Why Trump Won’t Start a War With North Korea

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 MIKE WHITNEY lives in Washington state. He is a contributor to Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion (AK Press). Hopeless is also available in a Kindle edition. He can be reached at fergiewhitney@msn.com.

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Leaders in North Korea don’t want to blow their money on nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles when their people are on the brink of starvation. But what choice do they have? The primary responsibility of every government is to provide security for their people. That’s hard to do when the nation is still technically at war with a country that has toppled or tried to topple 50 sovereign governments in the last 70 years. 

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Parting shot—a word from the editors
The Best Definition of Donald Trump We Have Found

In his zeal to prove to his antagonists in the War Party that he is as bloodthirsty as their champion, Hillary Clinton, and more manly than Barack Obama, Trump seems to have gone “play-crazy” — acting like an unpredictable maniac in order to terrorize the Russians into forcing some kind of dramatic concessions from their Syrian allies, or risk Armageddon.However, the “play-crazy” gambit can only work when the leader is, in real life, a disciplined and intelligent actor, who knows precisely what actual boundaries must not be crossed. That ain’t Donald Trump — a pitifully shallow and ill-disciplined man, emotionally handicapped by obscene privilege and cognitively crippled by white American chauvinism. By pushing Trump into a corner and demanding that he display his most bellicose self, or be ceaselessly mocked as a “puppet” and minion of Russia, a lesser power, the War Party and its media and clandestine services have created a perfect storm of mayhem that may consume us all. Glen Ford, Editor in Chief, Black Agenda Report 

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One thought on “Why Trump Won’t Start a War With North Korea

  1. The US was going to install the THADD spy radar (the whole concept of real world “missile defense” remains a shaky theory) QUITE BEFORE the North Korean leadership began their ” ICBM” tests/demonstrations (norht Korean ICBM’s also remain a rather suspect possibility).Part of the system was already there in South Korea when all of this flared up. Is it possible that China (with Russian acknowledgement) , “green-lighted” if not instructed NK to begin its rocket displays?
    Everyone says, oh no! China would not do that because, Trump, and um, other stuff. But China clearly, and correctly views the (already planned and partly deployed) THADD as a vicious provocation, a strategic encroachment and a threat to Chinese sovereignty and security. China does not wish to appear to confront the US so directly and bluntly, so they moved N.Korea to do so. If so, It shows how reckless US strategic plans are, and how dangerous capitalist social and political relationships are becoming globally .The return of “great power” brinksmanship in the 21st century.The only way this era could end well is if it ends with the removal from power of global capitalism, which is pushing us down the highway to the abyss with no exit ramps

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