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["if you have nukes, never give them up--if you don't have them, get them". ---Dan Coats, Director of National Intelligence.]

Those were the words of President Trump's Director of National Intelligence, about the lessons taught from the U.S. destruction of Libya and the assassination of Muammar Gaddafi.

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That is why North Korea is a nuclear power. Period. That is the reality and eventually the U.S. will have to accept "Mutually Assured Madness". The U.S. has nobody to blame for its self-inflected wounds. It is called Blowback.

If there is any comfort in living with a nuclear armed North Korea, then be thankful that it is not even close to the dangers of the Cold War. The propaganda mill and the mainstream media greatly exaggerate the US national security risk to the American people, and it is for their own greedy self-interests to spread panic and paranoia among the American people.

If Kim Jong-un wanted to kill Americans out of insane hatred, he has that capability now with conventional weapons. There are over a quarter of a million American citizens living in Seoul, 100 miles from Pyongyang. Kim Jong-un has not attacked Seoul to kill Americans because he is not insane or suicidal, and that is according to experts on North Korea such as Dan Coats and Donald Gregg, and others.

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Forget the propaganda, it is nonsense aimed at selling extremely expensive Thermal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missiles and further encircle and threaten China and Russia . THAAD's installed in South Korea at a cost of $1 billion are ineffective and useless against North Korean missiles in the early stage of launching.

It is the U.S. that is the most dangerous country and threat to the world, not North Korea. The U.S. has beaten its own world record as a serial mass murderer of the 21stcentury. That does not go unnoticed by small vulnerable countries, which is the kind that the U.S. likes to destroy for its own sick reasons. For North Korea to fear the U.S. is reality. To want a nuclear deterrent is sanity.

President Trump's Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats spoke truth publicly. Speaking at the Aspen Institute on July 21, 2017,Coats said he does not think that Kim Jong-un is insane, and that he would have to be insane to surrender his nuclear weapons. He told his audience that the lesson of Libya is that:

"if you have nukes, never give them up--if you don't have them, get them".

This week's performance at the United Nations by Trump raises more questions of his sanity. We won't know until he is kept under further observation. It is not looking good. Without knowing it, Trump gave the same message that Coat's did. His raving has sent any vulnerable country back to the nuclear weapons-planning drawing board, if they know what is good for them. Trump's speech has done more for nuclear proliferation than Iran and North Korea combined could ever do.

Trump should have listened to Steve Bannon when he said:

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"There's no military solution, forget it. Until somebody solves the part of the equation that shows me that ten million people in Seoul don't die in the first 30 minutes from conventional weapons, I don't know what you're talking about, there's no military solution here, and they got us."

North Korea is not playing "gotcha". For them it is not a game, like it is to the US planners. North Korea rightly fears for its life and its existence. We may not like the way they live, but that is not for us. It is for the North Koreans to determine.

This is the 21st century not the 19th century of Kipling's "white man's burden"(which Theodore Roosevelt said "made good sense, from the expansionists point of view"). If the U.S. wants to do something good (instead of expansionism) for human rights it should start with its own cabal of right-wing dictators and their death squads.

Trump says he is going to succeed where Obama and Bush failed. He should take a page from President Bill Clinton who successfully negotiated with North Korea, until Bush destroyed the agreement. Trump talks big and the mainstream media and Trump backers love it. It is the cowboy image that so many Americans think they are in their own mind.

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We need some sanity.

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Couldn't agree more!

Thank you for a truly enlightening article.

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Thank you. Yes we need some light, too.

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Very nicely done, David!
It's very sad that all of this doesn't just come out at the UN when an American president is literally threatening to obliterate another country.
Shows how far the insanity now goes.

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Thanks, advocate.

I had to do a lot of reading and digging to get the information, but it is out there. Some in the mainstream media know it, some are too lazy to get it and thankfully, the mainstream media actually publishes the truth. That is where the digging come in.

For instance Time Magazine is not a source that I would think of using, but it checked out. The internet makes this possible.

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Yes, this information should be known much more widely than it is now.

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I strongly disagree! Trump does not have to prove he is insane anymore. And I seriously hope he doesn't feel otherwise. Amen.

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Thanks Dan, no argument from me. All the reason more why Kim will keep his nukes.

BTW, nuclear disarmament is something I strongly wish for. It has been insanity and Obama started a $1 trillion budget to upgrade them.

The U.S. has had almost 30 years since the Cold War to live up to the Non-Proliferation treaty. It has violated the letter and the spirit of that agreement. A golden opportunity was missed.

Non proliferation, i.e. working towards elemenating them is a whole other article, and I have written on it before.

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Trump does not have to prove he is insane because it's common knowledge. He has made the US a laughing stock around the world.


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Again, no argument. Look on the 'good' side, the less US is taken seriously and is the laughing stock, loses credibility, and is laughed at, the harder for the empire to push allies into the willing, and give enemies the courage to stand up to the bully. The bad side is that could lead to frustration and a temper tantrum that goes ballistic, literally.

Thanks.

P,S, Peter, you chose your words well, "made the US a laughing stock" and not "look like" a .....

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In a way Trump is preferable to Hilary Clinton.

At least people can see Trump for what he is, erratic, incompetent, egotistical, arrogant and insane.

Whereas, apart from her comments over the murder of Gadaffi, Hilary Clinton managed most of the time to maintain an appearance of respectability and sanity. Whilst in reality she is a dangerous psychopath complicit in the slaughter of millions.

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Excellent and informative article. There is also a Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which subsumes the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons but which all the nuclear-weaponized countries refuse to sign. So all the haves refuse to have not, some of the have-nots refuse not to have, and some of the have-nots (these) want nobody to have, which last is the only sane position but has (therefore?) no chance of success because it would never make it through the Security Council.


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Thanks for that info that I was not aware of.

Nuclear war and nuclear accidents should be getting a lot more serious attention imho. I favor disarmament of nukes totally.

One legitimate challenge is 'how do weaker countries protect themselves with conventional weapons from stronger countries'? Which from an evil perspective should be why the US would be pushing nuclear disarmament for everybody, since the US military can dominate any small country and is a serious threat to even stronger ones like Russia.

Russia knows that they could not repulse an invasion by the US with conventional weapons alone. That is why they amended their no first strike policy to NFS except if invaded by an overwhelming conventional war of invasion. I believe that was done around 2000 as they felt NATO encroaching to their border.

Like North Korea, at risk countries are going to feel the need more and more for nukes as the US continues its rampage of wars of aggression. Who can blame them?

US aggression, and all big power aggressions have to be halted to give weaker countries a guarantee that they do not need an equalizer.

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I just stumbled across this, which shows that the US military has plans to evacuate the 230,000 Americans from Korea. See also here. But doing this would be a clear signal for N. Korea of an imminent US attack, so it would trigger a "preemptive" strike by them. The alternative would be to "sacrifice" all or most of those Americans in a US first strike.

Any way you look at it, there is only one sane alternative, as Germany's Gabriel and Russia's Lavrov said at the UN after President Dumbbell frothed his filthy rant.

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Thanks again. I heard this too. I don't know how seriously the US is pursuing it. As Col. Lawrence Wilkerson said, evacuating that many Americans is a logistical "nightmare". I would also be insanity, and as you mention a casus belli, as before WW1, when an enemy called up its army it was an act of war, a casus belli and they did not wait for an actual attack at which point it would be too late.

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Any other thought.

Again, I bring up that nobody in the US or media talk about South Koreans, their concerns, and what they want.

So, if the US did evacuate US citizens what is the message to South Korea, unless they also evacuate the 10 million South Koreans from Seoul. The answer is that the US is willing to sacrifice 10 million South Koreans to save 250,000 Americans: that is about 40 South Koreans for every American.

Sounds low. Usually the US racist sentiment is about 400 to 1 for brown people. Maybe even 1,000 to 1.

If I were South Korea, I would be seriously agitating for a total withdrawal of all U.S. troops. The South Korean army is now strong enough to defend itself successfully without the US. Many are. Many more will be. Anti-American ism is high and getting higher in South Korea.

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War creates refugees.

Who benefits? Only Corporations (USA Oligarchy, Inc.) in their continuing war to keep their costs 'manageable'.

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It's only fair for losers to have alternative realities. North Korea and Hillary Clinton COULD HAVE WON, if things turned out the way they desired. Always look on the bright side of life. Neither North Korea or Hillary Clinton's email is really private.

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Thank you for your comment, but I am not sure what you mean.

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This is the most comprehensive and reasoned article I have seen in regard to the U.S./North Korea standoff. I call what the Trump Administration is doing as bullying and demonstrating his ego-maniacal assertion of ultimate power. The U.S. has sunk to a new low in diplomacy. Having such as Nikki Haley as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations would be a laughing matter if it weren't such a serious flaw in our diplomatic relations. The U.S. is dooming itself to mediocrity at best, and implosion at worst.

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Very cogent argument. Thanks, David.


PS That a psychopathic serial killer like Curtis Le May achieved such high rank is just more evidence of the rogue nature of our pariah nation.

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Thank you John, After doing this article I have lost any respect I had left for the mainstream media. All of this info is out there, it took me a lot of digging to get it and background, they either know this info or they are lazy. Ralph Nader has a good article posted on the corruption of the media. Regards.

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I'm not an expert in these matters so please indulge me.

I don't believe for a moment that this current bout of US warmongering against North Korea (DPRK) has anything whatever to do with missiles or that worn out old chestnut WMD's, real or imagined.

After all India and Pakistan both have nukes and they are not exactly the most peaceable or stable of nations are they?

Then there are the former Soviet Union states such as Georgia and Neo Nazi ruled Ukraine that is the darling of the US and the EU. Who has audited their inherited stock of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons?

And what about Israel, the state that periodically bombs and slaughters innocent men women and children in occupied Palestine, Lebanon and Syria? Israel is one of the most heavily armed rogue states in the world possessing a vast arsenal of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons that it refuses to acknowledge, let alone sign up to international treaties and inspections.

So to come to the point.

I believe the real reason for US plans to wage war on the DPRK is to steal its vast US $multi trillion natural resources, just as it has done with Afghanistan and Iraq, and is attempting to do in Libya and Syria.

North Korea has reserves of more than 200 mineral types distributed over 80% of its territory with ten reserves recording large deposits of magnesite, tungsten ore, graphite, gold ore, and molybdenum.

Among the largest resources are: 21 million tons of Zinc, 21 million tons of limestone, 6 million tons of magnesite; 5 million tons of iron, 5 million tons of anthracite, 3 million tons of copper, 2 million tons of barite, 2 million tons of gold and 2 million tons of graphite.

North Korea's rare-earth metals alone have been valued in excess of US$6 trillion.

Unlike the US and in spite of its rhetoric the DPRK has never launched a war on another state.

Yet the DPRK along with oil rich Iran are the latest nations to be targetted by the US and demonised by their presstitute media.

Finally I don't believe that Donald Trump is the author of this plan. He is just the latest of several useful idiots to roll over and implement the Wolfowitz doctrine on behalf of the US deep state and military/industrial/financial complex.

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Thank you Peter,

I agree that this is not about nukes with DPRK.

First your point about other countries. Pakistan is one of the most, maybe the, troubling powers. Here are a few facts which should frighten us. Pakistan developed nuclear bombs while the U.S. turned a blind eye and kept giving it military aid and money. The reason was because Pakistan was providing recruiting grounds, supply lines and safe haven for the mujahideen during US started terrorism against the communist government of Afghanistan. It is a know fact now that the US started the terrorist attack to topple Afghanistan's government BEFORE the Soviets invaded, not AFTER.

The US law according to the Symington Amendment the US is forbidden to provide military aid to any country that violates the Non-Proliferation Treaty, which Pakistan signed.

Four Presidents (Carter, Reagan, Bush 1, and Clinton) and multiple Congresses waived the Symington Amendment in order to provide military aid to Pakistan so that the US would have a cooperative Pakistan in starting a fight with the Soviets and then continuing it. They knew Pakistan was developing nukes but that was not a concern.

Secondly, Saudi Arabia provided the funding for Pakistan's nuke program. What did the Saudi's get in return? This has been a big issue with retired Senator Bob Graham of Florida. He has written about it and given interviews about it, as well as his campaign to expose the Saudi's as being "coconspirators" (his words) in 911. Graham was the co-chair of the 911 commission investigation.

Bob Graham's big concern has been that the Saudi's along with or separately will provide nukes to terrorists. AND it is very likely (again Graham) that Pakistan is keeping nukes on the shelf for the Saudi's, making them a de facto nuclear power too. AND when Gaddafi turned over his illegal nuclear program, as agree with the US, to the IACA inspectors they found that it was Pakistan that was providing the nuclear materials.

I think you are right about the resources, also all that cheap labor and potential markets for Caca Cola, etc. But I think we are beyond resource wars. The MIC is so powerful that it about them, selling weapons to the US and its allies, and the tremendous profits. It is corruptions and war profiteering.

I also think that DPRK strategic position on the border of both China and Russia makes it a nice plumb to surround those countries with more hostile troops, missiles, and allies. They are playing a dangerous game because China especially may go to war rather than have the US on its border. They did it in 1951 when McArthur did not stop his march to the Yula River (more about that I hope in a future article).

Third, DPRK provides a land bridge to Asia. It is part of the planning for the New Silk Road. The network of high-speed bullet trains will connect DPRK to the Sino-Russia new silk road. The US wants to stop that project. The US way of competing internationally is to destroy the competition just like the Mob does. Instead of the US developing its own silk road connecting North and South America, even crossing the Bering Sea as China has proposed connecting the Americas and Europe---the US just wants to destroy anybody that competes against the US and the dollar.

Peter, what else can I say---it makes me angry. What great things the world could be doing for human kind, including the environment, curing diseases like AID's in Africa, relieving hunger and poverty, and slowing overpopulation without committing genocide.

&c &c &c etc.

Thanks for your interest.

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"I'm not an expert in these matters so please indulge me."

You've fooled everyone here. You're more articulate, informed, objective, erudite, and thought-provoking than 99% of the word jockeys working for our presstitute media. You should be up for a Pulitzer Prize.

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May we expect planet-wide tweets both from Mr Trump and Mr Kim Jong-un when they eventually reach adulthood?

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Thank you for your comment. As far as I know Kim Jong-un does not have a Twitter Account and does not make tweets.

Maybe you are referring to U.S. and mainstream media for translating Kim and North Korea's public statements. I would caution that those are not reliable sources, as evidenced by all the facts in my article and others.

As for Kim's "growing up", what evidence do you have that he is acting childish? If you have it I would be welcome to consider it with an open mind. If you don't have any original source to the contrary then I suspect to have been influenced by propaganda.

As for Trump, I do not have any hopes that he will ever change his behavior. Hopefully, reality will confront him enough to limit his brutish behavior to Twitter and speeches that diminish U..S. prestige enough to limit the U.S. ability to bully the world as effectively as it has in the past.

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I watched North Korean FM Ri Yong Ho's address to the UNGA in its entirely. It was enlightening to see what Korea sees is at stake here. He was very forthcoming in stating exactly why they developed nukes, and under what circumstances they would be used. The litany of abuses heaped on North Korea which he cited was sobering and should bring shame to any American citizen whose brain mechanisms have not been totally disabled by propaganda.

This article is even more enlightening and sobering. "Fools rush in where . . ." Well, you know how it ends. But do the folks we've recklessly entrusted with the most destructive war machine in history?

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Thanks John, I will go and watch it now too. Regards.

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I should have made the link available.

Click HERE to watch.

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Bring all the troops home, feeding people as they head to year of jubilee back home, feeding the whole world through them 800 overseas military bases.

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Turn all of the bases into Peace and Fellowship Free Zones, no weapons, no ideologies, no political parties, no NGOs, no passports, no visas, no churches, no strip malls. Keep the budgets for the bases in place to buy food, clothing, medical supplies, offer medical and nutritional care and counseling, free education K-PhD to anyone who is interested and has a pulse.

I think we're on to something big here, Michael. Thanks for the inspiration!

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Anyone could tell was heading towards a MASH set up by the end of mind their own business religions serving thanks giving dinners to the rock and roll bands that show up.

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This is going to come with some authority from above behind it. Have yet to wake many people up here in Antwerpen but the Flemish will understand these news letters translated in dutch one paragraph and english in another. But when I cross pond as soon as paper work from Marie dying back in May, people I know back in Leoburg will understand this New Englander message of rekindling Arlo's Group W Movement, where this time those who stand for peace will get whatever they want-and am sure then we can find homes for everyone, and good jobs if they want to work. We need fleets of VW Buses to clean the dogma trash out of churches and clean greed and power out of Govt.


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Come ... on ... Mueller! Hurry up and give us enough evidence to remove the Twitter Twit and his Crazy Crew from office. Sure, maybe we'll end up with a hyper-religious Jesus freak or the Bozo Boy Wonder, but at least they don't have the mentality of a spoiled six-year old!

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