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Nuke arsenal in U.S. prime, Trump states

N. Korea shrugs at threats, says Guam plan in works

By Compiled by Democrat-Gazette staff from wire reports

This article was published August 10, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

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“Americans should sleep well at night,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday, downplaying suggestions the U.S. was moving closer to a military option against North Korea.

Four Air Force B-1B bombers arrive at Andersen Air Force Base in the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam on Feb. 6. North Korea vowed Wednesday to finalize...

A map showing Guam and North Korea.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday declared the U.S. nuclear arsenal "far stronger and more powerful than ever before," even as his top diplomat sought to ease concerns over the North Korea crisis by insisting that there isn't "any imminent threat."

Four Air Force B-1B bombers arrive at Andersen Air Force Base in the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam on Feb. 6. North Korea vowed Wednesday to finalize...

A map showing Guam and North Korea.

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RBear says... August 10, 2017 at 6:41 a.m.

More unnecessary rhetoric from Trump. If our nuclear force is "far stronger and more powerful than ever before" it is largely because of efforts started under Obama. "A modernization effort started by former President Barack Obama is in its early stages, but the force is essentially unchanged from the way Trump inherited it Jan. 20."
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The bottom line is that this is not our most strategic weapon in this crisis. Diplomacy and increasing economic pressure are the best deterrents to stem the crisis without putting the world into chaos. For ANYONE to even suggest we "nuke" North Korea, the option is one that would completely disrupt the economic gains of the past decade, throw us into a global power crisis that could have repercussions in other parts of the globe, and most like result in the loss of American lives unnecessarily.
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This is when we need a sound mind at the helm and we just don't have that right now. Reading some of the comments by right wingers in here doesn't give me any hope that those in the base will pull the president into a rational position. If you really feel "might makes right" then you're about as short-sighted and dumb as our president is today. I'm pretty sure none of the right wingers could even articulate what a good long-term strategy and the true implications of large scale military incursion would mean.

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mrcharles says... August 10, 2017 at 9:09 a.m.

There were two arkansas type red state men standing on a bridge. Both bragging how tough they were and nature called so they to intimidate the other by whizzing off the bridge, ...one said, boy the water sure is cold and the other said, ....yeah and Deep.

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BirdDogsRock says... August 10, 2017 at 9:37 a.m.

"Sound dialogue is not possible with such a guy bereft of reason, and only absolute force can work on him," ....
That quote applies equally well whether directed at Trump or Kim.
In fact, it is eerie just how alike Trump and Kim Jong Un are: both are mentally unstable, egotistical dictator-type personalities with bad hair, thin skin, paranoid delusions ... and nuclear weapons.

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PopulistMom says... August 10, 2017 at 9:37 a.m.

RBear,

While Trump is issuing unnecessary rhetoric, he really is not the cause of this situation. Kim Jong Un is mentally ill. Diplomacy will not work with him. He does not care if his people starve. Kim Jon Un is the biggest threat to civilization since Hitler. We just cannot sit back and watch him get enough weapon capability to destroy the world. With the permission of China and Russia (who are worried about him as well), we are going to have to take him out. It may cost 50,000 lives, but we cannot afford to be Neville Chamberlain and wait. We must act sooner rather than later. There is no good answer.

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hah406 says... August 10, 2017 at 10:02 a.m.

Mom, I agree with you about KJU, but at times Trump only seems slightly more stable. Unfortunately, while a war on the Korean peninsula may cost 50,000 American lives, it is likely to cost a couple of million South Korean lives. Seoul is within pre-sighted artillery range of the DPRK forces, and is one of the most tightly populated cities on the planet. We need to do something, but I would prefer a CIA assassination. Cut the head off the snake...

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RBear says... August 10, 2017 at 10:39 a.m.

PM, understand your points but China does not want that region destabilized. I don't know of any other world power that is expressing the same rhetoric that Trump has done in the past few days. China has a much more rational view of world politics than the US. In fact, at some times I admire how they approach global issues. Call me a China lover, but they don't react at the drop of a hat with a tweet.
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The point I'm making is that we need to approach this more methodically and explore ways to react. If the DPKR does change their trajectory of missiles and lands them close to Guam, how we react will have a much larger impact on the world. The initial act will create financial chaos. The response could test the relations between the US, China, and Russia. We don't have a good track record responding under the Trump administration (see Syria).

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PopulistMom says... August 10, 2017 at 11:24 a.m.

RBear,

I believe that Mattis and Tillerson et al. are trying to work something out while putting the military on notice of various options. It is a shame that Trump is in the loop. I agree with HAH that an assassination would be best, but it did not work with Hitler.

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DEE672 says... August 10, 2017 at 11:32 a.m.

For those wanting to go to war with N Korea let me explain that we no longer can mess up things around the world and sit smugly and safely at home defended by two oceans. We are talking missiles that fly over oceans and can likely hit Chicago and soon the East Coast. Nuclear war is not your grand father's war that just blasts with guns, bombs and artillery; it radiates everything after burning the target and the fallout moves West to East and makes areas uninhabitable for centuries. Stop and consider the consequences of war in the nuclear age. No. Korea has been concerned for years that the US is going to do what we are talking about, take them out. And I am certain they have automatic responses to such an attempt that would fire off and kill millions of people, especially our troops and So. Korea.
How easily our armchair generals say take them out. Kim Yong is no more nutty than trump, and I think he's less irrational since he is trying to protect his country and trump is trying to destroy us and everyone else out of spite and petulance.

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Slak says... August 10, 2017 at 11:44 a.m.

it finishes with the unmentioned third guy saying, "Yeah, and the bottom is sandy."

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Packman says... August 10, 2017 at 11:48 a.m.

The true insanity is shown by people that say Kim Jong Un equals Donald Trump. That kind of rhetoric isn't just insane, it's insanely dangerous. Jong Un and North Korea have spent years developing weapons of mass destruction all the time giving the finger to the likes of people named Clinton, Bush, and Obama. To compare Jong Un even remotely to Donald Trump is simply insane.
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I am sooooooo glad Donald Trump, James Mattis, and Rex Tillerson are in control instead of the feckless BH Obama or the wife of the guy that promised America North Korea would never have a nuclear arsenal. I will sleep like a baby on Benadryl at night knowing who's in charge.

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