Hold on to your butts…

Exclusive: Trump says ‘major, major’ conflict with North Korea possible, but seeks diplomacy – Reuters

In the briefing, Trump stated that he’d of course prefer a diplomatic solution, a “major, major crisis” is possible.  He did not spare praise regarding China’s leader Xi:

“I believe he is trying very hard. He certainly doesn’t want to see turmoil and death. He doesn’t want to see it. He is a good man. He is a very good man and I got to know him very well.

“With that being said, he loves China and he loves the people of China. I know he would like to be able to do something, perhaps it’s possible that he can’t,” Trump said.”

Trump is also shrewdly using our defense of South Korea as leverage to re-negotiate trade deals with the country that have been greatly in South Korea’s favor.  Smart man.

That being said, a couple of things to be mindful of here:

-The DPRK is not a threat to the United States.  They can’t reach the United States with their missles.  They are however a serious threat to Japan and South Korea.

-The DPRK’s only stated goal is the re-unification of the peninsula.  No other stated goals than the one.

At some point, could be tomorrow, could be a year from now, North Korea is going to perform another nuclear test that moves them a step closer to long range, multi-stage nuclear missles.  The major development here is that China appears to have finally had its fill of North Korea’s… eccentric leadership.

Look, I despise war.  I especially despise it once I was old enough, open-minded enough and well-read enough to recognize that the vast majority of conflicts our country has been involved in have been for the wrong reasons, to benefit the wrong people.

But the problem of North Korea will not just go away.  It would be exceptionally easy for Trump to ignore this issue.   Denounce the nuclear tests and threats, implement more toothless sanctions that only hurt the people of the DPRK, rinse and repeat.  Just like the last two douchebags in office.  And the Deep State would rather that the United States continue to ignore the issue.  Trump is making the tough decision to finally deal with the problem of a mad man with access to nuclear weapons.  And let’s not forget that this isn’t just about threats and nukes.  North Korea’s leadership has murdered millions of citizens and keeps tens of millions more at the brink of death.

Did you know that the North Korean’s on average are six inches shorter than the South Koreans.  Same genetics, same race, same everything.  But the North Korean’s lead lives that are so nutritionally deficient, they’re half a foot shorter than their westernized neighbors to the south.

But getting back to nukes and threats.  Once North Korea has real, modern weapon systems that can be fitted with nuclear weapons, they can terrorize the countries around them with impunity.  There will be no leverage available to be used against them.  Sure, you can threaten to nuke them back, but a regime that’s perfectly fine with murdering millions of their own people isn’t going to give a shit if someone else does it as long as the members of that regime stay in power.  Especially when they can retaliate against anyone in that scenario.

Will this entire mess cause World War 3?  In a word, no.   A year ago, we tried to put the anti-missile system THAAD into South Korea.  China had a fit and our pussy-ass bitch of a President didn’t deploy the system in response.  We just moved THAD into South Korea and it is projected to become operational within days and not a peep from China.  They seem to understand that the situation is untenable for the United States and the surrounding countries and that Jim Jong-un has gone too far this time.

All you can do is hope that this issue is dealt with in a manner that finally frees the North Korean people in as bloodless a fashion as possible.