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We should encourage Japan to re-arm and take on North Korea

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This time the missile went right over Japan again, and another 1,370 miles further. North Korea wants to show the world it can punch above its weight. Nukes and ICBMs will place it in a select club that demands more responsibility than the hermit kingdom has shown. Such a hissy-fit of threats only proves that Kim Jong-un lacks the maturity to handle the world’s most powerful weapons.

As Konstantinos Roditis wrote, we shouldn’t give in to the shake down. But it’s more than a shake down. North Korea wants a confrontation with the United States. They want to show the world they can take on the greatest foe, the world’s only mega power, and win. Their next move might be to kill someone, because human life is meaningless to them (except for Kim’s).

We shouldn’t give North Korea the satisfaction of taking on America. Japan has been questioning its role in the world and in national security lately. Germany has a military, and they sell submarines all over the world (notably to Israel). Japan has a military, but is constrained by its Constitution from taking any action except in immediate self-defense. That plays to North Korea’s advantage.

President Trump signaled this month that he wanted Japan, along with South Korea, to bolster arms spending. In a Twitter post two days after North Korea conducted its sixth nuclear test, Mr. Trump said he would allow the two countries to “buy a substantially increased amount of highly sophisticated military equipment from the United States.” (New York Times)

What’s clear is that the best path to avoid a catastrophic war for the United State and South Korea is to deny North Korea a target other than an outright and direct attack. The saber-rattling will continue until they kill someone, and will likely stop if China intervenes on the side of the world. In other words, the North can’t afford a 2-front war with China backstopping the Yalu river and a cruise-missile-armed Japan to the east.

The advantages of a re-armed and offensive-equipped Japan are to stabilize the Pacific rim without the U.S. playing babysitter and universal target.

Perspectives

After new missile test, U.S. says North Korea threatens whole world |Jack Kim, Susan Heavey, Reuters

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-missiles/united-states-says-north-korea-endangers-whole-world-after-missile-test-idUSKCN1BP35BWASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson accused North Korea on Friday of threatening the entire world, after Pyongyang fired a missile over Japan for the second time in under a month in defiance of international pressure over its missile and nuclear programs.

“For those … who have been commenting on a lack of a military option, there is a military option,” he said, adding that it would not be the Trump administration’s preferred choice.

 

White House press briefing after North Korea fired missile at Japan – CBS News

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/white-house-holds-press-briefing-after-north-korea-fires-missile-live-updates/This latest test comes after the U.N. Security Council recently added sanctions. President Trump earlier this week claimed the toughest-ever sanctions against the regime are, This latest test comes after the U.N. Security Council recently added sanctions. President Trump earlier this week claimed the toughest-ever sanctions against the regime are, “no big deal.”

“There is a consensus among all key nations that denuclearization of the peninsula is the only acceptable objective,” McMaster said.

Haley said North Korea will be “front and center” at Mr. Trump’s first U.N. General Assembly in New York next week.

 

How North Korea Is Militarizing Japan  | OZY

http://www.ozy.com/presidential-daily-brief/pdb-80659/rising-sun-80676He’s playing the long game. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may be the most hawkish leader in Japan’s postwar era, but when it comes to dealing with North Korea, he’s armed with little more than tough talk. Yet the Japanese people’s growing fear of their belligerent neighbor has served one key policy aim of Abe’s right-wing government: “normalizing” the militarization of the constitutionally pacifist state. Since Abe’s been in charge, there’s been an annual increase in Japan’s Self-Defense Forces budget, meaning North Korea may be helping rearm its historic rival to the east.

 

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Final thoughts

North Korea’s Juche religion paints the United States as the world’s biggest devil. The U.S. should deny any confrontation to the Norks other than the one that annihilates them. That should be reserved for an actual attack. We should, as Konstantinos noted, shoot down any future missile attempts that are possibly in range of our interceptors. We should also encourage Japan to change its constitution. World War II has been over for a very long time, and Japanese Imperial military doctrine–the era of the Shogunates–is over for good.

Japan has been singled out to be World War II’s final casualty, wedged between the United States, China, and North Korea. It’s time for Japan to be a stabilizing counterweight in the Pacific rim. After being South Korea’s shameful and inhuman occupier, they might become the Korean people’s best defender.

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Entertainment and Sports

Trump regrets letting UCLA basketball players go

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LiAngelo Ball

He should have regrets, or at least say that he does.  The father of one of these players is not grateful for what President Trump did for his son.  Now, Whoopi Goldberg is no supporter of Trump, but she gave him credit when he deserved it.  Could this father do the same thing?  The answer is no.

Would Hillary do the same thing for these punks that Trump did?  If she did the same thing, would the father be grateful?  We shall never know, but if he did; it shows the hard work we need to do in pushing back against this cult called the Democratic Party (and the do-nothing good-ole Republican party).

Trump: I should have left UCLA basketball players in jail

http://thehill.com/homenews/361110-trump-i-should-have-left-ucla-basketball-players-in-jailLaVar Ball’s son LiAngelo Ball and two other players were arrested and accused of shoplifting from a Louis Vuitton store while the UCLA basketball team was on a trip to China for its season-opening game.

The players faced potential jail sentences for the charge, but Trump reportedly spoke to Chinese President Xi Jinping about resolving the situation. The players were released, and landed in the United States last week.

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Roy Moore must pass the Cemetery Gates, but Al Franken is a progressive so he is OK

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I would be cool with both Roy Moore and Al Franken walking passed the cemetery gates, but it should not surprise any moral-minded freedom liberty loving conservative that Franken gets a pass.  Even from the Great Mitch McConnell.  Yes, there is a double standard, but what matters is that the progressives and their collaborators continue to maintain power in our government.

Shame that its only Moore that must pass those dreaded gates of the dead.

Meanwhile, we have to push for Article V and/or new political party to take the place of the do nothing Republican Party.  Otherwise, it will have to take a civil war to get our freedom back and I don’t know if we are strong enough for even that.  Don’t get me started about Edward “Ted” Kennedy who truly got away with murder.  At least it kept Ted out of the White House, but I doubt would have been the case now.  What matters is that we create the kingdom on Earth and prove God a liar and that we don’t need his help or his forgiveness or above all honor his ‘oppressive’ law.

Until further notice, I stand by Roy Moore.


Levin: Shameless Dems are trying to bury the sexual abuse allegations against Franken

https://www.conservativereview.com/articles/levin-shameless-dems-are-trying-to-bury-the-franken-allegations?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=111717levin-franken-ethics-committee&utm_campaign=crfbDespite the countless and vocal calls from Washington for Roy Moore to drop out of the Alabama Senate race, it is virtual silence on the Franken-resignation front. The only seeming consensus from his colleagues and party leaders is that Franken should go before the Senate Ethics Committee.

“Between 2007 and 2016, the Senate Ethics Committee imposed zero sanctions against anyone. Zero — despite 613 allegations and 75 preliminary investigations. Zero,” Shapiro wrote Thursday.

What all 46 Democratic senators (and two independents) say about Al Franken

https://www.conservativereview.com/articles/what-all-46-democratic-senators-say-about-al-frankenNot a single Democrat has called for Al Franken to step down or be expelled from the Senate despite photographic evidence that backs up Leeann Tweeden’s allegation that Franken groped her breasts while she was sleeping and despite her claim that Franken forced his tongue down her throat.

 

 

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Whoopi is right about the behavior of UCLA Basketball players in China

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Whoopi Goldberg

I’m not a big fan of Whoopi Goldberg, okay but I have to tell you that I agree with her regarding the following statement.  This is in regards to a couple of UCLA basketball players who thought they could take something from a store in China and not pay for it.

You embarrassed your families, you embarrassed the country, and you embarrassed the president. Now I’m not a big fan of the president, but the fact that he had to call and get your asses out of there is not anything to be proud of or think is cool.  If this isn’t the stupidest thing a young person has done, particularly if you’re over six-feet tall, and black… is this just the ridiculous stupidity of youth?

Let me add one more thing. You’re an embarrassment to UCLA itself, and their athletic department as well.  Now I am not a big fan of those who run academia, but if these jerks are given the right punishment, I shall give the university credit and praise for doing it.  All right UCLA, the ball is in your court.  Do something right for once.

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Whoopi Goldberg to ‘Stupid’ UCLA Players: You’re Fortunate Trump Could ‘Get Your A**es Out’ of China

http://freebeacon.com/issues/whoopi-goldberg-ucla-players-fortunate-trump-get-out-china/“Now, you’re in China—you’re this big!” she said, reaching high into the air to indicate the players’ height. “It’s not like you’re gonna blend, you’re not going to blend in, run out.”

Goldberg said their families and mentors had no doubt told them numerous times not to do things like this, and she said the foolishness of youth is the only explanation for something so dumb.

President Trump says ‘You’re welcome’ after UCLA Bruins players thank him for help with China incident

http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/21432885/president-trump-says-welcome-ucla-bruins-players-thank-help-china-incidentUCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero said freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill stole from three stores, were arrested and surrendered their passports. Trump, who was already on an Asia trip, spoke to President Xi Jinping of China about the incident, and the players were allowed to return to the United States on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, all three read prepared statements at a news conference in which it was revealed that they have been suspended from the team indefinitely. They thanked the Chinese government and police for how they were treated and United States officials for helping secure their release.

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