State Dept. Link)

 

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152 Responses to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Indicates Upcoming U.S. Naval Blockade of North Korea…

  1. dobbsfan says:

    Time to pay the piper Rocketman!!!

    Liked by 12 people

    • pcmoreland says:

      Watch the video of Trump’s press conference. His body language changes dramatically when the topic moves to Ryan and McConnell – he crosses his arms tightly. He seems to catch himself and relaxes and then does it again (or vice versa) when he finishes with North Korea.

      Either he’s very disciplined and caught himself, or he did it on purpose to make us think he caught himself. With this guy and his 4-D level negotiating mind I can’t honestly say.

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      • No one is more cognizant of body language than our Dealmaker in Chief.

        This was a repeat performance of prior arm-crossing that could not possibly have been missed by his Uniparty Opponents.

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        • G. Combs says:

          Agreed BlackKnightRides,

          President Trump has been making deals for close to five decades. You do NOT want to play poker with this guy!

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      • MVW says:

        “he crosses his arms tightly.”
        POTUS has been doing that nearly all year. Our Deplorables are embattled, we are in full protective mode. Do not relax, do not trust without sleepless, eagle eyed verification, watch your back, we are in the thick of a total war. Winning in unfriendly territory is where we will be for the next 30 years.

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    • Carrie2 says:

      dobbsfan, fatboy may even be killing himself as has been warned that sending these missiles are destroying the tunnels (many) and will cause them to cause the earth above to crash down and maybe even the mountains where fatboy has other weapons. Wish I could say I will mourn his death, but I would be lying. He is danger to his citizens as well as other countries, but especially to his vanity and body.

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    • deborah foster says:

      I would hope President Trump will let Xi of China know that his allowing Obama an audience is a hostile gesture.
      Obama is making his 3 nation backstabbing interference mission as we speak.

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      • G. Combs says:

        GOOSE meet GANDER

        “[…]The Logan Act is a 1799 law that calls for the fine or imprisonment of private citizens who attempt to intervene without authorization in disputes or controversies between the United States and foreign governments….

        To better understand the history of the law, and what’s at stake, I spoke with Steve Vladeck, a law professor at the University of Texas School of Law….

        Foran: So what happens now in terms of Flynn’s resignation and the Logan Act?

        Vladeck: The FBI’s job is to consider all the laws on the books, but it’s not the FBI that has prosecutorial discretion, that’s the responsibility of the Justice Department. The FBI’s job is to see if people broke the law, and then it’s the Justice Department’s job to decide if they should be prosecuted for it. But if anything that brings us to the last problem with the Logan Act, which in this case is, who is going to enforce it? Somehow I don’t think that [Attorney General] Jeff Sessions is going to going to be in a big hurry to prosecute Mike Flynn.[…]”What Is the Logan Act and What Does It Have to Do With Flynn? – The Atlantic

        I think it is about time to enforce the Logan Act. Lets make globe trotting Obummer the test case. 😈

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    • BigMamaTEA says:

      Keep in mind……Little Rocket Man, I can’t remember exactly his age, but let’s guess early 30’s. All Little Rocket Man has known/observed his whole life, is his Dad’s dealing with sitting in the big chair. He’s never seen a U.S. BARRIER to what he is doing. (I bet he was never spanked as a child either!)

      Slick Willy, Shrub, and Obie…..3 2-term Administrations = 26 years!

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  2. dobbsfan says:

    Time to pay the piper Rocketman!!!

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    • MVW says:

      A naval blockade is an act of war. This is put up or shut up time and NOKO may escalate in the sea with escort ships. Prayers are needed more than ever. This is a time to pray for our men in uniform that they be kept safe.

      POTUS has given all indication that he knew this would happen, but there is no way to know what Lil’Kim will do. One thing Lil’Kim knows is that Trump can be trusted, he just doesn’t know if there is a Hillary after Trump that will do a Gaddafi on him. We have our own worries about post Trump.

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      • yucki says:

        …he just doesn’t know if there is a Hillary after Trump that will do a Gaddafi on him.
        That’s an important point, MVW.

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        • Doug says:

          yes an unfortunately good point from lil kims point of view… i wish the international community could just pay lil kim to go away and allow a new marshall plan type system to be setup there with South Korea taking the lead.

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      • Daniel says:

        China doesn’t want war. War with N.Korea will result in Chinese support of N.Korea. That will spell economic collapse the China as ALL of its world markets will be closed.

        Back when China was an idealistic Communist state, they’d be fine with this. But there are a LOT of billionaires in China now… they won’t have it.

        China will have no choice but to step in militarily to stop N.Korea or it will face having N.Korea embroiled in war and ultimately lose with a massive US occupation of N.Korea.

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      • luke says:

        Yes a Naval Blockade is an act of War. Unfortunately I don’t think China has the influence on this Kim as it had on the Kims before. This Kim is to young and dumb to be scared I suspect. The Chinese may have to be the ones to take him out in the end in order to save face.

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  3. David says:

    We also need to impose sanctions on all the countries in the world that are using North Korean slave labor, its currently a major source of money for the NK regime.

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  4. Wend says:

    I wonder if Xi will still have time to meet with Obeyme…

    Liked by 8 people

  5. calbear84 says:

    Mess with the Bull…you get the HORNS!

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  6. Just Scott says:

    3 weeks until New Moon in Nork.

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  7. chojun says:

    This will likely lead to military confrontation. My prediction is based on North Korea having a history of these kinds of – usually deadly -confrontations.

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    • Guess I’m going with Door #2: Xi Jinping completely understands PDJT and how PDJT will not allow this to stand; meaning: someone(s) very close to Rocketman will take matters into their own (Chinese backed) hands and solve the problem.

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      • fleporeblog says:

        You are absolutely right!

        China better realize that our President is going to take it to the next level by curtailing trade imports immensely. Ivanka in India takes on even greater importance. With the Corporate Rate about to come down to 20% and nearly $4 Trillion dollars coming back into the US, we are on the cusp of building our manufacturing base back up again so that we no longer are dependent on the Chinese. China truly is playing with fire and they are close to seeing their world turned upside down!

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      • luke says:

        I hope you are correct.

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  8. Is NK controlled by someone or something other then KimJung UN? There are rumors that NK is a CIA or deep state puppet. I think I went to far down the rabbit hole. Time to come out and learn a lesson. If it seems to good to be true ……..

    This is serious. The Hill has an article that says BHO is going to Chine to meet with XI Jingping. That seems very odd! Why is BHO following President Trumps international travels?

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  9. Gary says:

    Honestly, at this point we need to collect for the Pueblo with interest.

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  10. Joe says:

    NK does such little trade, I assume this is another step in the process because it will have little effect.

    I have come to trust our President implicitly so it makes little difference to me.

    Once I see American companies being evacuated from China and Seoul evacuating, then I will worry about a military strike.

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  11. POP says:

    Yeah…but China is NK/s main trading partner and they have a long ground border.
    Tokenism is bad.

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  12. Nigella says:

    I thank God every day that Hillary is not President

    Liked by 14 people

  13. Molly says:

    FAST action.
    Plan(s) a, b, c … etc. already in place (described in article).
    IMO, this conveys the current strength and leadership of our country.

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  14. Uncle Max says:

    Makes me nervous. I don’t know that Kim wouldn’t try something against one of our ships vs launching a missile.. he could attack a US ship and say it was our fault , etc. I hope to read soon about a Chinese strike force landing in Pyongyang to neutralize Kim. Good thing Obama is in China, eh?

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    • MVW says:

      Maybe 0bama will shoplift?

      Liked by 6 people

    • trialbytruth says:

      He can say it was our fault but it will be his consequence. Have no doubt of that. Be of stout heart one can not win unless one plays.

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    • dufrst says:

      Not if UN authorizes blockade (which I doubt) they will. I think UN sanctions will pass that will further cut off trade without the blockade. Treasury will continue to sanction Chinese firms. But time is running out on the diplomatic side of Rocketman keeps rocketing. There’s a point where Trump will unilaterally block trade from Korea either through sanction or blockade. Then a no-fly zone. Then a no missile launch zone. Then the decapitation of Pyongyang ! Hopefully, China reads the writing on the wall before it gets too drastic and cuts the oil off to get NK to table to get rid of their nukes.

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    • dufrst says:

      Not if UN authorizes blockade (which I doubt) they will. I think UN sanctions will pass that will further cut off trade without the blockade. Treasury will continue to sanction Chinese firms. But time is running out on the diplomatic side of Rocketman keeps rocketing. There’s a point where Trump will unilaterally block trade from Korea either through sanction or blockade. Then a no-fly zone. Then a no missile launch zone. Then the decapitation of Pyongyang ! Hopefully, China reads the writing on the wall before it gets too drastic and cuts the oil off to get NK to table to get rid of their nukes.

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  15. bofh says:

    Naval blockade is a great idea – they’ve been practicing hitting other ships for some time now.

    Also, not meaning to nitpick, but “Unamious”? Sort of like “Covfefe”?

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  16. tax2much says:

    “Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and the success of liberty.”

    John F. Kennedy

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    • Then JFK recklessly blew the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba. Khrushchev was empowered and risked putting missiles in Cuba. JFK ignored the military’s advice and used back channel negotiations to concede that there would never be an invasion of Cuba and removed NATO missiles from Turkey. All of this done at a time when the USA had a huge nuclear missile, sub and bomber advantage over the Soviets. Trump is made of sterner stuff. He is not reckless and weak, and will not make a lousy deal while holding a superior hand.

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      • Sylvia Avery says:

        JFK was sad to say a bit of a train wreck. He was reportedly dealing with poor health including addiction to painkillers and methamphetamines and what we would now recognize as rampant sexual addiction.

        Hard to effectively govern a country in crisis when your personal world is a shambles.

        Liked by 5 people

        • boogywstew says:

          No matter what you tell a libtard about JFK’s failings or lack of accomplishments it’s always the same flat response … “He gave us hope.”

          Liked by 2 people

          • Sylvia Avery says:

            Sigh. I know.

            One of my mother’s friends, who is now deceased, used to get a dreamy look on her face and she’d stare off into the distance and her hand would touch her chest just above her heart and she would say in a slightly quavering voice filled with emotion: “Maybe…..SOMEDAY we’ll get another Kennedy for President….”

            This happened on several occasions. It became something of a sarcastic catchphrase with my brother and me.

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            • Growing up in an Irish immigrant family in Boston, my parents had a quasi-shrine to Jack set up in our den, in 1968 Bobby was added. The same deal in our relatives homes. However, by the early 70s the infatuation had passed. It never had the slightest influence on me. I remember an aunt in California sending my mom a book about Jackie. There were pencilled notes next to pictures of Jackie’s diamond slippers (a gift from Onassis) :”poor thing!”

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        • Cuppa Covfefe says:

          He had Addison’s disease, which was barely treatable back then. He was effectively always in a “low-battery” condition. My father died from that (and cancer, which can bring it on). Not pleasant. Massive amounts of cortisone can help; but only if they find it in time…

          I’d cut him some slack, too. Compared to almost everyone after him, he was OK, albeit no saint. And Marilyn Monroe, et. al., were Beta Kittens (MK). Lots of dirt spread by the CIA. Take a look at LBJ and you’ll see real corruption.

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          • Compared to the rest of his clan, he probably had the lowest viciousness quotient. Old Joe having the highest, followed by Bobby. As far as giving him a pass, no way. He had enough energy to bed anyone with the right plumbing, and was more attractive than Eleanor Roosevelt. He was a reckless and shallow leader and he knew it. To his credit he admitted as much to James Reston and Brit Prime Minister Harold MacMillan after his disastrous summit meeting with Khrushchev in Vienna. His indecisiveness was his biggest weakness and he governed by a shallow, short term tactical method. Khrushchev had him pegged correctly as a light weight, rich kid. In his favor is the fact that he was forced into a life he wouldn’t have chosen by Old Joe. He had enough self awareness to admit it to himself.

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      • G. Combs says:

        “…JFK ignored the military’s advice and used back channel negotiations…”

        Well JFK certainly had those back channels since his brother Bobby Kennedy, (Attorney General of the USA) had a KGB handler, the military intelligence colonel Georgi Bolshakov.

        “[…..]In a classic piece of operational tradecraft, the KGB case officer, Georgi Bolshakov, represented himself to his target, Bobby Kennedy, as a “back-channel” conduit to the Kremlin. This is a common operational ruse, useful to convince otherwise wary targets that the information they share will go straight to the highest levels.

        This ruse is also useful against targets in influential positions, for example a kid Attorney General, the most trusted advisor to his brother, the President of the U.S…..

        In a conversation recorded in the Oval Office, between the President and his little brother, the two neophytes, playing at power politics seem to come to the realization that they’ve been played for fools.

        Bobby tells his brother that he’d had lunch with his KGB handler that day.

        President: “What did he say?”

        Bobby: “He said this is, this is a defensive base for the Russians. It’s got nothing to do with the Cubans.”

        President: “…They’re lying…This horror about embarrassing me in the election…. But they didn’t tell you there were missiles there.”

        Bobby: “No. Remember, I told you that.”

        A member of the President’s cabinet, later the same day joked about the potential consequences of a war that might ensue over the Soviet missiles in Cuba. Speaking to the Defense Secretary, Robert McNamara, an unidentified meeting attendee said, “Suppose we make Bobby mayor of Havana.” The KGB’s influence operations officers, in the field, were far superior to the Soviets’ decision makers, analysis, or ability to capitalize on the nearly unbelievable operations run by the field officers.

        Recruiting, or at least co-opting, the Attorney General of the United States, by the KGB, is the operational equivalent of a grand slam home run, Triple Crown, Three-peat, MVP, World Cup, and a Super Bowl championship, all rolled into one….

        The fact is, though, that the Bobby Kennedy operation happened, and has been known for some time. Exact details remain sketchy due to most KGB documentation, as discussed earlier, being under the control of the KGB, while the Kennedy side of the story is controlled by the PC hagiographers who seem to believe that the Kennedys truly were the America’s Camelot. Exposure of truths that tarnish the haloes of the Kennedy brothers is not encouraged by the PC keepers of the legend. However, the relationship between Bobby and Bolshakov is known. Bolshakov’s true status is known. We know what KGB officers do. We know how they operate. We know their operational goals. We know what Bolshakov told Bobby. We know the story that Bobby believed—he had a “back channel” to the Kremlin to avoid diplomatic sclerosis. We know that Bobby eventually realized he’d been used. And we know that none of the American players ever admitted the whole truth.

        Bobby told the Russian ambassador that if it became publicly known that he had accepted a deal with the Russians to remove U.S. missiles from Turkey in exchange for the Russians removing their missiles from Cuba it “could cause irreparable harm to my political career in the future.” […]”

        FROM Willing Accomplices: How KGB Covert Influence Agents Created Political Correctness and Destroyed America by Kent Clizbe

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      • eagle931 says:

        colmdebhailis, astute analysis on JFK’s “bear any price” nonsense. He talked a good a game, but was not willing to back it up when it counted. The Bay of Pigs disaster was due to his fecklessness in removing U.S. air cover and supply ships on the same day of the invasion… which led to the Cuban Missile Crisis after the Soviets saw how irresolute Kennedy was. You are right that at the time the U.S. had such an overwhelming nuclear force advantage over the USSR that the latter would never have started a war over Cuba, but again the Kennedy Administration acted as if we were the weaklings. Everything about the Kennedy Administration was painted in rose colors because of “Camelot”, a media-created fantasy of the young president and his beautiful wife after eight years of the much older, plain-vanilla President Eisenhower and his wife Mamie. Of course, even then the media favored the Democrat, no matter what.

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  17. Pam says:

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  18. Paco Loco says:

    I imagine that while Xi and POTUS met in Beijing and consummated the big trade deals, they had time for a few yuks over who was going to kicks Kim’s ass first. There is now zero benefit to Xi to keep Kim in power….zero. With Xi agreeing to lower tariffs for US goods imported into China, he has signaled that we are both mutually winning and are going to make making money our joint priority, not war.

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  19. zephyrbreeze says:

    Trump was made for this job. Trump is the super alpha who knows how to play a long game while distracting the opposition. He has an absolute commitment to a winning outcome.

    We are at war.

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    • MaineCoon says:

      Well said. He loves his work, his country and his Deplorables❤️🇺🇸

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    • As we have been for a long time. It may be, however, that the tide is turning. By the way, the reason Obama and Hillary are in that part of the world is to betray us. The “resistance” has not missed a step yet. Look for a truly ramped up Antifa / Bamn / Redneck revolt activity between now and spring. I’m a school crossing guard and supposedly unarmed. For the safety of myself, my co-worker and “my kids”, I have unilaterally changed the terms of my employment.

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  20. freq says:

    and the U.S. Navy just happened to be in the neighborhood… so…

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  21. fedback says:

    read out of President Trump phone call with Shinzo Abe

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  22. omyword says:

    Fat boy is writing checks his butt can not cash. The maritime blockade is a good move to position assest’s and prepare for the inevitable. This also signals China, you better get off the stick and make it happen captain!

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    • trialbytruth says:

      While we are there we are seriously inhibiting the China move to claim all islands as theirs.

      China would prefer we leave. Kim’s provocations will not have that effect. It is time they dispatched Kim.

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  23. daughnworks247 says:

    Tightens the noose on China.
    BTW – what in the heck is Hillary doing in Beijing undermining US policy and Obama is going too?

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  24. Pam says:

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  25. jbrickley says:

    Well the DPRK couldn’t set off another nuclear test explosion because their underground test site brought down half the mountain on top of itself trapping 100 workers then 100 rescuers were trapped when it collapsed again. Those nuclear explosions destabilized the mountain.

    So no wonder they launched a missile instead of setting off another underground BOOM. Getting an ICBM to an appropriate altitude is a big step. But building a thermonuclear warhead small enough to pack a big fission/fusion (H-Bomb) blast is a major challenge as well as a re-entry vehicle that won’t fall apart or tumble out of control then detonate at the precise altitude.

    It’s been 73 years since the first A-Bomb and H-Bomb was dropped on Japan. It shatters the mind to think what awful improvements may have been made in those years. The Neutron Bomb is one and who is to say there has not been secret research to increase the yield or something totally new?

    We don’t technically require nukes to stop the DPRK, there might be a few tactical scenarios where a very small nuclear weapon would be useful but we have enough firepower to blow them back to the stone age in mere days instead of weeks, months, years. Has the USA ever fully unleashed the full power of its armed forces? Not since WWII it hasn’t. Nobody wants war, especially Trump but dang it, if that numbskull tries anything they are going to get hit like no one has been hit in 70 years. Trump is the first POTUS in a long time that would actually take the gloves off the military and tell them to hit the enemy with overwhelming force and you can forget about rules of engagement. There will be a complete media blackout and there will be no media embeds. The military will be unleashed and allowed to do the job it was born to do, which is smash, destroy, and kill the enemy till they cannot fight any more. It is much more likely that China will deal with the DPRK and they don’t play around either, they are bound to be much harsher than the US military.

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  26. Just Curious says:

    Start with a naval blockade, follow with a no fly free zone in and out of this desolate place called North Korea, and end with anything moving in and out this place on roadways will be shot down by fighter jets or drones. We’ll see how long these animals would last without outside interference. I feel bad for the peoples there. but it’s about time that they rise up to live free instead of existing in shackles in whatever they call life at the moment.

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  27. Michael says:

    So is, or is not, NK a Chinese puppet?
    If yes what is China’s goal with this launch?
    If not is China going to stand aside?
    Are we going to see a massive TOT remove of NK ability to cause trouble?
    IMO fat boy is Not going to just roll over.

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    • NK can be China’s puppet within wide parameters. It’s for certain that China allows these launches or, at the very least, does not prevent them. It may be that China was behind the collapse of the mountain.

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  28. SeekerOfTruth says:

    Trump should immediately crackdown on Chinese financial institutions which act as intermediaries for Kim’s regime. This will greatly antagonize China’s government.

    The naval blockade is the easy way out but will not do much at all. Looks good on face value but not worth much at this point.

    They now have to play the China economic card and play it hard pretty soon.
    China has done almost nothing yet. Words and then back to normal. China is lying to us and needs to be tested for real.

    The blockade is the easy out stall and will not do it.
    PDJT needs to be ready to play the China economic card very soon or more missile launches will come very soon.

    He needs to play the China card before the coming China New Year celebration when many things all shut down for almost 2 weeks.

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  29. RAC says:

    Don’t like obama and clinton being in the region, most likely their visit at this time is coincidental but would hate for either of them to start interfering in the situation.

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    • trialbytruth says:

      were they wearing boots?

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    • Cuppa Covfefe says:

      With Øbozo and Wicked Witch Klintoon, I don’t believe in ANY coincidences.

      Satan Soros has them there for a reason. It’s time we root HIM out. He, Gyorgi Schwartz, is, and always has been, a Nazi. He is guilty of both sedition and treason, as are Hill-the-BEAST and Øblowhole. Time to string ’em all up and let ’em swing in the wind, just like in the old days when treason was encountered.

      How can they be there at all? They CANNOT act in any official capacity for the USA, and, as private citizens, they’re walking on very shaky legal ground if they so attempt…

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    • Coincidental that both are there at the same time? It’s a big world. Those sorts of coincidences take careful planning.

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  30. SeekerOfTruth says:

    A naval blockade by only the US will do little as long as China is still shipping things there by land.

    Russia is doing nothing and China very little. China must be forced into the game but there will be economic consequences on both sides once that starts. But waiting another two months may be too late.

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  31. H&HC 2nd-16th says:

    I have to repeat myself: Stop ALL trade with China tomorrow morning. By the weekend, Rocket Man will be gone. And, I will add doing so will not require USN sailing in harm’s way.

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  32. A2 says:

    I don’t have time to respond individually to some comments so just some bits and bobs.
    The US and Japan jointly called for an emergency meeting of the UNSC.

    Japan is developing a plan to evacuate all of their 38k nationals living in SK in event of war.

    A Japanese scientist, and now the government estimate that NK no longer needs to do anymore nuclear testing as they have a warhead, the problem is the delivery system which they say NK will have solved within a one year timeframe. They also suggest that Iran (recent trips there by NK personnel) is helping with that problem of reentry.

    China today slapped new sanctions on NK outside of the UN sanctions regime, by closing down all visits (and flights) to NK by Chinese nationals and at the same time allowing their citizens to visit SK which was banned since last March. They have military exercises ongoing at the border.

    The US has very good imagery of ship to ship transfers of embargoed goods, like coal. They also now have very good knowledge of how this works. The ships turn off their automatic identification system (AIS) transceivers and reroute to Vladivostok then to China or NK. Russia is an active part of the sanctions evasion and has given NK internet access.

    The Lunatic was not in Beijing, but gave a talk and Q&A via satellite at a conference held there where she criticized the President (and Xi), and came very close to sounding like apologetics for NK’s actions. She stated she is no longer running for any elected office.
    http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/clinton-hits-out-at-trump-xi-in-remarks-at-beijing-conference

    Finally, this is for SUNDANCE concerning Chinese lobbying in Washington DC. Look at China-United States Exchange Foundation (CUSEF), a Hong Kong-based nonprofit. CUSEF is a registered foreign agent bankrolled by a high-ranking Chinese government official (former CE of Hong Kong CH Tung) with close ties to a sprawling Chinese Communist Party apparatus that handles influence operations abroad, known as the “united front.”

    in 2016 it spent just under $668,000 on lobbying, hiring the Podesta Group and other firms to lobby Congress on the topic of “China-U.S. relations.” The foundation has spent $510,000 on lobbying to date in 2017.

    CUSEF also keeps on retainer the consulting and public relations firm BLJ Worldwide LTD, the same firm the Chinese Embassy in the United States uses. According to FARA filings, CUSEF currently pays the firm $29,700 a month to promote the foundation’s work and run a pro-Beijing website called China US Focus.

    Whether through websites, partnerships, or endowments, China has learned to wrap its message in a palatable wrapper of U.S. academics and intellectuals, according to Mattis.

    “Who better to influence Americans than other Americans?” he said.

    http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/11/28/this-beijing-linked-billionaire-is-funding-policy-research-at-washingtons-most-influential-institutions-china-dc/

    ( I am not a fan of FP, but this article is on the money)

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  33. andyocoregon says:

    From what I understand, North Korea may have the capability of putting nuclear warheads on their ballistic missiles, but they lack the targeting technology required to reach an American cities. Also, sending a missile several miles up in the air will cause tremendous heat buildup of the warhead and cause it to explode as it travels back down into our atmosphere. You can bet our weapons have overcome those problems a long time ago.

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  34. TreeperInTraining says:

    I’m watching the NORK issue with a bit of flashback irony and trepidation.

    The flashback irony is related soley to “The Framework” that was celebrated by the peaceniks back in the 90 s. We had the deal, so in their collective minds, NK would never, ever dare…kwim? So, for two decades, everyone ignored all the signs of testing and buildup…and now we have arrived here, in this place. Smh.

    Where do old ideals go to die, anyway?

    The trepidation? I’ll start by saying, I’m glad Trump is the CIC. Beyond that, however, I will not assume that this NORK leader will not be willing to go down in a blaze of glory to become part of “history”, no matter who our CIC is.

    Prayers. Vibes. Good thoughts. Thats all we have.

    Imho

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  35. Sandra-VA says:

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  36. Orygun says:

    I was in the Navy when they took the Pueblo and everyone was terrified that we were going to war with China. It always seems like it is the people outside of the military that are always rattling the sabers.
    North Korea provokes but China always backs them so that we end up having to essentially let NOKO have its way or start a potential nuclear war with China.
    It has played out that way for years and now that we have the potential of destroying the Chinese economy by closing our trade with them it may stop this belligerent behavior. Who knew that debt could be such an effective leverage point. Seems everyone but me.

    The only bomb that needs to be dropped is right on Lil Kim and encase him in glass. I feel sorry for any people that have to live only for his sake. He cares nothing for his slaves.

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  37. The Devilbat says:

    So many people forget that a state of war has existed between the United States of America and North Korea since June 25 1950. The war never ended, there was an armistice signed on July 27 1953. No peace treaty was ever signed so technically North Korea is still at war with South Korea and as South Korea is a protected ally then technically the US is still at war with North Korea.

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  38. dufrst says:

    The key term is the “from” in “to and from North Korea.” That’s where the action will be. Will our Navy have the guts to sink North Korean vessels trying to depart from North Korea? Obviously, the next step will be a no-fly zone and a no missile test policy, i.e., shoot down all missile tests. A naval blockade is an act of war, but something must be done to stop this regime.

    We will see if the UN authorizes this. My guess is Russia and China may veto the measure. But if they do, they need to show what is it they are willing to do to arrest this menace to the world.

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  39. John Mills says:

    US UK+Commonwealth Countries should be negotiating with china to cement it’s will and conviction as a partner of the generaly peaceful nuclear deterent world powers,to force North Korean leaders with a face off full parliamentry prelude to invasionary threat,stand down or leadership replacement!!! This is the quickest and most peaceful way forward befòre the eleventh hour decisions are made!!

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