Wednesday, August 09, 2017

The Warmongering of Donald Trump

As predicted here {31.07.17}, Mr. Trump has issued a stark threat unprecedented in its bellicosity during peacetime to the regime of North Korea.  The reason for the threat of a nuclear strike ("fire and fury...the likes of which the world has never seen before ") against the North Koreans is a US intelligence report that Kim Jong Un's scientists have succeeded in miniaturizing a nuclear device that will fit inside North Korea's recently tested long-range ICBM. [photo: Hwasong 14] Another report by the Defense Intelligence Agency says that the number of its nuclear devices is estimated larger than previously thought--some sixty warheads. Mr. Trump made the explicit threat of nuclear war while at his golf course in New Jersey.

Pardon US Person if he expresses undue skepticism about these intelligence reports.   This is the same security establishment that warned us of "weapons of mass destruction" in Iraq.  We all know how that turned out.  The motivation for the Trump Circus to use whatever propaganda techniques it can to divert public fury over its miserable failure as a government is too great to ignore*.    Some corroboration by other western nations' intelligence agencies would be helpful in the interest of adverting the death of millions in a nuclear holocaust.

As a citizen of the only country to use atomic bombs in war, it is very disconcerting to US Person when the commander of a vast military establishment threatens any military action, let alone nuclear war.  When the probity of that commander has been brought into question, such explicit threats are even more unsettling given his counterpart's apparent willingness to risk nuclear annihilation.  US Person is not alone in his unease; a majority of US citizens do not trust Trump to handle the North Korean problem short of armed conflict.

The Korean peninsula has been an unresolved stalemate since the ceasefire signed in 1953.   An unresolved war has been allowed to fester by successive administrations; the standoff has reached criticality now that North Korea has succeeded in producing a nuclear weapon with intercontinental range.  If estimates of N. Korean weapons' progress are correct, there is a rapidly closing window for peaceful settlement of a seventy-year old conflict.  Or has war, even nuclear war, become too easy an option for a supposedly peace-loving nation?

*Directly contradicting the climate change denier-in-chief, a panel of government scientists from thirteen agencies, concluded that Americans are feeling the effects of climate change right now. The draft report directly contradicts claims by President Trump and members of his cabinet who say that the human contribution to climate change is uncertain, and that the ability to predict the effects is limited.  Due to fears that the Circus would attempt to bury the report, the draft was leaked to the New York TimesThe U.S. State Department last week officially informed the United Nations that it would withdraw from the Paris climate accord, but left the door open to re-engaging if the terms improved for the United States. The United States insists on having its way in the world, and is all too willing to flex its overlarge military muscle to get it.   Dr. Martin Luther King observed that the American warfare elite are “the greatest purveyors of violence in the world today”.  An official propaganda organ, the "Center for Information Analysis and Response" has already been established in the Pentagon to feed the masses with the "official" version of why a nuclear war was begun by their President, thanks to the previous occupant and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Barrack Obama, who signed the largest Pentagon budget in US history, $618 billion.