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Korean missile crisis, 2017

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America likely hasn’t been this close to an actual nuclear war–barring some hair-trigger escapes and error chains–since October 1962. And even then, we had an understanding with the Russians that whoever shoots first, loses.

This thing between President Trump and Kim Jong-un has a different quality to it. It’s not geopolitical saber-rattling here, it’s a genuine game of nuclear chicken, and it’s dangerous as all hell.

On our side, we have the fact that China voted with the UN Security Council to impose harsher sanctions on North Korea for their missile and warhead development. If the Norks have any beef at all, it’s with their sponsor state, not America. But the complex relationship between North Korea and China don’t really allow us a whole lot of clarity.

On North Korea’s side, there’s China. The PRC would never allow a unified Korea with an American-friendly south in control on its border. So either there’ll be two Koreas, or there’ll be one Korea ruled from the north. That puts American interests directly in conflict with China’s.

So why did China vote for the sanctions when they had veto power?

Likely, it was some combination of believing Trump was just crazy enough to take action against the north, which would create chaos for China; and sending a message to Kim Jong-un to work out some acceptable compromise. Ideally, we want to see Kim drop all nuclear and ICBM development, but that’s not going to happen.

Possibly, he might be persuaded to allow, behind the scenes and under some light “join the world” protocol, China to be the nuclear button control for his arsenal. Some kind of Iran deal for Pyongyang that lets China and Kim save face while giving the US some assurances that Kim is under adult supervision.

But all that is speculation.

We do know that we’re in a very dangerous situation. We know that Kim could rig up a warhead on a missile and send it off to Guam, like he has threatened. But unlike the Cuban missile crisis, here whoever shoots first, may not lose. If the U.S. strikes first (not nuclear), we might be able to set the Norks back on their heels enough to buy time. Or the North might come down hell-bent-for-leather and take out Seoul (again, not nuclear).

Nuclear war on the Korean peninsula is unthinkable, not just to Koreans, but to the Chinese and Japanese. And Americans. Goading Kim into possibly striking U.S. interests outside of Korea is extremely dangerous.

I previously advocated some kind of limited strike against the North’s nuclear and missile facilities. But now I think the window on that option is closing too fast.

We can only hope and pray Trump, or someone in the White House and DoD, know what they’re doing.

Managing Editor of NOQ Report. Serial entrepreneur. Faith, family, federal republic. One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

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  1. Kendall Smith

    August 8, 2017 at 8:14 pm

    This is much of what I’ve been thinking all day watching these headlines and statements come out. We’re in an extremely dangerous situation that has no good options remaining and people are going to die. The only question is how many and will it be a conventional strike, or heaven forbid, a combination of conventional and nuclear. I just hope that nobody has itchy fingers or sweaty palms.

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Jim Acosta is building his own celebrity, not seeking the truth

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Jim Acosta is building his own celebrity not seeking the truth

The press shouldn’t be part of the news. It happens from time to time based upon proximity; because they have to be close to situations, they occasionally get drawn in. What a good journalist should never do is intentionally insert himself into the news, but that seems to be exactly what CNN’s Jim Acosta is doing.

He doesn’t care about reporting. It’s as if he now enjoys being the news. That’s the only logical conclusion one can come up with when viewing his actions over the past several months. Once an obscure media figure during the Obama era, Acosta has found true celebrity status by going after the President and his staff.

He tasted blood and he liked it. Now, it seems he’s addicted to it.

The latest “outburst” against him came from the President himself. It happened during an event with the President of Kazakhstan in which Acosta asked an unrelated question:

‘OUT!’ Trump orders CNN star Jim Acosta to leave Oval Office after reporter’s newest outburst

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2018/01/16/out-trump-orders-cnn-star-jim-acosta-to-leave-oval-office-after-reporter-s-newest-outburst.html“Did you say that you want more people to come in from Norway? Did you say that you wanted more people from Norway? Is that true Mr. President?” Acosta frantically shouted.

“I want them to come in from everywhere… everywhere. Thank you very much everybody,” Trump responded as Acosta continued to bark questions.

That’s all acceptable, albeit slightly inappropriate considering the reason for the event. Acosta took it up several notches with his followup question:

“Just Caucasian or white countries, sir? Or do you want people to come in from other parts of the world… people of color.”

This was intended to insert himself into the news once again. It’s a ridiculous question to ask and embarrassed the President and the nation on an international stage. “Journalists” like Acosta are willing to harm the country and its people as long as they can harm the President at the same time.

I’ve treated the President fairly since he was elected. When he pushes a big-government agenda, I voice my concerns. When he does well, I give praise. I would never attempt to shame him (and the nation as a result) with petulant outbursts of absurd questions. Jim Acosta apparently doesn’t hold such standards.

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The strange tale of the Turpin family

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The strange tale of the Turpin family

Abuse of children is one of the most horrible things anyone can do. Rarely do I even read stories about abuse. I know it exists. I’m against it. I don’t want reminders of how evil some people really are. The story of the Turpin family drew me in and made me weep for a world that allows such things to happen.

Here’s the story, followed by my brief thoughts:

California family: Parents charged after children found shackled

http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/16/us/california-turpin-13-siblings-held-captive/index.htmlDavid, 57, and Louise, 49, are accused of holding their children captive in their Perris, California, home in filthy conditions, some of them shackled to beds with chains and padlocks. The 13 siblings range in age from 2 to 29.

The parents are charged with torture and child endangerment, and scheduled for a court hearing Thursday. Bail was set at $9 million each. It was not immediately clear if the suspects had attorneys or whether they had entered a plea.

On Sunday, one of their daughters, a 17-year-old, managed to escape from their home by climbing out a window and called 911 from a deactivated cell phone she found in the house, police said. She told officers her parents were holding her 12 siblings captive inside the home, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said.

My Take

There’s a danger here. We have to be mindful of children who are being abused. Unfortunately, that also means there will be times when the state must intervene. Any time that happens, I get worried. I want as little intervention as possible and only when absolutely necessary. The story of the Turpin family is an example of it being necessary.

The problem is that this evil was allowed to continue for decades. How can that happen? How do we respect the rights of parents and embrace a non-interfering government when there are people like the Turpins in the world? It’s a slippery slope and I have no answers.

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Is the Republican Party racist?

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Is the Republican Party racist

Racism isn’t broken down by party lines. There are racists in every political party in America. Some are more public than others, but generally speaking it’s clear there are racists everywhere. Thankfully, there are fewer of them today than in the past. A good part of the reason for this is cultural, but politically it’s been the Republican Party, not the Democratic Party, that has championed the cause of equal rights.

Unfortunately, there are two things that are changing the way history is perceived by many Americans. The first is a false narrative created by both mainstream media and liberal activists who paint the GOP as racists. The second is the reality of conservative values. While the fight for smaller government and more freedom is a righteous one, it’s also a fight that is more appealing to racists than the liberal ideologies of more government and less freedom.

Historically, the evidence is clearly on the side of the GOP, as this PragerU video demonstrates.

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