As President Trump’s ‘Armada’ continues to assemble off the Korean Peninsula, US officials have indicated that a “sudden strike” of “kinetic” military action is on the table if diplomacy fails to “counteract North Korea’s destabilizing actions in the region,” after this weekend’s failed missile test.
In an interview Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” McMaster said Trump had directed the National Security Council to collaborate with the Defense and State Departments, and intelligence agencies to “provide options and have them ready for him if this pattern of destabilizing behavior continues.”
Hours after the failed test, McMaster emphasized Trump’s preference, as with this month’s airstrikes in Syria, for unannounced military action. He added that the North Korean leader’s unpredictability complicated U.S. strategy. –Bloomberg
But did Kim call Trump’s bluff? Now the MSM is talking economic sanctions:
Last week, it was “We’re sending a massive force to the region. If Kim so much as farts wrong he’ll be relieved of his mortal coil.” [Kim launches missile] Which was followed by the United States promptly downplaying the failed missile launch in statements issued by National Security advisor H.R. McMaster and General Mattis. I suppose intention doesn’t matter if the effort fails?
Hours after the failed test, McMaster emphasized Trump’s preference, as with this month’s airstrikes in Syria, for unannounced military action. He added that the North Korean leader’s unpredictability complicated U.S. strategy.
Meanwhile, retired Marine Corps Colonel and ABC commentator Steve Ganyard downplays a nuclear test!
So in this case they’re probably going to test a nuclear weapon in the next day or so, and there’ll be lots of condemnation – but we’ve yet to see any serious action taken against them.
We’ve had a lot of talk in the past few days about “military action, military action,” but interestingly enough the economic side of this – the economic opportunity for the US to put pressure on North Korea really hasn’t been put into place.
Up until just recently, Zimbabwe was more sanctioned than N. Korea was [Steve researches stuff]. So there are all sorts of things that could be done. 90% of the trade from N. Korea goes into China. There’s lots of things the Chinese can do. There are lots of things we can do. In 2005 we shut down their banking access and it was like touching a hot wire to a nerve.
…the danger is if you push too hard on the economic side – that fragile North Korean economy could collapse and there could be some sort of a revenge attack or offensive by Kim Jong Un as his regime falls.
So the notion of North Korea testing a nuke was mentioned almost in passing, and economic sanctions are now part of the script. But don’t do TOO much sanctioning – or Kim might just nuke someone as his regime collapses. Interdasting.If you enjoy the content at iBankCoin, please follow us on Twitter