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Being in the White House, surrounded by senior military leaders, in the evening of October 5, US President Donald Trump ominously described the current situation in the world as "the calm before the storm." And although he refused to speak more specifically, he sent his comments to North Korea for sure. This is another warning that the United States is on the verge of unleashing a disastrous war.

All this did not look like an improvisation. So that Trump could speak with his statements, a photo session was hastily organized before a dinner party with "the greatest military men of the world" and their wives. Present were Secretary of Defense James Mattis, National Security Advisor Herbert McMaster, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford and Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly.

The US president, who had just completed a meeting with the generals by that time, brushed aside all the "What a storm?" Questions that immediately followed from the reporters, and finally declared: "You will recognize."

Trump spoke to North Korea in his most threatening manner with his initial phrases at a previous photo session with the military: “We cannot allow this dictatorship to threaten our nation or our allies with an unimaginable number of lives. We will do what we must do to prevent this. ”

Trump emphasized the last point, adding: "And it will be done, if necessary, trust me."

In fact, it is the Trump administration, and not Pyongyang, that bears the main responsibility for making the situation on the Korean Peninsula aggravated to the extreme. This is Trump, the Supreme Commander of the most powerful military machine in the world, has repeatedly threatened to destroy a small, economically backward country. His fascist speech last month at the UN, in which he warned North Korea about “total destruction”, Trump continued by tweeting that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un “would soon be gone.” He dismissed any negotiations with North Korea, publicly reproaching Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that he was “wasting time” in vain, working through the opportunity to negotiate with Pyongyang.

The extreme danger of a war with North Korea deepened contradictions within the Washington ruling circles and in the White House itself. These differences are tactical. Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Mattis and National Security Advisor MacMaster warned North Korea that "the military option is on the table." At the same time, they insisted on the need to find a diplomatic way out of confrontation.

All three of Trump's top advisers also expressed support for the 2015 agreement with Iran to significantly limit the country's nuclear program. Trump, on the other hand, constantly attacked this treaty, calling it one of the “worst and most unilateral deals” ever concluded by the United States. As reported, he plans in the near future "to refuse certification" of this agreement. This step will undoubtedly lead to an escalation of tensions in relations not only with Tehran, but also with the European allies of Washington, which support this deal.

Under these conditions, Trump's meeting with top military leaders was intended to demonstrate full support for his insane and aggressive preparations for a war with North Korea. In his speech before the meeting, Trump stated that he expects from the audience to provide him with “a wide range of military options ... at a much higher pace (than before. - SD).” He made it clear that the priority in making a decision now is for the generals, saying that he relies on them in "overcoming bureaucratic obstacles."


What is at stake in the likely US-North Korean war was explained by Democratic congressman Ted Liu. He warned that the conflict with North Korea could become "incredibly bloody." Condemning the regime in Pyongyang as "an absolute danger and a threat," he said that "there are no good military options." Liu is a former Air Force officer who served on Guam in the 90s and participated in military exercises designed to prepare for a conflict with North Korea.

Liu and Congressman Ruben Gallgo 26 of September sent a letter to Minister of Defense Mattis, stating that "it is wrong to use military force without exhausting all other options, including diplomacy." They demanded to answer a series of questions centered around "the estimates of the largest and smallest casualties (USA, South Korea and Japan) in the case of conventional and nuclear responses to an attack from the US."

The letter ends with these words: “Before this administration leads America along the dark, bloody and unexplored path of the war with North Korea, the American people and its congressional representatives deserve answers to the critical questions listed above.”

After that, Liu tried his best to prove that he was not against the war. Indeed, he supported the McCarthy-style “witch-hunt” against the “Russian influence” on the presidential election in 2016 and the investigation regarding the Trump administration. This faction in the American ruling elite is in favor of confrontation and, if necessary, war, first of all with Russia and the second with North Korea and indirectly with China.

Commenting on the situation for the Los Angeles Times, retired Air Force Brigadier General Rob Givens warned: “Too many Americans believe that a US war with North Korea will be like an invasion of Iraq or Afghanistan or like military operations in Libya and Syria. But in fact, she will not even remotely resemble them. ” Givens bluntly stated: “This war will have only one end - North Korea will be defeated. But at what cost? ”

Givens, who served on the Korean Peninsula, said that, according to Pentagon estimates, 20 thousands of South Koreans will die every day, and that is before nuclear weapon.

There are all signs that the Trump administration, in its striving to preempt retaliatory strikes from North Korea, is preparing a massive attack with conventional or nuclear weapons in order to destroy the North Korean military mechanism, industry and top leadership.

Military analyst Daniel Pinkston told the Los Angeles Times that any attempt to destroy North Korea’s nuclear arsenal "has a high probability that you will unleash just what you are trying to prevent," namely, nuclear war.

In this case, as reported in the report of the 38 North analytical group established at Johns Hopkins University, only in Tokyo and Seoul 3,8 million people will die as a result of a nuclear attack from North Korea. And although this group did not make predictions about other losses, it is clear that as a result of the American nuclear attack, millions of North Koreans will die. And that is if it is possible to prevent a conflict with the nuclear powers, that is, with Russia and China.

Political divisions in Washington and inside the White House make the US attack on North Korea more, and not less likely, because Trump is desperately seeking ways to justify the existence of his administration and transfer acute social tensions within the United States to an external enemy.
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  1. Same lech
    Same lech 16 October 2017 05: 54 New
    From Tillerson we all heard a striking phrase that fully characterizes American politics around the world ...

    “The president of the United States aims at diplomatic efforts. He’s not striving for war ... Diplomatic efforts will continue until the first bombs fall "

    What is it ... after an embassy dinner, it means giving the order for a missile strike by TOMAHAWS in Syria ...
    after lunch on schedule, bombing the DPRK ...
    after dinner at point 3, a blow to RUSSIA by means of a global instant strike ...

    something abnormal happens to the world if one exceptional country has taken on the function of prosecutor, judge and executioner ... it will end badly for our planet ... I hope there is a force in the world that can shorten the US ambitions.
    1. Grandfather
      Grandfather 16 October 2017 05: 58 New
      Quote: The same LYOKHA
      I hope there is a force in the world that can shorten the ambitions of the United States.

      if the aliens are already here ... and they really have the opportunity to burn or drown the continent.
      1. Same lech
        Same lech 16 October 2017 06: 03 New
        if the aliens are already here ... and they really have the opportunity to burn or drown the continent.

        Will not work... smile in HOLLYWOOD there is a fighter with aliens WILL SMITH he will shoot them all with a super-duper gun ... what
        1. Grandfather
          Grandfather 16 October 2017 06: 08 New
          Quote: The same Lech
          if the aliens are already here ... and they really have the opportunity to burn or drown the continent.

          Will not work... smile in HOLLYWOOD there is a fighter with aliens WILL SMITH he will shoot them all with a super-duper gun ... what

          it means one way out ... to merge the Earth ... by mutual blow. there will be no winner. and after 10-20 thousand years, again some sort of “Columbus” will open the omega ... and the spiral of history will begin its movement towards the end ...
          1. Same lech
            Same lech 16 October 2017 06: 10 New
            it means one way out ... to merge the Earth ... by mutual blow.

            Well ... the whole appetite has been ruined ... crying
            we disappeared ... we are finished ... I will not sleep peacefully now.
    2. Uncle lee
      Uncle lee 16 October 2017 06: 13 New
      Quote: The same LYOKHA
      there is power in the world that can shorten the ambitions of the United States.

      I would like to speed up this process .... But now with what? question!
  2. andrewkor
    andrewkor 16 October 2017 06: 38 New
    “A small victorious war!” Somewhere I already heard it, it ended with the collapse of 4 Empires. What will happen this time? Maybe the MTR will be used as a “Broken Claw” in Iran?
  3. afrikanez
    afrikanez 16 October 2017 06: 41 New
    We cannot allow this dictatorship to threaten our nation or our allies
    In the words of the Americans are all "Hero", this is when the enemy is weak. And if you have to defend yourself, then what? Forget about all their allies, in one second.
  4. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 16 October 2017 06: 50 New
    Trump first played the president and then he suffered. So one man and his relatives, to whom he listens, can put the world on the brink of destruction. A complete paragraph in the heads of the family and American politicians.
  5. aszzz888
    aszzz888 16 October 2017 06: 56 New
    US President Donald Trump ominously described the current situation in the world as "the calm before the storm."

    ... this "storm" itself will begin ... bully “Whoever sows the wind will reap the storm”
  6. izya top
    izya top 16 October 2017 07: 37 New
    Gopnik, not a politician request I’ve hammered into my head since childhood, that the Yankees have the largest club, that’s waving fool
  7. Gormenghast
    Gormenghast 16 October 2017 09: 02 New
    this dictatorship

    The last dictatorship of the land, which gives apartments for free. It is worth considering mortgage rates.

    Here is a monstrous laughing parallel between the USSR and the USA. On the one hand, there’s a long queue (someone like that; a very hasty one could get settled in an organization where the line moved quickly), but free housing, from which it was almost impossible to drive out. On the other hand, lifelong credit slavery; rat - and knee in the ass from "of apartments". laughing

    Which system is better for everyone to decide for themselves.
  8. ML-334
    ML-334 16 October 2017 09: 25 New
    It seems to me that Trump works for us.
    CONTROL 16 October 2017 09: 57 New
    ... it seems that from February 2, 2018, Trump has signed and implemented measures to confiscate the property of Russia and Russian oligarchs in the United States; Well - and wherever they reach! According to current estimates - up to 2 trillion dollars!
    ... On August 2, Trump signed into law the United States "On Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions" ...
    Under the Act, the Secretary of State, the US Department of the Treasury, and the head of the National Intelligence Service are required to submit a report to Congress in 180 days on major Russian businessmen associated with the Kremlin, indicating the size and sources of their income, information about the assets of relatives (including wives, brothers, and sisters, children and parents), as well as information about their business contacts with foreign companies. The report is open, for a minute, it will be published. The deadline for submitting the report is due in time for February 2. Its publication will surely become the go-ahead for the start of the “driven hunt” for the capital of the Russian nouveau riche hidden in offshore. Everything is simple and clear. In accordance with the law.
  10. Kostadinov
    Kostadinov 16 October 2017 10: 22 New
    Givens bluntly declared: “This war will have only one end - North Korea will be defeated. But at what cost? ”

    That’s what Hitler and 99% of Germans and more than 90% of the world thought on June 22, 1941. Trump and 99% of Americans and more than 90% of the world today think so. In reality, the question is this - this war will have only one end - the United States will be defeated, but the price for the DPRK will be high.
    According to a report by the 38 North analytic group, created at Johns Hopkins University, 3,8 million people will die in North Korea alone in Tokyo and Seoul.

    The victims in Tokyo and Seoul, the United States will only be happy. What worries them is how many will die in Washington and New York.
  11. Satum
    Satum 16 October 2017 11: 22 New
    The United States needs war, their money machine is in danger of collapse thanks to Putin's reforms. The authority of the United States in the Middle East has suffered, sanctions have damaged the EU, which has not led to elite elite towards the United States. Ukraine is also a fiasco. Like it or not, the institutes created by the United States also fail. For this reason, they need a blood of wear and tear, either with the DPRK or with Iran. It’s another matter that the war with the DPRK can be a simple PR, which would place more complexes near the borders of China under these pretexts. China, by the way, said that if the United States hits the DPRK first, they will side with the latter, if the DPRK is the first then the US. Here is such a layout
  12. alma
    alma 16 October 2017 11: 45 New
    If it comes to a heated conflict, one has to pretend to be Psaki and declare that Eun is in a conspiracy with Trump, and the goal is to attack our territory under the guise. Then set an ultimatum - everything that attacks the DPRK within, say, 100 km from our border, is regarded as a threat to us, taken for escort.
    Only our Foreign Ministry once again escapes with "strong protest" and "deep concern", even if something breaks at our border and the crowds of refugees go.
    PC Please do not regard it as a guide to action, I just got tired ...
    A "decisive protest" in our time can only be useful if printed on soft paper.