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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.

Edited extracts:

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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