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A few weeks ago I wrote about my opposition to continuing the war in Afghanistan. I explained why. My opposition to remaining in Afghanistan was based on personal experience and a firm understanding that continued fighting is useless. It doesn’t mean I’m a libertarian or a liberal who thinks if we just try to get along with everyone all war can be avoided.

Korea is a whole other ball of wax. Kim Jong-un is directly threatening the United States, not to mention the rest of the world, with hydrogen warheads on his ICBMs, which may or may not be able to hit something other than the Sea of Japan.

North Korea’s current leader is far more confrontational than even his father and grandfather were, and it seems that things may be coming to a head after more than 65 years of stalemate on the Korean Peninsula.

Korea is an interesting socio-political example. You have the Republic of Korea (ROK) in the south which is capitalist, free, prosperous. They have successful trading relationships with much of the world.

Then you have the deceptively named Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in the north. Communist, totalitarian, with people living in abject poverty, and what little the country does have used for their military, largely coming from their communist patron, China. North Korea’s military is formidable, but it’s really all they have, making it inevitable that they will eventually want to use it to conquer their southern brothers, and conquer the wealth they’ve accumulated.

When the North comes across the DMZ it will be with the coiled energy of six decades of military buildup. Their artillery will rip apart the massive minefields we’ve laid in wait for them. North Korean commando units will likely infiltrate the South prior to any invasion and wreak havoc. Tanks will enter Seoul in a matter of days, at best. More likely, hours. Maybe we beat them back, at which point Kim Jong Un launches ICBMs carrying nuclear weapons at Tokyo and Washington DC.

That’s the nightmare scenario, of course. There is another option. We could hit them first.

Many on the American Left have expressed displeasure at President Trump’s rhetoric regarding this particular portion of what President George W. Bush called the “Axis of Evil.” Personally, I hope his rhetoric matches the action we actually take.

This country is struggling through difficult times. We’re in serious debt, radical groups of every stripe are rising to create chaos, and this hurricane season is making up for the fact that we have not had a serious hurricane problem since Katrina. The last thing we need is a lunatic running around the Far East with nuclear weapons. What we need second least is to get into yet another protracted war.

President Trump’s rhetoric is not dissimilar to Secretary of Defense James Mattis’ own rhetoric on the matter. Mattis is someone who has much more credibility than Trump on these matters, having served his entire adult life as a Marine officer and is one of the most respected generals in a generation. There is little doubt that he has a plan for every contingency, and I’m sure he is telling Trump exactly what I would tell him, which is this is not a war like we’ve seen in the last half century.

This will not be about politics, or making sure the people of the DPRK like us. Should another open conflict with North Korea come, this will be about the complete annihilation of Kim Jong Un’s military forces, in the air, on the ground, and at sea.

North Korea’s naval forces will be of little concern to our Navy, but as we’ve seen with recent collisions at sea, there is always the possibility of terrorist attacks causing significant damage to our ships. Their air forces are older, and our Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, not to mention the ROK’s very competent Air Force, should have no problem handling them. However, the DPRK has a robust anti-air defense network, including plentiful modernized radars, missiles and anti-aircraft guns. Our pilots would face the densest anti-air network possibly in history.

The B-2 Spirit stealth bomber and the fifth generation F-22 Raptor would no doubt find themselves gainfully employed. B-1Bs and F-15Es, some of them flown by old friends of mine, would likely shoulder the bulk of the strike duties. Mobile surface-to-air missile (SAM) batteries would still be a threat even after the stealth aircraft had whittled the stationary SAMs down to size.

Establishing air supremacy very quickly would be vital. The Korean Penninsula doesn’t have a lot of land to trade for time, and Seoul, the capital and home to a quarter of the population of the ROK, isn’t far from the DMZ.

The ground war will be messy. We can move soldiers fairly quickly by air, but moving M-1A2 Abrams tanks, Strykers, and Bradleys is much more difficult and time consuming. Equipment prepositioned at various locations cuts down on the time, but as I mentioned already, time is at a premium. The armies of the US and ROK will need to slow the advance of the DPRK until the Air Force and Navy can start to cut off their supply routes and then kill the advancing units.

I have no doubt we will win, but the casualties will be high, and we have to make certain we hit the DPRKs nuclear capabilities very early on to prevent a scorched earth retaliation. The war will be fast and furious, but if it comes, I hope it will be one trouble spot we can finally leave behind and allow the ROK to integrate what is left of the DPRK into their society with a minimum of help from us. We don’t need more mouths to feed. I’ve already pointed out we have enough problems already.

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A Japanese F-35 is missing and that’s a very big deal!

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While America’s elected officials of both political parties obsess over a nothingburger political scandal, meanwhile on the other side of the Pacific Ocean our warfighting capabilities and that of our allies are seriously threatened. A Japanese F-35A fighter aircraft has gone missing!

Media coverage has predominantly been from sources in the Asia-Pacific Theater. Following are excerpts regarding the disappearance and analyses of the significance.

The US and Japan still can’t find a missing F-35, and its ‘secrets’ may be in danger

One week has passed since a Japanese Air Self-Defense Force F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter mysteriously disappeared.

Japanese authorities believe the fifth-generation stealth fighter crashed in the Pacific.

A Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter flown by 41-year-old Maj. Akinori Hosomi disappeared from radar last Tuesday, April 9.

No distress signal was sent out as the aircraft vanished roughly 85 miles east of Misawa Air Base.

The F-35A is an airplane that contains a significant amount of secrets that need to be protected.

Tom Moore, a former senior professional staff member with the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, tweeted recently, “There is no price too high in this world for China and Russia to pay to get Japan’s missing F-35.”

US scrambles to keep F-35’s secrets safe from Russia and China

Japan’s F-35A that went missing is believed to be able to act like a high-performance radar in the air.

The U.S. has placed a never-before-seen level of priority on this crash. That is likely because the F-35A is expected to play a crucial role in the future of modern warfare.

U.S. has suspended delivery of F-35 equipment to NATO ally Turkey because of Ankara’s decision to purchase Russian-made missile systems with Washington citing an intelligence risk.

Any information on the technology in the F-35s is in high demand. China has reportedly already acquired parts of the F-35 blueprint through cybertheft. It has been advancing its own stealth fighter program, deploying its own J-20 jet to rival the F-35.

…[B]eing able to touch and analyze the actual material or radar-absorbing stealth paint used for the F-35 will boost its understanding to a new level….

It is not hard to imagine that the military and intelligence brass in Beijing and Moscow are salivating at the idea of an F-35A in the sea.

The fact that the U.S. military has taken the unusual step of sending a B-52 bomber to the crash area is a stern message that it will not allow anyone to touch the plane.

The F-35A that crashed into the Pacific this time is thought to be sunk on the seabed about 1,500 meters deep.

The crash site is roughly 150 km off Japan’s Aomori Prefecture and within Japan’s exclusive economic zone. China and Russia cannot conduct search or salvage operations without Tokyo’s permission. But it is not entirely impossible that the China’s People’s Liberation Army or the Russian military will deploy submarines or underwater drones to attempt to reach the F-35A.

The fate of the sunken F-35A has the potential of altering the air power balance between the major powers.

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China has to be the prime concern that they be prevented from obtaining the technology of the F-35 and reverse engineering it for their own military advantage.

It is pertinent to look at the variants of the F-35 and the role they play in military actions.

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F-35 VARIANTS

Three Variants, Common Capability

The F-35 family includes three variants – all single-seat jets: the F-35A conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) variant, the F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) variant, and the F-35C carrier variant (CV).

The U.S. Air Force as well as the majority of our allied air forces and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) nations will operate the F-35A.

The F-35B model short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) variant is designed to operate from austere, short-field bases and a range of air-capable ships operating near front-line combat zones. [Used by U.S. Marine Corps.]

The F-35C carrier variant (CV) is the Navy’s first stealth fighter and the world’s only 5th Generation, long-range stealth strike fighter designed and built explicitly for aircraft carrier operations.

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Japan says its F-35A stealth fighters made seven precautionary landings before crash

Marine Corps F-35B, capable of short takeoffs and landings….

The downed aircraft, which was the first F-35A put together in Japan….

Commanders have not set a time limit on the search for Hosomi and the missing aircraft.

Unfortunately, one pilot on board is still missing as of now and the location of the aircraft has not been identified but we will do our best to find them as soon as possible.

All Japanese F-35As have been grounded since the incident.

Though U.S. search and rescue efforts have ended, we will continue to coordinate with our Japanese partners on efforts to locate and recover the missing aircraft.

Japanese crash investigators will seek U.S. support since the F-35A has a special fuselage and contains classified information.

Carl Baker, executive director of Pacific Forum in Hawaii, said searchers would use sonar to try to find the aircraft. It’s stealth capabilities, which make it virtually invisible to radar, won’t be a factor underwater.

However, the size of the search area and the lack of precise coordinates could mean a long search.

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Let’s take a moment to look at the vital role that American F-35s play in the daily standoff in the Middle East between Israel and all its hostile neighbors.

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Stealth on Steroids: Meet Israel’s F-35I Adir (An F-35 Like No Other)

F-35I Adir — or “Mighty Ones” — will be the only F-35 variant to enter service heavily tailored to a foreign country’s specifications.

F-35I stealth fighters had flown on two combat missions on “different fronts”.

The first nineteen stealth jets received by Israel will actually be standard F-35A land-based fighters, while the following thirty-one will be true F-35Is modified to integrate Israeli-built hardware.

Israeli F-35Is uniquely will have an overriding Israeli-built C4 program that runs “on top” of Lockheed’s operating system.

An official told Aviation Week the IAF expects the advantages of the F-35’s low radar cross section will be “good for five to ten years” before adversaries develop countermeasures.

While Tel Aviv basically wants the United States to carry out such an attack, the F-35 makes an Israeli attack on Iran more practical.

The activities of Israel’s Adirs are likely to continue to remain conspicuously in the news, if less so on hostile radars.

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As stated in the section above regarding Israel, each version of the F-35 is most effective until adversaries develop countermeasures. That’s why finding the missing Japanese F-35 is so urgent right now.

The F-35A, F-35B, F-35C and F-35I have each been developed to serve a specific type of warfighting need. For Japan, the near adversaries would be China and North Korea. For Israel, it would be Iran and potentially even Turkey.

If the wreckage of the missing plane is under many fathoms of water, then it is a scramble to locate it, protect it from adversaries and retrieve it. China and Russia are most in a position to try to beat us to it.

But the fact that there was no distress signal before the plane went down ~ and specious claims of having found small pieces but not the classified technology ~ indicate that at this point we must consider whether the pilot defected and potentially flew an F-35A straight to China. Hopefully not. But it behooves us to know for sure. Sooner rather than later.

The People’s Republic of China is a supplier and supporter of rogue countries all the way from North Korea to the Islamic Republic of Iran. Any American technology they can steal will certainly get into the hands of both the Madman of Pyongyang and the Ayatollah in Tehran. General Soleimani of IRGC Quds Force would exploit it to counteract Israeli air supremacy.

So don’t get too caught up in the political frenzy over the Mueller report. It’s just fodder for money-hungry pundits and power-mad politicians. But if China and/or Iran can reverse engineer an American F-35, the risk of a military confrontation increases greatly. NOQ Report will continue to monitor and cover this developing story.

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The President is right to veto war powers bill. Now he needs to pull support for the war in Yemen.

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As seems to be the case with so many things associated with President Trump and foreign policy, he is both right and wrong about how to handle a particular military status. On one hand, he’s right to veto the bill passed by Congress that called for the U.S. to end support for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen. On the other other hand, it’s time for the President himself to end our support for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen.

As I Tweeted earlier:

Congress normally gives away its power to the executive branch by relying on departments and agencies far too much. This is a case where Congress is actually wrong to step in and try to interfere with the Presidential power of Commander-in-Chief. That’s not their lane. It doesn’t matter if they think the war is bad or Saudi Arabia is unworthy of our help. Both might be true, but it’s not their call. The President was right to veto it.

Of course, the war itself is none of our concern. We can and should be working through NGOs and directly to help the people who have been affected by the war. Starvation is rampant. This is another Syria, only without “easy” access to Europe for the people to flee to while their homes are being destroyed. But claims that our interests are being served militarily by being involved in a proxy war with Iran is foolish. It may be true to some extent, but not enough to justify our support.

I’m biased. I was opposed to our coziness with Saudi Arabia long before Jamal Khashoggi was murdered. For decades we’ve acted like we’re beholden to the Saudis because, unfortunately, we likely are beholden to them behind the scenes. But that doesn’t mean it’s any less disgusting. I wish I could go on television and scream like Howard Beale in Network about the corruption of our system by the Saudis, but no network would be crazy enough to put me on the air.

Nevertheless, the President’s veto was righteous.

We need to pull our support for the war, but not because Congress steps out of their lane pretending they wield the power of Commander-in-Chief. The consequences of deflating the executive’s military control are too great.

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Islamic Republic of Iran

After President Donald Trump this week designated the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and its external arm the Al Quds Force under General Qasem Soleimani as a terrorist organization, the Islamic Republic of Iran predictably retaliated by declaring the United States Armed Forces, specifically U.S. Central Command [CENTCOM] as a terrorist entity. Both decisions greatly increase the risks of a kinetic engagement.

In this regard, America is indeed fortunate that it appears Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will remain in charge in Jerusalem. It is noteworthy that in Islam, Jerusalem is known as Al Quds.

Iran has filled the vacuum left by the territorial losses of ISIS. They have already sent Unmanned Aerial Vehicles [UAVs] or drones over the Golan Heights to attack inside Israel. For those knowledgeable about the history and geography of the region, Israel’s claim to sovereignty ~ now recognized by the United States ~ over the Golan Heights is a matter of national security, not just a political ploy.

Iran also works through surrogates bordering Israel. There is the Assad government in Damascus. Hezbollah controls southern Lebanon and much of the national government in Beirut. Both Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Gaza are puppets of Tehran.

There is no doubt that if Iran has a deliverable nuclear weapon, it will in reality deploy it against Israel sooner rather than later. Despite ideological differences, Iran has also long cooperated with the maniacal Kim regime in North Korea over weapons development and proliferation.

The apocalyptic Islamic regime in Tehran is not deterred by the Cold War concept of Mutually Assured Destruction [MAD]. Rather they actively believe it is their responsibility to summon back the 12th or Hidden Imam known as the Mahdi to defeat Iran’s enemies and establish worldwide Shia Islamic rule.

In the near future, it is possible that there could be conflicts between American and Iranian troops and/or Iranian surrogates in Syria and Iraq. U.S. warships including aircraft carriers could be attacked at the Strait of Hormuz or in the Mediterranean.

Potentially, a missile could be launched either from a submarine or even a disguised commercial vessel on the high seas at any part of the United States, including Indo-Pacific Command [INDO-PACOM] at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. An electromagnetic pulse [EMP] could destroy much of our national power grid. Defensive measures and retaliation would be greatly hindered.

Therefore, Iran remains one of our primary national security threats. But, it is not alone in that category.

People’s Republic of China [PRC]

Beijing at this point in time is demonstrating hegemony and aggression on a worldwide scale. Much of their thrust has been economic dominance and an imbalance in trade relations ~ in their favor ~ with the United States and other Western countries.

Much of President Trump’s focus to date has been in this arena. It is a legitimate cause of concern.

Meanwhile, internally China continues the oppression of religious, cultural and ethnic minorities in their own country and other areas which they control. For many years China has claimed ownership of and has exercised control over Tibet in the high Himalayas. Dalai Lama, head monk of Tibetan Buddhism, has been in exile for many decades.

Currently, much is written about the crackdown against Muslims in the northwestern Chinese Province of Xinjiang which borders on volatile Islamic regions of central and southwest Asia. To Islamic inhabitants, this area is known as East Turkestan.

This is a dilemma for western security analysts to determine the proper course of action. Chinese Uighurs from Xinjiang trained in Afghanistan and a number were held at the U.S. terrorist internment camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

A few years ago, former President Barack Obama released a half-dozen of them into the former United States Trust Territory of Palau in the Western Pacific. Why he chose that locale, your guess is as good as mine, but there were only a handful of other countries amenable to taking them in. At least one of the former Gitmo inmates successfully fled Palau and made his way to Erdoğan’s Turkey.

In 2014, a terrorist attack by knife-wielding Uighurs at Kunming in southern China just a few hundred miles above Hanoi, Vietnam, killed dozens of innocent people. Other attacks within China have also been documented. There also was an alert a few years ago that Uighurs would attempt to infiltrate Southeast Asia into Malaysia to commit acts of terror against unspecified targets.

This is why reports of Chinese Communist repression of Muslims in Xinjiang need to be better balanced than they are. Certainly it is an attempt to impose both Communist authority and Han Chinese ethnic control over the region.

But this is a two-edged sword. Just as with Hitler and Nazi Germany against Stalin and Soviet Russia, Communist China against Islamic terrorists is one where the best case scenario would be if both sides could lose. Both pose extreme dangers to the world at large.

Not enough is being said or done about Chinese persecution of Christians in their country. Under Xi Jinping, a Maoist oppression of the followers of Jesus Christ is underway. Reports are that people are even being rewarded for turning in secret home churches and Bible studies.

Any country that cannot handle internal diversity and refuses to respect individuality will inevitably be a commensurate danger to everybody else around the world. This is greatly magnified in consideration of the fact that nearly 20% the Earth’s population are from China.

Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative is billed as an infrastructure development and investment strategy encircling the globe. It is much, much more than just an economic stratagem. It is also a conduit for military hegemony and political domination.

The Chinese quest for control extends to literally all seven continents. Yes, even Antarctica. The South Pole. Chinese research stations have not been audited by other nations with personnel there, including Australia, for at least a decade.

American pilots in the Horn of Africa around Djibouti were attacked with lasers that are allegedly from Chinese military sources. American military vessels transiting in international waters between China and Taiwan ~ which China claims as its own territory ~ have been harassed by Chinese military assets.

In the South Pacific, including such island nations in proximity to Australia as Vanuatu, China uses debt trap loans to build ports that could accommodate Chinese warships which the countries cannot repay, resulting in China claiming ownership of the port.

The United States Navy is working on establishing a port in our former territory in the now independent Federated States of Micronesia to circumvent Chinese expansionism in the North Pacific. Just after New Year 2019, a 307-foot Chinese fishing vessel ran aground on an atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands within snooping distance from the Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site on Kwajalein Atoll.

China has forcibly taken control of Thitu Island in the Spratlys which had been administered by the Philippines. Known in Tagalog as Pag-Asa [Hope], this small speck of land in the South China Sea / West Philippine Sea could become a flashpoint for hostilities.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and his military commanders are relying upon the assurance of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that America has Manila’s back in dealing with Beijing. United States and Philippine Navies are currently conducting Exercise Balikatan 2019 near that disputed area.

Now, just today Gatestone Institution has published an article entitled “China Rising in the Caribbean” which raises the almost incomprehensible specter of a Chinese military presence at Freeport, Bahamas barely 88 miles from the coast of Florida.

If we’re not careful, China will definitely eat our lunch and they will bring their own chopsticks!

Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

North Korea is definitely neither democratic nor a republic. This is typical Communist euphemism to disguise authoritarian dictatorial control of a nation. The Madman of Pyongyang is not about to give up his nukes. He knows what happened to Gaddafi in Tripoli, Libya. Even if President Trump is ready to try to strike a deal with the most recent Kim, a future American President could take a totally different tack.

There are indications that another missile launch could occur. Certainly we here in Hawaii and our friends out on Guam will keep a wary eye through the auspices of United States Indo-Pacific Command along with the various intelligence agencies based back east.

More serious consideration should be given toward developing a defensive missile capability at Barking Sands on Kauai. This has to be done to augment the capability of missiles launched from our own vessels at sea or from the U.S. mainland to intercept incoming foreign missile attacks.

Of course, if we got to the point of actually having to shoot down missiles, things have already progressed too far. National Security Advisor John Bolton and other key senior officials in our government need to help President Trump realize that KJU is an unreliable peace partner. The Singapore and Hanoi summits were nothing but a charade.

Russia

Russia is as Vladimir Putin does. Much of it right now appears to be mostly posturing. After the demise of the Soviet Union, the loss of prestige as an international superpower was more than the Russian ego could handle.

Russian involvement in Venezuela is both troublesome and problematic. If it’s just diplomats and spies, that’s one thing. But if it’s military hardware and technical expertise to use it, that is another.

But Venezuela has to be kept in perspective. We simply cannot intervene in every failed state in the world, not even one in our own hemisphere. Only when a legitimate threat to Americans in our own country or abroad is established as a fact, should we intervene.

The CIA will do what the CIA does. But some very serious thinking needs to be done before United States military responds in any way to events in South America. Right now, events in Caracas are a diversion from more potent and imminent threats emanating from both Tehran and Beijing.

Russia has its own interests in the Middle East which are definitely not synonymous with those of Iran. The two countries cooperate only in those limited circumstances where both believe that they benefit.

Vladimir Putin continues to meet with Benjamin Netanyahu. The whole world bit a bullet yesterday as it appears that the Israeli Prime Minister’s office will remain in good hands for the foreseeable future.

United States must continue to regard Russia as an adversary and competitor. When and if it ever becomes an enemy and a military threat once again, then that assessment and consequent reaction must change.

Global Circumspection

Turkish tyrant Recep Tayyip Erdoğan still warrants constant scrutiny. He must not be given F-35s and other US military equipment to potentially use against Israel. He is facing some domestic opposition even in Ankara and Istanbul. Behind the scenes, that internal divisiveness should be exploited.

As ISIS loses territory in Syria and Iraq, jihadis are being dispersed to other vulnerable areas of the world. They are posing a threat in Afghanistan. They are establishing a foothold in Kashmir and would love to incite a major conflagration between Pakistan and India. They are still infiltrating other Islamic groups in the southern Philippines to destabilize the nominally Christian national government there.

Former ISIS members, including so-called War Brides, are now trying to get their former countries to let them back in. Despite recruiting others to attack their original home countries for years, they are now claiming to have been brainwashed. Don’t fall for it! Traitors and enemy combatants should not be allowed to return to harm the countries from whence they came. They made a conscious decision to betray their neighbors. But the underpinning ideology of Islamic Jihad is still in their hearts.

Summing it Up

Any President and Commander-in-Chief cannot be a Subject Matter Expert [SME] in every national security issue. Particularly not the way we elect people to such positions because of their ability to campaign well and not because of their substantive approach to the important issues of the day.

But every incumbent who sits at that big desk in the Oval Office has his or her SMEs. The tricky part comes in choosing them from among those available.

The key is to find those who are objective about analyzing and recommending a right course of action. They must not be swayed by personal ideology.

They need to be able to gain the President’s respect and tell him or her the unblemished truth, not just what he or she wants to hear. Then hope they won’t be fired for their efforts.

Our Head of State must be able to multitask. Not be distracted or corrupted by the pomp and ceremony of the position. Keep a level head and a down-to-earth realization that we all still put our pants on one leg at a time.

Ramifications for 2020 Election

It cannot be overstated how crucial it is to the survival of our country that we elect the right person on November 3, 2020. There is not a single Democrat amidst the voluminous field to date who demonstrates the patriotism and objectivity to lead this country through treacherous waters ahead.

Candidly, based upon Donald Trump’s erratic demeanor during the 2016 campaign, I found it necessary to abstain. We knew Hillary Clinton would be an unmitigated disaster. But there were ominous signs of instability and flip-flopping from the man who won the GOP nomination as well.

As President and Commander-In-Chief, when Donald Trump chooses and heeds good advisers, he does good things. When he lets Putin or Erdoğan or Kim put a bug in his ear, we have to just hold our breath and hope he comes to his senses in time.

So, if it’s a binary choice between re-electing Trump or risking our future on any Democrat, my ballot will go for the incumbent. I do not foresee any other candidate on either side of the political aisle emerging that is a viable alternative.

Dealing with the Gathering War Clouds

Greatest threat now of a military engagement against a hostile foreign nation is posed by Iran. It could very predictably begin with a direct, concentrated overt attack against Israel.

This is not to rule out a potential preemptive strike to stop Tehran before they can act. That is a somber consideration which is perhaps one of the most significant since President Harry Truman made the heart-wrenching but necessary decision to drop the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Such an act would be only as a last resort to prevent a nuclear holocaust with the risk of actually causing what it was designed to prevent. That’s why I don’t anticipate this happening. But the Commander-in-Chief with access to classified intelligence information is the only one who could make this irreversible commitment which would change the course of world history.

Simultaneously, our leader in the White House must demonstrate strength and steely resolve in facing down China. If you think Soviet missiles in Cuba were something that kept JFK awake at night, and I’m sure they were, the possibility of Chinese warships barely 100 miles from Miami ~ and even less for Mar-A-Lago ~ have to weigh very heavily upon President Donald John Trump.

What this all Means to You and Me

As everyday citizens, you and I need to keep abreast of world events. We need to dismiss and put aside all the petty campaign rhetoric. We need to focus on things that really matter.

If you want strict party-line pandering to either side of the political aisle, you will need to find it elsewhere. NOQ Report will continue to provide you with objective analyses of fast developing events. We will parse what the candidates are saying. We will provide facts that it would behoove decision-makers to consider.

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