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Will the North Korea problem move from Nikki Haley to James Mattis?

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There are clever ways to level threats. This is one of them. U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley said she has “no problem kicking” the North Korea problem “to General Mattis,” a not so subtle way of saying diplomacy may be soon replaced by a military solution. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster backed her up by saying “there is a military option” on the table.

North Korea continues to get more aggressive with every action taken against them. Their most recent missile launch demonstrated they can reach Guam at the very least and has people on the west coast of the United States nervous about an unstable Kim Jong un trying to take out Hollywood or something.

This is a precarious situation with no clear solutions. Some are saying we should arm Japan and South Korea. Others are looking to China for a solution. The only universal sentiment is that we shouldn’t allow North Korea to shake us down. How we accomplish that is up in the air.

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Nikki Haley and H. R. McMaster on North Korea: The Next Step is to Kick the Problem to Mattis | Streiff, Redstate

https://www.redstate.com/streiff/2017/09/15/haley-mcmaster-kick-north-korea-mattis/Today UN Ambassador Nikki Haley and National Security Adviser H. R. McMaster took the podium in the White House press room. They were asked about a lot of things (transcript) but one one the first issues was North Korea.

Haley Has ‘No Problem Kicking’ North Korea ‘To General Mattis’ For A Military Solution | Ryan Pickrell, Daily Caller

http://dailycallernewsfoundation.org/2017/09/15/haley-has-no-problem-kicking-north-korea-to-general-mattis-for-a-military-solution/The U.S., together with its international partners, has been pursuing a diplomatic solution to the North Korea problem while maintaining that “all options are on the table.” The Trump administration has repeatedly demonstrated that it is willing to exhaust all diplomatic options before applying military force, but the diplomatic window appears to be closing.

4 Reasons America Shouldn’t Send Nuclear Weapons to South Korea or Japan | Zachary Keck, National Interest

http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/4-reasons-america-shouldnt-sent-nuclear-weapons-south-korea-22339The United States began forward deploying tactical nuclear weapons in Asia and Europe in the 1950 for one simple reason: it had no other choice. The initial Cold War nuclear-capable bombers like the B-29 and the B-50 did not have the range to conduct a round-trip flight from the United States to the Soviet Union (or North Korea). The United States also lacked a missile with sufficient range at this time as well—the first intercontinental ballistic missile wasn’t declared operational until 1959.

North Korea’s Kim vows to complete nuclear program despite sanctions | Jesse Byrnes, The Hill

http://thehill.com/homenews/news/350966-north-koreas-kim-vows-to-complete-nuclear-program-despite-sanctionsNorth Korean state news agency KCNA quoted Kim as saying that Pyongyang’s goal was “to establish the equilibrium of real force with the US and make the US rulers dare not talk about military option for the DPRK (North Korea),” the BBC reported Friday.

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Final Thoughts

There’s a solution that we may never get to know about. Considering how volatile Kim Jong un is, it may behoove us to negotiate through backchannels to allow him to save face with his people while de-escalating the potential conflict. If that happens, you won’t hear about it on CNN. You’ll just notice that North Korea is less and less in the news. That would be just fine by me.

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Venezuela is colluding with Russia while America is distracted by Trump not colluding with Russia

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Venezuela is colluding with Russia while America is distracted by Trump not colluding with Russia

Two Russian jets carrying troops and equipment landed in Caracas, Venezuela, as part of a mission to “fullfil technical military contracts,” according to Russian media. But it’s almost certain this is part of Russia’s play on Venezuela to prop up socialist dictator Nicolas Maduro just as they did with Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.

Meanwhile, most Americans who follow the news cycle were bombarded with perspectives on Attorney General William Barr’s summary of the Robert Mueller investigation report. In it, President Trump and his 2016 campaign were found to not have colluded with the Russians in their election hacking endeavors.

My Take

While most were focused on fake Russian collusion, the real thing was happening in one of the world’s hottest spots, Venezuela.

Russia’s play here is simple: keep Maduro in power at all costs. They got the drop on any actions the United States may have been planning, though it’s unlikely those plans included military intervention. Still, Russia isn’t taking any chances. By getting troops and equipment on the ground, they’ll be able help Maduro by offering cover from outside actions while bolstering his support internally.

Any defections or coup attempts will be much less likely with Russia directly involved.

The opposition leader who America and over 50 other nations consider to be the rightful interim president, Juan Guaido, has been trying to get international support while maintaining domestic support, but Maduro’s move may have prevented that from happening.

In essence, the battle over Venezuela is now over. It’s unfathomable to conceive of action by the United States or any other’s who support Guaido other than diplomatic efforts that will accomplish nothing. Venezuela is doomed to retain their socialist dictator now.

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Israel suffers another rocket attack from Hamas

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Israel suffers another rocket attack from Hamas

A confirmed rocket attack from the Gaza Strip on Israeli homes near the border in the Kfar Saba area outside Tel Aviv. Sirens were heard prior to the rocket explosion and posted by the IDF Twitter account.

Six people were injured in the attack.

My Take

The conflict between Hamas and Israel has been getting old for years, but now is not the time to blow off the news. Hamas is having internal strife as its citizens protest living and economic conditions in the Gaza Strip. To garner international support and save face for failing to help their own people, Hamas is trying to start another war.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is caught between a contentious election at home and the need to get his own international support, particularly from the United States. He’s in Washington DC now to meet with President Trump, who has offered his support and endorsement for the long-time Prime Minister.

Hamas would love nothing more than for Netanyahu to be gone, replaced by a leftist who will wheel and deal for “peace” with the Palestinians regardless of the cost. If that happens, the toll will be great on Israel and the world.

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Here’s hoping there’s a plan we don’t know about with North Korea

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Heres hoping theres a plan we dont know about with North Korea

In a move that many, including supporters on the right, are calling a move of weakness, the President reversed the Treasury Department’s additional sanctions on North Korea.

My Take

I’m just not sure what to make of this. I understand many have been concerned about how nicely the President has treated Kim Jong un, but I’ve always felt there was some sort of plan happening behind the scenes that would justify it. Now, I’m not so sure.

This move emboldens Kim to continue avoiding any compromise on his nuclear weapons program. It tells him and the rest of the world President Trump isn’t going to be playing hardball and intends to coax the North Korean dictator into signing some sort of agreement before the 2020 elections.

Dare I say, this seems very Obamaesque? Where’s the hardball? Where’s the threats against Rocketman? If there’s some sort of 4D chess being played in the background, I seriously hope we see it in play soon. This is a strange move.

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