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Political Concern

A comprehensive briefingupdated in June, forwarded by the author of Three Generations Left

The BBCreports today that after President Donald Trump warned North Korea it should be “very, very nervous” if it does anything to the US, Defence Secretary James Mattis warned that armed conflict with North Korea would be “catastrophic” and said diplomacy was bearing fruit. “The American effort is diplomatically led, it has diplomatic traction, it is gaining diplomatic results,” he said.

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At a series of intergovernmental conferences starting in 2013, extensive evidence was presented of the enormous ‘humanitarian consequences’ should nuclear weapons ever be used again in war.

One study published by the organisation Article 36 was a detailed analysis of the impacts of a single modern nuclear warhead exploding over a typical city within an industrialised nation. The target was Manchester in the UK as a model medium-sized modern city. The yield…

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There goes a great President, but great as what is the question, certainly not Presidential.

If Guam was not worried before, they certainly will be now.

The SKWAWKBOX

During the Cuban missile crisis, John F Kennedy became a hero to much of the world’s population, credited with pulling the world back from the brink of nuclear disaster with statecraft, a little help from spies in Russia and great oratory.

Donald Trump’s phonecall – of which a transcript is now in circulation – to the governor of the Pacific Island of Guam, which is feeling threatened by the prospect of North Korean missile tests, will certainly propel Trump into his own, unique historical bracket.

Not in a good way.

The official White House press release about the conversation was succinct and professional:

wh statementTrump’s conversation was not:

trump actual guamRambling. Inane. Narcissistic. Vacuous. An empty vessel making the most noise. An empty vessel with his finger on the nuclear button.

The governor apparently told Trump that Guam has never felt safer.

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EternalBlue (the hacking tool) has now demonstrated the ROI (return on investment)

Source: Oddities in WannaCry ransomware puzzle cybersecurity researchers | Reuters



Donald Trump has warned about a “major, major conflict” between the US and North Korea, saying a catastrophic confrontation with the isolated state was “absolutely” possible. In an interview ahead of his 100th day in office, the President said he was committed to resolving the diplomatic crisis peacefully.

Source: Donald Trump warns ‘major, major conflict’ with North Korea is ‘absolutely’ possible | The Independent


In the lead-up to North Korea’s latest missile test, Donald Trump had battled to convince Kim Jong-un he was picking a fight with the wrong guy.

The US president pounded Syria with 59 Tomahawk missiles and then ordered a naval “armada” into the waters around the Korean peninsula. He dropped the “mother of all bombs” on eastern Afghanistan and used Twitter to hammer home his message.

But experts say Pyongyang’s latest act has underlined the futility of the billionaire’s efforts to bully Kim Jong-un into abandoning his nuclear ambitions.

“There is a problem with playing the military threat [card] with North Korea because they are inclined to call the bluff,” said John Delury, a North Korea expert from Yonsei University in Seoul. “I’m not saying they tested because of the threats. But bringing a naval strike group doesn’t help if your goal is to put off a test. If anything you are increasing the odds.”

Source: Trump sabre-rattling on North Korea has a flaw: Kim Jong-un has nothing to lose | World news | The Guardian


“There are no good options. They do not exist.”

Source: Striking North Korea Could Harm Key U.S. Ally, Analysts Warn | The Huffington Post


Nuclear war may be small at any given time, but if Trump wins the Presidency will this small become much larger.

Phil Ebersole's Blog

Warhead_Inventories_C Source: Arms Control Association

Russia, China and now North Korea have renounced “first use” of nuclear weapons.   The United States has never done so.

I believe North Korea’s leaders because they would be fools to launch a nuclear attack, knowing that their nation would literally be obliterated by the USA in response.

They also would be fools to give up nuclear weapons so long as they are threatened by the USA.  Only possession of nuclear weapons prevents North Korea from meeting the fate if Iraq and Libya.

The United States has never renounced “first use” of nuclear weapons because US conventional forces are not a match for Russia’s in eastern Europe and possibly not for China’s in the South China Sea.

The U.S. government seeks to be the dominant military power in every region of the globe.  The tools for doing this are sea power, air power, flying killer drones…

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hydrogen bombKim Jong UnNorth Koreanuclear weapons

Source: North Korea’s ‘Hydrogen Bomb’ Test Suggests Relations With China Unraveling

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