Shall We Fight Them All?

By Pat Buchanan

Danger Warning North Korea
U.S. sanctions on North Korea, are not going to stop Kim from acquiring ICBMs. He is too close to the goal line.
Pat Buchanan
Patrick J .Buchanan

USA –  -(Ammoland.com)-  Saturday, Kim Jong Un tested an ICBM of sufficient range to hit the U.S. mainland. He is now working on its accuracy, and a nuclear warhead small enough to fit atop that missile that can survive re-entry.

Unless we believe Kim is a suicidal madman, his goal seems clear. He wants what every nuclear power wants — the ability to strike his enemy's homeland with horrific impact, in order to deter that enemy.

Kim wants his regime recognized and respected, and the U.S., which carpet-bombed the North from 1950-1953, out of Korea.

Where does this leave us? Says Cliff Kupchan of the Eurasia Group, “The U.S. is on the verge of a binary choice: either accept North Korea into the nuclear club or conduct a military strike that would entail enormous civilian casualties.”

A time for truth. U.S. sanctions on North Korea, like those voted for by Congress last week, are not going to stop Kim from acquiring ICBMs. He is too close to the goal line.

And any pre-emptive strike on the North could trigger a counterattack on Seoul by massed artillery on the DMZ, leaving tens of thousands of South Koreans dead, alongside U.S. soldiers and their dependents.

We could be in an all-out war to the finish with the North, a war the American people do not want to fight.

Saturday, President Trump tweeted out his frustration over China's failure to pull our chestnuts out of the fire: “They do NOTHING for us with North Korea, just talk. We will no longer allow this to continue. China could easily solve this problem.”

Sunday, U.S. B-1B bombers flew over Korea and the Pacific air commander Gen. Terrence J. O'Shaughnessy warned his units were ready to hit North Korea with “rapid, lethal, and overwhelming force.

Yet, also Sunday, Xi Jinping reviewed a huge parade of tanks, planes, troops and missiles as Chinese officials mocked Trump as a “greenhorn President” and “spoiled child” who is running a bluff against North Korea. Is he? We shall soon see.

According to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Trump vowed Monday he would take “all necessary measures” to protect U.S. allies. And U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley bristled, “The time for talk is over.”

Are we headed for a military showdown and war with the North? The markets, hitting records again Monday, don't seem to think so.

But North Korea is not the only potential adversary with whom our relations are rapidly deteriorating.

After Congress voted overwhelmingly for new sanctions on Russia last week and Trump agreed to sign the bill that strips him of authority to lift the sanctions without Hill approval, Russia abandoned its hopes for a rapprochement with Trump's America. Sunday, Putin ordered U.S. embassy and consulate staff cut by 755 positions.

The Second Cold War, begun when we moved NATO to Russia's borders and helped dump over a pro-Russian regime in Kiev, is getting colder. Expect Moscow to reciprocate Congress' hostility when we ask for her assistance in Syria and with North Korea.

Last week's sanctions bill also hit Iran after it tested a rocket to put a satellite in orbit, though the nuclear deal forbids only the testing of ballistic missiles that can carry nuclear warheads. Defiant, Iranians say their missile tests will continue.

Irans Islamic Revolutionary Guard
If Congress is hell-bent on confronting the evil that is Iran, why does it not cancel Iran's purchases and options to buy the 140 planes the mullahs have ordered from Boeing?

Recent days have also seen U.S. warships and Iranian patrol boats in close proximity, with the U.S. ships firing flares and warning shots. Our planes and ships have also, with increasingly frequency, come to close quarters with Russian and Chinese ships and planes in the Baltic and South China seas.

While wary of a war with North Korea, Washington seems to be salivating for a war with Iran. Indeed, Trump's threat to declare Iran in violation of the nuclear arms deal suggests a confrontation is coming.

One wonders: If Congress is hell-bent on confronting the evil that is Iran, why does it not cancel Iran's purchases and options to buy the 140 planes the mullahs have ordered from Boeing?

Why are we selling U.S. airliners to the “world's greatest state sponsor of terror”? Let Airbus take the blood money.

Apparently, U.S. wars in Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Somalia are insufficient to satiate our War Party. Now it wants us to lead the Sunnis of the Middle East in taking down the Shiites, who are dominant in Iran, Iraq, Syria and South Lebanon, and are a majority in Bahrain and the oil-producing regions of Saudi Arabia.

The U.S. military has its work cut out for it. President Trump may need those transgender troops. Among the reasons Trump routed his Republican rivals in 2016 is that he seemed to share an American desire to look homeward.

Yet, today, our relations with China and Russia are as bad as they have been in decades, while there is open talk of war with Iran and North Korea.

Was this what America voted for, or is this what America voted against?

 

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of the new book “The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority.

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John Dunlap

I suspect that there is no way out of this mess, at least not one which avoids several cities turned to radioactive rubble, here and elsewhere. We have been set up by enemies within, to fight and lose WWIII, the goal being to get the recalcitrant American people out of the way of the New World Order. The Neocons, Clintonistas and various other leftists here are determined to force us into war with Russia, while ignoring the main threat, China. I suppose that makes sense if we think of China as the Globalists’ first fledgling technocracy, and realize that we’ve… Read more »

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tomcat

John Dunlap, very interesting comments and above the normal plane of thinking most of us do but, unfortunately, it does make sense. We know the one world order is prominent in the minds of the progressive liberals, however, the personal gain they have planned may not, or probably will not, be recognized if that should happen. History is a good teacher.

John Dunlap
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John Dunlap

I appreciate the compliment (most people just tell me to go away, lol). I agree, the political class, as usual, will not get what they are expecting. The culture they live in is psychopathic, and mostly isolated from us. They have a collective god complex. All that they will achieve with their power games will be chaos and ruin. I only wish there were a way to confine the consequences of their actions to those who deserve them.

bud
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bud

History is a good teacher but unfortunately no one ever learns from it.

tomcat
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tomcat

We have gotten ourselves in a h*ll of a mess with few ways out except close our borders, ship chinese cars and s. Korean products and send them home and keep them off our shores. Samething with the oil from these countries. We can’t trust them, why do business with them? Let all the countries we send big bucks to every year so their dictators can get rich go pick sh!t with the chickens.
Let’s face it, we can not get along with them unless we keep supporting them, paying them and be their police. Enough is enough.

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@tcat, Big business looks upon the US as just a market to sell in…the best market. If they build elsewhere cheaper and sell here, then it is more profit for them. It is called Globalism. Why have we allowed this? How do middle class people go to Washington, District of Corruption, and come home multimillionaires? E.g. Clinton Foundation

tomcat
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tomcat

W. Bill, I didn’t consider that part of it but I know you are right. Those that take an oath to serve us think that oath says serve me, in many instances. They are not going to get HiLIARy because the are skunks of the same stripe.

Jim Macklin
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Jim Macklin

U.S. law prohibit our directly assassinating a foreign leader. This guy un is a nut job, he thinks making threats dissuades attack.
But like sanctions, threats lead to greater tension and eventually war.
The solution to this is for the Chinese to assassinate the entire un klan No crazy guy to follow on.

China and Russia are wild cards if we do a preemptive strike to take-out 100% of NK nuclear, missile and artillery [that threaten SK.

Colonialgirl
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Colonialgirl

I SERVED in Korea, 1967-1968; NK sent 20 infiltrators down to assassinate the SK President, there were NUMEROUS invasions by killers, the NK would set “booby traps” to injure and kill OUR troops in the border area, they dug tunnels under the border fences and then FINALLY they STOLE a US Navy Ship (The Pueblo) Our government was stupid enough to make a hero out of its cowardly captain, but he deserved a court-martial for his actions. It exposed every confidential/secret code in in South Korea.

Colonialgirl
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Colonialgirl

The idiot running the NK is a total moronic idiot and nothing short of a paranoid killer. He HAS killed relatives, members of his military and any he “thinks” may look cross eyed at him. He STARVES his people people to develop his arms, he sends assassins to South Korea to kill people; his whole regime is nothing but a facade and as is typical with left winger communists ONLY the upper class lives well.

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hippybiker

Good idea, Dan. I would like to ask one important question. Where in OUR Constitution does it say that the united States of America is the worlds police force!?

DAN III
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DAN III

ALCON, IMO, here is how America fights the ChiComs…. 1. Put a 100% tariff on ALL goods Made in China. 2. Cease exporting raw materials to Red China. 3. Arrest former POTUS Bill Clinton and every member of the 106th CON-gress who voted for Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) with the Peoples Republic of China (ChiComs). Charge:Treason. PNTR would be the vehicle used to destroy American sovereignty, globalize the American economy and in essence, destroy the Republic. Today we manufacture nothing of value. One cannot even buy paper clips made in the fUSA. More than 52% of working age Americans… Read more »

Larry Brickey
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Larry Brickey

Nixon opened the door. Clinton did not commit treason. You should study up on what treason actually entails.

DAN III
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DAN III

Larry,

Well, another Klintonista rears it’s lying head.

Treason is aid and comfort to the enemy. Clinton colluded with the 106th CON-gress to provide our communist enemies of Red China with open access to our economy. In turn destroying American manufacturing, wealth and Sovereignty.

In my book that was and is treason. And Nixon ? Spare me the bull dung excuses.

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@Larry Bickerly, Not technically Treason, but certainly a knowing and intentional betrayal of ordinary American people, for Clinton Foundation gain. Still an offense worthy of hanging.

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

We can not get our hands on Nixon, he has fashioned his own eternal punishment. Heck, he was driven half insane by the memory of all he had done, even before he died.