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Omar Bradley, the chairman of the joint chiefs, flatly rejected MacArthur’s call for a wider war. “In the opinion of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, this strategy would involve us in the wrong war, in the wrong place, at the wrong time and with the wrong enemy,” he said.

 https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/redacted-testimony-fully-explains-why-general-macarthur-was-fired-180960622/#cGem5TFgfEuVcV88.99
 

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12 hours ago, Phi for All said:

When he openly embraces the leaders of countries our own intelligence communities have identified as hostile, who have very recently been involved in hijacking our electoral process to strike at the heart of our democracy, what else is he but a traitor? All the most outlandish things he's done have made us more vulnerable to sinister influences, and pushed away allies who might be able to help us. He has us defending the wrong borders, and embracing those who value us only for the power they can take from us.

Putin, Assad, and Kim Jung-un are all being rewarded by the Trump administration. Trump denies Russia's engagement in propaganda attacks in the U.S. while being a pro Russian advocate among or allies, Assad no longer has to worry about being accountable or losing power, and Kim Jung-un too now can rest easier knowing that his legitimacy has been fully acknowledged and celebrated POTUS. The future in unknowable but surely this admin support of strongmen around the world will have lasting negative consequences. 

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Russian energy giant Gazprom is resuming talks about constructing a gas pipeline reaching through North Korea, following the conclusion of President Donald Trump’s summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore, officials said Friday.

The current situation on the Korean Peninsula, in which both North and South Korea pledged to pursue peace, has laid the groundwork for Russia to build a pipeline that would reach from Russia into South Korea via the hermit kingdom, according to officials from both Gazprom and South Korea. The pipeline would not deliver gas into North Korea.

http://www.newsweek.com/russia-may-build-pipeline-through-north-korea-after-donald-trumps-kim-jong-un-978886

 

Collusion or not Trump sure does behave like someone in cooperation with Putin. Seem Russia may be getting more out of the Kim Jung-un Trump meeting than is the U.S. or our allies. 

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North Korea has continued to make “rapid” infrastructure improvements at a nuclear research facility despite leader Kim Jong Un’s recent pledge to “work toward complete denuclearization” of the Korean peninsula, satellite images show.

Analysis of commercial satellite images obtained by Pyongyang-monitoring site 38 North reveals upgrades “continuing at a rapid pace” throughout North Korea’s Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center, including modifications to its plutonium production reactor’s cooling system.

At least two newly erected non-industrial buildings are visible in the images, captured on June 21, and various improvements have been made to other buildings and facilities according to a post on the site written by Frank V. Pabian, Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. and Jack Liu.

http://time.com/5323254/north-korea-nuclear-upgrade/

 

 

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Unsurprisingly Kim Jung-un is forging forward on his Nuclear program despite U.S.talks. Thank to a POTUS desperate for the appearance of success regarding the matter I doubt anything is done. I honestly wouldn't be surprised to see tweets from either Kim Jung-un or Trump calling this "fake news". 

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U.S. intelligence agencies believe North Korea has increased production of fuel for nuclear weapons at multiple secret sites in recent months and may try to hide these while seeking concessions in nuclear talks with the United States, NBC News quoted U.S. officials as saying.

In a report on Friday, the network said what it described as the latest U.S. intelligence assessment appeared to go counter to sentiments expressed by President Donald Trump, who tweeted after an unprecedented June 12 summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that “there is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea.”

NBC quoted five unidentified U.S. officials as saying that in recent months North Korea had stepped up production of enriched uranium for nuclear weapons, even as it engaged in diplomacy with the United States.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/06/30/us-intelligence-believes-north-korea-making-more-nuclear-bomb-fuel-des.html


 

 

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1 hour ago, Ten oz said:

Unsurprisingly Kim Jung-un is forging forward on his Nuclear program despite U.S.talks. Thank to a POTUS desperate for the appearance of success regarding the matter I doubt anything is done. I honestly wouldn't be surprised to see tweets from either Kim Jung-un or Trump calling this "fake news". 

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It reminds me of a cliche in the spaghetti westerns: the bad guy has a gun to the head of our anti-hero/christ and barks some orders, our anti-hero/christ nods and banters while slipping his hand ever closer to his secret/ed weapon; unless they're interrupted, someone's going to die.

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7 minutes ago, dimreepr said:

It reminds me of a cliche in the spaghetti westerns: the bad guy has a gun to the head of our anti-hero/christ and barks some orders, our anti-hero/christ nods and banters while slipping his hand ever closer to his secret/ed weapon; unless they're interrupted, someone's going to die.

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3 minutes ago, Ten oz said:

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Cheer up, we're not at DEFCON 1 just yet and the sheriffs on the way.

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Now that the summit has happened and Trump already made his victory round it seems nothing that North Korea does matters any more. 

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July 6, 2018 6:36 a.m. ET

SEOUL—North Korea is thought to be developing a new submarine capable of launching nuclear-armed ballistic missiles, a senior South Korean lawmaker said, signaling an increased threat to U.S. and allied forces while raising doubts about the regime’s pledges to disarm.

Evidence gathered by South Korea’s military suggests Pyongyang is working on the submarine on its east coast, said Kim Hack-yong, who chaired the legislature’s defense committee until his term ended a few weeks ago. Mr. Kim, who belongs to a conservative opposition party that is skeptical of dialogue with Pyongyang, cited intelligence provided last week by defense officials.

Satellite imagery reviewed by South Korean intelligence officials showed the movement of laborers and materials at the port of Sinpo, where the submarine appears to be under construction at an indoor facility, an aide to Mr. Kim said.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/north-korea-thought-to-be-working-on-submarine-able-to-launch-nuclear-weapons-1530873380

 

 

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On 11/08/2017 at 4:51 PM, Ten oz said:

What is true today that wasn't true a year ago, 10yrs ago, 20yrs ago, etc? You say China is risking war but in my last post I outlined the challenge North Korea has posed to the U.S. for decades now. It seems that then only thing which has changed is the diplomatic experience and patience in White House. I don't think it is correct/fair to expect China to shift decades worth of policies over night because the new U.S. President only knows how to threaten. The position this White House finds itself in is not unique or new. 

This 'North Korea problem' is one of a nation wanting to be independent and another saying no, that is where it started. Then, North Korea wanted to build nukes,a s they felt threatened by 'the big dog,' and, then there were sanctions. Obviously, they could ignore the sanctions, as they could trade with China and that would be that, no problem. The thing is, they want nukes to protect them from the enemy that they deny. If they were to allow western media into North Korea, the people would see there is no threat from the west or elsewhere, even South Korea, and, the armaments would hopefully be left alone. This requires a simple overture to the military elite of Kim Jong Un and then he could make a decision. Basing the decisions of a nation on rumours is a bad idea, and, if they were even to associate with China, they would be reassured that there is nothing to worry about.

Of course, as there is so much paranoia in North Korea, the nukes could actually be launched for a mistake, say a ruse by Russia or something, yes? This si why they either need to include N K in the global community or simply sabotage their program. Sanctions just provoke the situation, when have they had the effects they were intended for before? It hurts the whole world, money goes missing from, for example, taxation and that money being injected into social security, for example.

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If Kim Jong Un had genuine paranoia, a trait often allied with anger and fear, would he genuinely believe the nukes would decrease the hostility of his peers?  Maybe the nukes are more like bargaining chips that derive their value from the appearance of being threatening.

Delusional fear and anger indicate psychiatric problems, but sane, delusion-free people usually don't seek the demise of their own kin.

Nepotistic Patterns of Violent Psychopathy: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3428807/

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6 hours ago, MonDie said:

Delusional fear and anger indicate psychiatric problems, but sane, delusion-free people usually don't seek the demise of their own kin.

Are you saying that all the leaders of countries which have massive nuclear arsenals are paranoid and delusional?

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